Cambridge website for Synthetic Biology resources

Compiled by Jim Haseloff at the University of Cambridge. SpannerPlantLogo140This site contains details of recent papers and activity in Synthetic Biology, with particular emphasis on: (i) development of standards in biology and DNA parts, (ii) microbial and (iii) plant systems, (iv) research and teaching in the field at the University of Cambridge, (v) hardware for scientific computing and instrumentation, (vi) tools for scientific productivity and collected miscellany.

Similar to the Cambridge-based Raspberry Pi and OpenLabTools initiatives, we promote the use of low cost and open source tools - in our case for use in biological engineering.

Google: Synthetic Biology news

Run mouse over list to see previews, click for full article.

Meetings: Synthetic Biology

  • 14 Sep 2014
    01:00 to 01:00

    This year's conference theme Systems Biology: The Fifth Element seeks to capture the multiple facets that comprise a systems understanding of life, as a single common thread that unifies seemingly different

14 Sep 19 Sep

Weather: Cambridge

coupon code inmotion

Samsung S-Pen stylus could show up in tablets next

Samsung is considering adding S-Pen digital stylus functionality to future tablets, borrowing the pen-input option from the Galaxy Note for larger models as it boosts data-entry methods. Asked whether Samsung saw the Galaxy Tab line-up expanding beyond mere finger control, ”I think a pen interface continues to make a lot of sense across a number of screen sizes, like the larger is more obvious of those” product marketing manager Ryan Biden told Laptop. “That’s about as specific as I can be without announcing a product.”

The Galaxy Note comes complete with a digital pen, using Wacom active digitizer technology to support handwriting, sketching and more precise touch control. Unlike capacitive styli, which mimic a point of finger contact and are thus relatively lacking in accuracy, the Samsung S-Pen is far more accurate; we found it was certainly good enough for casual note-taking in our Galaxy Note review.

Tablets offering active stylus support are rare, in the consumer market at least. HTC’s 7-inch Flyer was one example, though relatively inaccurate inking meant its usefulness as a notepad replacement was limited. More common are Windows-based tablets with digital pens, generally to accommodate the OS’ many UI elements that are uncomfortably small for finger-control. Apple’s Steve Jobs famously dismissed the input option, claiming that “if you see a stylus, they blew it.”

Samsung’s plans would seemingly run contrary to that opinion, however, as part of the Korean company’s attempt to create as many variants as possible to satisfy each users’ whims. No word on when we might see the first new stylus-toting tablets launch, though with Mobile World Congress fast approaching it could well be there.

[via Android Community]

Samsung S-Pen stylus could show up in tablets next

(Via SlashGear.)

Research news at Cambridge University

Run mouse over list to see previews, click for full article.


Online resources, including bibliography, weblinks and posters, for work with the simple plant system, Marchantia polymorpha.

SpannerPlantLogo70 logoplate70

OpenLabTools: open technology in Cambridge


The OpenLabTools Project is a new initiative for the development of low cost and open access scientific tools at the University of Cambridge. With support from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, student projects include data acquisition, sensing, actuating, processing and 3D manufacturing, see the website.

Research Studies

PhD Studentships in Cambridge

The Board of Graduate Studies manages admission of the University's graduate students. Prospective students should start here - for an introduction to the University of Cambridge, the courses we offer, how to apply for postgraduate study, how your application will be processed, and immigration and other important information.

Click here for more information about Cambridge