We Like April 27th: Open Source Language for Programming Cells, Crowdsourced Verification during Crisis, John Cleese on Creativity 1

Bioengineers Build Open Source Language for Programming Cells

Image: Steve Jurvetson/Flickr.

Drew Endy wants to build a programming language for the body.

Endy is the co-director of the International Open Facility Advancing Biotechnology — BIOFAB, for short — where he’s part of a team that’s developing a language that will use genetic data to actually program biological cells. That may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but the project is already underway, and the team intends to open source the language, so that other scientists can use it and modify it and perfect it.

Crowdsourced Verification for Crisis Information

Patrick Meier

Large amounts of unverified and often contradictory information often appear on social media following natural disasters. Timely verification of this information can be crucial for coordinating relief efforts. Our goal is to enable and accelerate this verification process by developing Veri.ly, an online platform designed to collectively evaluate the credibility of rapidly crowdsourced evidence.

John Cleese on Creativity

John Cleese

In this excerpt from his fantastic 1991 (we think) lecture, John Cleese offers a recipe for creativity, delivered with his signature blend of cultural insight and comedic genius. Specifically, Cleese outlines “the 5 factors that you can arrange to make your lives more creative”.

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