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April 02, 2014

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3:19 PM | Integrative Genomics Meets Big Data
Integrative Genomics Meets Big DataChristopher Maso, Weill Cornell Medical CollegeApril 14, 2014University of Chicago, Searle 240AIntegrative genomics meets big data: from single-cell, clonal analysis of tumor evolution to city-wide, personalized genome profilingLearn more≫
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2:43 PM | The importance of unit testing & version control for scientific software
This post is inspired by the fact that I’m teaching software carpentry in Denmark this week, but I have had this conversation a few times, so I thought I should write it down. Often the reaction to teaching things like version … Continue reading →
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10:27 AM | KNIFE: Automatic Feature Selection via Weighted Kernels and Regularization - implementation -
One wonders if there would be a way to randomize some part of this algorithm: Automatic Feature Selection via Weighted Kernels and Regularization by Genevera I. Allen Selecting important features in non-linear kernel spaces is a difficult challenge inboth classification and regression problems. We propose to achieve feature selectionby optimizing a simple criterion: a feature-regularized loss function. Features withinthe kernel are weighted, and a lasso penalty is placed on these […]
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7:58 AM | Where We Went Wrong Buying a Bitcoin from an ATM
If you've watched our video from today, you've caught a glimpse of the saga that was our attempt to buy and then subsequently sell a Bitcoin at SXSW. In retrospect, it wasn't a very bright idea. But we were curious, not only of the prospect of using cyptocurrency as a fungible good for making purchases, but also of the promised ability to turn Bitcoin into real cash dollars. Both of those goals were theoretically possible in that week in Austin, which had hosted a recent Texas Bitcoin […]
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7:00 AM | Tested: We Buy a Bitcoin!
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April 01, 2014

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9:21 PM | Another Sighting of Citing Nuit Blanche
This time Laurent Daudet took the photo of Maxime Dahan's presentation at IPGP. Next up, world domination mmmuuuaaaahhhhhh..... Join the CompressiveSensing subreddit or the Google+ Community and post there ! Liked this entry ? subscribe to Nuit Blanche's feed, there's more where that came from. You can also subscribe to Nuit Blanche by Email, explore the Big Picture in Compressive Sensing or the Matrix Factorization Jungle and join the conversations on compressive sensing, […]
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7:55 PM | Local and Market-Driven Priorities Widen Global Health Gap
Local and Market-Driven Priorities Widen Global Health Gap01Apr2014Death is not distributed equally around the world. In high-income countries, people typically die in old age of chronic diseases such as cancer or cardiovascular problems. In low-income countries, death comes primarily from infectious and perinatal diseases, and strikes at a young age.Full Story≫ CI Researchers:  James Evans
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6:19 PM | Wait Wait… Don’t Fool Me!
It’s that time of year again Altered from NPR source. Faadosly Polir is back in contact with us. We have encountered him before, but this time he has company. He has teamed up with two well-known radio personalities to launch a quiz show about mathematics. Today Ken and I wish to talk about material for […]
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6:08 PM | Premium: Will and Norm Geek Out at the Mondo Gallery
Premium: Will and Norm Geek Out at the Mondo Gallery
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5:39 PM | The Best Android Smartphone for Your Network (March 2014)
You're definitely in a tough spot if you need a new phone right now. There are several top-tier devices just over the horizon, and you might regret picking up a new device spur of the moment. This is you chance to jump on the next big thing in Android. You have to make it count, especially if it's going to take you two years to get out from under this one.The HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5 are coming soon (or may already be here for some), but are these the best purchases? Let's see what you […]
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5:16 PM | Green Award and Lakeside Geeks
Chicago MagazineGreen Award and Lakeside Geeks01Apr2014Each year, Chicago Magazine hands out their Green Awards to a select sample of Chicagoans with original ideas for preserving the Earth's future. Among the six 2014 winners profiled in the magazine's April issue was University of Chicago atmospheric scientist Elizabeth Moyer, co-director of the CI's Center for Robust Decision Making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP).Read more CI Researchers:  […]
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5:00 PM | Kevin Tong's "Wall-E" Poster Design Process
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4:16 PM | Waiting for BQP Fever
This weekend, Dana and I celebrated our third anniversary by going out to your typical sappy romantic movie: Particle Fever, a documentary about the Large Hadron Collider.  As it turns out, the movie was spectacularly good; anyone who reads this blog should go see it.  Or, to offer even higher praise: If watching Particle Fever doesn’t cause you […]
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4:00 PM | The Best Portable Hard Drive Today
After 30 hours of research and nearly 40 hours of testing, we determined that the 2TB Seagate Backup Plus Slim is our new favorite portable hard drive. It’s slimmer, lighter, and faster than our previous pick, the WD My Passport Ultra. However, you should not buy the 4TB version, also known as the Seagate Backup Plus Fast. Though it may seem like a better value, it’s not as reliable (more on this later).The 2TB Seagate Backup Plus Slim weighs just 0.33 pounds and is one of the […]
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2:13 PM | The undersea cables wiring the Earth
US telecoms research firm TeleGeography has published its annual Submarine Cable Map, giving an excellent overview of international connectivity. Over 99% of international communications are delivered by undersea cables; while satellites are used for broadcasting, and are useful for rural communities and very remote places, satellite capacity is limited and expensive. As you can see […]
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1:38 PM | The Serene Scientists Serenity Prayer via Jon Butterworth
Whatever your religous preferences, the Serenity Prayer captures a certain wisdom about life in general. So it is good to see that physicist Jon Butterworth at UCL has adapted it for scientists: “Give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be understood, Data to investigate the things which can be understood, And the […]
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1:00 PM | Keeping Tidy - 4/1/2014
Adam, Norm, and Will explore Adam's strategies for shop organization, the ups and downs of keeping tidy, and the storage systems that the guys prefer. Enjoy!
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10:21 AM | Summary of Contribution: Compressed sensing with linear correlation between signal and measurement noise - implementation -
Thomas Arildsen just wrote a blog entry, here how it starts: Compressed sensing with linear correlation between signal and measurement noise by Thomas ArildsenTorben Larsen and I have recently published a paper, “Compressed sensing with linear correlation between signal and measurement noise” in EURASIP Signal Processing. This post is an attempt and a sort of experiment to provide a front page summarizing the paper’s contributions and providing an overview of […]
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9:01 AM | Arc reactor installation complete
The photo above shows the robot's arc reactor which, as of April 1st, 2014 has been fully installed. This upgrade will provide enough electrical output to fuel the robot's tremendous power requirements. Currently I'm using a small sample of palladium to catalyst the fission reaction in the arc reactor, however it seems that the reactor is accumulating excessive quantities of neutrinos which have been building up on the surface of the laser emitter array. Once I determine an efficient way […]
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8:53 AM | SKA as an Atmosphere Monitoring Station ? - Part deux -
In yesterday's post I mentioned that there would be more about SKA (remember this entry on SKA as an Atmosphere Monitoring Station ?) Well for one, Ludwig Schwardt mentioned this in the comment section Hi njh and Igor,As someone who works on the SKA and on one of its pathfinder instruments (MeerKAT), as well as on the DOME project advertising the postdoc position, I feel obliged to respond :-)Radio telescopes *do* operate during the day, even if it is just to make the optical […]

March 31, 2014

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10:00 PM | Poisson d’Avril, ou pas ?
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6:00 PM | Google Play App Roundup: LastPass, Epoch 2, and Castle Doombad
Your phone or tablet is a significant investment, and it just won't do to have it running substandard applications. No, we can't have that. That's why the Google Play App Roundup comes your way every week with the best new stuff in Google Play. Just click the links to head directly to the Play Store.This week passwords get easier, robots get violent, and princesses get kidnapped.LastPassThe LastPass password management app came out a few years ago, but it saw a significant update this past week […]
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2:55 PM | The most fearless and the most fearful people
While I was in Europe, someone commented to me that Americans are the most fearless and the most fearful people on Earth. We put men on the moon, and we walk around with hand sanitizer. We start bold business ventures…Read more ›
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9:54 AM | Visiting Denmark this week
As a big proponent of everyone should know how to code, I’m again putting my effort where my mouth is. Later this week, I’ll be visiting Denmark, in particular, the University of Southern Denmark this week to teach a software carpentry bootcamp there. … Continue reading →
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8:43 AM | Nuit Blanche in Review (March 2014)
I always look back at these monthly reviews and I am always in awe on how much has been explored, discovered. This month is no exception (last month's review is at Nuit Blanche in Review (February 2014)). Among the many good surprises like the meetup speakers we hosted in Paris, here is another instance: Citing Nuit Blanche. A comment also led to this entry on thinking of the SKA as an Atmosphere Monitoring Station (more on that later). From the focused entries and implementations and meetups, […]
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7:17 AM | Call for Papers: Fafnir 3/2014
Call for Papers: Fafnir 3/2014 Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research invites authors to submit papers for the upcoming edition 3/2014. Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research is a new, peer-reviewed academic … Continue reading →
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6:20 AM | Show and Tell: Custom LEGO Creations
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4:02 AM | Video game technology. Part 1 of 3: New isn’t always better.
There is something special about bringing home the latest gaming system. The shiny box, the pristine plastic. Everything looks and even smells new. You start connecting the system and can’t stop but think about how awesome it is going to be. How clear the images are going to look, how fluid the animation is going to be, how natural the controls are going to feel. And all of this because you are convinced that the heavy and very expensive piece of hardware you hold in your hands is […]
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3:58 AM | Are realistic controls better than gamepads?
Before we start, answer me this question: What do you look for in a controller? Does it has to be pretty or just comfortable? Does it has to be easy to use or you don’t mind spending some time until you master it? It has to behave as you expected it, right? That’s obvious. But, what else? Does it has to make you feel like your experiencing something real? Does it has to look like the object the game is trying to simulate (like a steering wheel or a gun)? Many players feel video game […]
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3:50 AM | Are Multiplayer Games More Immersive?
Imagine you are at home and decide to play a video game. Let’s say you choose a first person shooter or a survival horror. You grab a gamepad, sit comfortably in front of the TV and launch the game. At the beginning it’s hard to focus. You are still thinking about friends and work. But, after a couple of minutes, things starts to change. You start paying more attention to the game details. Each movement and sound coming from the TV become more important than anything happening in […]
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