Posts

October 20, 2014

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10:14 PM | control functionals for Monte Carlo integration
This new arXival by Chris Oates, Mark Girolami, and Nicolas Chopin (warning: all colleagues & friends of mine!) is a variation on control variates, but with a surprising twist namely that the inclusion of a control variate functional may produce a sub-root-n (i.e., faster than √n) convergence rate in the resulting estimator. Surprising as I […]
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10:13 PM | Comet Siding Spring makes close pass by Mars
Mars appears to have survived its close encounter with comet Siding Spring mostly unscathed.
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10:08 PM | What To Wear When You're On The Run From The NSA
CV Dazzle Makeup They may look like high fashion, but these styles are actually designed to fool facial recognition software. Adam Harvey In the documentary film "Citizenfour" by Laura Poitras, it’s revealed that Edward Snowden’s longtime girlfriend Lindsay Mills also left the United States and joined Snowden in Russia. Cheekily, Vogue suggests a trio of outfits for Mills, to match both the climate and the need for discretion that comes with proximity to […]
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10:03 PM | Translation
How the right words can have the wrong meanings, and the best translations lead us to an understanding that's way deeper than language. 
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10:03 PM | This Past September Ranks As Hottest On Record, NOAA Says
The agency says if 2014 continues to be this hot, it's on pace to be the hottest year on record.
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10:01 PM | HPV Vaccine Does Not Cause Multiple Sclerosis
Vaccines have been associated with autism and various other conditions and diseases. Most recently, the hepatitis B (HepB) and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been linked to increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) and other acquired central nervous system demyelinating syndromes (CNS ADS). A study to seek answers found no long-term association of vaccines with disease and short-term increased risk in younger patients was likely resulted from existing disease, write authors Annette […]
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10:00 PM | Network Theory (Part 32)
Okay, today we will look at the ‘black box functor’ for circuits made of resistors. Very roughly, this takes a circuit made of resistors with some inputs and outputs: and puts a ‘black box’ around it: forgetting the internal details of the circuit and remembering only how the it behaves as viewed from outside. As […]
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10:00 PM | Protecting Fashion.
At a recent talk that I gave at the Art Center Collage of Design here in Pasadena, one of the attendees asked how they could protect their budding fashion designs from being purloined.  This isn’t a small problem for everyone in the fashion industry. The fashion industry in the United States employees more than four … Continue reading →
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9:50 PM | Cohen: China’s Pollution Problems Mirroring U.S. Experience
China’s problems with air pollution mirror what the United States went through during the rapid economic growth following World War II, and the solutions will likely be the same, Earth Institute Executive Director Steven Cohen said Saturday on an English-language news program on China Central Television.
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9:50 PM | Gamification in Education
Gamification of Teaching Learning   “Gamification is the process of using game thinking and game mechanics to engage audiences and solve problems” Gave Zichermann [i] Teaching is a command and control mechanism. It is one way communication and lacks…The post Gamification in Education appeared first on Just Science.
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9:48 PM | Tricks to putting your toddler to bed
Putting my three year old toddler to bed can sometimes be an exercise in frustration. If you have experienced this, you might want to consider one of the following techniques to make bedtime a peaceful time. Be consistent about bed times and waking times….The post Tricks to putting your toddler to bed appeared first on Just Science.
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9:47 PM | When Reassuring Isn't: The Rush To Test Cruise Passenger For Ebola
Galveston, Texas, officials meant well when they tested a passenger while she was still at sea. But some say airlifting a blood sample in a Coast Guard helicopter was needlessly alarming.
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9:46 PM | Tricks to putting your toddler to bed
Putting my three year old toddler to bed can sometimes be an exercise in frustration. If you have experienced this, you might want to consider one of the following techniques to make bedtime a peaceful time. Be consistent about bed times and waking times….The post Tricks to putting your toddler to bed appeared first on Just Science.
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9:43 PM | Schrödinger’s cat: A thought experiment in quantum...
Schrödinger’s cat: A thought experiment in quantum mechanics Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger, one of the founders of quantum mechanics, posed this famous question: If you put a cat in a sealed box with a device that has a 50% chance of killing the cat in the next hour, what will be the state of the cat when that time is up? Chad Orzel investigates this thought experiment. View full lesson: […]
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9:41 PM | This Beetle Is A Living Mood Ring, Using Switchable Reflectors to Change Color
Meet the Panamanian golden tortoise beetle. Native to South America, the beetles are often found dining on morning glory plants in the mountain town of Cerro Galera, a few miles west of Panama City. Usually, the beetles have a shiny golden appearance. But disturb one, and within two minutes the beetle will completely change color, going from metallic gold to a shade of red.   The method the beetles use to accomplish this drastic color change is very rare in […]
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9:33 PM | (This is satire) Senate Passes Bill Mandating Hand Washing
Our foray into sharing satire news has backfired a few times. There was this one story about hot oil being spilled in the kitchen during, some uh intimacy, that garnered a bit of backlash for not being food safety enough. … Continue reading →
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9:30 PM | Finding Fracking Fluids In The Environment
New geochemical tracers can identify any hydraulic fracturing flowback fluids that could have spilled into the environment, according to field tests at a spill site in West Virginia and downstream from an oil and gas brine wastewater treatment plant in Pennsylvania. read more
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9:25 PM | CDC: Mississippi Leads US In Vaccination Coverage Among Kindergarten Children
State and local vaccination requirements for school entry seek to protect schoolchildren from vaccine-preventable diseases.  But not all parents agree medicine is a good thing and the newest CDC results show what states are leading and what states are lagging in protection for kids.read more
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9:25 PM | Racing Mini-Quads with FPV Control
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9:20 PM | People think their opponents are hate-filled—unless you pay them money
Cash for accurate judgments keeps people from thinking the opposition hates them.
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9:20 PM | King Tut Re-Creation Presents a Shocking Image
The pharaoh’s parents were brother and sister, he had a club foot, feminine hips and a large overbite. Continue reading →
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9:20 PM | King Tut Re-Creation Presents a Shocking Image
The pharaoh’s parents were brother and sister, he had a club foot, feminine hips and a large overbite. Continue reading →
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9:20 PM | Scientists Have Identified the First Sex Act Performed on Earth
Scientists from Flinders University in Australia say they have identified the first example of penetrative sex in evolution. And wow, was it ever weird. Read more...
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9:15 PM | Record Warm September Increases Odds that 2014 Will be Hottest on Record
From NOAA. From NOAA. NOAA announced today that both August and September were the hottest globally since reliable instrument records began in the 1880′s. From NOAA: Global Highlights The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for September 2014 was the highest on record for September, at 0.72°C (1.30°F) above the 20th century average of 15.0°C (59.0°F). The global land surface temperature was 0.89°C (1.60°F) above the 20th …
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9:10 PM | Arizona school’s noro outbreak linked to over 100 ill
I was chatting with a couple of guys at a birthday party of one of Sam’s friends this past weekend and relayed that I do food safety stuff. One dude said “I hate this time of year: between the colds, … Continue reading →
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9:04 PM | What Do Whales Taste?
Taste is so important that it's wheedled its way deep into our language. We call...
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9:00 PM | Superspreaders: How Disease Propagates In Infected Animals - And Antibiotics Help
Some people infected with pathogens spread their germs to others while remaining symptom-free - a new study may answer why. When researchers in a new study gave oral antibiotics to mice infected with Salmonella typhimurium, a bacterial cause of food poisoning, a small minority — so called "superspreaders" that had been shedding high numbers of salmonella in their feces for weeks — remained healthy; they were unaffected by either the disease or the antibiotic. The rest of the mice […]
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9:00 PM | In Brief: Research Shows Plants Can Detect When They're Being Eaten
Don't worry, this isn't about plants having consciousness or anything like that. Modern Farmer reports on a new study conducted at the University of Miami, in which researchers found that a thale cress plant was able to physiologically react to its leaves being eaten. In the study, the researchers mimicked the vibrations made by a caterpillar when it chews on the plant, which caused the thale cress to excrete extra predator-deterring oils. The revelation isn't that the plant is self-aware, but […]
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8:58 PM | Reading Novels Increases Connectivity of Areas in the Brain
Immersing yourself in reading a good novel is an excellent way to take a break from the stresses of daily life. By seeing things from the protagonists’ point of view while you are reading those few hundred pages, not only do you feel as if you have access to another world, but you may also [...]
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8:57 PM | For Children With Autism, Opening a Door to Dental Care
More dentists are learning to meet the delicate challenge of caring for children with autism.
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