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October 24, 2014

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9:06 PM | October 21st, 2014 – Representation and Visualization of Data
On October 21st, this week’s session of FSL, we explored different ways to represent data. We met up at the UBC North Bus Loop and then shortly after walked towards the Centre of Interactive Research on Sustainability. Once we got there, a few of us sneakily poured ourselves coffee and tea and sat down into separate […]
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9:02 PM | Ask Well: Can Ebola Be Transmitted in Semen?
Could a man infect a woman through sex before he overtly falls ill?
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9:00 PM | Century-Old Notebook from Antarctic Expedition Found
The photography notebook of a British explorer on Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated expedition to Antarctica has been found.
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8:54 PM | 5 Food Myths About Cancer From sugar to red meat, there’s...
5 Food Myths About Cancer From sugar to red meat, there’s misinformation galore about what does (or doesn’t) cause cancer. By: How Stuff Works.
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8:54 PM | How to Study: 5 Basic Practices for Academic Success
Many students complain that they don’t know how to study, so I’ve compiled this short and sweet page of the basics. Perhaps now, as the first grading quarter winds to a close, is a good time to read down this list and get back on track with these five essential good-student behaviors: How to Study Five […]
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8:41 PM | The Ultimate Paradox: Travelling Faster Than Light Without Travelling Faster Than Light
When Albert Einstein stipulated his theories on general and special relativity, he proved that travelling with the speed of light is the absolute limit any material object could achieve. Yet in 1994 a Mexican scientist said that it was possible to travel faster than light, while Einstein’s theories would still … READ MORE
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8:38 PM | Archaeologists Discover Two 12,000-Year-Old High-Altitude Settlements in Peru
Archaeologists from the United States, Canada, Germany, and Peru, have discovered two ancient settlements in the Pucuncho Basin in the southern Peruvian Andes – named Cuncaicha and Pucuncho – which they say are the highest-altitude Pleistocene archaeological sites yet identified in the world. One scientific theory about high altitude colonization suggests that people cannot live [...]
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8:31 PM | Quantum Mechanics from a Classical Multiverse
Quantum mechanics can be hard to grasp, even for the physicists who use it every day. As a result, people have argued from the very birth of the field about what's really going on in quantum mechanical systems. To some extent, it doesn't really matter how you interpret things, provided everyone gets the same answers when they solve a physics problemThe plot of the movie Hot Tub Time Machine relied on the Many Worlds physics view of time travel. A new quantum mechanical approach may let us check […]
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8:25 PM | A collage of food Today is Food Day where events all over the US...
A collage of food Today is Food Day where events all over the US will talk about food justice, eating healthy and improving food policy. We’ve been enjoying the submissions to our UC Produce Collage Contest. Each collage is made using fruits and veggies that UC had a role in bringing to your table. Check it out and send one our way before November 20th! 
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8:18 PM | This Week in EPA Science
By Kacey Fitzpatrick Competition can bring out the best in people or the worst in people. Anyone who’s been watching the World Series or following football this season knows what I mean. But when it comes to competing for sustainability, everybody wins! Read about the student teams selected to compete for this year’s People, Prosperity, […]
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8:08 PM | Opportunity Gap Narrows in Mississippi
The latest national survey that looks at the ability of young people to better their lives through economic opportunity and education comes with some good news for Mississippi: More students are graduating from high school and more people are going to college. But even with these positive measures of upward mobility, the state lags behind much of the nation in key areas, according to the 2014 “Opportunity Index.” The state’s overall education score — a count of 3 and 4 […]
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8:05 PM | Top 5 Misconceptions about Lucid Dreams There are many...
Top 5 Misconceptions about Lucid Dreams There are many misconceptions about Lucid Dreams. This video only looks into the top 5 which includes “It’s only Lucid if you can control it” and “Lucid Dreaming is New Age”. This video also looking into Paranormal Dreams and even the brain frequencies within the brain while you sleep. Enjoy By: Es Einsteinium.
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8:01 PM | A Q&A with public health leaders on the opioid epidemic: ‘Prescription opioid abuse is still raging out of control’
While pharmaceutical companies are making billions in painkiller profits, it’s the public sector that ends up bearing the burden and cost of the fallout that accompanies skyrocketing sales of highly addictive prescription opioids. After the jump is a Pump Handle Q&A with two public health officials at the forefront of the opioid abuse epidemic within America’s big cities.
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8:01 PM | Flowers, Fungi & Felines: An Unusual Epidemic in Brazil
Rose-thorn disease sounds like a malady of lovesick teenagers, an illness of romance reserved for budding Romeos and Juliets swooning from their first forays into passion and lovesickness, an affliction arising from the shocking stick and sting of heartbreak. The sweet name of this malady, however, in no way belies the actual crustiness of its […]The post Flowers, Fungi & Felines: An Unusual Epidemic in Brazil appeared first on Body Horrors.
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8:01 PM | Flowers, Fungi & Felines: An Unusual Epidemic in Brazil
Rose-thorn disease sounds like a malady of lovesick teenagers, an illness of romance reserved for budding Romeos and Juliets swooning from their first forays into passion and lovesickness, an affliction arising from the shocking stick and sting of heartbreak. The sweet name of this malady, however, in no way belies the actual crustiness of its […]The post Flowers, Fungi & Felines: An Unusual Epidemic in Brazil appeared first on Body Horrors.
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8:00 PM | From deep time into real time: What evolutionary processes?
Rapid evolution of a native species following invasion by a congener Abstract excerpt: “…the lizard Anolis carolinensis moved to higher perches following invasion by Anolis sagrei and, in response, adaptively evolved larger toepads after only 20 generations.” My comment: This...Read more
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7:57 PM | Book: "Foundations of Data Science" by John Hopcroft and Ravindran Kannan
 I just found out about a draft version of "Foundations of Data Science" a new book by John Hopcroft and Ravindran Kannan and very much like chapter 7 through 10 that touches upon themes we talk about often here on Nuit Blanche: Compressive Sensing ( see also The Big Picture in Compressive Sensing) , Advanced Matrix Factorization (see also the Advanced Matrix Factorization Jungle Page), complexity, streaming/sketching issues and Randomized Numerical Linear Algebra, Machine Learning and […]
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7:50 PM | Good Ebola (and foodborne illness) advice: don’t eat poop
We used to use don’t eat poop as a secondary barfblog tagline. Then it was don’t eat uncooked poop.  New York TV, anchor Errol Louis of NY1 has resurrected the advice in reference to the city’s first Ebola case: If you came across some … Continue reading →
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7:49 PM | Art therapy: A Grieving Process “and death will be no more”
DEATH:(running~yelling) Oh No! Right Boot: (kicking Death butt) I am going to KICK your Butt! Left Boot: (About to Kick Deaths Butt) GRRRrrrrrr! Caption:  (Bible verse of Revelation Chapter 21, Verse 4:) Revelation 21:4 ~ “…and death will be no more,…”  Mental Health Humor: All rights reserved©Chato B. Stewart 2014. My Top 5 Favorite Mental […]
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7:46 PM | Information and Structure in Complex Systems
Eight years ago, I had finished my first year of graduate school in math, and I was at a loss as to what to research.  My original focus, differential geometry, was a beautiful subject to learn about, but the open research questions were too abstract and technical to sustain my interest.  I wanted something more relevant to the real world, something I could talk to people about.Looking for new ideas, I took a course in complex systems, run by the New England Complex Systems […]
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7:46 PM | Information and Structure in Complex Systems
Eight years ago, I had finished my first year of graduate school in math, and I was at a loss as to what to research.  My original focus, differential geometry, was a beautiful subject to learn about, but the open research questions were too abstract and technical to sustain my interest.  I wanted something more relevant to the real world, something I could talk to people about.Looking for new ideas, I took a course in complex systems, run by the New England Complex Systems […]
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7:45 PM | Dead Bird Quiz: Sarah Porter edition
First off, the SEANET data entry site is back online! Huzzah! Thank you all for your patience; you should be all set now to enter surveys again. Let’s celebrate with a Dead Bird Quiz.   Both these birds were found by volunteer Sarah Porter in April in Massachusetts. What do you think everyone? Bird A: […]
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7:43 PM | Dash Project Receives Funding!
We are happy to announce the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has funded our project to improve the user interface and functionality of our Dash tool! You can read the full grant text at http://escholarship.org/uc/item/2mw6v93b. More about Dash Dash is a University of California project to create a platform that allows researchers to easily describe, deposit and […]
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7:42 PM | K99/R00 Eligibility clarification explicitly justifies exceptions for parental/family/etc. leave
This is good to see formalized: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-013.html It states: Eligible Individuals (Program Director/Principal Investigator) K99 applicants must have no more than 4 years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the initial or the subsequent resubmission or revision application, and must be in mentored, postdoctoral training positions to be eligible to apply to the […]
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7:40 PM | Doctors in Australia have transplanted a 'dead' heart that stopped beating for 20 minutes.
Doctors in Australia have transplanted a 'dead' heart that stopped beating for 20 minutes. It's being described as the biggest heart transplant breakthrough in a decade, one that could revolutionize the way organs are donated. The technique, which utilizes a portable unit that keeps blood flowing through heart tissue, took 12 years to develop. Previously, transplant units relied solely on donor hearts from brain dead patients whose hearts were still beating.Read more...
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7:39 PM | I want to ride my bicycle. I want to ride it where I like.
This article titled “Do cycle lanes increase safety of cyclists from overtaking vehicles?” popped on up on chemistry news feed recently. I couldn’t understand where the chemistry came into that question (are new bike lanes being made from some novel material? does it have something to do with the material of tires? was this some kind of […]
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7:16 PM | 29 Dumb Facts About Dessert This week, John discusses some...
29 Dumb Facts About Dessert This week, John discusses some pretty dumb facts about dessert. By: Mental Floss. Support: http://store.mentalfloss.com/ (enter promo code: “YoutubeFlossers” for 15% off!)
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7:15 PM | Experts Weigh in on Google's Inbox
From the makers of Gmail, the next-generation email app Inbox aims to solve information overload. Continue reading →
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7:03 PM | Surveyor Digitization Project Will Bring Thousands of Unseen Lunar Images to Light
A team of scientists at the University of Arizona plan to digitize 87,000 vintage images from the surface of the moon, of which less than two percent have ever been seen.
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7:00 PM | No, Ebola Won't Decide The Outcome Of The Elections
Ebola is at the top of the headlines. The elections are eleven days away. Therefore, the Law of Punditry dictates that political commentators must link these two stories together, forecasting that fears of the deadly virus will determine who controls Congress. Here's why they're completely wrong.Read more...
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