Researchers use artificial intelligence language tools to decode molecular movements

UMD researchers use artificial intelligence language tools to decode molecular movements
Scientists from the University of Maryland applied a language processing system to the movements of a riboswitch molecule pictured here, to understand how and when the molecule takes different forms. Credit: Zachary Smith/UMD

By applying natural language processing tools to the movements of protein molecules, University of Maryland scientists created an abstract language that describes the multiple shapes a protein molecule can take and how and when it transitions from one shape to another.

A protein molecule’s function is often determined by its shape and structure, so understanding the dynamics that control shape and structure can open a door to understanding everything from how a protein works to the causes of disease and the best way to design targeted drug therapies. This is the first time a machine learning algorithm has been applied to biomolecular dynamics in this way, and the method’s success provides insights that can also help advance

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Blockstack PBC to Integrate Chainlink’s Industry Leading Oracle Technology into Blockstack’s Smart Contract Language

Industry leaders unite to expand technology, marketing, and community development

Blockstack PBC and Chainlink are joining forces to integrate the Blockstack and Algorand-supported Clarity smart contract language with Chainlink’s industry-leading oracle technology. By leveraging Chainlink as the preferred oracle solution, Blockstack developers will soon be able to build sophisticated Clarity smart contracts that are enhanced with secure, validated data spanning millions of data providers, web APIs, and other off-chain resources from Chainlink.

Clarity was designed from the ground-up to be more secure, predictable, and reliable than other languages. When combined with Chainlink’s technology, Clarity will unlock a host of new use cases and user experiences. The initial integration will revolve around integrating Chainlink’s widely used Price Feeds, but will evolve into a generalized oracle solution for the platform. Both teams aim to make Chainlink’s capabilities available to Blockstack users and developers in the near future, in addition to the entirety

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WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE! This dictionary keeps step with the times

Regular readers know I love a good dictionary update. isn’t my go-to dictionary, but I do consult it at times. The site updated and added a number of entries a couple of weeks ago. said its overhaul was intended to be more people-centric. Senior editor John Kelly said in an NPR interview, “Our revisions are putting people, in all their rich humanity, first, and we’re extremely proud of that.”

Interesting. Isn’t it a given that dictionaries are for people? Do any species beyond humans use a dictionary? Pandas? Minnows? Kudzu?

Earlier this year, the dictionary had already added or expanded entries for many words related to covid-19. Of course, the pandemic is a huge world event, but a word’s path to a dictionary is normally a bit slower.

Merriam-Webster made similar changes. Obviously, the online versions of any publications are a thousand times easier to update. (If I

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Ford Debuts Sculpture In China That Teases Future Design Language

text, background pattern: Ford At 2020 Auto China

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Ford At 2020 Auto China

Are those fins on the sides?

At 2020 Auto China, Ford has a sculpture that previews its future design language. The company calls the look “Progressive Energy In Strength.” 

The sculpture depicts a vehicle in profile that tapers to a point at the back. The front end is muscular and wouldn’t appear too out of place on a new interpretation of the Mustang. The long hood flows back to a sleek, cockpit-like passenger compartment. Its teardrop shape creates the flowing line that creates the roof and leads to the rear.

A fascinating aspect is the fin-like shape along the rear flank. It somewhat evokes the styling of cars from the 1950s and early ’60s where big fins are a major styling element. Maybe Ford is looking to revive a little of this aesthetic.

The Ford China Design Center will open in

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Object Management Group Request for Proposal, Interface Definition Language

The Object Management Group (OMG), an international technology standards organization, announced its request for proposal (RFP) an Interface Definition Language v4 (IDL4) to C++ Language Mapping specification.

The language mapping specification will provide data distribution service (DDS) and CORBA users with interoperable API for C++ programming language.

“The existing IDL to C++ language mappings are currently being exercised by thousands of DDS- and CORBA-based systems,” said RFP author & principal software engineer at RTI Fernando Garcia Aranda, in a press release. “As new systems adopt OMG IDL, it is important to keep our standard mappings current so new and existing systems can benefit from the new additions to the language.

“With this RFP, we define an updated set of IDL to C++ mappings that make use of the new features of the most recent versions of the OMG IDL to the fullest extent.”

The latest version of the OMG IDL

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