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October 09, 2014

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1:30 PM | Turn Your Smartphone Into a Cosmic-Ray Detector
An app called the Distributed Electronic Cosmic-Ray Observatory allows smartphone owners to detect high-energy particles.
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12:32 PM | USB cigarettes (pay-as-you-smoke) patent
Phillip Morris International (PMI) has received (Oct. 7th 2014) its US patent for an ‘Electrically Heated Smoking System’ Unlike many currently available ‘vape’ sticks, the new device can heat actual tobacco rather than evaporating a nicotine-based liquid. And, unusually for a cigarette, it can ‘communicate’ with a host computer/ tablet etc via a USB plug. […]
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12:05 PM | MONGOOSE: An exact arithmetic toolbox for a consistent and reproducible structural analysis of metabolic network models
While genomics gets all the publicity, the next most important step is figuring out how proteins are produced and used into what is called metabolic networks. It is actually a key toward making personalized medicine a reality. A few readers might remember these entry entitled: Instances of Null Spaces: Can Compressive Sensing Help Study Non Steady State Metabolic Networks ?. followed by And so it begins ... Compressive Genomics, Well today's paper that has a co-author from the latter paper look […]

October 08, 2014

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9:35 PM | Science makes you a slob
I’ve been trying to work through a problem, and it’s one of those things that’s taking up all my brain power.  Unfortunately, it’s turned me into a slob. I woke up this morning and made myself breakfast and tea.  I went and got dressed.  Then I sat down and forgot pretty much everything.  (I remembered […]
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7:37 PM | Feeling Other.
One characteristic that is common to most of us in AA is the sense that we feel “other” from the mainstream of society. We don’t belong. We don’t get it. We don’t feel comfortable participating in ordinary social and societal situations. We feel outcast, downcast; belittled and degraded. We seek ways to feel less like […]
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6:00 PM | Amputee First to Get 'Lock and Load' Prosthesis
The patient is better able to do his job as well as cope with everyday situations.
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6:00 PM | Mind-Controlled Prostheses Let Hands Feel Again
New implants lock into bone, allow better movement and more sensitive touch.
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2:07 PM | “Nanofabrication and its Application in Renewable Energy”
Introduction “Nanofabrication and its Application in Renewable Energy” offers a broad overview of current nanoparticle technologies available for renewable energy. This particular title is the latest in a 32 title series that emphasises nanotechnology and offers details of graphene fabrication, photovoltaics, thermoelectric materials and energy storage systems. Researchers, specialists and graduate students appear to be... The post “Nanofabrication and its Application in […]
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1:43 PM | Life – the mystery continues
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10:00 AM | Explore the Science of Happiness, Love and Other Emotions With Social Psychologist Dacher Keltner
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 Dr. Dacher Keltner…
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5:00 AM | Magni: A Python Package for Compressive Sampling and Reconstruction of Atomic Force Microscopy Images - implementation -
Found through Thomas' tweet, a software metapaper:Magni: A Python Package for Compressive Sampling and Reconstruction of Atomic Force Microscopy Images by Christian Schou Oxvig, Patrick Steffen Pedersen, Thomas Arildsen, Jan Østergaard, Torben LarsenAbstractMagni is an open source Python package that embraces compressed sensing and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) imaging techniques. It provides AFM-specific functionality for undersampling and reconstructing images from AFM equipment and […]

October 07, 2014

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9:15 PM | Predators vs artificial prey: Greyhounds & mechanical bunny
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6:02 PM | Energiewende: Two Energy Lessons for the United States from Germany
Last month, I had the distinct pleasure of traveling to Germany as a member of the German-American Chamber of Commerce Transatlantic Program for Young Technology Leaders delegation. The program... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:45 PM | Iridescent Wings Inspire Counterfeit-Proof Tech
Researchers have figured out how to use artificial photonic materials to mimic the butterfly's attractive light show.
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5:10 PM | Mind-Reading and Virtual Reality Gadgets Unveiled
Futuristic gadgets were on display at Asia's largest electronics fair.
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4:41 PM | Bad News for Bad News: Website Tracks False Stories
New site Emergent suggests that false news stories spread as quickly and widely as true ones. Continue reading →
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3:17 PM | Coffee & Copious Co-authorship & Causation & Correlation
Coffee, coffee, coffee, multiple co-authorship, coffee, coffee, coffee, the implied linking of correlation and causation,coffee, coffee, coffee, the genome,coffee, coffee, coffee, big data, coffee, coffee, coffee — this new study has plenty of something for lots of everyones: “Genome-wide meta-analysis identifies six novel loci associated with habitual coffee consumption,” The Coffee and Caffeine Genetics Consortium, […]
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2:36 PM | Whack-a-Moles Pop From Walls in 3-D Video Game
Microsoft researchers show off a prototype system that turns a room into an interactive game. Continue reading →
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1:35 PM | A reported discovery about smiling women
The expression on a person’s face might sometimes affect other persons’ perceptions of that person. So suggests this study: “Forming Impressions: Effects of Facial Expression and Gender Stereotypes,” Tay Hack, Psychological Reports, vol. 114, no. 2, 2014, pp. 1-15. The author, at Angelo State University, writes: “In conclusion, the present research adds to existing knowledge […]
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11:00 AM | Wind, Rain, Sunset Create Beautiful Music Together
A contraption that's linked to a sensor-packed tower picks up variations in wind, rain, temperature and light to produce live streaming music 24 hours a day. Continue reading →
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5:00 AM | Slides and a Video: Sensor Signal Processing for Defence (SSPD) 2014
Mike Davies just sent me the following Hi Igor...Presentations for the IEEE co-sponsored Sensor Signal Processing for Defence (SSPD) 2014 conference is now available on line at:http://www.sspdconference.org/2014-presentationsThere are a number of sparsity related works here, including the video of an excellent Keynote talk by Randy Moses, Ohio State University on "Sparse Methods for Radar Signal Processing"As always I would be very grateful if you could advertise this on your blog.All the […]
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1:37 AM | Ibero-America in mainstream science (Thomson Reuters/Scopus): A fragmented region
IntercienciaVolume 39, Issue 8, 1 August 2014, Pages 570-579Ibero-America in mainstream science (Thomson Reuters/Scopus): A fragmented region  (Article)[IberoAmérica en la ciencia de corriente principal (Thomson Reuters/Scopus): Una región fragmentada]Aguado-López, E.a , Becerril-García, A.b , Arriola, M.L.c , Martínez-Domínguez, N.D.d   a Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y […]

October 06, 2014

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11:07 PM | A Science Journalist’s Chances
Frank Nuijens, @FrankNu on Twitter, recently pinged me in a tweet featuring an infographic that one of his Masters of Science Communication students created after reading my EMBO Reports article on the future of science journalism, An Explosion of Alternatives. Intrigued, I got in touch with the student, Benjamin Mul, to ask if he could talk to me about his graphics, shown below. Frank is a science journalist and founder of ScienceOnline Leiden, the Dutch community of people communicating […]
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11:01 PM | The Map of the Cat, the Hair of the Dog, and Other Metaphors and Descriptors
What's in a set of descriptions, or a set of metaphors for that matter? Quite a bit or very little, depending on whether or not you are working in your area of specialty. Richard Feynman once (and to the great consternation of neurophysiologists within earshot) referred to a feline brain atlas as the “map of the cat” (not to be confused with Arnold’s Cat Map).Recurrent cats! But what about its brain?This parable, of course, speaks to the role of jargon in science. I am […]
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4:40 PM | Swarms of Robotic Boats Could Surround Enemy Ships
In the future, the U.S. military may deploy swarms of underwater, surface and flying robotic vehicles to defend themselves against a hostile force.
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2:40 PM | Warning: USB Malware Code Unleashed
A new virus rewrites a USB's firmware, staying undetected as it self-installs and quietly wreaks havoc on devices and network systems.
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2:15 PM | Riding the Incongruity Wave (30+ years of brainwave research)
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1:10 PM | DNews: How Wi-Fi Works on Planes
Technology has made it possible for you to access the Internet on an airplane! How exactly does Wi-Fi work on planes? Amy joins DNews to answer this complicated question.
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10:32 AM | How Can America Remain Competitive in Engineering? Gain Insight From Leading Engineer and Educator Dr. Darrylj Pines
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 Dr. Darryll Pines…
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6:35 AM | Public Art Generates Renewable Energy, Beautifully
Take a leisurely scroll through the future of clean energy and public art.
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