May 27, 2010

The 2nd ChEBI workshop: Call for Participation

The NanoPutians:  Synthesis of Anthropomorphic MoleculesThe second Chemical Entities of Biological Interest (ChEBI) workshop will be held at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) in Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, UK on the 23rd and 24th June 2010. The full provisional schedule (including registration page) for this workshop is now available. Speakers at the workshop include:

There will also be several discussion sessions on the future evolution of the ChEBI project. Training will be provided including using ChEBI for research purposes and submitting your chemicals to ChEBI for annotation. We (the ChEBI team) hope to welcome you to Hinxton in June.


  1. Image of The NanoPutians taken from: Chanteau, S., & Tour, J. (2003). Synthesis of Anthropomorphic Molecules: The NanoPutians The Journal of Organic Chemistry, 68 (23), 8750-8766 DOI: 10.1021/jo0349227

April 17, 2009

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Google

GoogleVia the Official Google Research Blog at the University of Google, Alon Halevy, Peter Norvig and Fernando Pereira have published an interesting expert opinion piece in the  March/April 2009 edition of IEEE Intelligent Systems: computer.org/intelligent. The paper talks about embracing complexity and making use of the “the unreasonable effectiveness of data” [1] drawing analogies with the “unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics” [2]. There is plenty to agree and disagree with in this provocative article which makes it an entertaining read. So what can we learn from those expert Googlers in the Googleplex? (more…)

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