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October 31, 2014

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8:27 AM | "Modified Stage-Gate: A Product Development Process" by Nader Ale Ebrahim
Modified Stage-Gate: A Product Development ProcessNader Ale Ebrahim, Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of MalayaAbstractIn today’s dynamic marketplace, manufacturing companies are under strong pressure to introduce new products for long-term survival with their competitors. Increased competition and reduced product life cycles put force upon companies to develop new products faster. In response to these pressing needs, there should be […]
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5:30 AM | Nuit Blanche in Review ( October 2014 )
Since the last Nuit Blanche in Review ( September 2014 ), we had another Way of Reading Nuit Blanche, saw Once Thought Impossible Computations, read a few Blogs in 78 Summer Hours and found quite a few implementations:Non-linear Causal Inference using Gaussianity MeasuresBRTF: Robust Bayesian Tensor Factorization for Incomplete Multiway Data SparsePR: Robust Sparse Phase Retrieval Made Easy Compressed Manifold Modes for Mesh Processing On Sparse Representation in Fourier and Local Bases RQS […]
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5:01 AM | Introducing the Evolution of Inequality Project
The study of income and resource inequality has been the academic topic du jour this year, highlighted by Thomas Piketty's economic history opus [1] and a special issue of Science [2]. There was even a paper on the 1% vs. the 99% of academic publishing [3] which argues that in terms of citations, the rich tend to get richer. But how do these patterns emerge and evolve? Is it a merely a statistical artifact, or a reflection of how complex, hierarchical societies tend to evolve? For example, we […]
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5:00 AM | Thesis: On optimal Sampling in low and high dimension, Alexandra Carpentier
  On optimal Sampling in low and high dimension by Alexandra CarpentierDuring my PhD, I had the chance to learn and work under the great supervision of my advisor Remi (Munos) in two fields that are of particular interest to me. The se domains are BanditTheory and Compressed Sensing. While studying these domains I came to the conclusion that they are connected if one looks at them trough the prism of optimal sampling. Both these fields are concerned with strategies on how to sample […]
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2:33 AM | Local Management for Sustainable Agronomic Development of ‘Himalayan Viagra’
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October 30, 2014

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11:25 PM | CfP: ICCP 2015 - IEEE International Conference on Computational Photography
Jason Holloway just sent me the following noteHi Igor,We are announcing the call for papers for ICCP 2015. Can you help disseminate the CFP to your readers? (Or link to our Google+/Facebook page?)Thanks!~Jason (on behalf of the program committee for ICCP 2015)IEEE International Conference on Computational Photography ( ICCP 2015 -- http://iccp.rice.edu/ ) seeks high quality submissions in all areas related to computational photography.  The field of Computational Photography […]
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8:31 PM | The Science of Science Blogging Literature
This morning, Antoine Blanchard tweeted to me a SUPERB list of scholarly articles on science blogging! @FromTheLabBench Here is a comprehensive list of references on science blogging should you need it http://t.co/eyGsdq4dE7 #MySciBlog — Antoine Blanchard (@Enroweb) October 30, 2014 I thought I'd re-create his list here, with links to the full-texts that I could find. I've also included a few of my own citations. This list should be helpful to anyone studying the science of […]
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7:18 PM | Turing machines vs. other models of computation
Every once in a while, I hear someone complain about the fascination with Turing Machines, in comparison with other models of computation such as lambda calculus, general recursive functions (well, ok, maybe not that one), etc. The following is Philip Wadler's answer, from "Propositions as Types", an otherwise equally good paper: Turing’s most significant difference from Church was not in logic or mathematics but in philosophy. Whereas Church merely presented the definition of […]
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6:27 PM | Hi-Tech Harness Helps Dogs and People Communicate
A dog harness helps enhance communications between pets and service animals and humans. Continue reading →
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5:49 PM | US Solar Costs Catching Up to Conventional Energy
The cost of solar power is on the verge of catching up with conventional electricity, report two new studies. Continue reading →
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4:18 PM | NYC Event: “How the Age of Machine Consciousness is Transforming Our Lives”
Greg Charvat just sent me the following (see below). Let me state that the "consciousness" wording is not optimal for this blog but I definitely appreciate technical people getting into a room and thinking about the next steps (and I also like the 4combinator approach yet I have no link to them) so here we are: Hi Igor,You might find this interesting.I'm involved in this seminar series and panel discussion that will be held in NYC in November, on the topic of next gen deep learning as […]
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3:52 PM | It’s a mistery
I get asked to do a decent number of conference paper reviews, and surprisingly, some of those conferences have asked me to review in subsequent years.  One such conference didn’t just ask me to review again, but bestowed the honor of making me part of their advisory board.  I accepted, and they sent me a […]
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3:11 PM | Assessing the sameness and non-rarity of hipsters
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2:24 PM | Solar Tree Provides Power and Shade
The eTree converts sunlight into useful energy for public spaces. Continue reading →
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1:50 PM | Nikon Small World 2014 Winners Dazzle: Photos
Annual photomicrography competition proves good things can come in small packages.
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1:47 PM | Swaggering in the performance of root canal procedures
Swaggering could be of importance when one has to perform a root canal procedure. This patent shows one way to introduce—and guarantee—that swaggering will be part of the fun: “Swaggering endodontic instruments,” US patent 8454361 granted June 4, 2013 to Michael J. Scianamblo [pictured here]. The patent document explains: “Endodontic instruments are described which have […]
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1:20 PM | Artificial Mini-Stomachs Made in the Lab
Tiny clusters of human gastric tissue are helping to advance research on cancer, ulcers and diabetes.
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12:18 PM | Self driving vehicles are great – but we might not be ready to hand over the wheel (yet)
The promise of self-driving vehicles has brought with it high expectations and enthusiasm. But, we might not be quite ready to hand over the wheel. Today, the University of Michigan’s Transportation... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:27 AM | Higher Criticism for Large-Scale Inference: especially for Rare and Weak effects
Two papers on an interesting subject today with a common co-author. From a footnote in the first paper:Our point here is not that HC [Higher Criticism] should replace formal methods using random matrix theory, but instead that HC can be used in structured settings where theory is not yet available. A careful comparison to formal inference using random matrix theory not possible here would illustrate the benefits of theoretical analysis of a specific situation as exemplified by random matrix […]

October 29, 2014

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10:46 PM | Ig Nobel winner David Dunning surveys recent research about incompetent people
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6:12 PM | Now Showing: 3-D Virtual Reality Movies
New and retrofitted films are already being released for the forthcoming virtual reality platform. Continue reading →
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3:19 PM | Chip Implanted in Man's Hand for Yearlong Experiment
Ten people will have the chips for a year as part of an experiment to study whether an implant is more useful than a chip embedded in a credit card or a smartphone. Continue reading →
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1:35 PM | Hackers Breach White House Computers
It's thought that the Russian government was behind the act.
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1:19 PM | Stuck in Acceptance.
One of the core elements of the program of Alcoholics Anonymous is the Serenity Prayer. I’m sure everyone knows it, but for reference: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. It actually goes on from […]
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1:09 PM | Pop music: extant and market taxonomized
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11:18 AM | Wordless Wednesday: True Happiness
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9:45 AM | DNews: How Matter Behaves at Insanely Cold Temperatures
Science excels at so many things, but one among them is supremely cool -- literally! Julian explores some of the items that have gotten the Mr. Deep Freeze treatment in laboratories and explains what happens to matter when it's crazy cold.

October 28, 2014

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5:34 PM | Old Cooking Oil Converted to New Jet Fuel
The fuel will help power the more than 6,000 new airplanes expected to be built by 2033 in China to accommodate the growing demand of travelers. Continue reading →
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5:22 PM | Corporations Should Mean What They Say on Sustainability
Nowadays, it seems like every big company promotes an image of sustainability. A common example is the now-ubiquitous hotel-bathroom notice invoking images of ocean animals or pastoral scenery in an... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:58 PM | Measure for measure, number 5
I generally am not afraid to discuss politics in person, but I don’t do it often here.  I will discuss topics that can be politicized but seldom delve directly into politics, particularly of the local variety.  The reason is that I don’t want to irritate my neighbors.  However, in viewing my site stats, I’ve realized […]
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