June 2022

An illustration of SeqScreen's workflow (A) and the machine learning training framework (B)

An article published in the journal “Genome Biology” reports the results of tests conducted with SeqScreen, a free / open source software developed to recognize genetic sequences existing in pathogenic microorganisms. A team of researchers led by computer scientist Todd Treangen of Rice University and genomics specialist Krista Ternus of the scientific consultancy firm Signature Science, LLC developed SeqScreen to analyze the characteristics of short DNA sequences often called oligonucleotides and improve the recognition techniques of sequences present in a sample that are at least potentially dangerous.

Tower of Glass aka The Tower of Glass by Robert Silverberg

The novel “Tower of Glass”, also known as “The Tower of Glass”, by Robert Silverberg was published for the first in 1970 serialized in the magazine “Galaxy Science Fiction” and later as a book.

Simeon Krug made his fortune by creating androids, beings considered non-human even if they’re grown based on human DNA. The consequence is that they’re considered to be properties such as machines and sold to do jobs of any kind. At the beginning of the 23rd century, this made him one of the richest men in the world.

When a signal from the depths of space is received that is recognized as being of artificial origin, Simeon Krug wants to decipher it and respond at all costs. Because of the distance, he must build a device capable of emitting a tachyon beam, which is faster than light. The enormous energies needed require the construction of a 1,500-meter-high tower.

The Man From Yesterday by Nick Walters

The novel “The Man From Yesterday” by Nick Walters was published for the first time in 2018.

Anne Travers, with the assistance of Lt. Bill Bishop, is investigating strange sightings of pink lightning reported in the Norfolk area. Some locals also mention the presence of strange beings with elven features. There’s something strange and the investigation continues to understand what’s behind it.

An airplane lands, an old model used during World War II. The elderly pilot looks rather confused even though he’s aware of where he landed. He remembers going on a war mission and that his name is Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. General Gore also discovers his arrival and prepares his plans.

The Legacy of Heorot by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Steven Barnes

The novel “The Legacy of Heorot” by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Steven Barnes was published for the first time in 1987. It’s the first book of the Heorot series.

When some of the colony’s animals are found dead of violent causes along with damage to some fences, security officer Cadmann Weyland thinks there’s a predator on the island that hasn’t yet been identified. Almost everyone else looks for alternative explanations and some even suspect that Cadmann created the incidents to prove his usefulness.

Given the situation, Cadmann decides to go in search of the possible predator and only Ernst helps him, but he suffered brain damage as a side effect of the hibernation in which he spent the interstellar journey. The two of them discover an animal native to the planet but Ernst is killed and Cadmann can barely survive. When he returns to the colony, he discovers that a woman has been killed along with her child and some colonists accuse him of the crime.

Superworm (Zophobas morio) larva

An article published in the journal “Microbial Genomics” reports the results of a study of the ability to digest polystyrene by the larvae of beetles belonging to the species Zophobas morio, commonly known as superworms, kingworms, or morio worms. A team of researchers from the Australian University of Queensland led by Chris Rinke used a metagenomic technique to analyze these larvae’s gut microbiome to find which microorganisms and in particular which genes are responsible for the digestion of polystyrene. The idea is to produce the enzymes needed to destroy the polystyrene waste in an ecological way.