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January 27, 2015

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9:00 AM | Stolen Peas – how my garden quantification project came undone
I wrote this short essay for a course I took and thought I’d share it. I grew up eating from a home garden leaving me with fond memories of standing beside the pea vines savouring their sweet taste. Tomatoes were never refrigerated and always juicy. Carrots grew beneath frilly leaves and corn grew on majestic, […]
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8:00 AM | The Different Types Of Tears
Tears might be a welcome relief from eye irritants or an unwelcome proof of an emotion we'd rather keep to ourselves. Different types of tears not only serve different purposes, but they're made up of different substances. Basal tears are constantly keeping our eyes wet and protected, while emotional tears contain high levels of stress hormones that have been found to provide physical relief from pain as well as a decrease in testosterone in men. And reflex tears, which happen in response to […]
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7:34 AM | Blizzard Juno – Y U COME 2 NYC?
Just as you can’t just call any whisky ‘Scotch’ or any wine ‘Champagne’, you can’t just call any ‘ol storm a blizzard. No, dear reader. The blizzard is the storm all storms aspire to be. Unlike a ‘severe’ storm, a ‘blizzard’ is decidedly hardcore. To earn the official title of ‘blizzard’, a storm must have three things: Severe snow […]
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7:28 AM | Streaming @ SODA: Part I
This two part series is written by my student Samira Daruki. Modern graph data sets are too large to fit in the memory. And so the streaming model is one of the more popular and attractive ones for analyzing massive graphs: in this model, for an input graph $G = (V, E)$ with $n$ vertices and $m$ edges, the edges arrive in an arbitrary order in a stream and the algorithm can only use $O(n)$ space. The algorithm is allowed to have several passes over the stream but usually the ideal case is […]
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7:21 AM | 2004 BL86 - 'Near Miss' Asteroid Even Has Its Own Moon
The first radar images of asteroid 2004 BL86, which made its closest approach today at 8:19 a.m. PST - a distance of only 745,000 miles (3.1 times the distance from Earth to the moon) - reveal that it even has its own small moon.The closeness did not take anyone by surprise. Asteroid 2004 BL86 was discovered on Jan. 30, 2004, by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) survey in White Sands, New Mexico and its trajectory is well understood. Monday's flyby was the closest approach the […]
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7:15 AM | Master’s Degree Programme in Internet and Game Studies
Note that there are still a few days left to apply to study in our Games and Internet Studies master’s degree programme, see: http://www.uta.fi/sis/admissions/programmes/igs.html http://www.uta.fi/admissions/degreeprog/programmes/igs.html http://www.uta.fi/sis/en/iti/mastersprogramme/igs.html http://gamelab.uta.fi Master’s Degree Programme in Internet and Game Studies (120 ECTS credits) Programme: Internet and … Continue reading →
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7:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-368
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7:00 AM | With the Blizzard Comes These Star-Shaped Snowflakes
The northeast of the United States is in the midst of a blizzard , which could bring a potentially historic amount of snow to New York City. But earlier today, before temperatures drop and the snow covers everything, these large, star-shaped snowflakes were spotted all over the city.Read more...
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6:00 AM | LatLRR : Robust latent low rank representation for subspace clustering - implementation -
  Robust latent low rank representation for subspace clustering by Hongyang Zhanga, Zhouchen Lina, Chao Zhanga, Junbin Gaob, Subspace clustering has found wide applications in machine learning, data mining, and computer vision. Latent Low Rank Representation (LatLRR) is one of the state-of-the-art methods for subspace clustering. However, its effectiveness is undermined by a recent discovery that the solution to the noiseless LatLRR model is non-unique. To remedy this issue, we propose […]
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5:48 AM | Discovery of fish living UNDER 740 meters of ice!
An unexpected find and very exciting moment for researchers exploring what lies beneath 740 meters of ice in Antarctica…fish! An amazing find given the perpetual darkness and cold. In an expedition sponsored by the National Science Foundation, scientists and ice drillers bored a hole through the Ross Ice Shelf near the coast of Antarctica, 850…
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5:25 AM | Risk, Safety and Fundamental Attribution Error
Risk, Safety and Fundamental Attribution Error What do they say about damn lies and statistics? Well, maybe safety hasn’t heard about that one, nor it seems has the CFMEU or ACT Regulator. Recently the Secretary of the CFMEU trotted out yet again the statistic that the ACT Building and Construction Industry has a ‘shocking’ record […] The post Risk, Safety and Fundamental Attribution Error appeared first on Safety Risk.
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5:10 AM | Abracadabra!
Abracadabra! Many of us are familiar with this mystical incantation. Its arcane staccato and euphonious intonation has become deeply ingrained in our language through the word’s use as a magical catchphrase. The hex was, in my childhood experience, rather useless when it came to opening locked cabinets and provoking instantaneous transformations; nothing was conjured and very little materialized except for my own disappointment. But millennia past, this word was held in reverence, […]
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4:33 AM | The Blockbuster Nor'easter as Seen From Space
As I'm writing this post, it's 11:30 p.m. on the U.S. East Coast and heavy snow has been falling from New York City all the way north to New Hampshire. More than 29 million people are under a blizzard warning. Weather bloggers, journalists, Tweeters, Instagramers, etc., are blanketing this storm with minute-by-minute updates. So I thought I could add some value by featuring some imagery that puts this nor'easter storm in perspective — the very broad perspective of what it […]
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4:02 AM | #365papers: January 26, 2015
There’s this Twitter thing going around with some academic-types I know. #365papers The goal is to read a new technical paper daily for the next year, in an effort to stay on top of the science. I love this idea … Continue reading →
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3:45 AM | Wiggles: Inconsistencies Undermine Model Reliability For Projecting Decade-To-Decade Warming
A new study finds that most climate models may have wiggles that undermine accuracy - but they are likely underestimating the degree of decade-to-decade variability occurring in mean surface temperatures as Earth's atmosphere warms. The models also provide inconsistent explanations of why this variability occurs in the first place and such discrepancies undermine the models' reliability for projecting the short-term pace as well as the extent of future warming, the study's authors warn. As […]
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2:32 AM | Unidentified Fish Fossils
When I go on trips I sometimes try to find fossils or minerals from that area as a memento. My last trip to Arizona I found this plate in a museum gift shop. Unfortunately, it had no identification label so I do not know its name, location where found, geological formation, or time period. Since it was in a gift shop it must be from an area where fish fossils are commonly found and sold to
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2:30 AM | Rosetta’s comet sheds its coat for warmer times
Fascinating things are happening to the world’s most-watched comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as it approaches the Sun. A new study from NASA and ESA scientists published in Nature reports that by January 20, 67P shed a crust of dust built up on its surface over the last four years. In fact, by the end of January – about a week from […]
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2:23 AM | The Test That is Greece
Greece got a new Prime Minister today, Alexis Tsipras. […]
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2:12 AM | Fly, Fly Away
Tonight’s bedtime stories included two books involving flying characters: Foo, the Flying Frog of Washtub Pond (in which the title character gets blown into the sky by a gust of wind), and The Magic Brush. The latter is a dead-grandparent book, but ends with a cheerful picture of the kids reunited with their grandfather in…
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2:10 AM | Why does sodium react so explosively with water?
In January 1947, the American War Assets Administration dumped drums of sodium left over after the end of World War II into Lake Lenore in eastern Washington state. A video of the event – it really was an event – is available from the Internet Archive. Sodium’s reaction with water – or most other substances in […]
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1:55 AM | ADHD Types I and II?
One of my students included this very interesting 9-minute TED talk in a psychology class project. The speaker proposes that, as with diabetes, there are now arguably two forms of ADHD. We could call the inborn variety ADHD Type I; Type II would be what one doctor calls “Acquired Attention Deficit Disorder”, developed through excessive Internet use. […]
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1:48 AM | High-Dose Statin May Protect Heart Surgery Patients’ Kidney Health
Acute kidney injury often arises after major surgery because the kidneys can be deprived of normal blood flow during the procedure. The use of contrast media, or dyes, can contribute to this problem. In patients undergoing coronary angiography or percutaneous coronary intervention, which are heart procedures that use dyes to help surgeons visualize the arteries, […] The post High-Dose Statin May Protect Heart Surgery Patients’ Kidney Health appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

Wu, H., Li, D., Fang, M., Han, H. & Wang, H. (2015). Meta-analysis of short-term high versus low doses of atorvastatin preventing contrast-induced acute kidney injury in patients undergoing coronary angiography/percutaneous coronary intervention, The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 55 (2) 123-131. DOI: 10.1002/jcph.411

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1:15 AM | WikiLeaks Fights Back After Discovering Google Gave FBI Full Access to Staff Gmail Accounts
Back in 2012, the FBI issued a warrant to Google demanding access to the Gmail accounts of three key WikiLeaks staffers. According to The Guardian, “The wide-ranging scope of the order meant that all email content, including deleted emails, drafts, place and time of login, plus contact lists and all emails sent and received by the three targets – for the entire history of their email account up to the date of the order – had to be handed over to the
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1:09 AM | Smell: Fact or Fiction Blind people gain an enhanced sense of...
Smell: Fact or Fiction Blind people gain an enhanced sense of smell to compensate for the lost sense, right? Right? Wrong. It turns out that it’s a total myth. Avery Gilbert, a scent psychologist, takes a critical look at some of the widely circulated myths surrounding our less understood sense of smell. By: World Science Festival.
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1:00 AM | Ancient planets are almost as old as the universe
The oldest rocky planets yet are 11.2 billion years old, just a little younger than the universe - meaning the galaxy made an early start on planet building
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12:50 AM | Changing course, Part 5: Asking & answering the tough questions
Previously biochembelle unexpectedly shared her plan to change career directions with her postdoc adviser. Would his admonitions change her mind? I hadn’t expected my adviser to necessarily embrace the idea. I had even anticipated some pushback. But I had not … Continue reading →
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12:50 AM | If Abortion Is A Choice Then Sex Selection Abortion Should Remain Legal
Opposing this law change is not anti-feminist. shutterstockBy Pam Lowe, Aston UniversityA campaign is underway in the United Kingdom to make it illegal to abort a child based on its gender. Proponents say they are worried about women being coerced into terminating female fetuses and that action needs to be taken to stop discrimination against baby girls. read more
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12:50 AM | New director named for Arizona Dept. of Water Resources
A news release from Governor Doug Ducey's office today announced the appointment of Thomas Buschatzke [photo credit, ADWR] as Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR).Mr. Buschatzke has been assistant director for the department's Water Planning Division since 2011 overseeing Colorado River management, active management Areas, active management area planning and data management, assured and adequate water supply and recharge permitting, and statewide planning and tribal […]
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12:40 AM | Latest round of science education bills hits the state legislatures
See if your state is partaking in the silliness.
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12:30 AM | Return to work practices for musculoskeletal and mental health conditions
Heather Gray summarises a review of best practice in work absence management and return to work programmes for people with musculoskeletal and mental health conditions. The post Return to work practices for musculoskeletal and mental health conditions appeared first on The Musculoskeletal Elf.
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