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Apparently, a bunch of scientists figured out that a type antimicrobial peptide (bacteria fighter, in other words) follows basic rules of order and placement, much like grammar (though anyone who's studied English knows that the rules are rarely simple, but let's stick to the theory here, and not the application). They made a set of rules, and 40 new antimicrobial peptides were born. How nifty is that? Now, English and linguistics majors around the world can tell those jerkoff engineers that yes, their field actually does have application outside their own areas of study.

How 'bout them apples?

Full article here.
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:iconphoenixofthenet:
phoenixofthenet Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006  Student Writer
That's very cool.
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psychodrive Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
Hah. Awesome.

Being a computer science student also, I'm a little surprised you would think that only now can linguistics majors mouth off to engineers. After all, programming languages are deeply rooted in linguistics. Particularly, the creation of compilers is simplest when converting the LL(k) grammar into an LL(1) (best circumstances, of course).

If any of these damned engineers want to do anything more complicated than program servos (for instance 'architectural engineers'), they often have to rely on such software.

And who knows what the heck that other guy is talking about.
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kaujot Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
Incidentally, Java makes my bits tingle.

Python makes me flaccid. But then, I've never taken the time to properly learn and understand it.
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psychodrive Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
Python makes me meh too.
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kaujot Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
What do you normally code in?
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psychodrive Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
When I code (at the moment my job requires little to no development, so it's in my spare time, etc), mostly Java, with a little C or C++ here and there. The Java API is amazing and so ridiculously well-documented, especially in comparison to this .NET bollocks.
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sumants Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2006   Writer
o man .NET :stab:

I haven't written three lines of code in almost six years. WTF is Java when it's not in my Google-branded porcelain mug? :D
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psychodrive Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2006
it's the devil
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sumants Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2006   Writer
well, look where it came from.
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kaujot Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2006
:'(
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sumants Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2006   Writer
I just think Microsoft refers to Billy's willie.
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kaujot Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
Java fap fap
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psychodrive Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2006
I'd put it in my pipe and smoke it.
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kaujot Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
Well, engineers (at least in my experience [my roommate being an electrical engineer]) consider Computer Science to be a legitimate field and major. In fact, they consider anything except that which is within the liberal arts to be a legitimate field/major.

Honestly, someone bitches about every article I submit, it seems. :(
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psychodrive Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
You seem to have nicer engineers than those in Australia. They laffo at computer science students. They're a giant clique.
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Felissauria Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Uh huh..... :|
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kaujot Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2006
Uh huh...?
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Felissauria Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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psychodrive Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
You think maybe he should replace the word grammar with boobs?
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phoenixofthenet Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006  Student Writer
I lawled at that.
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psychodrive Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006
might work though, shamefully.
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phoenixofthenet Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2006  Student Writer
True.
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kaujot Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2006
Oh. Hehe.

I'm sorry. I foolish thought that an informative and interesting article on how grammar and language are being applied to science would hold interest for the literature community.

All apologies.
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fragilemuse-org Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
i happened to find it very interesting. thank you for posting this :)
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:iconkaujot:
kaujot Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
I appreciate that. :)
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