David Fogel News

New Class of Drug for Kidney Cancer

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...

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Star Observed “Devouring” Planet

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...

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Path of Totality: Eclipse 2017 Featured in Planetarian

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.

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The Symphony Version of Path of Totality: Eclipse 2017

When I was a little kid, I told my mom’s mom (my grandma) that someday I would write a symphony. She said “Really?!” Over the years, she would sometimes ask,”How’s your symphony coming along?” 🙂 Well… this isn’t a true symphony but I still think she’d be pretty happy with this. I am. This music is the production of many events. Of course, we can start with parents, and grandparents, and music lessons, and all that… but more to the recent point, it starts with Bob King of Sky & Telescope Magazine, who encouraged me to write something after seeing the total eclipse from Idaho. Then it involves Joe Woolbright, who’s time-lapse video of the eclipse was just awesome and we were able to put together a music video of the eclipse that’s now in 37 planetariums around the world. But then there’s others, like Eddie Grey, Kevyn Lettau, Donna Clitsome, John Thum, John Caffee, and more who encouraged me to have live players record my composition. As of last week, in studio with the help of very talented musicians on violin, viola, cello, and flute, along with some others I’ll never know, Peter Sprague and I completed this mix of my composition of Path of Totality: Eclipse 2017. Please (please please) — put on your good headphones or use your best speakers, close your eyes, and pretend you’re at Copley Symphony Hall here in San Diego while you have a listen. I can’t thank everyone involved enough.

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Neural Networks for Repairing Digital Images

Researchers from University of Maryland and University of Bern have created neural networks that can improve the quality of imagery, addressing problems such as blurriness, grainy noise, missing pixels and color corruption. (Dec 9, 2017)

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3D Printing with Living Ink

Bacterial cellulose has many nice properties that would be useful for three-dimensional shaping, but could you use it as "ink" for a 3D printer? Materials scientists at ETH Zurich have figured out how add materials to a living bacterial mix that can be pushed through...

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Analysis Suggests the Chicxulub Impactor 66myo Had a 13% Chance of Mass Extinction

Tohoku University researchers have analyzed the composition of the earth at the point of impact of the Chicxulub Impactor, the asteroid that struck the planet 66 million years ago. They found that the soot required to be lifted into the atmosphere this impact so as to cause mass extinction existed in only 13% of the Earth’s surface. (Nov 10, 2017)

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Researchers at Scripps Research Institute Identify Plausible Catalyst for Life

Scripps chemists report in Nature Chemistry that diamidophosphate (DAP) can phosphorylate each of the four nucleoside building blocks of RNA in water. Moreover, with imidazole, a simple organic compound likely present early in the Earth’s history, DAP’s activity “also led to the appearance of short, RNA-like chains of these phosphorylated building blocks.” Furthermore, DAP combined with water and imidazole phosphorylated glycerol and fatty acid (lipid building blocks). (Nov 6, 2017)

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