Category Archives: Physics

Nature: On the importance of data visualization

Further manifestations of the functional unities between art and science.

“Inventive graphic design and abstract models are helping researchers to make sense of a glut of data.”

http://www.nature.com/news/the-visualizations-transforming-biology-1.20201

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Berkeley Lab: Revealing the Fluctuations of Flexible DNA in 3-D

“First-of-their-kind images by Berkeley Lab-led research team could aid in use of DNA to build nanoscale devices.” http://newscenter.lbl.gov/2016/03/30/revealing-the-fluctuations-of-flexible-dna-in-3-d/

Bookmarked for consideration of STEM pedagogical modeling and narratives-research in data visualization.

Emergence and Complexity [Professor Robert Sapolsky , Stanford]

“(May 21, 2010) Professor Robert Sapolsky gives a lecture on emergence and complexity. He details how a small difference at one place in nature can have a huge effect on a system as time goes on. He calls this idea fractal magnification and applies it to many different systems that exist throughout nature.” (Stanford’s Youtube channel)

Filed in connection to the Santa Fe Institute and Complexity Explorer.

Speaker: Jeremy England, MIT: Statistical physics of self-replication

Published on Sep 11, 2014

What is life – lecture: A new theory for evolution. Speaker: Jeremy England, MIT.

“The formula, based on established physics, indicates that when a group of atoms is driven by an external source of energy (like the sun or chemical fuel) and surrounded by a heat bath (like the ocean or atmosphere), it will often gradually restructure itself in order to dissipate increasingly more energy. This could mean that under certain conditions, matter inexorably acquires the key physical attribute associated with life.” https://www.quantamagazine.org/20140122-a-new-physics-theory-of-life/

{Credit and thanks to Mose for reminding me}