Archive for October, 2011

October 30, 2011

The PA protein in the anthrax toxin changes 3D structure 3 times during its normal function.

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October 30, 2011

« Signs and symbols rule the world, not words nor laws. » ~ Confucious

October 28, 2011

In an old train, in autumn. The air is pleasantly sunny, clean, and fresh. I’m travelling across an unknown, ancient, but also somehow modern and vital, western country. I pass by a magnificent old city, built completely around a mountain, whose architecture style lies somewhere between ancient Rome and renaissance Florence. Huge statues of people symbolizing reason, justice, order, serenity, equilibrium. I’m astonished by the complexity and richness of the colors and forms of the city, and at the same time by their equilibrium and harmony. I think that the city resembles life itself. A voice tells me the name of the city: an Italian name that does not sound new to me, but that I cannot remember now.

After a while, the train passes by a magnificent mountain chain, a huge wall of rock with astonishing shades of color, ranging from the deep blue of the shadows to the warm yellow of the rocks exposed to sunlight. The air becomes colder. I feel that we are in the Far East now. Again, I’m strongly impressed by this sight, and I feel deep parallels to the vision of the city.

October 27, 2011

The first floor of Ca d’Oro. Its fresh shadows, its cold, mute columns overlooking the canal. A quiet rhythm of light and water reflected on the complexity of the mosaics.

October 22, 2011

Belgian chocolate and irredundand autocorrelations at 8pm, coming back from Venice.

October 21, 2011

« A proposal should describe a focused research problem, and its importance and significance should be made evident to non-expert readers. It should also contain a clear description of the approach to be taken, make a convincing case that this approach is particularly attractive, and detail potential research outcomes. Proposals should describe well-developed ideas which can be explored further during at least one semester. Proposals that are precise in explaining the problem(s) (for example which include sufficient mathematical details to state the problem) and also which are well-motivated and are clearly understandable by non-experts have been most successful in the past. » ~ From a fellowship announcement

October 11, 2011

« Secondo l’etimologia latina, testo deriva da textus, che significa tessuto, poiché proprio con questo condivide requisiti di autonomia, coerenza, coesione, e la possibilità di strutturarsi secondo diversi livelli di complessità. » ~ “Semiotica”, Patrizia Magli.

October 11, 2011

Always trust the old books that reach your eyes suddenly, unexpectedly, while walking across a street market.

October 9, 2011

Dark chocolate with ginger, dark chocolate with cinnamon.

October 3, 2011

« Non esiste scienza senza fantasia, né arte senza fatti. » ~ Vladimir Nabokov