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Archive for June 6th, 2005

Open source Digital Bacteria

Monday, June 6th, 2005

/. FiReaNGeL writes “Scientists have constructed a software capable of simulating organisms at the molecular, single-cell and population levels. The program, called AgentCell, will soon be available, open sourced under a BSD license. “With AgentCell we can simulate the behavior of entire populations of cells as they sense their environment, respond to stimuli and move in a three-dimensional world”. The researchers have designed their digital bacterial system in modules, so that additional components may be added later – “The hope is that people will modify the code or add some new capabilities”. AgentCell has possible applications in cancer research, drug development and combating bioterrorism. Lots of movies and pictures are available, along with a detailed press release describing the program.”

You might want to check out my own project “Droids API“, which was actually called Bacteria API in the beginning, but I changed it to Droids to sound less like a vira :)

* Bytefarmers Droids API

* Slashdot | Open source Digital Bacteria

Virtual Brain Computing

Monday, June 6th, 2005

/. bryan8m writes “An IBM supercomputer running on 22.8 teraflops of processing power will be involved in an effort to create the first computer simulation of the entire human brain.
From the article: ‘The hope is that the virtual brain will help shed light on some aspects of human cognition, such as perception, memory and perhaps even consciousness.’ It should also help us understand brain malfunctions and ‘observe the electrical code our brains use to represent the world.'”

Slashdot | Effort to Create Virtual Brain Begins

Rise of Fedora Foundation

Monday, June 6th, 2005

/. “In a bid to attract a larger following among developers, Red Hat has spun off its Fedora open source project into a more independent foundation. As part of the transition, the Fedora open source project will transfer development work and copyright ownership of contributed code to the foundation but Red Hat will continue to provide substantial financial and engineering support.” From the article: “The proposed patents common, which mimics the Creative Commons licensing scheme for creative works including art and music, is designed to enable developers to exchange ideas with fewer concerns about patent infringement. and Red Hat’s efforts to lobby for patent reform in the U.S. and Europe.”

* Slashdot | Redhat Spins Off Fedora Project

Red Hat releases Netscape Directory Server to OSS

Monday, June 6th, 2005

/. parry writes “Red Hat has released the Netscape Directory server acquired from Netscape Security Solutions under a “GPL + Exception” license. The Fedora Directory Server is made up of a number of different pieces of software, each with their own licensing.”

Slashdot | Red Hat releases Netscape Directory Server to OSS

RFID: The Next Internet?

Monday, June 6th, 2005

/. “RFID Journal has an artricle about how an open source foundation is creating a new Internet based on RFID tags. ‘The founders [RadioActive Foundation] liken the EPCglobal Network as a whole to the Internet, with RFID tags acting as URLs, and the tags’ associated data being the Web site for that tag . The software the foundation develops, Michael Mealling adds, will act similarly to an Internet search engine. With Discovery Service software, for example, companies will be able to search for an RFID tag without requiring connected links between each point of the tag’s travels.’ Pretty neat concept, probably decades away.”

* Slashdot | RFID: The Next Internet?