David Fogel News
Researchers from the University of Arizona are inserting old genes into E. coli and then observing how the genes evolve, essentially doing an instant replay on evolution to see how consistent the evolutionary path is. (Mar 15, 2018)read more
My colleague and friend Dr. Risto Miikkulainen of Sentient Technologies, let me know that Sentient now has several new demos in evolutionary computation (and other AI algoriths) available at their website. Risto is a pioneer in combining evolutionary computation with neural networks and I encourage you to have a look at their site. (Mar 14, 2018)read more
Today’s an important day for one of our projects. A little over a year ago, Dr. Bob Penner met with us at Natural Selection, Inc. and asked if we could help with an app that would assist him in figuring out which of his clothes go together. You see, he’s color blind. He can tell you some very funny stories that have resulted from his “color deficiency.” So with machine learning to determine how to label colors, expert rules on how colors go together based on different types of clothing, and an expert app programmer, today the Color Butler 2018 app has launched in the iPhone app store. It’s free so go download the app and check it out. Color blindness affects about 1 in 12 males (you might think higher!) and so it’s likely there’s someone you know who’d benefit from this app.
And, as a little side story, today is the first day that my music is published on the app store, and with me performing. I composed the theme song to the app, called Colors of Life. It plays during the tutorial. (You can turn it off if you like, but I’d rather you turn it up and enjoy it.) The track that is playing has me on all parts, including my dad’s old tenor sax. We do have a nicer recording with Jim Weiss recorded at Peter Sprague’s studio that we’ll be swapping in soon. But for now, you can listen to me… and I hope you do and I hope you enjoy it. We’ll have it on iTunes in the future in case you’d like to have your own copy.
Oh, and you can also watch for more info at www.colorbutler.com.read more
Baseball players with high scores on vision and motor tasks had higher on-base percentage (OBP) and fewer strikeouts, as identified by researchers at Duke Health (Feb. 2, 2018)read more
Congratulations to my brother Gary Fogel and colleague Enoch Liu for co-authoring the cover article of the Journal of Neurovirology! Way to go!!read more
Smart contact lenses have been rigid and uncomfortable. Researchers at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea, have now created a flexible smart contact that can measure glucose and may alleviate the need for finger sticks. (Jan 24, 2018)read more
I had the opportunity to perform an EffectCheck(R) sentiment analysis on Apple's recent letter to iPhone users, whose phones were slowed down during a software update. Click here to read the case study. (Jan 9, 2018)read more
The hypoxia inducible factor HIF-2a is a well-known factor in regulating genes promoting angiogenesis, increased tumor growth or metastasis. A new trial with PT2385 from Peloton Therapeutics, Inc. is showing progress in inhibiting HIF-2a and blocking tumor growth in...read more
Researchers at Indiana University have observed a star that is 550 light years from Earth that is "crushing one or more planets in its orbit into vast clouds of gas and dust." Quoting one of the researchers: "This is a very interesting phase in the evolution of...read more
The music video Path of Totality: Eclipse 2017 (for which I composed the music to Joe Woolbright's excellent videography) is featured this month in Planetarian, which goes to planetarium directors and other professionals internationally.read more