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October 10, 2014

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7:01 AM | Print the Mystery Object: It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
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1:40 AM | If You Liked The Martian...
After posting the SPOILERCAST for The Martian earlier this week, we got a lot of requests for similar book recommendations, so I've put together a short list. Without exception, these books were all major page turners, the kind of read that I just couldn't put down no matter how late it got.Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson - This is part one of a trilogy and it's a well-researched take on Mars colonization based on the information we had about the planet at the time it was written. The second […]

October 09, 2014

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10:44 PM | Male allies, trusting the system, and tone deafness at GHC
Every year, I look forward to attending the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. I enjoy being in a space with so many other talented technical women at all stages of their careers, from students to CTOs, where I can network, meet new people, meet up with old friends, hear about some cool research, […]
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6:33 PM | Snake Robot Helps Roboticists and Herpetologists
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3:58 PM | Kevin Kelly Talks About Making Stuff, Finding the Right Tools, and Having Time
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3:30 PM | RQS (Read Quality-score Sparsifier): Traversing the k-mer Landscape of NGS Read Datasets for Quality Score Sparsification - implementation -
When you have entire fields that have been dedicated to compressing a certain type of data (image, videos), you generally rely on that knowledge to be optimal in your compression algorithms. But what happens when you have a Big Data problem and yet you really do not have the years of experience that built up in, say, image processing. Compressive Sensing suddenly becomes an attractive solution.   Traversing the k-mer Landscape of NGS Read Datasets for Quality Score Sparsification by Y. […]
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1:00 PM | Mr & Mrs. Smith, Part 4 - TIOAT Episode #275 - 10/9/2014
Norm's in New York for Comic-Con, so it's time for another episode of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. This week, Gina and Will discuss the relative merits of Haloween candy, another first-hand perspective on home automation, more on Pebble and the relative merits of smart watches, Android Netrunner, Chariot, and the trials and tribulations of Tiny Joey Fameli.
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12:39 PM | Titles better than their books
What got you here won’t get you there. I’ve been thinking about that title lately. Some things that used to be the best use of my time no longer are. I bought Marshall Goldsmith’s book by that title shortly after it came out in 2007. As much as I liked the title, I was disappointed […]
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12:05 PM | MONGOOSE: An exact arithmetic toolbox for a consistent and reproducible structural analysis of metabolic network models
While genomics gets all the publicity, the next most important step is figuring out how proteins are produced and used into what is called metabolic networks. It is actually a key toward making personalized medicine a reality. A few readers might remember these entry entitled: Instances of Null Spaces: Can Compressive Sensing Help Study Non Steady State Metabolic Networks ?. followed by And so it begins ... Compressive Genomics, Well today's paper that has a co-author from the latter paper look […]
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10:56 AM | Inspire: Three Questions with Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Find out what Sir Tim Berners-Lee wanted to be when he was a child, find out what he sees as important for young people to understand when considering a career in technology and get to know what his favourite toy was as a child!
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9:00 AM | Philips VisaCare First Look
Find out first hand what the brand new Philips VisaCare is like. We took it for a demo when we were at the IFA Conference in Berlin. See what we thought in our short video interview.
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3:30 AM | Making Tested's Blockhead Puppets!
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October 08, 2014

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5:00 PM | How To Get Into Hobby RC: Custom Sound Systems
For many hobbyists, the allure of RC flying comes from making their models look like “real” airplanes. Some are happy just approximating the profile of a certain airplane, while others spare no effort or expense to replicate every last detail. Regardless of the level of accuracy a builder pursues, one particular aspect has always been elusive: sound. Most models use screaming glow-fuel engines, growling gasoline engines, or whizzing electric motors. None of those power systems is […]
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3:00 PM | MIT and Columbia Labs Run Cable Coiling Simulations
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2:30 PM | In Brief: Hacking Star Wars: Yoda Stories
You don't have to be a video game programmer to appreciate this post by Zach Barth. Like many of us, Barth tinkered with computer game data files and modifications back in the late 90s. Remember how easy it was to dive into .pak files and swap out textures in games like Quake? Open up config files and change variables with Notepad? Well it's not so easy when a game's data file can only be read with a hex editor. That's the case with the LucasArts adventure game Star Wars: Yoda Stories, which […]
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1:47 PM | Public reaction to Ebola
Ebola elicits two kinds of reactions in the US. Some think we are in imminent danger of an Ebola epidemic. Others think Ebola poses absolutely zero danger and that those who think otherwise are kooks. Nothing can be discussed rationally. Even narrow scientific questions lead to emotionally-charged political arguments. Those who have a different opinion […]
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1:30 PM | How Bubble Wrap Is Made (Edit: Removed)
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1:00 PM | In Brief: Ralph Macquarrie's James Bond
Ever heard of the Goddard Group? Tested readers may remember them as the production company that envisioned a massive Las Vegas Star Trek attraction that never came to fruition. That attraction--a full-scale Enterprise ship that would replace the Fremont Street Experience in old downtown Vegas--was just one of the many projects Gary Goddard and his team dreamed up and pitched to studios. Here's another: a live-action James Bond stunt show for Universal Studios Florida, circa 1987. As the […]
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12:31 PM | The Middle East is not one-dimensional
This is part (2/2) about my travel this past summer to Iceland and Israel: In my previous blog post I discussed the genetics of Icelanders, and the fact that most Icelanders can trace their roots back dozens of generations, all the way to Vikings from ca. 900AD. The country is homogenous in many other ways as well (religion, income, etc.), […]
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11:47 AM | New research into ludification and gamification
[Reposted research news from the University of Tampere:] “Pervasive ludification and gamification, as well as the spreading of interactive media and online services are changing social interaction and the practices of work, learning and leisure as we speak,” says Professor Frans Mäyrä … Continue reading →
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5:18 AM | Tested In-Depth: Windows 10 Technical Preview
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5:00 AM | Magni: A Python Package for Compressive Sampling and Reconstruction of Atomic Force Microscopy Images - implementation -
Found through Thomas' tweet, a software metapaper:Magni: A Python Package for Compressive Sampling and Reconstruction of Atomic Force Microscopy Images by Christian Schou Oxvig, Patrick Steffen Pedersen, Thomas Arildsen, Jan Østergaard, Torben LarsenAbstractMagni is an open source Python package that embraces compressed sensing and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) imaging techniques. It provides AFM-specific functionality for undersampling and reconstructing images from AFM equipment and […]

October 07, 2014

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11:18 PM | In Brief: Hands-Free Systems In Cars Are Still a Major Distraction
The AAA and University of Utah released a pair of studies this week that attempted to quantify the the mental workload required to use voice-activated, in-car entertainment systems. For the first time, they used the actual systems found in cars, as well as Apple's Siri.Their results indicate that the voice-activated systems require enough mental processing on the part of the driver that they present a significant degradation to a driver's performance, even if he's able to keep his eyes on the […]
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8:00 PM | Pathomx v3.0.0 Release Candidate 2
The final release candidate for Pathomx v3.0.0 is available for both Mac and Windows. This latest version features the new IPython backend providing parallel processing (via IPython ipcluster support), numerous bugfixes and improvements to the UI and figure outputs. While a development version it is considered stable enough for regular use. If you’re a current user of Pathomx, please download and test with your own hardware and data, see how it holds up and then report any […]
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4:25 PM | Vertige : le nouveau plancher de verre de la tour Eiffel en images
“Je n’ai pas le vertige, mais…” Après deux ans de travaux, la rénovation du 1er étage de la tour Eiffel a donné lieu à l’inauguration, lundi 6 octobre, d’un nouveau plancher de verre. Sur les angles du puit central, les visiteurs peuvent désormais faire quelques pas au-dessus d’une soixantaine de mètres de vide, … et des têtes de celles et ceux qui attendent encore de pouvoir se ruer dans […]
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1:00 PM | SPOILERCAST: The Martian, by Andy Weir - 10/7/2014
Adam, Norm, and Will discuss Andy Weir's debut novel, The Martian. This podcast is full of spoilers, so if you don't want key plot elements of the novel spoiled, skip the episode! Enjoy!
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5:00 AM | Slides and a Video: Sensor Signal Processing for Defence (SSPD) 2014
Mike Davies just sent me the following Hi Igor...Presentations for the IEEE co-sponsored Sensor Signal Processing for Defence (SSPD) 2014 conference is now available on line at:http://www.sspdconference.org/2014-presentationsThere are a number of sparsity related works here, including the video of an excellent Keynote talk by Randy Moses, Ohio State University on "Sparse Methods for Radar Signal Processing"As always I would be very grateful if you could advertise this on your blog.All the […]

October 06, 2014

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6:40 PM | Screenprints of Adam's Drawings at Tested: The Show!
If you're in the San Francisco area and haven't bought a ticket to our upcoming stage show, here's one more reason you'll want to be there. Tested: The Show will be the first place we'll be selling an exclusive screenprint set of Adam's Mecha-Hand drawings. In the process of researching and building his awesome Mecha-Hand prop replica, Adam detailed all the components--to scale--in a series of schematic drawings. We've turned two of them into a set of screenprints--12"x16", printed on heavy […]
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3:49 PM | Fuel-Free Flight: The State of Electric Airplanes
When the all-electric E-Fan made its first flight earlier this year, it signaled a breakthrough in the progress of electric aircraft. Although its performance compares well to other contemporary electric designs, the E-Fan does not represent any major technological leaps. More significant is the company behind the E-Fan: Airbus, the European firm better known for producing large airliners. Airbus is a large, multinational company that is deeply entrenched in the business of burning fossil […]
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3:00 PM | The Great Martian War of 1913
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