Category Biophysics

Molecular Dynamics Simulations and the Mechanisms of Protein Complexes

John Kuriyan from UC Berkeley is giving a NERSC Nobel Lecture describing the research behind the Nobel Prize, one of four lectures this year sponsored by National Energy Research Computing Center in honor of its 40th anniversary. I thought to highlight memorable moments from the lecture. John Kuriyan – May 20th, 2014 The underlying physical […]

Everything Existing in the Universe is the Fruit of Chance and Necessity. – Democritus, Part II

I would like to share some of the most interesting quotes from Peter Hoffmann Life’s Ratchet book. I wrote about it previously here. I liked the first, historical part of the book, but later chapters, in my view, lacked cohesiveness and struggled to provide proofs to the quote by Democritus after which this article is […]

Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity. – Democritus

Microsoft research made available video presentation of a book by Peter Hoffman ‘Life’s Ratchet: How Molecular Machines Extract Order from Chaos‘ about latest achievements of what we (scientists) presently know about inner workings of life at a nanoscale level. Peter mentions such philosophical concepts as life force, creationism, and some other before discarding them as unnecessary. […]