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April 12, 2014

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2:15 PM | Saturday Morning Video: Seth Lloyd, Quantum algorithms for supervised and unsupervised machine learning
Guillaume Palacios's presentation ( The D-Wave “Quantum Computer” Myths and Realities) at the recent Paris Machine Learning meetup got me thinking that this Quantum Computer might not all PR after all. It turns out that Google Tech Talks just released a video of Seth Lloyd on the subject of Quantum Machine Learning. At around 30 minutes, Seth describes the encoding of information from a CD into a Quantum state in a set up that parallels the single pixel camera. Here […]
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1:15 PM | Mirror Sniffing – contagious?
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April 11, 2014

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10:57 PM | Visit the National Science Foundation and Friends Pavilion at the Expo!
The National Science Foundation returns to sponsor the USA Science & Engineering Festival and will showcase an incredible group of exhibits at the NSF and Friends Pavilion! Visit the National Science Foundation’s exhibit area to explore tsunami waves, mind control, robots, spiders, cranberry acids, crazy physics experiments and more! Stage performances, a wearable tech fashion show and…
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7:55 PM | 3-D Tumors Printed in the Lab
The lumps show a greater resemblance to natural cancer than do the two-dimensional cultured cells grown in a lab dish.
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4:55 PM | Win-Win: Pairing Agave Crops With Solar Panels
Growing agave plants on solar panel farms is a winning combination.
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4:38 PM | Improbable visit to No Such Thing as a Fish
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3:29 PM | Astronaut Pee Turned Into Fuel
A new bioreactor for astronauts takes waste removed from their urine and turns it into a useful energy source. Continue reading →
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2:24 PM | Nutritional value of eating stinkbugs
If you have a hangover, and are tempted to eat a few stinkbugs (Encosternum delegorguei) as a cure, you might be concerned about their nutritional properties. Fortunately, there are a handful of scholarly papers available on the subject. May we recommend : • Nutritional and Medicinal value of the edible stinkbug, Encosternum delegorguei Spinola consumed […]
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9:55 AM | Sparse PCA: Covariance Thresholding and an AMP based approach
No implementation yet, but new ways of going about the Sparse PCA problem. I will be adding the following figure to the phase transition figure in the Advanced Matrix Factorization Jungle page for the Sparse PCA paragraph. As I mentioned in slide 13 of this recent ML Meetup presentation, to the untrained eye, sparse PCA is a solved problem, but the back story is a little bit more complex as related in the first paper: ....Over the last ten years, a significant effort […]
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8:00 AM | Photo Friday: Rural Electrification (California)
The Point Conception lighthouse is located at the west enterance of the Santa Barbara Channel in Southern California. This photograph is a part of the online photography exhibit “Form and Landscape,”... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:01 AM | Starstuff Squared
This post presents the supplemental readings for the fourth (I) and fifth (II) episodes of the Cosmos reboot. These materials are cross-posted to Tumbld Thoughts.I. Stellar Evolution is Six Points the Natural LawHere are the supplemental readings for Cosmos, episode IV: "A Sky Full of Ghosts". The readings are organized by theme, and relate to scenes in the episode.1. The Speed of Light is Not Attainable:Life's Little Mysteries Staff   Can Matter Travel at Light Speed? LiveScience, […]

April 10, 2014

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11:33 PM | Futurist Michio Kaku and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Headline Book Fair at USA Science & Engineering Festival
By Shawn Flaherty  Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist and author of New York Times’ list topping “The Future of the Mind,” is one of 31 best-selling science-related and children’s book authors (and characters) who will be signing books during the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s Book Fair, hosted by Anderson’s Bookshops.   The Book Fair is…
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7:35 PM | Slides and Video: Zurich Machine Learning Meetup #2
Martin Jaggi and the Zurich ML Meetup group also had a meetup this week, here are the video and slides of the talks:   #like or #fail - How Can Computers Tell the Difference? - Mark Cieliebak - #2 Slides: http://goo.gl/eM2bQl Webcamaze - Amazing Webcams - Helmut Grabner - #2 Slides: http://goo.gl/dMXkA3Machine Learning and Data Exploration in Python with scikit-learn - Andreas Müller - #2 Slides: http://amueller.github.io/Python notebook: […]
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4:05 PM | Apple iWatch May Come in Two Sizes
MacRumors predicts the iWatch will be available with a 1.3-inch and/or a 1.5-inch display.
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2:33 PM | An interim report about the report about reports about reports
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2:15 PM | Yahoo Mail and Heartbleed: Secure Your Account
Update your security and see if your account was compromised.
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12:02 PM | The Seer-Sucker Theory
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11:53 AM | Slides and Video: Paris Machine Learning Meetup #10: Dolphin Communications, Big Data, ConvNets and Quantum Computers
Last night, we had a blast with four different presentations at the Paris Machine Learning Meetup #10. Brenda McCowan talked to us about the very difficult problem of making sense of something for which we basically don't know anything, unsupervised learning at its hardest.  Philippe Nieuwbourg provided a bird's eye view of what Big Data entailed with several examples that included fashion among other. Gabriel Synnaeve described ConvNets and  a cool demo of a […]

April 09, 2014

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11:59 PM | Experiment: When Annistonians Eat Pringles With—or Without—Olestra
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6:18 PM | Cockroaches Injected With DNA Nanobots
Bioengineers created nanoscale robots from DNA strands, injected them into live cockroaches and watched as the bots got to work. Continue reading →
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6:13 PM | Next Generation Solar-Powered Plane Unveiled
The latest version is light, longer and faster and will circumnavigate the globe in 2015. Continue reading →
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4:45 PM | “Evidence to suggest” suggestive behavior in nightclubs
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4:16 PM | Science Buddies Joins the Festival as a Major Sponsor!
You’ve heard the saying: Science is truly all around us. Get ready to discover how accurate this maxim really is as Science Buddies, an award-winning, non-profit resource in STEM for students, joins the USA Science & Engineering Festival as a major sponsor. Moreover, don’t miss Science Buddies’ exciting, hands-on exhibits for kids at the Festival Expo, which…
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3:40 PM | 'Heartbleed' Bug Kills Website Security
The virus lets anyone on the Internet get into a secure Web server and scoop up the site's encryption keys, user passwords and site content.
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2:15 PM | Infrastructure Spotting
When I began writing On the Grid, my book about the infrastructure systems that make our lives possible, I envisioned it as a sort of Peterson’s Guide to the Infrastructure of the Modern World.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:02 PM | Nonword Generator OnLine
If it’s nonwords you’re after, you can very probably find everything you need in the ARC Nonword Database developed by professors Rastle, Harrington, and Coltheart in 2002. Details of which were published in ’358,534 nonwords: The ARC Nonword Database’ (The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Section A: Human Experimental Psychology, Volume 55, Issue 4) Should […]
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12:41 PM | Hamburger hazards and emotions [study]
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12:41 PM | Unpaid Work in Academia.
I currently have two interns. They’re undergraduates, and they’re getting ready to move on. I only have money to pay them through April. They knew that going in. Actually, going in, they thought it was only until last December, but I scrounged up a little extra dough. Right now we have a draft of the […]
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12:07 PM | It’s a Southern Thing: Honor on Death Row
A new Canadian study finds a plethora of unregretful — but very polite — murderers and other occupants of death row in prisons in the region of the United States of America knowns as “The South”: “Honor on Death Row — Apology, Remorse, and the Culture of Honor in the U.S. South,” Judy Eaton, SAGE […]
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11:59 AM | Speaking.
I know that most of my readers read me for the writing on alcoholism, not on science or medicine, or meta-science and meta-medicine. I have a meta-science post brewing about the treatment of trainees after they have graduated/moved on, but this post isn’t about that. In fact, this is barely a post at all. As […]
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