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October 05, 2014

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10:08 PM | Another Way of Reading Nuit Blanche
There are several ways of finding out recent entries on Nuit Blanche, one of them is through Scrolldit     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 Compressive Sensing or the Matrix Factorization Jungle and join the conversations on compressive sensing, advanced […]
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4:09 PM | 2014 Ig Nobel Prize Winners added to sortable database
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2:32 PM | If you can measure it, it must be important: Ear lobe vs ear lobe vs body fat
If you can measure it, it must be important — a principle demonstrated in this study: “Predicting visceral obesity based on facial characteristics,” Bum Ju Lee and Jong Yeol Kim, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2014, 14:248. The authors, at the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, report: No studies on the best predictor of visceral […]
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12:58 PM | Imperfect Potato Problems
Two items to add to your imperfect potato collection: First, an influential (it has been cited in one other study) study, in a singular writing style: “Possible Mechanisms of Human Teratogenesis by Imperfect Potato,” Isabel Gal, Humangenetik, vol. 19, no. 3-4, 1973, pp. 311-314. Here is an imperfect potato extract: Second, an admission, by Dean Burnett, […]
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3:05 AM | “Indians Also Lead in Improbable Research”
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October 04, 2014

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8:08 PM | Ceci n'est toujours pas le site de la Nuit Blanche
Les attractions des Nuits Blanches de Paris se trouvent ici, celles de Bruxelles se trouvent ici et celles de Toronto ici.Si par contre vous etes interesses par le deluge de donnees qui depassent le nombre d'etoiles dans l'univers et comment les utiliser pour mieux comprendre le monde, bienvenue, vous etes arrives a bon port. Pour information, il y a depuis plus de an des meetups sur le Machine Learning a Paris.  Join the CompressiveSensing subreddit or the Google+ Community and […]
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7:45 PM | They grew vaginas, they’re growing penises
Anthony Atala and colleagues at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine are busy making replacement parts. Their study “Tissue-engineered autologous vaginal organs in patients: a pilot cohort study” in The Lancet, published this year, tells of the distaff part of the story. A report in The Guardian tells of their efforts to build masculinature: “The lab-grown penis: approaching […]
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1:01 PM | Ig-winning pigeon-repellant researcher Hirose researches Ig-winning luak coffee
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12:02 PM | Turgid and Obscure Language, from Roger Bolas
Turgid and obscure language impinges on the realm of medical ethics, apparently: “Turgid and Obscure Language,” Roger Bolas, Journal of Medical Ethics, vol. 2, 1976, p 151. The author writes: SIR, My reactions on reading ‘obverted contrapositive’ and ‘presuppositionless characterization’ (page 103, volume 2, number 2), were to sigh deeply and to reach for the […]
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5:12 AM | Marty Perl is gone
Reports bring the sad news that Marty Perl died. Here’s a look back a decade and a half. This is the beginning of Lila Guterman’s 1998 article in the Stanford Report about one of Marty’s smallest improbable adventures: A paper airplane whizzed through the air and hit Stanford Nobel laureate Martin Perl in the head before […]

October 03, 2014

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9:30 PM | Slides: MMDS 2014: Workshop on Algorithms for Modern Massive Data Sets
And you thought you'd have a nice and uneventful end of the week, uh !well, it looks like all the slides of the MMDS 2014: Workshop on Algorithms for Modern Massive Data Sets have been recently released, they are all here (I just added a link to each authors' website)Data Analysis and Statistical Data Analysis Large Scale Machine Learning at Verizon Ashok Srivastava Communication Cost in Big Data Processing Dan Suciu Content-based search in 50TB of consumer-produced videos Gerald Friedland […]
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7:25 PM | 'Breathing Battery' Runs on Light and Air
A solar panel is the world's first to store its own power. Continue reading →
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5:40 PM | Bring Inspiring STEM Presentations into the Classroom!
Teachers- the USASEF Team is thrilled to announce the launch of our video resource library featuring presentations from our 2014 X-STEM Symposium! The 2014 X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium- presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune- featured interactive presentations and workshops by an exclusive group of visionaries who aimed to empower and inspire elementary through high school students about…
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3:10 PM | Speed.
I’ve been trying to run faster the past week. When I had a personal trainer in St. Louis, she told me: “If you want to run faster, you have to run faster.” As there often is, there’s complexity in tautology. For a while, I got a little faster just by going out and running at […]
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2:30 PM | SmartMat Keeps Your Yoga Poses True
Sensors and an app guides your asanas.
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1:03 PM | The Once Thought Impossible Computations
Previously once thought impossible computations are now enabled thanks to random projections in Compressive Sensing to encode the wavefiunction in Quantum mechanics and Random Features in high dimensional kernel evaluations. Woohoo !.Compact wavefunctions from compressed imaginary time evolution by Jarrod R. McClean, Alán Aspuru-Guzik Simulation of quantum systems promises to deliver physical and chemical predictions for the frontiers of technology. Unfortunately, the exact […]
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12:08 PM | Philosophy? Tedious?
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12:04 PM | A wide-ranging look at the number 3 in reality
The number 3 draws much of the focus in this study: “The intriguing human preference for a ternary patterned reality,” Lionello Pogliani, Douglas J. Klein [pictured here], and Alexandra T. Balaban, Kragujevac Journal of Science, 27 (2005): 75-114. The authors, at Università della Calabria, Italy and Texas A&M University at Galveston, USA, explain: “Number three […]

October 02, 2014

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11:25 PM | Words That, Taken Together Possibly Mean Something
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7:34 PM | As Ebola Arrived, the Texas Public Health Lab was Ready
Editor's Note: This is a guest blog post by Michelle M. Forman. Michelle is the senior media specialist for the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), a nonprofit membership organization representing the laboratories that protect the health and safety of the public. Often referred to as the “unsung heroes of public health,” the public health laboratories protect the public against diseases and other health hazards, ranging from testing of water, food, dairy and […]
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7:04 PM | Robotic Taster Can ID Authentic Thai Food
The government-funded e-Delicious machine battles the scourge of bad Thai food. Continue reading →
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5:20 PM | 40 Years of Cleaner Air: The Evolution of the Autocatalyst
The 40th anniversary of the manufacture of the world’s first commercial batch of autocatalysts for passenger cars at Johnson Matthey Plc’s site in Royston, UK, was marked in May 2014. Despite the enormous progress made in reducing the emission of pollutants from vehicles since the 1970s, there has also been considerable recent discussion about the... The post 40 Years of Cleaner Air: The Evolution of the Autocatalyst appeared first on Johnson Matthey Technology Review.
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4:23 PM | We’re (Almost) #1! Liquid Petroleum Production in the U.S.
The U.S. is on track to become the world’s leading liquid petroleum producer. According to IEA, domestic production of oil was about 11.5m barrels a day in August, and the Financial Times... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:05 PM | Snake Robot Walks on Its Head and Tail
By using its head and tail as legs, this robot can stand up and walk around.
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2:27 PM | Confessions of a really slow and often achy runner
This month marks three years since I started running.  In May of 2011, I walked a 10k with older son with very little training, and we had great fun doing it.  This was already a big step for me because when I had moved back from Minneapolis the previous year, I’d been having so many […]
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2:08 PM | Giant Clams' Shells Inspire New Solar Power Tech
Shiny blue and green cells on the lips of the giant clam redirect photons from sunlight deep inside.
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1:57 PM | The tantalyzing fly
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1:45 PM | Contribution to Science!
Hurrah, haroo! I have had a paper accepted! It felt like it was never going to happen again. This is an exciting one for me because it is the first (and probably only) paper from my little tiny grant that I got shortly after arriving at MECMC. That grant paid for two interns for a […]
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1:03 PM | Drone Video Records Throngs of Hong Kong Protesters
A drone captures a bird's-eye view of the tens of thousands of protesters that have come out into the streets of Hong Kong. Continue reading →
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12:28 PM | Nuit Blanche in Review ( September 2014 )
Since the last Nuit Blanche in Review ( August 2014 ), we've seen quite a few implementation out but also we also attained a new milestone ( The Long Distance Blogger  ). We also had a some meetings and meetups, and in the course of these proceedings, we sometimes lose sight of what is happening. I tried to clinch that magic back in Unfiltered Access. Anyway, without further ado, here is a summary of this past month activity on Nuit Blanche:  Implementations:Alternating proximal […]
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