ITBio Magazine

By Chris Aldrich | A group of articles at the intersection of the disciplines of Information Theory and (Molecular) Biology. Including some articles on tangential subjects like complexity, dynamic system theory, cybernetics, evolution, quantum information theory, artificial life, computer science, and biophysics which relate to these topics.

👓 Adaptable lizards illustrate key evolutionary process proposed a century ago | Science Daily

The 'Baldwin effect' has now been demonstrated at the genetic level in a population of dark-colored lizards adapted to live on a lava flow in the …

Biology

🔖 CNS*2018 Workshop on Methods of Information Theory in Computational Neuroscience

Methods originally developed in Information Theory have found wide applicability in computational neuroscience. Beyond these original methods there …

🔖 Proceedings for ALIFE 2018: The 2018 Conference on Artificial Life

This volume presents the proceedings of ALIFE 2018, the 2018 Conference on Artificial Life, held July 23rd-27th. It took place in Tokyo, Japan …

Origin Story: A Big History of Everything by David Christian

<b>"I have long been a fan of David Christian. In Origin Story, he elegantly weaves evidence and insights from many scientific and historical</b> …

🔖 [1801.06022] Reconstruction Codes for DNA Sequences with Uniform Tandem-Duplication Errors | arXiv

DNA as a data storage medium has several advantages, including far greater data density compared to electronic media. We propose that schemes for …

🔖 Nonlinear Dynamics 1 & 2: Geometry of Chaos by Predrag Cvitanovic

The theory developed here (that you will not find in any other course :) has much in common with (and complements) statistical mechanics and field …

📖 Read pages 19-52 of The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life by Nick Lane

 Read <i>Chapter 1: What is Life?</i> pages 19-52 in The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life by Nick Lane (W.W. Norton, <br>2015, …

Bacteria

📗 Started reading The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life by Nick Lane

 Started reading pages 1-18 <i>Introduction: Why is Life the Way it is</i> in The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life by Nick …

Biology

🔖 Quantum Information: What Is It All About? by Robert B. Griffiths | Entropy

This paper answers Bell’s question: What does quantum information refer to? It is about quantum properties represented by subspaces of the quantum …

Quantum Physics

Energy and Matter at the Origins of Life by Nick Lane | Santa Fe Institute

All living things are made of cells, and all cells are powered by electrochemical charges across thin lipid membranes — the ‘proton motive force.’ We …

👓 'A Sort of Everyday Struggle' | The Harvard Crimson

Women in Harvard's math department report a bevy of inequalities—from a discouraging absence of female faculty to a culture of "math bro" …

SFI and ASU to offer online M.S. in Complexity | Complexity Explorer

SFI and Arizona State University soon will offer the world’s first comprehensive online master’s degree in complexity science. It will be the …

Spontaneous fine-tuning to environment in many-species chemical reaction networks

Significance A qualitatively more diverse range of possible behaviors emerge in many-particle systems once external drives are allowed to push the …

First Support for a Physics Theory of Life

Take chemistry, add energy, get life. The first tests of Jeremy England’s provocative origin-of-life hypothesis are in, and they appear to show how …

Entropy 2018: From Physics to Information Sciences and Geometry

14-16 May 2018; Auditorium Enric Casassas, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain<p>One of the most frequently used scientific …

📖 Read pages 16-55 of A Mind at Play by Jimmy Soni & Rob Goodman

 Read pages 16-55 of <i>A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age</i> by Jimmy Soni & Rob Goodman<p>Knowing that I’ve read a lot about …

Bioinformatics beta on Stack Exchange

Apparently there’s a beta Bioinformatics group on Stack Exchange now. It’s just come out of alpha in the last few days and it appears anyone can join …

Bioinformatics

A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age

The life and times of one of the foremost intellects of the twentieth century: Claude Shannon—the neglected architect of the Information Age, whose …

A Universal Theory of Life: Math, Art & Information by Sara Walker

Dr. Walker introduces the concept of information, then proposes that information may be a necessity for biological complexity in this …

TED Talks

Can entropy be defined for and the Second Law applied to the entire universe? by Arieh Ben-Naim

This article provides answers to the two questions posed in the title. It is argued that, contrary to many statements made in the literature, neither …

Universe

The hidden simplicity of biology by Paul C W Davies and Sara Imari Walker

Life is so remarkable, and so unlike any other physical system, that it is tempting to attribute special factors to it. Physics is founded on the …

Physics

The "Hard Problem" of Life by Sara Imari Walker & Paul C.W. Davies

Chalmer's famously identified pinpointing an explanation for our subjective experience as the "hard problem of consciousness". He argued that …

The Algorithmic Origins of Life

The origin of life is arguably one of the greatest unanswered questions in science. A primary challenge is that without a proper definition for life …

Consciousness

Origins of Life: A Problem for Physics by Sara I. Walker

The origins of life stands among the great open scientific questions of our time. While a number of proposals exist for possible starting points in …

Quantum Mechanics

Can Darwinian Evolution Explain Lamarckism?

Answering three questions can help reveal how the “inheritance of acquired characteristic” fits into modern evolutionary theory.<p>Answering three …

Proceedings of the Artificial Life Conference 2016

The ALife conferences are the major meeting of the artificial life research community since 1987. For its 15th edition in 2016, it was held in Latin …

Changing Global Diets: the website | Eat This Podcast

A fascinating tool for exploring how, where and when diets evolve. Foodwise, what unites Cameroon, Nigeria and Grenada? How about Cape Verde, …

Complex Networks & Their Applications V

This book highlights cutting-edge research in the field of network science, offering scientists, researchers and graduate students a unique …

From Matter to Life: Information and Causality edited by SI Walker, PCW Davies, GFR Ellis

Recent advances suggest that the concept of information might hold the key to unravelling the mystery of life's nature and origin. Fresh insights …