Monday, April 28, 2014

RSVP for science talks and courses this week

Science talks!
50 Bars. 50 Talks. 1 Night.
April 29TH

Brooklyn Brainery
Free Event! The Mysteries of Ice Cream on April 29

Posted by 16ec9eca tiny Jen on apr 6, 2014 under Event

It might not be prime ice cream eating weather quite yet, but for this month's Masters of Social Gastronomy lecture, we're bringing summertime to Brooklyn no matter what the thermometer says.

Hear the tale of vanilla ice cream, a commonplace flavor with a rare and exotic past. We'll take a hard look at the science that makes ice cream tick and see if we can harness the DIY spirit to craft up astronaut ice cream in your very own kitchen.

The wide range of curious flavors will be on full display, with 19th-century artichoke-and-tomato ice cream and other adventuresome (and masochistic) creations.

Plus! We'll be giving away a signed copy of the new Ample Hills Creamery Cookbook and have some treats along the way.

Very Important Details:
Tuesday, April 29
Free, 21+
Doors at 7:30pm, talks start at 8pm
Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street in Gowanus

Totally optional RSVP

SciCafe May 7, 2014
Collective Behavior in Ant Colonies and Beyond
Doors open at 6:30 pm

Program begins at 7 pm

Collective behavior takes many forms, such as emergence, self-organization, superorganism, quorum sensing, artificial intelligence, and dynamical networks. Stanford University biologist Deborah Gordon will discuss her research on ant colonies to investigate systems that operate without central control.Location: Wallach Orientation Center

Entrance: 77th Street

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

are we humans? or are we dancers?

one of the first lessons that they teach you when you are learning to dance any social dance is the following:
practice! dance with as many people you can, have a lot of different dance experience and learn with all of them. Therefore, it is not correct and you must avoid the attachment to only one partner. Indeed you accumulate errors and get use to the other person way to dancing. The professionals claim that you must dance with other people, even if you have a stable partner. they consider stupid and counterproductive for you evolution to get stuck with only one follower or leader.
Now, that is in the dance floor... but isn't it the world a huge dance salon. Aren't we learning how to live or how to dance. If this analogy is truth, and we are dancers, then why all this social pressure to keep only one partner? why is bad to enjoy different songs with different people.
Evolutionary the system of a couple has given advantage to the survivor of the offspring. Socially we had created so many rules to keep everything under control that it looks that we can only dance one style per time. Are we limiting ourselfs superimposing external rules?
perhaps in case we found a great dancer, the one that we love to dance with is the event that keep us away of the desire to try other styles.

Monday, April 14, 2014

the pursuit of happiness

Want a Happier Life?

Realize that enduring happiness doesn't come from success. People adapt to changing circumstances—even to wealth or a disability. Thus, wealth is like health: its utter absence breeds misery, but having it (or any circumstance we long for) doesn't guarantee happiness.

Take control of your time. Happy people feel in control of their lives. To master your use of time, set goals and break them into daily aims. Although we often overestimate how much we will accomplish in any given day (leaving us frustrated), we generally underestimate how much we can accomplish in a year, given just a little progress every day.

Act happy. We can sometimes act ourselves into a happier frame of mind. Manipulated into a smiling expression, people feel better; when they scowl, the whole world seems to scowl back. So put on a happy face. Talk as if you feel positive self-esteem, are optimistic, and are outgoing. Going through the motions can trigger the emotions.

Seek work and leisure that engages your skills. Happy people often are in a zone called "flow"—absorbed in tasks that challenge but don't overwhelm them. The most expensive forms of leisure (sitting on a yacht) often provide less flow experience than gardening, socializing, or craft work.

Join the "movement" movement. An avalanche of research reveals that aerobic exercise can relieve mild depression and anxiety as it promotes health and energy. Sound minds reside in sound bodies. Off your duffs, couch potatoes.

Give your body the sleep it wants. Happy people live active vigorous lives yet reserve time for renewing sleep and solitude. Many people suffer from a sleep debt, with resulting fatigue, diminished alertness, and gloomy moods.

Give priority to close relationships. Intimate friendships with those who care deeply about you can help you weather difficult times. Confiding is good for soul and body. Resolve to nurture your closest relationship by not taking your loved ones for granted, by displaying to them the sort of kindness you display to others, by affirming them, by playing together and sharing together. To rejuvenate your affections, resolve in such ways to act lovingly.

Focus beyond the self. Reach out to those in need. Happiness increases helpfulness (those who feel good do good). But doing good also makes one feel good.

Keep a gratitude journal. Those who pause each day to reflect on some positive aspect of their lives (their health, friends, family, freedom, education, senses, natural surroundings, and so on) experience heightened well-being.

Nurture your spiritual self. For many people, faith provides a support community, a reason to focus beyond self, and a sense of purpose and hope. Study after study finds that actively religious people are happier and that they cope better with crises.

Digested from David G. Myers, The Pursuit of Happiness (Harper Paperbacks, 1993)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Google glasses: NAY or YAY?

From a simple user perspective...
They offered the glasses to me, and after a first excitement to say yes and get them, i rejected the ofter... Why?
Glass pros: they look super cool and you can adapt them to you own glasses. They are light and after a few minutes they almost feel natural. You can call, write, watch and make videos, all in a very simple and easy way.
They are the future, besides any questioning, the tech future is going straight to have this kind of devices on behalf of the rectangular phones. So why waiting?
Glass cons: the technology is in diapers, they need more feedback and enhance some functions in order to provide a high level service. They are expensive ($1500). Most of my friends swear that they wont walk next to me if I using the glasses... plus my boyfriend extremely emphasized he does not want me to use them...

Monday, April 7, 2014

Some ecology #ADayWithoutWaste is a sustainability awareness campaign that is inspiring us to understand how our individual actions can come together to create lasting change, benefiting our environment and our future.

One-third of the food produced on the globe is wasted - that's almost 1.3 billion tons per year.

Pledge to go #ADayWithoutWaste on Wednesday and do something about this!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Good course about drug development and protein-protein interactions

Good course about drug development and protein-protein interactions
Chemical Computing Group (CCG) would like to invite you to a hands-on computer-aided drug design workshop hosted in conjunction with The Office of Research Computing at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. This workshop is scheduled to take place at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine located at 1301 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, New York on Wednesday May 07th. A detailed agenda can be found below.

There is no cost to attend this workshop but pre-registration is required as seats are limited. Our workshops are open to the public, so please do not hesitate to forward this email to colleagues who might be interested in the subjects presented - no previous MOE software experience is required to attend.

Best regards,


CCG Workshop at Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Date: Wednesday 07th May, 2014

Location:1301 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, New York,

Room 551, Price Venter/Block Pavillion


8:30-9:00 Morning Coffee and Continental Breakfast


9:00-12:00 Designing Inhibitors with MOE Structure-Based Drug Design Tools
Visualization / Pharmacophores / Docking / Combinatorial synthesis


This hands-on course covers the application of in silico structure based drug design (SBDD) tools for the rational design of Tarceva-based EGFR kinase inhibitors. Starting with raw PDB protein-ligand 3D structures, all the steps required to initiate and advance an SBDD study are covered: preparing PDB structures for modelling, binding pocket visualization, protein-ligand contact analysis and the use of SAR for in situ modelling (modifying and optimizing ligands in the binding pocket) to design new compounds. Advanced topics such as pharmacophore query generation, protein-ligand docking, protein alignments for binding site comparison and in situ combinatorial synthesis will also be covered.


12:00-13:00 Lunch*


13:00-17:00 Analyzing and Rationalizing Protein-Protein Interactions
Interface visualization/ Surface property mapping/Interactive mutagenesis/Hot-spot detection


This course covers tools in MOE for analysing protein-protein interactions, such as molecular surfaces and non-bonded contact visualisation in 3D and using 2D interaction diagrams. Examples include calculating surface properties such as electrostatic hot-spots or patches, as well as physicochemical properties such as the isoelectric focusing point and zeta potential. The effect of mutations such as residue scanning on protein-protein interactions is explored.




*Lunch and refreshments will be provided