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Showing posts from October, 2013

In Other Words: New York Times Article - Andrew Pollack:"What's that smell. Exotic Scents Made From Re-engineered Yeast"

It's not often that I get to talk about what is actually happening at my own company which in many ways makes posting about what I really care about even harder. But as it turns out, today, I don't actually need to say much about all the exciting science, and development going on at Amyris. I don't have to because a New York Times article recently talking about all the great things happening at Amyris - with some things being more speculative than others. The article did such a good job explaining in layman's terms what it is that Amyris is doing, that I am just going to link the article to this blog article and call it "In Other Words". I recommend everyone reading this: What's that smell. Exotic Scents Made From Re-engineered Yeast

Freely-Speaking: Biology and Big Data

Computational sciences at the interface of a hard science are gaining in importance as shown by the recent Nobel Price in chemistry awarded this year. I also recently read two more commentaries that appeared in Nature and Nature Biotechnology that I found interesting.

R&D News: 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded to...

Quick note to myself: Yesterday was a great day!

The 2013 Nobel Prize was awarded to three professors: Professor Martin Karplus, of the University and Strasbourg and Havard University, professor Michael Levitt, of Stanford University, and professor Arieh Warshel, of the University of Southern California.

This is great for several reasons:

Firstly, USC is my Alma mater. USC now has 4 Nobel Prize holders over its life time and two over just the last 20 or so years! So go Trojans!

Secondly, this is the first time I am aware of that a Nobel Prize went to a computational science related field for being able to merge quantum- and Newtonian-physics model into one coherent computer model enabling researchers to understand how chemical reactions happen in molecules of different complexities. I think this underlines the increasing importance that computers play in solving increasingly complicated problems.

Sustainable Living - One Step At A Time: Shoes and Clothing

Oh boy, it has been too long since I last posted here. It's time to get the cycle started again. Today's post falls into the category of sustainable living. My current shoes are getting old. Living in a free-market society, I thought that every dollar spent is like a vote that the consumer casts. I also thought that shoes these days are not very sustainable: all those volatile organic vapors, all those synthetic materials that don't break down. So I was wondering if there is a way to buy more sustainable products. Many sports wear companies are realizing that people with healthy life styles desire products that reflect their values. I first found a site that ranks these companies according to a standardized list of questions ( From there, I found that PUMA is leading the pack. This is not necessarily a company endorsement, but as I was trying to explore shoes that are more sustainable, I came across this video …