writes: Within a dangerous stomach bacterium, Yale University researchers have discovered an ancient but functioning genetic remnant from a time before DNA existed, they report in the August 13 issue of the journal Science.
"What these cells are doing is using ancient RNA technology to control modern gene expression," said Ron Breaker, the Henry Ford II Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale, investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and senior author of the study.Link to Original Source
writes: I am the godfather of a 10-year old kid, whose parents have a very successful small software company. His birthday is at this month's end, and I wanted to give him a gift not related to money, as he has pretty much everything money can get. He loves technology, computers and gadgets, but so far his interests are more into gaming and browsing and facebook than anything else. His parents tried to teach him python, but he lost interest as the thing of writing loops and assigning values to variables just to print something seemed, in his words, "quite dumb compared to what computers can do".
So my question is, how can I spark interest in programming to a today's kid? We are in a point where computers are so advanced out from the box that they don't need to think by themselves — the computer/internet/youtube/WoW is interesting enough for them. Is there any programming course/toolkit for the instant reward generation?