Wikipedia says that an interactome is “…the whole set of molecular interactions in a particular cell.”
According to The Scientist, ” Researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Center for Cancer Systems Biology and their colleagues have produced a new human interactome map… based on a systematic screen of 13,000 human proteins that uncovered 14,000 pairwise interactions.”
Though they have a long way to go to complete the human interactome map, we are still noting this as NEWWorthy.
Are employment costs rising? According to the Bureau of Labor’s U.S. Employment Cost Index for September 2014, compensation costs do seem to be going up. NEWWorthy does not offer financial advice, but we do try to point out interesting new articles or trends.
Robots are sort of OLDWorthy, because the idea has been around for a long time. But scientists are coming up with new ways to build and program robots all the time. A CoBot is a new kind of collaborative robot that knows its limits and ask for help from humans when they need it. That’s NEWWorthy.
I admit it, I’m a bit prejudiced about this one. I was one of the two developers to design and program the bowling game for Mattel Intellivision in 1979-1980. So while Intellivision and other classic video game consoles are OLDWorthy, bringing Intellivision hardware back as Intellivision Flashback in 2014 is NEWWorthy.
Foreign Policy Magazine’s 2014 special issue on 100 leading global thinkers.
Sand dunes are OLDWorthy. But with nature’s influence, the dunes change. Particularly the tallest sand dunes on earth become NEWWorthy once again.
According to Speech Technology, MotionSavvy’s UNI converts sign language to audio. Just a few years ago, a Thai team developed EyeFeel to convert speech to sign language.
Project Sprawl encapsulates an automated tool that generates a videogame CG city populated with 3-D buildings. To see more of Cedric Kerr’s work, check out Delacian’s Scrapbook on Tumblr (sample below shows road network generation).
The European Space Agency (ESA) reported today (November 12, 2014) that their Rosetta spacecraft-launched lander Philae successfully touched down on a comet. This is the first Earth spacecraft to touch down on a comet, and that’s NEWWorthy. Check out ESA’s livestream videos for more. The current schedule is showing another livestream update the morning (U.S. Eastern Standard Time) of Nov. 13, 2014. Below is an animated video showing approximately what has occurred, although the ESA reports that the hooks that were supposed to grip the comet to keep Philae in place did not fire on landing. There should be images from Philae soon!
While replacing human beings with robots is OLDWorthy — not to mention unlikeable — Lowe’s OSHbots (robotic shopping assistants) are the first of their kind in the U.S., according to an article on Yahoo Finance. How well they function, and whether customers like interacting with OSHbots, will help determine weather in time they will be NEWWorthy.
It would be nice to walk down an aisle and find an OSHbot to lead me to the product I’m looking for. Too often I’ve found that I couldn’t get help from a human because they were busy talking to and helping another customer. Makes me wonder how long OSHbots will spend with a customer before moving on to the next one. According to the video below, these robots were inspired by science fiction writers. So how soon will OSHbots start trying to upsell customers? Or how long will it be before all the OSHbots begin gabbing around the water cooler?
According to MedicalExpress, “Australian doctors transplant ‘dead’ hearts in surgical breakthrough.” Also mentioned in the article, Executive director of the Victor Chang Institute Bob Graham said, “This will potentially open up heart transplantation in countries like Japan, Vietnam and other places where the definition of death is heart death, not brain death,”
MIT Technology Review wrote about Alphabet Energy’s new generator that could reduce energy lost to heat and cut “fuel consumption and carbon emissions by as much as 3 percent.”
More cars are getting forward collision warning systems. Driving is hard enough, and when a car or something else cuts you off or suddenly stops ahead of you, technology can help. Also, there are still too many drivers paying attention to their phones or other distractions rather than keeping their eyes on the road. Hopefully the new technology will save many lives. Below is a video showing the EyeSight capability of some new Subaru vehicles. AutoTrader.com posted an article on “6 Affordable Vehicles with Collision Warning System” last year, and the NY Daily News did a piece about collision warning systems in general.