Thomas Kitzler

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Incredibly detailed embryo maps chart each cell’s developmental fate

NEWS<p>The path to a mature organism is much more dynamic than previously thought.<p>Heidi Ledford<p>Search for this author in:<p>Pub Med<br>• Nature.com<br>• Google …

Learn to Code: Harvard's Free Online Computer Science Course

HTML, CSS, JavaScript, C, SQL, PHP, and More<p>Harvard’s “Introduction to Computer Science” course is widely regarded as the best computer science …

The fabulous life of Google cofounder and Alphabet CEO Larry Page

The quirky, soft-spoken computer scientist cofounded Google with Sergey Brin in 1998 and now, almost 20 years later, still runs its parent company, Alphabet.<p>So who's the man behind Google and how did he get to where he is today?<p>Here's his story.<p><i>Jillian D'Onfro contributed to an earlier version of</i> …

Free online courses will teach anyone DNA sequencing

It's never been easier to learn how to code using online resources, and that's not limited to computer programming. You know what else is code? DNA, which scientists have been modifying in bacteria and embryos with increasing success over the years. Researchers from the Centre Recherches …

Genetics

Scientific presentations: A cheat sheet

Scientific culture and insufficient training in public speaking leads to dull, text-heavy talks. Put more effort into presentations, say Andrew …

10 apps everyone should have on their computer

Mobile apps are far more popular than their desktop counterparts, but most people still rely on laptop or desktop computers, either for work or just browsing the web at home.<p>Whether you've invested in Apple's Mac line or a Windows PC, there are absolutely some worthwhile desktop apps out there to …

A Mindset "Revolution" Sweeping Britain's Classrooms May Be Based On Shaky Science

The "growth mindset" phenomenon has swept through schools over the last 20 years and purportedly explains everything from Michael Jordan's success to Enron's failure. But the research behind it contains worrying errors.<p>Michael Jordan didn’t make his high school basketball team in 1978. He went on …

6 free apps to install on a new MacBook

Congrats on your new MacBook. Apple outfits you with a bounty of preinstalled software, but it doesn't cover everything. Here are six free apps that I installed on my new new MacBook Pro and use regularly, from an uninstaller to a word processor, with four useful apps in between.<p>Let's take them in …

A rare sighting of the Milky Way

Due to increased amounts of light pollution, Iceland is one of the few countries left in Europe where it can still easily be seen.<p>In the late 1800s, an Icelandic poet and entrepreneur is fabled to have tried to sell the Northern Lights to a group of businessmen from Switzerland.<p>Although Einar …

8 best Mac web browsers 2016

Which is the best web browser software for Mac users in 2016? From Safari and Opera to SeaMonkey and Vivaldi, here are eight internet browser apps …

Science Isn’t Broken

It’s just a hell of a lot harder than we give it credit for.<p>If you follow the headlines, your confidence in science may have taken a hit lately. Peer …

Scientists Seek to Update Evolution

Recent discoveries have led some researchers to argue that the modern evolutionary synthesis needs to be amended.<p>Kevin Laland looked out across the …

The World's Top Biologists Have Met to Discuss Whether We Should Update Evolution

Bringing Darwin's theory into the 21st century.<p>Evolutionary biology has helped scientists understand why the world looks the way it does for more …

In defense of Richard Dawkins: Elaine Ecklund and team write a pointless, Templeton-funded paper saying that Dawkins “misrepresents science”

As you can see from the many posts I’ve written about Rice University sociologist Elaine Ecklund, she’s made a career out of showing that scientists …

Religion

Interactive periodic table finally clues us in to what elements are used for

Looking at the periodic table, most of us have no issues identifying the use of certain elements. Sodium, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and others are no-brainers but what about the less talked about elements.<p>Seriously, do you know what Vanadium is used for? How about Polonium? Of course you don’t. …

Learning every way to break a gene

Finding the genetic cause of a disease—a mutation or genetic variant—is a lot like looking for a needle in a haystack. Except in the case of exome …

Ever since childhood, Brian Regan had been made to feel stupid because of his severe dyslexia. So he thought no one would suspect him of stealing secrets<p>The classrooms and hallways of Farmingdale High in Long Island were deserted on the morning of Saturday 19 August 2001, when a van pulled into the …

Surveillance

The 10 Algorithms Machine Learning Engineers Need to Know

This column is by James Li, Product Intern at NewStoryCharity<p>It is no doubt that the sub-field of machine learning / artificial intelligence has …

Joint calling of the ExAC publications

We report this week in <i>Nature</i> and <i>Nature Genetics</i> the first publications from the Exome Aggregation Consortium (ExAC), a project that has generated the …

This is the best scientific argument that your brain isn't a computer

One of the most intriguing speculative arguments in physics and computer science isn't really about physics or computer science at all. It's about the brain — or more precisely, about consciousness — and it's been going on for decades. The central question: Is the brain fundamentally like a …

Plato Questioned Whether the Beauty of Math Could Makes Us Better People

This is the second diablog* with Rebecca Newberger Goldstein. RNG is a philosopher, novelist, certified MacArthur “genius,” winner of a National …

Sentient machines are a greater threat to humanity than climate change, according to Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom<p>You’ll find the Future of Humanity Institute down a medieval backstreet in the centre of Oxford. It is beside St Ebbe’s church, which has stood on this site since 1005, and above a …

Singularity

These 17 life hacks will change the way you use Gmail

But that doesn't mean it can't be better.<p>A bunch of apps and plug-ins floating around the internet can make your experience using Gmail so much more enjoyable. With these amazing add-ons, you can see when people are tracking your emails, automatically know everything about people who email you, and …

No longer ‘junk DNA’ — shedding light on the ‘dark matter’ of the genome

The LIGR-seq method for global-scale mapping of RNA-RNA interactions in vivo to reveal unexpected functions for uncharacterized RNAs that act via …

8 easy ways to speed up your Mac

We all know a Mac is the best computer. It’s the most reliable, the least fuss and usually the most snappy. But, as with all computers, the trusty Macintosh can also become sluggish after a while.<p>In today’s <i>Cult of Mac</i> video, we’re going to show you eight easy, useful tips to speed up your Mac.<p>Speed …

Operating Systems

The Problem With Flat Design, According To A UX Expert

Just because people like flat design doesn’t mean they get how to use it.<p>As a user experience expert at Nielsen Norman Group, Kate Meyer has watched a lot of people use a lot of websites. But her favorite quote comes from a young adult–under 25–talking recently about navigating a flat web design: …

Most cited papers: computational biology, genomics and proteomics

As <i>Nature Biotechnology</i> leaves behind its teenage years, we list below the highest cited papers focusing on computational biology, genomics and …

Can you solve the '100 hat riddle' used by Google in job interviews?

A riddle used during job interviews for Google has proven to be no problem for artificial intelligence.<p>A team from the University of Oxford, Canadian …