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October 19, 2014

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5:06 PM | Where is the Cloud Computing bus going?
Technological innovation patterns have often repeated themselves in history. So it is with Cloud Computing. Familiar patterns of change seem to emerge today Here are some of main trends that I see in Cloud Computing Advent of containers: Containers are the new hot topic in cloud computing. In virtualization guest OS’es run separately. Running separate […]
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3:05 PM | Watching Closely: Asteroids, Comets
Near-Earth Asteroid Discovery Statistics (h/t Ron Baalke)Twenty years ago, we watched an asteroid hit Jupiter with mostly Earth or orbital based telescopes. Today, we will have a comet past Mars and it will be watched by our robots on Mars, in less than a month, we will be harpooning another comet on a spot that needs a name, while Hubble continues to downselect potential asteroid by one of our spacecraft in the Kuiper belt. We live in interesting times.Watch live streaming video […]
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12:51 PM | An Ig Nobel quiz
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5:00 AM | Sunday Morning Insight: Crossing into P territory
This is a follow-up to the recent  Sunday Morning Insight on Escaping Feynman's NP-Hard "Map of a Cat": Genomic Sequencing Edition  To recap, in compressive sensing, it's been known for a while that some solutions can be found thanks to l_1 (P or Polynomial time) relaxation of combinatorial problems (NP). In fact, the whole field of compressive sensing took off when people realized one could be on the P side most of the time.In genome sequencing the latest long read technology have […]

October 18, 2014

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5:42 PM | Revisiting Whats up, Watson – Using Watson’s Question and Answer with Bluemix – Part 2
In this I revisit the Bluemix app based on Watson’s Question and Answer service which I had posted in my earlier article “Whats up Watson? Using IBM Watson with Bluemix, NodeExpress – Part 1“. In this post I removed some redundant code and also added some additional checks to the Jade templates to handle responses […]
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1:48 PM | Lots of data and info about paper airplanes, and lots of planes
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11:00 AM | Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week (Oct 19)
We picked 10 of our favorite design prototypes from the Red Dot Award Design Concept's Best of the Best winners.
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2:30 AM | Risk Communication and Ebola
Just this past week, I gave a lecture on risk communication to the students of Coastal Environmental Communication (#SciCommLSU) at the Manship School of Mass Communication. I found myself comparing our relatively low concern with serious, long-term environmental impacts in coastal Louisiana with our irrationally high concern over low probability risks, including coming into contact with the Ebola virus while in the U.S. Seeing the current state of overblown fears […]

October 17, 2014

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9:00 PM | Teen-Designed Tech Goes Head to Head in MIT Contest
An MIT competition hands out $10,000 to 15 high school science teams. Continue reading →
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7:14 PM | 3-D carving (rather than printing), for teeth
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5:13 PM | Unlock the Money
What if you could spend a day with a successful Silicon Valley CEO, with the goal of taking your small business to the next level?
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5:10 PM | New Rules for Business
All businesses start out small and to grow them, sometimes you have to throw out the playbook.
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3:00 PM | Apple iPad Air 2: Top Features
A slimmer design, a new processor and a number of chic features highlight the new gadgets.
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2:35 PM | Compact Fusion Reactor Could Be Online in 10 Years
Unlike nuclear fission, fusion reactors do not generate heaps of radioactive waste.
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1:37 PM | The Rheology of Ant Swarms
Room 007 of the Love Building at Gatech, Atlanta, Georgia is the home of the Hoogle Lab. It’s run by David L. Hu  (Assistant Professor of Fluid Mechanics) who is the corresponding author for the robotic jumping-beans study which Improbable recently profiled. But the Hoogle Lab doesn’t exclusively focus on jumping beans, it also investigates the […]
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10:00 AM | Planetary Scientist Nick Schneider Takes You Inside NASA’s MAVEN Mission To Mars!
The ‘Nifty Fifty (times 4)’, a program of Science Spark, presented by InfoComm International, are a group of 200 noted science and engineering professionals who will fan out across the Washington, D.C. area in the 2014-2015 school year to speak about their work and careers at various middle and high schools. Meet Nifty Fifty Speaker Nick Schneider When NASA’s…
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5:00 AM | On Sparse Representation in Fourier and Local Bases
I just received the following from Pier Luigi:  Dear Igor, I hope things are good with you and sorry for this email out of the blue. I am writing to you because together with Yue Lu from Harvard University we have revisited the classical problem of finding the sparse representation of a signal in a pair of bases, specifically Fourier and local bases, and introduced a polynomial complexity algotithm, ProSparse, that solves the problem under the unicity constraint only. Thus the algorithm […]

October 16, 2014

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6:40 PM | Apple's New Ipads: What to Expect
The rumor mill always spins full speed ahead of Apple events, and there has been plenty of talk about a thinner, lighter version of the iPad Air.
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4:08 PM | Why Don't We Ban Flights from Ebola-Stricken Africa?
Banning flights will only delay the inevitable and only by a couple of months. Continue reading →
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3:45 PM | Fashionable photos of the Ig Nobel ceremony
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2:18 PM | Around The Blogs in 78 Summer Hours
There were quite a few blog entries of interest recently, here is a sample that got my attention:Anna Applied mathematicians vs Theoretical Computer ScientistsMuthuStreaming Extravaganza AlexMirror descent is, in a precise sense, a second order algorithmDirkConvexity and continuityDustinAn intuition for concentration inequalitiesTianyi List of Submodular Optimization on Streaming Data (In Update)  Divide-and-Conquer Learning by Anchoring a Conical HullAfonsoNorm of random matrices […]
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2:12 PM | The Mini-Cup Jelly Court Cases
The mini-cup jelly court cases are no longer quite so far beneath the world’s “attention radar” awareness level. A new study dares to look at, and speak of, them: “The Mini-Cup Jelly Court Cases: A Comparative Analysis from a Food Ethics Perspective,” Suk Shin Kim, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, October 2014, Volume 27, Issue 5, […]
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9:11 AM | DNews: Nobel for LED Tech Puts Bulbs in Global Spotlight
The scientists behind the design of LED light bulbs have snared the Nobel Prize for physics. What can LEDs do to brighten lives in first through third worlds?

October 15, 2014

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10:59 PM | Ig Nobel winner triumphs: “Italy lifts out of recession thanks to hookers, drugs”
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7:55 PM | Wordless Wednesday: Critters
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7:53 PM | Cat Ear Headphones Approach Terminal Cuteness
Feline-inspired headphones have speaker ears. Continue reading →
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5:00 PM | Atom-Thin Material Bends, Generates Electricity
The material made from a single layer of atoms could power wearable device by converting energy from your body movement to electricity. Continue reading →
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3:55 PM | Blind See Again After Stem Cell Transplant
Of 18 test subjects, visual acuity improved in 10.
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2:07 PM | Jumping beans (the locomotion of)
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10:00 AM | World’s Largest STEM Event Impacts Thousands
Nearly 800 volunteers and exhibitors brought the Lockheed Martin 2014 USA Science & Engineering Festival pavilion to life last April 25-27, including more than 40 hands-on demonstrations from across the corporation in the areas of nanotechnology, data analytics, robotics, energy, advanced aeronautics, and scientific discovery. A photo album is available online here, where you will see participants, young…
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