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Solid-state nanopore animations for all occasions

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then an animation is worth so much more. Here are some simplified animations to explain various translocation scenarios which often arise in solid-state nanopore experiments. These animations were made during the course … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Books #5

Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb The book focuses on a number of cognitive biases and how people tend to assign explanations to the products of random processes. It draws examples from the financial world where Taleb worked for … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Books #4

Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic by Tom Holland Excellent look at the slow decline of the Roman Republic and the people in the upper echelon who brought this about. The roles of all the major players … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Books #3

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable By Nassim Nicholas Taleb A brilliant book dealing with several cognitive biases and our understanding of risk. Many interesting ideas are explored within and they raise even more questions. I think … Continue reading

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What happened to our dreams of phage?

I want to talk about bacteriophages and more specifically phage therapy, that is using phages to treat bacterial infections. While I have known about phages for several years, I’ve only recently gained enough knowledge in biochemistry to better appreciate the … Continue reading

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Ubuntu / Vista dual boot installation on a Sony VGN-FZ

So you want to dual boot Ubuntu and Windows on your Sony VAIO VGN-FZ** laptop? Here is a quick guide to help you through the procedure. It will assume you are starting on a brand new laptop with Vista pre-installed. … Continue reading

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More books reviewed

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho This book has come with very high recommendations from several people I’ve met while travelling. Earlier this year I heard that a big-budget movie was being developed based on the book and knowing Hollywood’s terrible … Continue reading

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Tutorial: 3d Visualization for MEMS

Several months ago I was asked to comment on how I created the 3D visualizations for several MEMS designs. What follows is a step by step description of the process used. Tools Needed: gds2pov ( POV-Ray ( KLayout (optional) ( … Continue reading

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Book reviews

I’ve compiled some short reviews of the books I’ve read recently. Adventure Capitalist by Jim Rogers ( Good book chronicling one of the world’s longest road-trips by famed investor Jim Rogers at the turn of the millennium. While overall a … Continue reading

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