On Intelligence in Cells: The Case for Whole Cell Biology

Biology needs revolution. All my adult life, I have been lost with admiration
for the achievements in molecular biology and genetics, and I have come to
know many of the main proponents. Yet there is an alternative aspect: in
studying the minutiae, we have lost sight of the whole cell as organism.
Living cells within the body are modelled in this paper as coordinated but
essentially autonomous entities. We shall see how independent cells in
nature have remarkable abilities to make decisions and take constructive
action, which correlate with the definitions of intelligence.

Source: a-ISR_Ford.pdf


EU copyright reforms draw fire from scientists

EU copyright reforms draw fire from scientists

An influential committee of the European Parliament is due to vote this month on changes to copyright regulations in the European Union, but the latest drafts of the rules have triggered a wave of criticism from open-science advocates. They say that the proposals will stifle research and scholarly communication.

Source: EU copyright reforms draw fire from scientists


State of React Native 2018 · React Native

It’s been a while since we last published a status update about React Native.

At Facebook, we’re using React Native more than ever and for many important projects. One of our most popular products is Marketplace, one of the top-level tabs in our app which is used by 800 million people each month. Since its creation in 2015, all of Marketplace has been built with React Native, including over a hundred full-screen views throughout different parts of the app.

We’re also using React Native for many new parts of the app. If you watched the F8 keynote last month, you’ll recognize Blood Donations, Crisis Response, Privacy Shortcuts, and Wellness Checks – all recent features built with React Native. And projects outside the main Facebook app are using React Native too. The new Oculus Go VR headset includes a companion mobile app that is fully built with React Native, not to mention React VR powering many experiences in the headset itself.

Naturally, we also use many other technologies to build our apps. Litho and ComponentKit are two libraries we use extensively in our apps; both provide a React-like component API for building native screens. It’s never been a goal for React Native to replace all other technologies – we are focused on making React Native itself better, but we love seeing other teams borrow ideas from React Native, like bringing instant reload to non-JavaScript code too.

State of React Native 2018

Source: State of React Native 2018 · React Native