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Computer simulation used to study viral capsid breakage
by The Tartan
Nov 17, 2016
“Naviya Singla
Nov 13, 2016
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Markus Deserno, from Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Physics, and Christine Peter, from the University of Konstanz in Germany, led a research team that developed a method to study the structure of viral capsids, the protein shell that houses the virus. The team used multi-scale modeling to understand the molecular assembly of the viruses and proteins by breaking the capsid apart. This research was published in The European Physical Journal Special Topics.
Viruses are essentially just genetic material (RNA or DNA) enclosed in nano-containers made of protein, called viral capsids. Given the limitations of genetic material carried by a virus, viruses encode for a small number of proteins to form round, stable, crystal-like structures on repeated combination.
This process of self-assembly of the capsid is extremely rapid and takes place on a microscopic scale of 30 to 50 nanometers, which makes it hard to study using current microscopic methods.
Thus, Deserno and Peter’s team...
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Understanding which factors affected CMU voters in election
by The Tartan
Nov 17, 2016
“Zachary Goldstein
Nov 13, 2016
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The Tartan conducted two exit surveys on Election Day: an online survey of Carnegie Mellon undergraduates and an in-person survey of people who voted on campus. Both surveys revealed overwhelming support for Hillary Clinton. However, possibly due to hesitancy among Donald Trump supporters to reveal their preferences in person, Trump fared significantly better in the online survey.
Which candidates did students vote for?
Of the respondents to the online survey who voted in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, 77 percent supported Hillary Clinton, 13 percent supported Donald Trump, 7 percent supported Gary Johnson, 1 percent supported Jill Stein, and 2 percent supported another candidate.
In contrast, 88.6 percent of respondents to the in-person survey supported Clinton, 5.7 percent supported Trump, 2.9 percent supported Johnson, 1.9 percent supported Stein, and 1 percent supported another candidate (Figure 1 on A3).
How did voting vary by college?
The online surv...
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Tales From Abroad: Ukraine
by The Tartan
Nov 17, 2016
“Theodore Teichman
Nov 13, 2016
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Ukraine is one of the weirder places to tell people you are going. This is especially true when you tell your professors and friends, “Sorry, I won’t be able to be there next week. I’m going to be in Ukraine. For music.” That will get you a reaction that is a blend of surprised and confused. When I first found out, I pretty much had the same reaction. I have probably submitted pieces to at least 50 calls for scores. I have received a few yesses and a plethora of nos. This was my first big orchestral gig. I did not expect to be told that they wanted to play my piece. After that initial shock, I realized I had no idea what to expect from Ukraine.
“Okay so what did you know about Ukraine, before coming to Lviv?”
“Ummm, well I know what I read on Wikipedia. I know what I learned in European History in high school. Oh, everything that we read about Crimea—”
“Of course. The world now knows Ukraine exists because we’re being taken over. And it’s even worse because it’s Russia.”
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Voting Day
by The Tartan
Nov 17, 2016
“Zichen Liu
Nov 13, 2016
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Last Hillary Rally
by The Tartan
Nov 17, 2016
“Zichen Liu
Nov 13, 2016
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Weekend brings massive upsets across college football
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Nov 17, 2016
“Huge weekend for upsets in college football
Zeke Rosenberg
Nov 13, 2016
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College football’s championship system can be cruel. At the end of 12 games, only four teams can find their way into the playoff. With so few games to make a statement, one slip-up can completely derail a team’s hopes of lifting the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy come January. This week, three of NCAA Division I’s top four teams suffered brutal blows to their playoff hopes — a loss with a couple games left to go in the season to regain their footing and standing in the eyes of the selection committee.
Second-ranked Clemson and their high-octane offense were the first to suffer a loss and probably have no hope of playing for a title after the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) vanquished them in a shootout. Neither team was ever able to pull away by more than one score, as both defenses seemed helpless to stop the other from marching down the field. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson put up 580 passing yards, good for the Atlantic Coast Conference record, while...
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Calendar
by The Tartan
Nov 17, 2016
“Apeksha Atal
Nov 13, 2016
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Monday, Nov 14
Pizza and Conversation
6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Danforth Lounge, Cohon Center
Regardless of your reactions to the events of the past week, campus leaders, led by the Student Body Presidential Cabinet, invite you to an evening of good food and fruitful conversation. The event promises to be a safe space for groups and individuals around campus that are hurting and would like an outlet for expression in the presence of caring company. This event is open to all students and faculty, and anyone is free to come and go as they please.
Thursday, Nov 17
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)
11 a.m.–3 p.m.
The Cut
Members of CMU ALLIES will gather on The Cut this Thursday to read the names of individuals in the transgender community that have lost their lives due to transphobia. This event strives to raise awareness and promote equality amongst all gender identities and sexual orientations, and invites students to commemorate TDOR the Thursday before the offi...
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Teachers play vital role in polarization
by The Tartan
Nov 17, 2016
“Cassie Scanlon
Nov 13, 2016
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Somewhere at a high school in America, there is a student sitting at a desk, eagerly awaiting today’s lecture. The teacher walks to the front of the room, takes a deep breath, and then says “before I begin today, there is an issue I need to address.”
But it turns it out, it wasn’t even an issue. Instead, the teacher proceeds to give a pitch for their political candidate. The student who moments ago was excited to learn, slouches in their seat a little. This student doesn’t support this candidate, and looks around the room to see if others feel the same.
Instead, almost all the students nod their heads in agreement with the teacher, especially when this teacher makes a derogatory comment about those on the other side of the political spectrum.
The student who was eager to learn now dreads every day they will have to spend in this class, fearful that speaking their opinion will cause the teacher to view them in a negative light. The student who once valued learning above all ...
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Horoscopes
by The Tartan
Nov 17, 2016
“The Signs as Quotes We Need Right Now
Julie Sanscartier
Nov 13, 2016
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"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life." - Winston Churchill
"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus and see the light." - Aristotle
"We are made of starstuff." - Carl Sagan
"We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the universe, and that makes us very special." - Stephen Hawking
"I know of no time in human history where ignorance was better than knowledge." - Neil deGrasse Tyson
"I have not failed, I've simply found ten thousand ways that won't work." - Thomas Edison
"No one has the power to shatter your dreams unless you give it to them." - Maeve Greyson
"Never, under any circumstances, face the facts." - Ruth Gordon
"If you're going through hell, keep going." - Winston Churchill
"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love." - Mother Teresa
"I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession." - Hillary Rodham Clinton
"We are all worms, but I do believe that I am a glow worm." - Winston Churchill”

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End all primaries
by The Tartan
Nov 17, 2016
“Zeke Rosenberg
Nov 13, 2016
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The 2016 presidential primaries were bruising and probably left both parties more split and internally angry than they were at the start. This has nearly always been the result of one-party primaries. To understand why they can have such an effect, it’s important to understand how they came to exist in the first place.
During this election cycle, supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) were planning to hold a protest near the Democratic National Convention. Political pundits were saying this Democratic presidential primary had shades of the 1968 debacle which resulted in police violently putting down anti-Vietnam War protests and the selection of Vice President Hubert Humphrey, who had participated in zero of the 13 primaries that cycle.
Every political pundit who made that claim was completely wrong. The 2016 Democratic primary was divisive, but the 1968 Democratic National Convention was a tragedy.
With opposition to the Vietnam War growing, President Lyndon B. Johnson r...
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