Author: Matthew Dahlitz

Orb Composer

One of the more exciting developments for me personally as a composer is not so much the deep learning systems as an expert system called the Orb Composer. Developed in France by Richard Portelli, the system is like an orchestrator in a box, and a bit more. Richard fell in love with classical music when he was 18. Captivated by the richness of the music he set about studying scores while listening to the music on CDs. He analyzed the musical forms, deconstructing the compositions to learn about the structure and the language of the master composers—a pastime not...

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Researchers watch in real time as fat-encased drug nanoparticles invade skin cells

Some anti-cancer drugs are encapsulated to allow gradual release, spreading their effect over a longer time. For example, one formulation of the chemotherapy doxorubicin ( the FDA-approved drug Doxil®) encloses molecules of the drug in fatty nano-spheres called liposomes, which allows the drug to circulate longer in the blood. However, the use of liposome “capsules” often comes with side-effects.

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Flexible ‘skin’ can help robots, prosthetics perform everyday tasks by sensing shear force

Engineers from the University of Washington and UCLA have developed a flexible sensor “skin” to accurately convey information about shear forces and vibration to grasp, manipulate objects. If a robot is sent to disable a roadside bomb — or delicately handle an egg while cooking you an omelet — it needs to be able to sense when objects are slipping out of its grasp.

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