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The Mac Partisan: Macs And The Sciences - If Einstein Was Around Now He Would Use A Mac .... Don't You Think?: A Resource
Updated: Tuesday, October 29, 2002

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Apple's Life Science Efforts on Verge of Bearing Fruit - For years, Apple's desktop systems have been widely embraced by the scientific community for their ease of use, high performance, and affordable price. Yet most serious life science computation today is done on computers from other vendors. Apple is trying to change that with a one-two punch: the Mac OS X software announced last year (and recently upgraded), and its Xserve hardware systems

Apple and Genentech have just released a new version of the gene-sequencing program used by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. The program, called BLAST, is used to calculate the homologies in the human genome, proteins and nucleotides

Mathematica Broadens Appeal - It's been said that anyone who doesn't already know about Mathematica may safely ignore news about its updates, since "nearly anyone who'd have a use for it would have heard of it" (in the words of MacAddict reviewer Ian Sammis). There's a grain of truth in that comment, but still we beg to differ. This spring's 4.2 update of Wolf- ram Research Inc.'s marquee product will appeal to a much broader audience than the researchers and the rocket-scientist types who have long been the company's core market

Scientists Switch to Mac OS X - Adam Q Salter writes "A Boston Globe article quotes many scientists and engineers who have switched to Apple workstations or have immediate plans to do so. Craig Hunter, an aerospace engineer at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia, said 'OS X, I think, is the best Unix I've seen come along, ever.' Scott Sneddon, a senior scientific fellow at Genzyme, is quoted as saying 'OS X is a better Unix development environment than Linux or Silicon Graphics Irix.'"

Book Review: "Developing Bioinformatics Computer Skills" - I wrote last time about bioinformatics, gave a quick introduction to the field and outlined why Apple should be interested. My research, as well as many others in the bioscience arena is going to rely more and more on information management in the very near future and the tools being developed under the broad umbrella of bioinformatics. Therefore, the need exists to learn what tools are available and how to take advantage of them. Given that bioinformatics is a relatively new field, there are very few general introductory texts available. However, O'Reilly press, a fascinating company who really deserves more....ahem....press, has recently become interested in the bioscience arena

Astronomy, Macs, and Windows PCs - I salute the NOAO instructors and astronomers for maintaining a professional, even keel throughout the workshop and attempting to help everyone with whatever they had to work with. They want to ensure you'll go home and use the software and do the activities; therefore they didn't force everyone to use a Mac but tried to provide a cross-platform experience without prejudice. It is unfortunate that they have to test their software on half a dozen flavors of Windows to make sure it is truly compatible, whereas they can test the Mac version on just two

Mathematica: The Mathematical Revolution - During his keynote speech, Steve was joined by the likes of George Lucas (via video) of Lucas Film, Todd Bradley of Palm, Shantanu Narayen of Adobe, Theodore Gray of Wolfram Research, and several other notables. You may not recognize all of the names on that list, but you most likely recognize all of the companies. That is, perhaps, save one: Wolfram Research

Apple and Bioinformatics - Steve Jobs, during the introduction of the Xserve, specifically mentioned the bioscience market as one of the areas Apple is now focusing on. Despite the current economic downturn in the biotech market, many folks are talking up bioscience as the next big growth market for the coming decade, and the payoffs could be absolutely astounding with some short term estimates of the market reaching $2 billion within the next couple of years and long-term payoffs are expected to be astronomical. I expect that the big money will occur most likely in agribusiness first, but science related to the human condition will certainly get most of the press. So, how does Apple Computer fit into bioscience outside of investment portfolios? The answer is bioinformatics

OS X biz system, 'protein folding' spotlighted - At the Sci & Tech site, an article tells how you can join the Apple SciTech Folding@home Team in a public distributed computing effort by lending your processor power for protein folding, now running on the Mac OS X Aqua interface

Macs take underwater science to the extreme - the research vessel Atlantis set sail from Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Its 17-day mission was to explore one of the hottest, most demanding environments on earth — hydrothermal vents nearly two miles deep on the Pacific Ocean floor. On board the ship was an international team of marine biologists, geologists, and graduate students who wanted to study the vents and the organisms that inhabit them. Also on board was an assortment of Power Mac G4 and PowerBook G4 computers, and other Apple products, all used to relay ground-breaking scientific data from ship to shore

Digital Imaging in Medicine - It should be noted that many of the technologies we use in digital imaging in science and engineering owe quite a bit to Apple and other companies such as Xerox, Texas Instruments, Kodak and Adobe. Indeed, much of the technology that writers and graphic artists rely upon has been pioneered by two of these companies, Apple and Adobe. In fact, Photoshop is one of the most complex digital imaging environments ever developed



From artists and teachers to aerospace engineers, everyone agrees: you don't have to be a rocket scientist to use a Mac. But in the case of independent research scientist Andrew Santangelo, it doesn't hurt.

Java on the Macintosh - Java remained a mystery to me until late 1997 when I picked up a copy of “The Java Annotated Libraries.” The experience was similar to first opening that copy of “Inside Macintosh.” I discovered a rich and well thought-out collection of APIs. More importantly, I had discovered a way to continue to develop applications on the Macintosh, yet deploy these applications to a wider audience

Four Apps for Your Science Class - Here are four free (not shareware) programs you might find handy when teaching math, physical science, astronomy, or biology. Everything works under OS X either natively or in Classic except as noted

Macintosh is the Brain for NASA ISP Plane - A new plane from NASA has been developed as a continuously-flying broadband pipeline. The brain of the plane is a Mac. No word as to which model was chosen, but we are betting on a PowerBook.

Forward Migration Kit: Biotechnical software, part II - This is the second part of our three-part series on biogtechnical software for the Mac platform. The products mentioned were found at Apple's Macintosh Products Guide.

Forward Migration Kit: Eyecare software for the Mac OS - Accommodata, an Apple-based solution developer, has created a patented high-tech solution for ophthalmologists that provides interactive environment for patient care and testing.

Macs in Chemistry - This site is intended to provide a resource for chemists using Apple Macintosh computers.

Can Macs in Space Reboot the Satellite Biz? - Researcher Dennis Wingo says there's a cheaper, simpler way to set up a network of wireless-data satellites: Girdle the globe with Apple's Cubes.

For everything from creating award-winning webcasts to enabling visitors to interact with museum exhibits, the Exploratorium has no need to experiment ó its computer of choice is the Mac.