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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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7:09 AM | Virtual worlds as digital workplaces
Virtual worlds as digital workplacesConceptualizing the affordances of virtual worlds to expand the social and professional spheres in organizations Bernadett Koles⇑Peter NagyCentral European University, HungaryBernadett Koles, Business School, Central European University, Frankel Leo ut. 30–34; Office 318, Budapest, H-1023, Hungary. Email: kolesb@ceubusiness.org AbstractThe primary aim of the current paper is to explore ways […]
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5:00 AM | Ce soir: Paris Machine Learning #2 Season 2: : Learning Causality, Words, the Higgs & more.
 Tonight's event will be sponsored by ANEO. Here is the lineup for tonight's Paris Machine Learning Meetup: David Lopez-Paz, "Learning to learn causality" remote from Germany. Emanuela Boros, "Learning word representations for event extraction from text"Balazs Kegl: “Learning to discover: machine learning in high-energy physics and the HiggsML challenge"Cédric Coussinet, Une demo de Nomoseed. http://www.nomoseed.comFranck Bardol, Donner un sens aux donnees des ONGs. Igor […]
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2:02 AM | mini-AIR (October issue): Monsters at the Royal Society, etc.
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1:45 AM | Revisiting the determinants of citation counts in scientific publication
Revisiting the determinants of citation counts in scientific publication Author(s)Seyed Reza Mirnezami, Catherine Beaudry AbstractUsing a rich data set integrating information about researchers' funding and publication in the province of Quebec, this paper intends to identify the main determinants of their citation count. Using two-stage least squares to control for endogeneity, the results confirm the significant relationship between the number of articles and citation counts. Our […]
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12:30 AM | Measuring Water Solubility of Platinum Group Metal Containing Substances
The water solubility of 22 platinum group metal (pgm) containing substances was evaluated to provide useful data for regulatory compliance and to aid assessment of their environmental impact. The flask method from OECD Guideline 105 (1) for the testing of chemicals (water solubility) was used to test each material. For substances that could not be isolated as pure solids, a simplified water solubility test was carried out. The results provide reliable data on solubility previously unavailable […]

October 14, 2014

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11:25 PM | A complicated way to say: ‘Flip a coin’
Considerable expense and effort are thrown at the question: What will people choose? Which cell phone? Which features? Which dinner entrée? Which school?  Which local political candidate? Which stock or bond? Which financial advisor? Which job candidate? Which job? Which hole to stick your nose in, if you’re offered a choice? BUT BUT BUT sometimes, maybe […]
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10:49 PM | The swallowed objects amassed by Chevalier Jackson
The Mutter Museum has, among its protected treasures, one of Philadelphia’s largest collections of swallowed (and eventually retrieved, by medical personnel) objects. (Thanks to Paige Williams for bringing this to our attention.) The museum explains: Chevalier Jackson Collection Chevalier Jackson, MD (1865-1958), was a renowned Philadelphia otolaryngologist and Fellow of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. […]
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8:00 PM | Curved, High-Def TVs Dropping in Price
Curved TVs are going for between $3,000 to $5000, and they’re rolling out everywhere.
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6:05 PM | Battery Charges to 70 Percent in Two Minutes
New lithium-ion technology could be a game-changer for electric vehicles and consumer electronics. Continue reading →
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5:56 PM | Energy Transition: Two Energy Lessons for Germany from the United States
As I introduced in my last post, I recently traveled to Germany as a member of a transatlantic delegation of young American energy professionals and academics working in the areas of smart grids and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:45 PM | Drones Practice Monitoring Volcanoes for Eruption
UAVs working collaboration with ground robots are exploring remote, potentially dangerous volcanic areas.
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4:32 PM | Not every race can be a good race
Earlier this year, I had this crazy idea that I should participate in a race every month during the second half of the year.  I came up with this idea before I realized that August and September are usually pretty bad months for me due to asthma.  Nevertheless, I’ve been sticking it out, and I […]
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3:59 PM | Router Makes You Anonymous Online, Skirts Censorship
An open-source router automatically directs Internet data through the Tor network, hiding the user’s IP address. Continue reading →
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3:09 PM | The Artificial Tree Electric Generator (patent)
HRL Laboratories – formerly the (Howard) Hughes Research Laboratories – have just been granted a US patent for their ‘Power generation through artificial transpiration ‘ invention. The power system – which could perhaps be described as an ‘artificial tree’ – generates power by drawing water through a turbine, driven by pressure differences caused by transpiration […]
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2:43 PM | Further findings in the matter of Stronzo Bestiale
Vito Tartamella, in Parolacce, his blog about science and profanity, provides further information in the matter of Stronzo Bestiale (the question of the existence of whom we wrote about a few days ago, prompted by a report in Retraction Watch). Tarmatella’s Stronzo Bestiale report begins: Would you read a paper written by Stronzo Bestiale (Total Asshole)? A […]
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2:40 PM | Further finger news from Prof. Manning: Gender Inequality across nations
Still more finger-ratio insights from Professor John T. Manning, the father of finger-length studies. He has a new study: “Digit ratio (2D:4D) and gender inequalities across nations,” John T. Manning, Bernhard Fink, Robert Trivers, Evolutionary Psychology, 12(4), 2014, 757-768. The authors write: “Gender inequality varies across nations, where such inequality is defined as the disproportionate representation […]
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1:48 PM | Why Spirituality?
One very important aspect of recovery is the “maintenance of our spiritual condition”. Now, as a person who is not religious and not even particularly spiritual in any traditional sense (though I used to be), I have to consider deeply what that means. Why do we associate sobriety with spirituality? How does that help me […]
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12:32 PM | ‘Fat fingers’ and computer programming languages
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5:00 AM | A Bird's eye view of Compressive Sensing, Advanced matrix Factorization, Randomized Numerical Linear Algebra, Big Data and more ...
  As one can see from reading Nuit Blanche, it is becoming clear that Compressive Sensing has affected in some fashion or another the way we think and aim to solve problems when there are plenty of data. Subjects like Advanced Matrix Factorization  or Randomized Numerical Linear Algebra (RandNLA) are examples of that. Today, we have a few review papers that provide this bird's eye view. It is as much useful to the newcomers as it is for the practicing researcher or Machine […]

October 13, 2014

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9:48 PM | Extra-dimensional conversations
The younger son occasionally has band lessons after school.  Recently, I picked him up and he said that his band teacher hadn’t been in her office when he was supposed to have his lesson.  The next comment surprised me. You know, in an alternative universe, I forgot my instrument but she was in her office. […]
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8:01 PM | Quick Ebola Test, Not Quarantine, Could Be Best Defense
A test involving polymerase chain reaction, or P.C.R., could be used to amplify genetic information, including that belonging to the virus. Continue reading →
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6:51 PM | Johnson Matthey Highlights: October 2014
EMISSION CONTROL TECHNOLOGIES Formation of Reactive Lewis Acid Sites on Fe/WO3–ZrO2 Catalysts for Higher Temperature SCR Applications R. Foo, T. Vazhnova, D. B. Lukyanov, P. Millington, J. Collier, R. Rajaram and S. Golunski, Appl. Catal. B: Environ., 2015, 162, 174 LINK http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apcatb.2014.06.034 An active ammonia-SCR catalyst can be prepared by impregnating WO3–ZrO2 with Fe. WO3–ZrO2... The post Johnson Matthey Highlights: October 2014 appeared first on […]
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6:51 PM | 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition: Part II
Introduction American Chemical Society National Meetings and Expositions are held twice a year in spring and autumn and constitute the largest gathering of chemical scientists at any point in the conference calendar. This year the 247th meeting (1) was held from 16th–20th March 2014, hosted at the Dallas Convention Centre, Texas, USA. The overarching theme... The post 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition: Part II appeared first on Johnson Matthey Technology […]
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