The hard part is finding what that "thing" is and being able to integrate it into your life in a beneficial way.
"Just starve all people out by destroying all agriculture lands in one big go, planet will heal itself. Not that there will be anybody to care."
I suspect the planet may have reached that point already, but then we get into the sticky matter of population control. A topic that from experience gets ugly pretty quickly.
Personally I think we're all screwed and CO2 is only single link in a chain of serious issues. Environmental contamination with heavy metals, particulate matter, plastics etc etc are things that have begun to bite humans on the backside.
Interesting stats that you present, thanks for sorting through all that
Have we gone too far? My cynical side says yes, but part of me wishes for a solution that is relatively straight forward (nature's pretty good at providing solutions to problems). I remember reading an article about an invention that sequestered CO2 from the atmosphere, I thought, WTF why not plant trees? Sequester the carbon, use the wood for things other than burning, then plant more trees. Is such approach even feasible? Or am I just living in a fantasy world?
As you can tell, this is not my area of expertise. Once again thanks for taking time to give me something to think about. Cheers
I was going to say that a well-setup 2U hybrid CPU/GPU server would be capable of more than 8 TFLOPS (double precision). lol
Just reading the opening paragraph of that story made me think back to sound of my Dad typing away on one of those keyboards.
That sound is so distinct. I can remember using one myself and distinctly remember the long key travel. Nostalgic.
...wait, wait, wait hear me out.
I work in a BSL2+ lab where obviously I can't take my phone out and answer calls etc. But what I've always wanted is a notification band that is relatively low profile, that I can wear on the inside of my wrist. I just need it to let me know who is calling and scroll SMS messages so that I can tell if it is an emergency that needs to be addressed immediately. It takes a bit of time to de-gown and decontaminate before leaving the lab to deal with missed calls and I tend to waste a bit of time during the day replying to calls and SMS messages that were just not that urgent. It's only a matter of time before it'll be possible to get a 5-day working week out of the battery life and hopefully the construction will handle decontamination with mild disinfectants. I'm very close to giving the Galaxy Gear Fit a try as it seems to be close what I'm looking for, but I'm not so sure about battery life. It doesn't seem to be getting good reviews either. I'll be getting something eventually, but I think it's going to take a little longer for manufacturers to iron out the kinks. Cheers.
Aren't there are other areas of science that a faster GPU benefits namely structural biology and the modeling proteins?
Absolutely, I run complete atomistic molecular dynamics simulations of viruses that cause disease in humans (enterovirus simulations around the 3-4 million atom mark). Five years ago I had to use a supercomputer to model 1/12 of a virus particle which barely scraped into the nanosecond range. I'm now able to run complete virus simulations on my desktop computer (Tesla C2070 and Quadro 5000) and I get 0.1ns/day or on my 2U rack (4x Tesla M2090) with 2 viruses running simultaneously at almost 0.2ns/day. That's using the last generation of nVidia cards (Fermi), I should in theory be able to almost double that with the new Kepler cards. I will be VERY interested to see how the next ?Maxwell architecture pans out in the future. I can see a time in the not to distant future when I can model multiple instances of virus-drug interactions on-site here in the lab and get results overnight that I can compare with our "wet lab" results. I use NAMD for the simulations which works well with the CUDA cards.
There is a significant body of literature attempting to associate the onset of type 1 diabetes with infection by members of the species B enteroviruses, specifically CVB's (Coxsackieviruses B1 to B6) , if you search pubmed you will find hundreds of manuscripts. The problem has been nailing down a definitive causal relationship, from my understanding it is thought that there may be an element of molecular mimicry involved in the disease (or something similar). Essentially the virus infects the host and damages specific parts of the pancreas, the host's immune system mounts a response to the insult, but in the process creates antibodies that target the hosts own islet cells, resulting in the autoimmune disease that is type 1 diabetes. The problem of definitively implicating CVB's for type 1 diabetes is similar in some ways to that of other enterovirus infections like Polio. Basically there are other host mediated issues at play but with Polio you are able to detect the virus around the time of infection, with diabetes the disease presents after the infection has been cleared, complicating matters. To this day we still don't understand why only about 1% of people infected with Polio will develop paralysis, whilst the majority of people ~95% will show no significant signs of illness. Host factors are really important and not fully understood, there may even be a role for certain bacteria in the gut assisting the infection!
As a side note there has been some recent rumblings about the possibility of viral infections triggering transient type 2 diabetes, I can't link to any papers at the moment (too busy at work) but if anyone is interested I can have a dig around later.
Hopefully the vaccine is able to account for the amount of drift in the enterovirus genome that occurs at up to ~1% per annum, a similar problem exists with the new enterovirus 71 vaccine, an emerging bug similar in presentation to Polio.
"It was all that Dan Marino's fault, everyone knows that. If he had held the Surface, laces out, like he was supposed to, Ray would never have missed that kick. Dan Marino should die of gonorrhea and rot in hell. Would you like a cookie, son?"
Hey thanks "ratbag" for your kind words. The work that Barnes et al. are doing is so important for researchers like us. It opens the door for us to answer questions in a manner that even 5 years ago was considered "ambitious" to say the least. I am very lucky to be in a position where I have access to resources that allow me to explore new ways of answering some very old questions about how viruses behave, with the added bonus that we may hopefully be able to contribute to making the world just a little bit better. Fingers-crossed.
"jkflying" I started off by working in electronics engineering when I left school, funnily enough I was running a company with some friends designing and building robotics systems, mainly focusing in animatronics. I wanted to start using my robotics background to work in the development of prosthetic limbs, but ended up changing the focus of my undergrad from anatomy and physiology to pathology, specifically microbiology with a lot of biochemistry thrown in. My post-grad was in computational biology. I actually started doing the simulation work after playing around with the tutorials on the VMD/NAMD website at the University of Illinois. I would recommend doing them, it's great nerdy fun and it gets you thinking about the different ways that you apply the techniques.
Have a great day:)