Computers & Math

  • 3D microscopy clarifies understanding of body’s immune response to obesity

    Researchers who focus on fat know that some adipose tissue is more prone to inflammation-related comorbidities than others, but the reasons why are not well understood. Thanks to a new analytical technique, scientists are getting a clearer view of the microenvironments found within adipose tissue associated with obesity. This advance may illuminate why some adipose tissues are more prone to…

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  • Photo of Computational medicine: Moving from uncertainty to precision

    Computational medicine: Moving from uncertainty to precision

    Individual choices in medicine carry a certain amount of uncertainty. An innovative partnership at The University of Texas at Austin takes aim at medicine down to the individual level by applying state-of-the-art computation to medical care. “Medicine in its essence is decision-making under uncertainty, decisions about tests and treatments,” said Radek Bukowski, MD, PhD, professor and associate chair of Investigation…

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  • Photo of ‘Designer molecules’ could create tailor-made quantum devices

    ‘Designer molecules’ could create tailor-made quantum devices

    Quantum bits made from “designer molecules” are coming into fashion. By carefully tailoring the composition of molecules, researchers are creating chemical systems suited to a variety of quantum tasks. “The ability to control molecules … makes them just a beautiful and wonderful system to work with,” said Danna Freedman, a chemist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. “Molecules are the…

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  • Photo of What’s going on inside the black box: AI researchers ask?

    What’s going on inside the black box: AI researchers ask?

    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Assistant Professor Peter Koo and collaborator Matt Ploenzke reported a way to train machines to predict the function of DNA sequences. They used “neural nets,” a type of artificial intelligence (AI) typically used to classify images. Teaching the neural net to predict the function of short stretches of DNA allowed it to work up to…

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