Online game Foldit helps find AIDS protein structure

An online game has helped determine the structure of an enzyme that could pave the way for anti-AIDS drugs. The game, called Foldit, allows players to create new shapes of proteins by randomly folding digital molecules on their computer screens. In the journal Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, scientists write that they have been puzzled by the protein’s structure for over a decade. But it took the online community just…

A Beloved Car Of Cops And Cabbies Meets Its End

My grandfather, Joseph Jerz, worked as a tool & die cutter for Ford. After he retired, he bought a new Ford car every few years, and passed his previous car along to my father. So I ended up with a lot of experience driving Fords, and for my first few years at Seton Hill, I drive a wonderful, huge, blue Crown Victoria. The audio version of this story features hammering…

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A truly graphic adventure: the 25-year rise and fall of a beloved genre

In its sometimes-turbulent thirty-year history, the graphic-adventure genre has driven technology adoption, ridden at both the crest and trough of the graphics and audio waves, touched the lives of millions of people, and shaped the rise (and, in some cases, fall) of several big-name people and companies in the gaming industry. It’s a genre that has often been held back by its own insularity, suffering from an unwillingness to adapt…

Photographer’s Rights Page

The right to take photographs in the United States is being challenged more than ever. People are being stopped, harassed, and even intimidated into handing over their personal property simply because they were taking photographs of subjects that made other people uncomfortable. Recent examples have included photographing industrial plants, bridges, buildings, trains, and bus stations. For the most part, attempts to restrict photography are based on misguided fears about the…