Interest of the day

A blog about miscellaneous topics.

Mathematics applications

morreale Tuesday 20 of March, 2012
The NSF has a website with links to real world math applications. These applications include a mathematical model to determine if a person will survive treatment for an acetaminophen overdose or require a liver transplant, using math to guide cancer treatments, or fighting crime to name just a few. It's all interesting stuff.

Earth now app

morreale Monday 19 of March, 2012
NASA has released a new version of the Earth Now app for the iPhone. It allows you to visualized climate data sets from satellite and temperature measurements made around the world.


Report on the study of words

morreale Monday 19 of March, 2012
A new report in Nature measures how the birth, acceptance, and death rates of 10,000,000 words changed over the last 200 years in three languages. It takes about 40 years for a word to become accepted, and fewer words are being born likely due to word processors and spell checkers (compact vocabularies). New words tend to be related to technology and are adopted faster words of the past.


Personalized cancer treatment setback

morreale Saturday 17 of March, 2012
A study shows that cancer tumors are more complex than expected making personalized treatment very difficult if not unlikely. Perhaps, the treatment should be personalized to the cancer, not the patient.

Update 3/18/12: another article describes this complexity in more detail.

Gamma ray universe

morreale Friday 16 of March, 2012
The Fermi Gamma-Ray Telescope has discovered hundreds of unknown objects in the universe emitting enormous amounts of gamma-ray energy as illustrated in this video The animations and images are very cool.


Synchrotron stop motion

morreale Thursday 15 of March, 2012
Check out this short entertaining and informative video explaining how the Diamond Synchrotron works using donuts and stop motion animation. Nicely done.


LHC android app

morreale Wednesday 14 of March, 2012
Students at the University of Oxford created this cool android app LHSee. It shows particle collision data on your phone using real collision data from the LHC. The animation of a collision is pretty neat too.