Two guys walked into a bar…
Yes, and they thought about how to store data, scribbling over a second beer, deciding on decoding DNA. Two scientists from the European Bioinformatics Institute, Ewan Birney and Nick Goldman, wrestled with the four nucleotides commonly abbreviated as A, C, G and T. “They published their results in the journal Nature, joining other groups who have experimented with DNA storage. George Church, a geneticist at Harvard who helped start the Human Genome Project, encoded an HTML file of his latest book into DNA earlier this year.” (NPR’s Adam Cole, January 24, 2013.) Storage solutions, even Crick and Watson would be amazed!
On a somber note, Stephen King released a 99-cent Kindle exclusive in response to his previous novel RAGE. The essay, GUNS, is his defense to the alleged tie between RAGE and four school-based shootings. King is quoted in an article by Jason Boog from GalleyCat, “You don’t leave a can of gasoline where a boy with firebug tendencies can lay hands on it.” (Media Bistro, January 24, 2013.)
King also said, “My book did not break (them) or turn them into killers; they found something in my book that spoke to them because they were already broken.” Read the entire article in USA Today.