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April 24, 2015

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8:13 PM | WE WANT YOUR TECH ADVICE about the future of our magazine!
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7:40 PM | Could Recycling Wastewater Solve California’s Water Problem?
California is currently in the midst of a four-year drought. And after record-low snowfalls over the winter, Gov. Jerry Brown imposed water use restrictions for the first time in the state’s history. His plan to conserve water includes the imposition of a 25-percent reduction on local water-supplying agencies. This means residents will have to adjust … Continue reading →
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6:25 PM | The Latest Developments in STEMtech
Innovation & Tech Today is a proud media partner of the USA Science & Engineering Festival. Committed to celebrating innovation and investing in our future, the USA Science & Engineering Festival perfectly complements the mission of I&T Today. In addition to covering the Festival in Washington D.C. in 2016, I&T Today is increasing STEM coverage…
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6:14 PM | Nifty Fifty Podcast: Dr. Matthew Hartings On The Chemistry Of Cooking
This Nifty Fifty Podcast features Dr. Matthew Hartings speaking to Holy Cross School in Garret Park, Maryland.  Dr. Hartings the professor behind “The Chemistry of Cooking,” a wildely popular course at American University, where Dr. Hartings is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry.  Read full blog here.   
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4:19 PM | Homemade Iron Man Glove Fires Lasers
The glove shoots lasers that are powerful enough to pop a balloon or sear patterns into wood.
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2:40 PM | Professor Simon Leonardo Altman
Professor Simon Leonardo Altman , Emeritus Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford, is a mathematical physicist whose main work is on group theory, quaternions, and solid state. Since his retirement his main interests have been history and philosophy of science, poetry, especially science poetry, and some work on art theory, mainly concerning right-left problems. His website […]
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2:00 PM | Haptic Glove Lets Gamers Feel the Virtual World
The Hands Omni glove uses force-feedback design to approximate the sensation of touching, pressing or gripping a surface or object.
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1:00 PM | Hyliion Takes Home Big Prizes at Rice Business Plan Competition With Its Hybrid 18-Wheeler
On Saturday, a start-up called Hyliion was awarded the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Energy Entrepreneurship prize at the 15th annual Rice Business Plan Competition in Houston. This... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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11:45 AM | Dress-Up Drones: Hobbyists Customize Their UAVs
Some drones just want to have fun.

April 23, 2015

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10:10 PM | New To Science Blogging #4 – Life et al.
  This post is the fourth in a recent guest blog series on my blog featuring science bloggers who recently got their start in the science blogosphere. This series of posts I'll be inviting from new science bloggers, or anyone who started blogging about science in the last year or so, will help paint a picture of how science bloggers get their start today. *If you want to contribute to this series, and you recently (within the last year or so) started any form […]
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9:40 PM | AutoML Challenge: Python Notebooks for Round 1 and more...
In  the Sunday Morning Insight entry entitled The Hardest Challenges We Should be Unwilling to Postponed,  I mentioned a challenge set up by Isabelle Guyon entitled the AutoML challenge ( http://codalab.org/AutoML, her presentation is here). In short, the idea is to have a Kaggle like challenge that features several datasets of increasing difficulty and see how algorithm entries fare with these different datasets. Deep down, the algorithm needs to pay attention to its own […]
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5:39 PM | Drexel Snapshot: Geology Class Digs into Earth Science on Instagram
GEO 103 class characterizing the nature of the sediments of the Cohansey Formation in the NJ Pinelands. #geo103rocks #drexelcoas #acadnatsci #talkinboutrocks A photo posted by Ted Daeschler (@teddaeschler) on Apr 18, 2015 at 12:29pm PDT On a beautiful spring day, it’s not unusual for college students to ask to hold class outside. But this spring … Continue reading →
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4:11 PM | Part II: The Ecstasy and the Agony of UVM Abstraction and Encapsulation Featuring the AMIQ APB VIP
Part II of our tour through UVM reusability through TLM ports and the factory in the AMIQ APB VIP. by Hamilton Carter – Senior Editor Tuning the Receiver Part I didn’t answer how, (or indeed if), the monitor’s messages make their way over to the write_item_from_mon method in the coverage collector.   Remember, the method is [...]
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2:42 PM | Thoughts on Prestige and Credibility.
So, I spent the day yesterday lecturing to faculty and administration at an ultra-fancy hospital affiliated with an ultra-fancy medical school. Now, I work in an ultra-fancy hospital affiliated with a very-fancy medical school, so institutionally I wasn’t super intimidated. But I was a little intimidated. If I had been coming directly from my previous […]
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2:02 PM | The man who studied Shanghai soup dumplings intensively for a year
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1:00 PM | Being Invisible Is Stressful, But Awesome
People are tricked into thinking they can't be seen in an experiment that could have applications for anxiety treatments.
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12:50 PM | Human Embryos Modified in Controversial First
Chinese researchers have attempted to modify the gene responsible for a potentially fatal blood disorder in non-viable embryos.
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12:22 PM | Cannibalism nutrition study, or translation snafu?
Lesson: When translating your study title into another language, check for cannibalism. Here’s an example: “Nutritional Characteristics of Lithuanian Olympic basketball team-players,” Rimantas Stukas [pictured here], Marius Baranauskas, Proceedings of the International Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases Management, Klaipėda, 2012, p. 25.
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8:53 AM | Virtual Peer Teams: Connecting Students with the Online Work Environment
Conference Paper Virtual Peer Teams: Connecting Students with the Online Work Environment Thalia Anagnos Thalia Anagnos   13.57 · 10.47 San Jose State University Remove suggestion Widget has been deactivated.rgreq-8d19e053-28c4-415b-9b9b-409248c1797d Alicia L Lyman-Holt Alicia L Lyman-Holt Remove suggestion Invite to join ResearchGate Invite Invited Sean P. Brophy […]
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8:24 AM | FPA-CS: Focal Plane Array-based Compressive Imaging in Short-wave Infrared
George sent me the following a few days ago:  Dear Igor,My name is Huaijin (George) Chen, a PhD student at Rice working with Ashok Veeraraghavan. We recently got our paper "FPA-CS: Focal Plane Array-based Compressive Imaging in Short-wave Infrared" accepted at CVPR (arXiv pre-print attached). We were able to achieve 1 megapixel video at 32 fps using 64x64 focal plane sensor in our system. We were wondering, if it is possible, you could kindly mention it on your renowned Nuit Blanche […]
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8:05 AM | This DJI Phantom Flies Up The World’s Tallest Building
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world, so of course, trying to fly a Phantom drone to the top of it is a great idea. These guys take their DJI Phantom 1 with a GoPro Hero 3+ and attempt the huge climb, and wind up reaching an astounding height of 2,425 feet, right alongside the… Read more → The post This DJI Phantom Flies Up The World’s Tallest Building appeared first on UAV Coach.
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1:30 AM | “Understanding Organometallic Reaction Mechanisms and Catalysis: Computational and Experimental Tools”
This review is about the book “Understanding Organometallic Reaction Mechanisms and Catalysis: Computational and Experimental Tools” edited by Valentine P. Ananikov, a professor at the Russian Academy of Sciences who has contributed much to the field of catalysis in the past decade. His work has received international attention along with many awards and research grants. He has been working on developing new concepts in transition metal and nanoparticle catalysis, sustainable […]
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1:30 AM | Computer Simulation of Automotive Emission Control Systems
Computer simulation has become an important tool for designing automotive emission control systems. This paper highlights some of the key developments made in modelling of diesel emissions control components and catalysts by Johnson Matthey. The general methodology for model development involves determination of the reaction kinetics using laboratory reactor data, followed by validation of the resulting model against vehicle or engine data. The development of models for diesel oxidation […]
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1:30 AM | Guest Editorial: Applications of Modelling at Johnson Matthey
The theme for this issue of the journal is modelling and its usefulness to Johnson Matthey in a wide range of research and development (R&D) areas. Modelling is one of three core competencies within Johnson Matthey, together with the ability to control materials at the atomic scale, and to characterise materials using state of the... The post Guest Editorial: Applications of Modelling at Johnson Matthey appeared first on Johnson Matthey Technology Review.

April 22, 2015

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10:42 PM | Podcast #8: The scientists who taste-tested tadpoles
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9:54 PM | CSJob: Post-Doc: Learning Representations for Large Scale Multivariate Data
Jerome Bobin sent me the following opportunity the other day:    POST-DOC : LEARNING REPRESENTATIONS FOR LARGE-SCALE MULTIVARIATE DATA.The concept of sparsity and sparse signal representations has led to the development of very efficient analysis methods in imaging science. Most state-of-the-art solutions to classical inverse problems in imaging are grounded on sparsity: denoising, deconvolution, inpainting, blind source separation, etc [SMF10]. Fixed or analytic signal […]
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7:26 PM | Drones to Assist Search-and-Rescue in Maine
The FAA has approved the use of drones that fly at altitudes of 200 feet or lower to assist emergency responders.
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4:28 PM | 2015 Atlanta Pen Show
Tl;dr: I went to the Atlanta Pen Show. It was fun. I had originally planned on going to Atlanta on Friday, spending the night, and taking Saturday at the pen show, going to seminars and having a wonderful time. Then, I remembered that I'm an antisocial misanthrope with shyness issues from Texas, would be unlikely to actually speak to anyone, and that this is apparently a send-the-IRS-much-money year, so I waited until Saturday morning. I arose somewhat early, patted the Dianne, Penelope […]
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3:35 PM | Earth Day 2015 Links
Happy Earth Day 2015, by way of Google's Doodle series.Here are some Earth Day Doodles of years past. And here is an op-ed piece on how the transition from fossil fuels is closer than the pundits believe. Then, enjoy the pale blue dot.Earth from a slightly different perspective. You are somewhere in "there". COURTESY: Planetary society.
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2:06 PM | “No shit Sherlock science – why it’s still worth it”
“No shit Sherlock science – why it’s still worth it, ” politely screams the headline on an essay by Justin Waring, Professor of Organisational Sociology at University of Nottingham, in The Conversation. Waring begins: One of the great fears for scientists is that their work will be met with derision, especially when someone has been […]
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