English words derived from Greek mythology
Atlas = condemned to carry the heavens upon his shoulders - atlas = book of mapsCeres = goddess of agriculture - cereal = food made from grains
Clotho = the Fate who spun the thread of life - cloth = material made by weaving
Cronos = keeper of time - chronology = events in order of time
Erôs = god of love and sexual desire - erotic = sexual in nature
Fortuna = goddess of luck - fortune = chance or luck
Hypnos = god of sleep - hypnosis = a sleep-like state of consciousness
Hêlios = God of the sun and guardian of oaths - heliotrope = plant that turns towards the sun
Jove - another name for Jupiter - jovial = jolly, merry
Khaos = the nothingness from which all sprang - chaos = confusion, disorder
Mars = god of war - martial = relating to or about war
Mercury = messenger to the gods - mercurial = fast or changingMuses = goddesses of music - musical = of or like music
Narcissus = a very vain god who fell in love with his own reflection - narcissism = extreme love of self
Nectar = drink of the gods - nectar, nectarine = fruit juice or sweet plant secretion
Nymphe = beautiful maidens, lesser deities who cared for plants and animals = nymph = beautiful woman
Ôkeanos = God of the river Oceanus, the source of all the Earth's fresh-water - ocean = large body of water
Typhon = father of all monsters - typhoon = huge rotating tropical storm
Vulcan = god of fire - volcano = opening in the earth through which lava erupts
Zephyrus = god of the west wind - zephyr = gentle west wind
Pronunciation guide for mythological names, including Greek, Norse, Roman, Islamic, Celtic, Japanese and Egyptian among others. http://www.pantheon.org/miscellaneous/pronunciations.html
David Haussler (born 1953) is an American bioinformatician known for his work leading the team that assembled the first human genome sequence in the race to complete the Human Genome Project and subsequently for comparative genome analysis that deepens understanding the molecular function and evolution of the genome. David Haussler’s research combines mathematics, computer science, and molecular biology. As a collaborator on the international Human Genome Project, his team posted the first publicly available computational assembly of the human genome sequence on the Internet on July 7, 2000. Following this, his team developed the UCSC Genome Browser, a web-based tool that is used extensively in biomedical research and serves as the platform for several large-scale genomics projects. These include NHGRI’s ENCODE project to use omics methods to explore the function of every base in the human genome (for which UCSC serves as the Data Coordination Center), NIH’s Mammalian Gene Collection, NHGRI’s 1000 genomes project to explore human genetic variation, and NCI’s Cancer Genome Atlas project to explore the genomic changes in cancer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Haussler
The Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year, originally known as the Diagram Group Prize for the Oddest Title at the Frankfurt Book Fair, commonly known as the Diagram Prize for short, is a humorous literary award that is given annually to the book with the oddest title. The prize is named after the Diagram Group, an information and graphics company based in London, and The Bookseller, a British trade magazine for the publishing industry. Originally organised to provide entertainment during the 1978 Frankfurt Book Fair, the prize has since been awarded every year by The Bookseller and is now organised by the magazine's diarist Horace Bent. The winner was initially decided by a panel of judges, but since 2000 the winner has been decided by a public vote on The Bookseller's website. Find a list of awards given since 1978 at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bookseller/Diagram_Prize_for_Oddest_Title_of_the_Year NOTE that while browsing in a public library in Traverse City, Michigan, I found the 1980 winner and it was just what I was looking for.
David Patterson, computer science professor at the University of California Berkeley, is building a software pipeline for cancer genomics using the Cancer Genome Atlas, a repository of five petabytes of data containing the genetic sequencing of thousands of cancer tumors. The goal is that doctors will be able to prescribe a personalized targeted to stop a cancer's growth--or cure it. Paul Hyman Communications of the ACM February 2013
The smallest unit of measurement used for measuring data is a bit. A single bit can have a value of either 0 or 1. It may contain a binary value (such as On/Off or True/False), but nothing more. Therefore, a byte, or eight bits, is used as the fundamental unit of measurement for data. Find ten units, including petabyte (PB) at: http://www.techterms.com/help/data_storage_units_of_measurement
Feb. 26, 2013 Sequestration, sometimes called the sequester, is a process that automatically cuts the federal budget across most departments and agencies. Congress included the threat of sequestration in the Budget Control Act of 2011 as a way to encourage compromise on deficit reduction efforts. Congress couldn’t agree on a budget by the deadline set in the Budget Control Act, so mandatory budget cuts were scheduled to go into effect on January 2, 2013. Congress stopped the cuts from happening by passing the American Taxpayer Relief Act on January 2. This law pushed the budget cuts back until March 1, 2013. If Congress cannot agree on a budget to reduce the deficit by March 1, then sequestration would happen and $85 billion in spending cuts would go into effect. http://www.bespacific.com/
meld 1 verb
v.tr. To declare or display (a card or combination of cards in a hand) for inclusion in one's score in various card games, such as pinochle.
v.intr. To present a meld.
n. A combination of cards to be declared for a score.
[Probably German melden, to announce, from Middle High German, from Old High German meld
meld 2 verb
v.tr. To cause to merge.
v.intr. To become merged.
n. A blend or merger