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April 20, 2014

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5:03 PM | Traveling off the wheaten path
One thing I discovered pretty quickly is that I am incredibly sensitive to even small amounts of wheat/gluten.  I am finding that this makes traveling with celiac disease a lot more challenging than I ever anticipated.  It is also frustrating as one of my favorite parts of traveling used to be finding all the cool […]
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2:02 PM | They trained chickens to play baseball, and then some
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11:00 AM | Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week (Apr 20)
Tech does double duty this week, as we look at floating gardens that clean rivers, houses that produce oxygen and drones that create a Wi-Fi network.
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10:57 AM | Sunday Morning Insight: Why You Should Care About Phase Transitions in Clustering
Figure from [1]In the Advanced Matrix Factorization page, I have no listing for the phase transition section of the spectral clustering or its nonlinear cousin subspace clustering. Little did I know that Suresh Venkatasubramanian (from the GeomBlog fame) has written about it in his essay on clustering. In particular, he wrote this interesting entry entitled: Choosing the number of clusters III: Phase Transitions where he draws a connection with statistical […]
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1:36 AM | Best of mcguire: ruthless simplicity
A few days ago, the article Boring Systems Build Badass Businesses appeared on Hacker News. In one comment, idlewan wrote, "It's not about the end result, it's about using better tools to get to it," arguing the case for specialized tools, in this case some CSS compiler. In response, mcguire wrote: How old is your CSS compiler? After gaining a fair amount of experience with various technologies over the years (by which I mean, getting burned (especially by things that seem wonderful and then […]

April 19, 2014

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10:28 PM | STEM Education: Key to America’s Global Competitiveness
Guest Blog By Bart Gordon  Our nation has a long and proud history as a global leader in the development of technological breakthroughs and the development of revolutionary products that change and save lives around the world.  In recent years, however, fewer young Americans are entering fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and…
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5:15 PM | “This is quite possibly the worst paper I’ve read all year”
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4:37 PM | Saturday Morning Videos: ICLR Videos and Papers
The folks at ICLR 2014 are releasing videos of the meeting. The whole channel of the meeting is here. Here is a sampling of interest with attendant reviews and papers: ICLR 2014 Talk: "Revisiting Natural Gradient for Deep Networks" by Razvan Pascanu and Yoshua Bengio.Attendant review of the paper.    ICLR 2014 Talk: "Exact solutions to the nonlinear dynamics of learning in deep linear neural networks" by Andrew M. Saxe, James L. McClelland, Surya Ganguli Attendant […]
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1:26 PM | The tomatoic under-arm odour of J.C.M. Stewart
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5:01 AM | It's Algorithmic Indulgence for the Masses (or the niche market)
Introducing the latest addition to the Synthetic Daisies blog: Popular Algorithmics. Popular Algorithmics (a takeoff on Popular Mechanics) is a collection of posts originally presented as a series on Tumbld Thoughts. Each entry is a take-off on an established algorithmic approach from the scientific literature. Of particular interest are lesser known algorithmic approaches from the standpoint of both theory and application.
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5:00 AM | Saturday Morning Video: Learning Visual Representations at Scale, Vincent Vanhoucke
Learning Visual Representations at Scale by Vincent Vanhoucke (another presentation that features Deep ConvNets; "Astounding" baseline for vision )in the meantime, ccv 0.6 open sources near state-of-the-art image classifier under Creative Commons Join the CompressiveSensing subreddit or the Google+ Community and post there ! Liked this entry ? subscribe to Nuit Blanche's feed, there's more where that came from. You can also subscribe to Nuit Blanche by Email, explore the Big Picture in […]

April 18, 2014

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8:58 PM | Adult Human Cells Cloned for First Time
In a cloning first, researchers generate embryonic stem cells from a man's skin.
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8:20 PM | Floating Nuclear Plant Would Ride Out Tsunamis
Built like oil rigs, offshore reactors would be safe from earthquakes, too. Continue reading →
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8:17 PM | Discover the STEM Power of Walmart — From Farm Production and Fleet Truck Design to Energy Efficiency and Skilled Trade Employment!
  Many people know Walmart as the largest corporate retailer in the world, but did you also realize it is a leading innovator and employer in STEM? At Festival Expo 2014, you’ll discover in unforgettable ways this other side of Walmart, which this year is serving as an Americum-level Sponsor of the Festival! Walmart’s imprint on STEM is…
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7:57 PM | Quote o' the day: pitfalls
...we do not yet have the perspective of sufficient time to get over the prejudices and fashionabilities that influence our everyday behavior. We also tend to discount or oversimplify historical, sociological, and psychological aspects. We are too operational and too win-lose oriented. We come out simplistic and opinionated. Leland Allen, quoted in Polywater, by Felix Franks.
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7:22 PM | Farewell
Well, it’s time for me bid y’all farewell. It’s crazy to think that three years have already gone by. I started contributing to Plugged In shortly after I completed graduate school, and I hope that... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:12 PM | Is Psychology really science? Why, yes it is!
The following is a guest blog post by Tanya Karam, @PsychAllDay on Twitter. In my own research in science and environmental communication, I've recently discovered the importance of human psychology in understanding human processing of scientific information and human behaviors toward the environment. So I asked Tanya to write a blog post about the science of psychology... Enjoy! On the first day of the first psychology class I ever taught, before I was able to get through the syllabus, a […]
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4:50 PM | Fingernails Glow When You Make a Call
Manicure art goes high-tech in Japan.
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3:05 PM | This Hack Gives Siri Awesome New Powers
GoogolPlex developers have created a unique Siri hack that makes the voice assistant compatible with third-party apps and connected home devices.
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2:49 PM | Virtual hand shadow theatrics
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12:16 PM | You are not paying attention if...
you believe speckle is noise,your internet of things gadget does not have a camera,your business depends on making sense of camera data and you don't know about OverFeat, Caffe or ccv,you believe compressive sensing is niche,you believe that random projections are inferior to PCA,you believe the name of an implementation does the same as the name of the algorithmyou believe sensor design has little to do with Machine Learning.... TBC Join the CompressiveSensing subreddit or the Google+ […]
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12:10 PM | Fifty-One.
Yesterday evening I stepped on a scale and it said 183.5 pounds. I haven’t specifically been trying to lose weight, exactly. I’ve been trying for about 6.5 years now to be a healthier human. I quit drinking. 18 months later I quit smoking. 18 months later I started running. And about 2 years after that, […]
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8:00 AM | Photo Friday: A living laboratory for net-zero homes (California)
This picture is of the user interface screen of the home’s energy management system in the new Honda Smart Home in California. Located in the West Village at the University of California,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:00 AM | Privacy Tradeoffs in Predictive Analytics
Here is something new in the privacy game that relies on the fact that most matrix factorization in the recommender system business are low rank. From the paper:To the best of our knowledge, we are the rst to take into account the data disclosed by an analyst in the above privacy-accuracy tradeo , and to establish the optimality of a combined disclosure, obfuscation, and prediction scheme. Our proofs rely on the modeling assumption that is the cornerstone of matrix factorization techniques and […]
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3:40 AM | The drop dropped in the Ig Nobel-winning pitch drop experiment
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April 17, 2014

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10:00 PM | Robust Subspace Recovery via Dual Sparsity Pursuit
The implementation for this solver is not available, here is another phase diagram for the Robust PCA decomposition. the previous one is featured in the Advanced Matrix Factorization Jungle page from Bilinear Generalized Approximate Message Passing by Jason T. Parker, Philip Schniter, Volkan Cevher. One wonders how the two diagrams fit with each other. Here is the paper: Robust Subspace Recovery via Dual Sparsity Pursuit by Xiao Bian, Hamid KrimSuccessful applications […]
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9:04 PM | Unexplained Absence: An Engineer’s Cautionary Tale
You may have noticed, (I hope at least), that I haven’t written here in a while. Here’s why. In January, we went camping during a sunny yet cool weekend in Sommerville, TX. It was nice to get outside and to … Continue reading →
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7:25 PM | Meet the USA Science & Engineering Festival Youth Advisor Board! Join our Twitter Chat Tonight!
You could call them child or teen prodigies – wunderkinds, who at remarkable young ages have already begun making their mark upon science and technology as innovators and visionaries. The USA Science & Engineering Festival not only applauds such young achievers, but is recruiting some of the best of them to serve on its new Youth…
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6:03 PM | Innovative Axe Chops Through Wood Like It's Butter
Archimedes would love this axe, which is not a wedge, but a lever. Continue reading →
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5:05 PM | Google Shows Off Its Modular Phone
The Ara can be pieced together brick-by-brick like a Lego model.
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