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December 05, 2014

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2:42 PM | Professor Bender’s Kissing Goodbye Algorithm
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2:40 PM | DNews: Why, Oh Why, Can't We Have Real Lightsabers?
The new lightsaber shown in the Star Wars trailer, just released, has the Internet buzzing, and just a tad unhappy. But guess what? Science say we can't have them anyway, because they're based on made-up physics. Trace and Catie explain.
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1:48 PM | Haptic Holograms Make Virtual Reality Touchy-Feely
U.K. researchers use directed ultrasound waves to approximate tactile sensation.
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6:00 AM | Playing with Duality: An Overview of Recent Primal-Dual Approaches for Solving Large-Scale Optimization Problems
Nikos Komodakis just sent the following:Dear Igor,Jean-Christophe Pesquet and I have recently finished a tutorial paper entitled "Playing with Duality: An Overview of Recent Primal-Dual Approaches for Solving Large-Scale Optimization Problems",  which is going to appear as a feature article in an upcoming issue of the highly selective IEEE Signal Processing magazine.The main goals of the above paper are:- To provide a thorough introduction that intuitively explains the basic […]
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6:00 AM | Streaming Anomaly Detection Using Online Matrix Sketching
Streaming Anomaly Detection Using Online Matrix Sketching by Hao Huang , Shiva KasiviswanathanData is continuously being generated from sources such as machines, network traffic, application logs, etc. Timely and accurate detection of anomalies in massive data streams have important applications in preventing machine failures, intrusion detection, and dynamic load balancing. In this paper, we introduce a new anomaly detection algorithm, which can detect anomalies in a streaming fashion by […]
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2:06 AM | A Difference of Experience.
In 2006, in early May, I was arrested for drunk driving. When I used to drink, I drove drunk a great deal. I believed I was “good at it”. And, compared to merely occasional drinkers, maybe I was. After all, I never had an accident and I frequently drove with blood alcohol levels that were […]
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12:01 AM | Tales of an Academic Start-Up (Orthogonal Research)
This content is cross-posted to my personal website reboot. Previous updates and allusions to Orthogonal Research can be found (in chronological order) here, here, here, here, and here.Myself, Represented OrthogonallyFrom January 2014 to November 2014, my primary affiliation was as Primary Investigator at Orthogonal Research [1]. Upon running out of funding at my previous position (Cellular Reprogramming Lab at Michigan State University), I decided to formally found an academic start-up. […]

December 04, 2014

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8:42 PM | Yo mama is SO stupid she can’t explain plate tectonics!
When selling something or conveying information, particularly when it is technical, one wants to make it easy and understandable.  Unfortunately, one of the most common approaches I’ve seen is to say one needs to make it easy enough for an older woman to understand, particularly a mother or grandmother.  One example of this issue was the IEEE article […]
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7:50 PM | Edible, 3D-Printed Electronic Jell-O Needs Salt
Edible sensors made out of materials like gelatin do their job and then dissolve in the body.
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5:05 PM | Leaked Playbook Shows How Big Oil Fights Clean Energy
A plan by the oil lobby details efforts to derail California's clean-energy legislation.
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4:49 PM | Solar Jackets from Tommy Hilfiger Power Phones
Energy harvested from the solar panels is directed via a cable to two USB ports in the pockets. Continue reading →
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4:09 PM | Three and a half million page views: a million here, a million there and soon enough we're talking real readership...
 December 2, 2014, 3.5 million page viewsJune 7, 2014 3 million page viewsNovember 07, 2013, 2.5 million page viewsMonday, May 27, 2013 2 million page views October 25, 2012, 1.5 million page viewsHere is the increase showing about a million page views every 13 months. That's 77000 page views per month or about 2,500 page views per day. Here are different affiliated communitiesGoogle+ Community (1287 members), the CompressiveSensing subreddit (609 members), the LinkedIn […]
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1:14 PM | Subtle insights from comparing someone’s finger lengths: Stuttering
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6:00 AM | Book: Sketching as a Tool for Numerical Linear Algebra
I just found this somewhat long review article that easily could be considered a book: Sketching as a Tool for Numerical Linear Algebra by David P. WoodruffThis survey highlights the recent advances in algorithms for numerical linear algebra that have come from the technique of linear sketching, whereby given a matrix, one first compresses it to a much smaller matrix by multiplying it by a (usually) random matrix with certain properties. Much of the expensive computation can then be performed […]
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3:37 AM | Consumption of Pornography, Sexting Behavior, a Publication
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December 03, 2014

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9:07 PM | 24/7 Lectures get their own webpage
Since 2001, the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony has included the 24/7 Lectures, in which some of the world’s top thinkers each explained a concept in two ways: First, a complete, technical description in 24 seconds, and then, a clear summary that anyone can understand in 7 words. Now all the 24/7 Lectures are collected, together in one place. You […]
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9:06 PM | Wordless Wednesday: There’s no place like 127.0.0.1
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8:05 PM | Hawking's Speech Software Is Now Open for All
The move could help millions of motor neuron disease sufferers.
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7:20 PM | No Strings Attached: Christmas Lights Use Wireless Power
A magnetic power ring will light up to 100 glass LED ornaments.
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4:33 PM | CSjob: Postdoc in Mathematics
Thomas just sent me the following: Dear Igor, Would you be so kind and announce the postdoc position described below on your Nuit Blanche blog? best regards, Thomas Sure Thomas, here it is: POST-DOCTORAL POSITION IN MATHEMATICS University of California, Davis The Department of Mathematics is soliciting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position with a starting date between March 2015 and October 2015. To be considered for the position, the Department seeks applicants with a strong […]
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2:18 PM | Dropped red herring attacks
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2:01 PM | Settling into Long-Term Sobriety.
For the longest time, really up until about four years sober, I liked to think of myself as remaining in early sobriety. That felt important. By feeling like I was early in my sober life, I guarded it very carefully. I learned as much as I could about being sober and staying sober. I did […]
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8:43 AM | Virtual teams
Volume 31, Issue 6, 1 November 2014, Article number 6949534, Pages 41-46Virtual teams [Guest editors' introduction]  (Review)Šmite, D.a , Kuhrmann, M.b , Keil, P.c   a Blekinge Institute of Technology, Swedenb University of Southern Denmark, Denmarkc Keil KTM GmbH, GermanyView references (10)AbstractOver the past decades, today, and in the future, business contexts in software organizations and the common ways of developing […]
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7:27 AM | Onboarding in open source projects
IEEE SoftwareVolume 31, Issue 6, 1 November 2014, Article number 6879055, Pages 54-61Onboarding in open source projects  (Article)Fagerholm, F.a , Sanchez Guinea, A.a , Borenstein, J.b , Munch, J.a   a University of Helsinki, Finlandb Stanford University and Facebook, United StatesView references (7)AbstractIn today's world, many companies turn to open source projects as a method to increase productivity and innovation. A major […]
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6:00 AM | Cone-constrained Principal Component Analysis
 From the paper: However we identify a large class of constraints for which estimation appears to be tractable, despite the corresponding maximum likelihood problem is non-convex. This shows that computational tractability is not immediately related to simple considerations of convexity or worst-case complexity.  ah ! here it is: Cone-constrained Principal Component Analysis by Yash Deshpande, Andrea Montanari, Emile RichardEstimating a vector from noisy quadratic observations is […]
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4:45 AM | Maglev Elevators Go Up, Down and Sideways
Maglev elevators are able to carry 50 percent more people while reducing wait times to between 15 and 30 seconds.

December 02, 2014

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6:04 PM | Competition Between OPEC, U.S. Drives Oil Prices to Four-Year Low
On Thursday, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), an economic cartel responsible for approximately one third of global oil production, announced it would not decrease its rate of... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:35 PM | 3-D Printing Can Improve Face Transplants
Face replicas made with 3-D printers improve surgical planning, which ultimately makes the surgery much shorter.
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4:00 PM | Rewritable Paper Could Get Us Closer to Paperless
This paper can be written on and erased more than 20 times with no loss in contrast and resolution.
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3:50 PM | Sparse Polynomial Learning and Graph Sketching
Very interesting connection between solving a CS problem  and sketching graph from random queries. I wonder it could help in devising biochemical networks. Sparse Polynomial Learning and Graph Sketching by Murat Kocaoglu, Karthikeyan Shanmugam,  Alexandros G. Dimakis, Adam KlivansLet f: \{-1,1\}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R} be a polynomial with at most s non-zero real coefficients. We give an algorithm for exactly reconstructing f given random examples from the uniform distribution on […]
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