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January 28, 2015

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8:45 PM | 7 Crazy Facts About Hydrogen
Hydrogen, the most common element in the universe, is taking big steps forward as a clean fuel source. Here are some facts about the ubiquitous gas.
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8:03 PM | World's Fastest Electric Surfboard Makes a Splash
The battery-powered Lampuga skims over the water at more than 30 mph.
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5:29 PM | Stem Cells Could Treat Hair Loss
Using genetic techniques, scientists coaxed stem cells to grown into cells that regulate the formation and growth cycle of hair follicles.
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2:45 PM | 'Bulletproof' Battery Could Prevent Gadget Fires
Scientists used Kevlar to create a thin membrane with holes large enough to allow lithium ions pass through and create a charge.
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2:29 PM | How many drinks does it take you to feel drunk?
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2:09 PM | Mental Illness: Caution isn’t Stigma.
As an alcoholic in what is generally considered long-term recovery, I don’t face much in the way of challenges with regard to people being suspicious of my sobriety. It’s been nearly seven years since I’ve had a drink, and I don’t miss it. My family seems to trust my sobriety. My partner has never seen […]
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10:18 AM | Ce Soir / Tonight: Paris Machine Learning Meetup "Hors Série" 2 (Season 2) Data Science for Non-Profits
Tonight, we will have our first meetup featuring a number of projects by non profits (Universities, NGOs, Foundations, Open Source Projects...) that could be helped by Machine Learning. For this round, we identified five different projects developed by these non profits. The idea of this "Hors Série" is to be exploratory in nature. Some of these projects are very machine learning oriented whereas others have not yet indentified how Machine Learning could help. Our host is TheAssets.co. […]

January 27, 2015

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4:45 PM | App Uses Spy Tech to Hide Photos in Plain Site
Pictures posted with Wickr self-destruct after 24 hours.
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4:30 PM | Smoothed Low Rank and Sparse Matrix Recovery by Iteratively Reweighted Least Squares Minimization - implementation -
  Smoothed Low Rank and Sparse Matrix Recovery by Iteratively Reweighted Least Squares Minimization by Canyi Lu, Zhouchen Lin, Shuicheng Yan This work presents a general framework for solving the low rank and/or sparse matrix minimization problems, which may involve multiple non-smooth terms. The Iteratively Reweighted Least Squares (IRLS) method is a fast solver, which smooths the objective function and minimizes it by alternately updating the variables and their weights. However, […]
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3:34 PM | Judging who, or what, judges people best
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1:45 PM | Patents: Help or Hindrance to Innovation?
Sometimes it's not the patents but the money and technical know-how that are the biggest obstacle to expanding the commercialization of electric vehicles.
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9:30 AM | DNews: Pilots Set to Fly Around the Globe, Without Fuel
Thanks to their solar plane, two Swiss pilots are set to fly around Earth -- slowly, very slowly, but surely -- on the strength of the sun alone.
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6:00 AM | LatLRR : Robust latent low rank representation for subspace clustering - implementation -
  Robust latent low rank representation for subspace clustering by Hongyang Zhanga, Zhouchen Lina, Chao Zhanga, Junbin Gaob, Subspace clustering has found wide applications in machine learning, data mining, and computer vision. Latent Low Rank Representation (LatLRR) is one of the state-of-the-art methods for subspace clustering. However, its effectiveness is undermined by a recent discovery that the solution to the noiseless LatLRR model is non-unique. To remedy this issue, we propose […]

January 26, 2015

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8:40 PM | Drone Crashes Onto White House Grounds
A quadcopter, approximately two feet in diameter, crashed on the southeast side of the complex.
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6:22 PM | Protein Innovation Unboils Eggs
A new technique could streamline protein manufacturing relied upon to make cancer antibodies.
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4:30 PM | Workshop on Big Data and Statistical Machine Learning, January 26 – 30, 2015
So there is the BASP2015 meeting in Switzerland while at the same time, there is the Workshop on Big Data and Statistical Machine Learning in Canada, which really means that if there were a live video feed in Switzerland we could have an always-on interesting view of what's going on in both of these conferences (jet lag helping). The Workshop on Big Data and Statistical Machine Learning, is going to be streamed live however from Monday through Friday. Thanks to the organizer, Ruslan […]
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4:00 PM | CfP: "Applications of Matrix Computational Methods in the Analysis of Modern Data” Workshop Reykjavik, Iceland , June 1-3, 2015
Kourosh Modarresi just sent me the following Dear Igor,Julie (Josse) recommended me to reach out about the meeting (Deadline for all submissions are 1/31/2015). I appreciate if you publicize the meeting through your network. Also, please do submit your own works for the meeting.Thanks,KouroshHere is the announcement:ICCS 2015, AMCMD Workshop: Applications of Matrix Computational Methods in the Analysis of “Modern Data”Dear All,I am the organizer of Applications of Matrix […]
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3:45 PM | Float Down the Yampa River with Google Street View
Putting the Yampa River on Google's Street View promotes the conservation of a waterway that has been left largely as nature created it.
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2:48 PM | Not as bad as you think … [a possibly cheerful collection of same]
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1:43 PM | Low oil prices aren’t working against solar (probably)
In the United States, reducing electricity probably won’t lead to a significant reduction in direct oil consumption. Instead (in terms of fossil fuels) it is more likely to reduce your consumption of... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:26 PM | What Fitness is For.
When presented with images of fitness in the media, we generally see images of almost impossibly beautiful people (often actually impossibly beautiful, due to digital effects), who are probably also suffering from severe, chronic caloric deficits. Often, they are also probably using steroids or other hormones to build muscles that ordinary humans who care about […]
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8:40 AM | DNews: Laser Technique Etches Water Repellence into Metal
Researchers have found a way to use lasers to cut nanostructure patterns into metal that make the material so water-repellent that H2O just bounces right off of it -- all without the use of chemical coatings.
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6:23 AM | Reaching 4,000 Twitter Followers… for Science Plus
One of my favorite quotes from a blogger I recently interviewed for my dissertation research describes science blogging as something more than just science: "...it’s science plus. Science plus character, science plus atmosphere, science plus... description." - #MySciBlog Interviewee I realized that this is exactly what Twitter has become for me. It's about science, and science communication, in what I tweet, what I retweet, and who I follow. But it's about so much MORE than science. It's […]
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6:01 AM | Science and Politics or Science versus Politics?
A few items on the intersection of politics and science (and the tension between the two). First up is an infographic that shows the relative frequency of various "science and engineering words" during the annual State of the Union (SOTU) address by all US Presidents since Teddy Roosevelt. The "science and tech" category is at the bottom, and has been an increasingly important component of these speeches over the last 40 years.COURTESY: Adam Cole (Skunkbear) and NPR.Related to societal […]

January 25, 2015

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10:11 PM | Sunday Morning Insight: What Happens When You Cross into P Territory ?
Today's insight is a follow up to other previous Sunday Morning Insights. The first of those insights cast genome sequencing as a formerly NP-Hard problem (Sunday Morning Insight: Escaping Feynman's NP-Hard "Map of a Cat": Genomic Sequencing Edition), the second one focused on how Advanced Matrix Factorization could now help speed up this technology ( Improving Pacific Biosciences' Single Molecule Real Time Sequencing Technology through Advanced Matrix Factorization ? ). Then, we conjectured, […]
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4:19 PM | Improbable doings in Vienna this coming week
The organizers posted a sneak preview of the ‘sneak preview’ event at the University of Vienna on Thursday evening, January 29: Und hier die nächste Veranstaltung in unserem Rahmenprogramm: Als sneak preview zur Mitternachtseinlage wird  Marc Abrahams am Donnerstag, den 29.1., eine seine sehr speziellen Vorlesungen an der Uni Wien halten; auch dies eine Premiere: es handelt sich […]
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3:09 PM | “Gay bomb” research facility urges caution about “love hormone”
The laboratory facility that long ago won honors for doing research and development on the so-called “gay bomb” is casting a skeptical eye at widespread claims about oxytocin, a substance some people call “the love hormone”. The Neuroskeptic blog reports: A new study offers two reasons to be cautious about some of the claims made for the role of […]
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1:55 PM | Programming Zen and now – Some essential tips-2
This post is a follow-up to my earlier post – How to program – Some essential tips. In this post I expand on some of the ideas of my earlier post. Programming means different things to different people. To some programming is a drudgery almost akin to manual labor, to others programming is an insurmountable […]
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12:00 PM | Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week (Jan 25)
Holographic goggles, phones that bend, bat-like robots and solar-powered LED lamps are just a few of the innovations that caught our eye this week.

January 24, 2015

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8:38 PM | Behold the evasive leap behavior of a spooked squirrel
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