Thursday, April 23, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009

Did you Learn about Him in School??


More information about the guy you never learned about in school than you could imagine.


Encyclopedia of Life


I can't believe I hadn't come by this site by now. Talk about a wealth of scientific knowledge.

http://www.eol.org/



"The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is an ambitious, even audacious project to organize and make available via the Internet virtually all information about life present on Earth. At its heart lies a series of Web sites—one for each of the approximately 1.8 million known species—that provide the entry points to this vast array of knowledge. The entry-point for each site is a species page suitable for the general public, but with several linked pages aimed at more specialized users. The sites sparkle with text and images that are enticing to everyone, as well as providing deep links to specific data.

The EOL dynamically synthesizes biodiversity knowledge about all known species, including their taxonomy, geographic distribution, collections, genetics, evolutionary history, morphology, behavior, ecological relationships, and importance for human well being, and distribute this information through the Internet. It serves as a primary resource for a wide audience that includes scientists, natural resource managers, conservationists, teachers, and students around the world. We believe that the EOL's encompassing scope and innovation will have a major global impact in facilitating biodiversity research, conservation, and education.

The EOL staff is made up of scientists and non-scientists working from museums and research institutions around the world. We currently have 20 full time employees, but as this project grows, so will the EOL family."

Sunday, April 5, 2009

ADAM- The Robot Scientist

We rely on machines to collect data. We rely on them to interpret the data and to construct models. We rely on machines heavily in the course of scientific advancement. But on more rung has been added to the ladder. In fact, perhaps it is altogether another ladder. For the first time, and certainly not the last, a hunk of machinery, called ADAM, has developed scientific hypotheses and tested them, ... by itself. And this methodology has lead to new scientific knowledge.

And so it goes. Enter the robot scientists. Complex pathways of wires and metal and instruments that results in new knowledge. And all this with no human input, other than the building and encoding of AI within it's circuits. This advancement may prove considerably beneficial to the scientific world.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/04/090402-robot-scientists.html