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September 02, 2014

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7:22 AM | Quanto si risparmia condividendo una corsa in taxi?
Condividere un taxi tra amici è da sempre un buon sistema per risparmiare sul costo della corsa. Cosa succederebbe però se potessimo farlo anche quando siamo da soli? L’ipotesi in effetti non è poi così remota, visto che spesso in passato abbiamo visto idee tutto sommato banali trasformarsi in app di successo (e non a caso, Uber sta pensando proprio a qualcosa di simile con il suo UberPool). Che effetto avrebbe dunque sul traffico e l’inquinamento delle […]
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7:10 AM | Our Hidden Bacterial Friends Keep Us All Alive – Shewanella oneidensis
While the word “bacteria” conjures images of human illness and death for many people, the vast majority of bacteria in the world allow for the healthy functioning of humans and ecosystems. The way they do this ranges from breaking down food in animals’ digestive systems (yes, even ours) to cycling life-giving chemical elements from things […]
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7:06 AM | The hope behind climate change: adaptation strategies for coastal regions
Originally posted on Goodnight Earth:Figure courtesy of aeccglobal.com Happy Labor Day!  In honor of a day traditionally taken off (except for retail employees, unfortunately) to enjoy grilling and relaxing outside, I thought I’d discuss something a bit more upbeat.  Climate change research can often be gloomy.  It is a necessary gloom in the form…
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7:00 AM | The Unpersuadables
We would like to believe people are rational. We would like to believe that if they have formed a false belief based on inaccurate information and poor reasoning, they will change that belief when they are provided with accurate information and better reasoning. We are frequently disappointed. An Example of What Should Happen: I recently […]
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6:53 AM | A nanoparticle catalyst that can be easily recycled
Researchers produced a catalyst that can be easily recycled and separated from the reaction environment.
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6:32 AM | Northern Convergence: The Mystery Photo Explained
Thanks for all of your conjectures about yesterday's mystery photo! The Earth is such a fascinating place, and there are so many different kinds of strange patterns that have different origins. Let's review some of the guesses (and they were very good, by the way):a. Sinkholes and karst topographyb. Bison wallowsc. Ground squirrel or prairie dog workingsd. Periglacial patterned grounde. Dried marshes, evaporative processesf. Pithouses Take a look at the depressions from ground level. The rocks […]
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6:30 AM | Interpersonal therapy and imipramine may be effective at reducing suicidal ideation in depression, but more research needed
Susie Johnson considers how effective conventional depression treatments are at reducing suicidal ideation in depression. The new study she summarises concludes that interpersonal therapy and antidepressants can also reduce suicidal ideation. The post Interpersonal therapy and imipramine may be effective at reducing suicidal ideation in depression, but more research needed appeared first on The Mental Elf.
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6:30 AM | Eric Cantor Joins Wall Street Investment Bank
Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is joining the boutique investment bank Moelis & Co. The Virginia Republican was unexpectedly defeated in a June primary.
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6:25 AM | Human Evolution - Out Of Africa, Assimilation, Multi-Regionalism
So much has happened in the field of human evolution in the last few years!Two end member theories have been popular for some time. The Out Of Africa theory says that modern humans originated in Africa around hundred thousand years ago and then spread all over the world replacing local populations of humans from older migrations. On the other hand the multiregional scenario said that modern humans did not originated exclusively in Africa. Rather modern humans evolved from local populations […]
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6:00 AM | Il primo database di tutti gli esperimenti sulla materia scura
Se è vero che è stata identificata una particella che tanto assomiglia al bosone di Higgs (post), è anche vero che il più grande problema che devono ancora affrontare i fisici è quello di risolvere il mistero della materia scura. Decine di migliaia di fisici in tutto il mondo ci stanno lavorando e finchè non […]
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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-222
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5:38 AM | Wikipedia: Zinaida Ermolieva
Zinaida Vissarionovna Ermolieva (Russian: Зинаида Виссарионовна Ермольева; 15 October 1898 [O.S. 27 October] – 2 December 1974) was a Russian microbiologist and epidemiologist who led the Soviet effort to generate penicillin during the Second World War. Biography Born on a farm in the Frolovo […]
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5:32 AM | FBI, Apple Investigate Claims Nude Celebrity Photos Posted Online
The FBI is looking into allegations that online accounts of several celebrities had been hacked. Apple says it is determining whether its online photo-sharing service had been hacked.
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5:16 AM | Aequitriradites: The Mark of the Cretaceous
Diagram of Aequitriradites ornatus, from Upshaw (1963).The Cretaceous period is best known in popular culture as the time of Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops, of Pteranodon and Quetzalcoatlus, of Elasmosaurus and mosasaurs. But it was also, in an arguably even more significant way, the time of Aequitriradites.Aequitriradites is the fossil represented in the diagram at the top of this post. It is not very large: at its largest, the species shown above is about a tenth of a millimetre across (Upshaw […]
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5:10 AM | U.S. Military Forces Targeted Extremist Network In Somalia
A day after an Islamic-extremist group launched an attack in Somalia, U.S. military forces have struck back. A Pentagon spokesman says the results of the operation are being assessed.
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5:05 AM | Tested Projects: Building a Custom Arcade Cabinet, Part 2
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5:01 AM | Paucity of high-quality evaluations of the relative effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and safety of dental auxiliaries
This new Cochrane review looks at studies assessing the effectiveness, costs and cost effectiveness of dental auxiliaries in providing care traditionally provided by dentists. Only 5 studies, the majority conducted more than 20 years ago could be included so no firm conclusions can be made. The post Paucity of high-quality evaluations of the relative effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and safety of dental auxiliaries appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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5:00 AM | Kernel Methods Match Deep Neural Networks on TIMIT
Spotted the following paper in the blog entry More Deep Learning Musings by Paul Mineiro, one can write in the blog the following:...For me the best evidence comes from that old chestnut MNIST. For many years the Gaussian kernel yielded better results than deep learning on MNIST among solutions that did not exploit spatial structure. Since the discovery of dropout this is no longer true and one can see a gap between the Gaussian kernel (at circa 1.2% test error) and, e.g., maxout networks (at […]
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5:00 AM | Thesis: Inference and Estimation in High-dimensional Data Analysis, Adel Javanmard
I just started the thesis tag for blog entries that feature thesis manuscripts. Here is a new one which might be quite appropriate in light of the potential connection between current Deep Leanring issues and Approximate Messga Passing algorithms as mentioned in Parallel Paths for Deep Learning and Signal Processing ?. Without futher ado, Inference and Estimation in High-dimensional Data Analysis by Adel JavanmardModern technologies generate vast amounts of fine-grained data at an […]
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4:55 AM | Police escalate use of secret surveillance
Covert police operations including mobile phone surveillance and the use of confidential informants, undercover officers and infiltrators are gaining ground.
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4:52 AM | Ice Loss Acceleration
An article by Tim Radford in the Guardian reports that since 2009, ice volume loss in Greenland has increased by a factor of about two, and in the West Antarctic ice sheet by a factor of three. [more]
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4:30 AM | Gigantic DNA-study reveals the rise and downfall of prehistoric Eskimos
In the largest study of ancient DNA from the Arctic, Danish scientists have mapped the story of the prehistoric people who lived in one of the harshest areas of
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4:06 AM | Science scholarships – a vocation vacation
Those long summer holidays are getting closer. Some people go somewhere exotic, some chill out at home, and some come and do science with us. Applications for our vacation scholarships are now open. Every year we make about 200 offers to promising undergraduates who are in the advanced stages of their degrees. The successful applicants […]
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4:01 AM | For Richer: How Your Spouse Influences Your Job Success
Picking a romantic partner with the “right” characteristics can be difficult, but it is also important. We all want a partner who is smart, funny, kind, and all around fantastic, because the assumption is that such a person makes us happy and will generally lead to a better life overall. But can your relationship partner influence your job success? Researchers Brittany Solomon and Joshua Jackson from Washington University in St. Louis speculated that there are at least three […]
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4:00 AM | The New Science of Strong Materials or Why You Don’t Fall through the Floor
By J E Gordon Synopsis: This new edition of J. E. Gordon’s classic introduction to the properties of materials used in engineering answers some fundamental and fascinating questions about how the material world around us functions. […]
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4:00 AM | Google Play App Roundup: Google News and Weather, Back to Bed, and Month
You probably want more apps, but more than that, you want the right ones. That;s what we're here to deliver with the weekly Google Play App Roundup. This is where you'll find the best new and newly updated apps and games on Android. Just click the link to head right to Google Play.This week Google finally updates one of its old apps, you go back to bed, and calendars get pretty.Google News and WeatherGoogle included a neat news and weather widget in stock Android back in the Froyo days. This […]
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3:46 AM | Unpacking Recovery Part 4: Are We All on the Same Page?
Another issue in defining and understanding recovery is that patients and clinicians may have different opinions about what recovery looks like and how to get there. Certainly, there is a body of literature from the critical feminist tradition in particular that explores how at times, patients can “follow the rules” of treatment systems to achieve a semblance of “recovery,” from a weight restoration and nutrition stabilization perspective, but feels nothing like a full […]

Noordenbos, G. & Seubring, A. (2006). Criteria for Recovery from Eating Disorders According to Patients and Therapists, Eating Disorders, 14 (1) 41-54. DOI: 10.1080/10640260500296756

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3:46 AM | #Brain article of interest: Your Brain Likes Plain Old Paper More Than It Likes E-Readers
From EntrepreneurRead the full article here-> http://ift.tt/1sVnCGe
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3:31 AM | Elinor Ostrom on mistrusting easy answers
The resource institutions that research has documented as working well in the field differ substantially in their detailed design but can usually be characterised as adaptive, multilevel governance systems related to complex, evolving resource systems. We need to overcome the tendency to recommend panaceas and encourage, instead, considerable experimentation at multiple levels to reduce the ...Continue reading ‘Elinor Ostrom on mistrusting easy answers’ »
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3:15 AM | Falsifiability and Gandy’s variant of the Church-Turing thesis
In 1936, two years after Karl Popper published the first German version of The Logic of Scientific Discovery and introduced falsifiability; Alonzo Church, Alan Turing, and Emil Post each published independent papers on the Entscheidungsproblem and introducing the lambda calculus, Turing machines, and Post-Turing machines as mathematical models of computation. The years after saw many […]

Gandy, R. (1980). Church's thesis and principles for mechanisms., Studies in Logic and the Foundations of Mathematics, (101) 123-148. DOI: 10.1016/S0049-237X(08)71257-6

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