Posts

February 18, 2015

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2:15 PM | Explainer: Hackers and Your Data
We hear stories every day, it seems, about penetrations of computer networks. These breaches grow costlier with each new hack. Who are these cyber criminals and how do they use our data?
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1:06 PM | Wordless Wednesday: You’re not going to eat all of that, are you?
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3:46 AM | How to Build Your Own FPV Racer (Emax 250 Pro) Drone
If you’re looking for a new DIY project, consider building your own first-person-view (FPV) drone. This super useful guide will show you everything you need to do. The video above is filmed from a homemade Emax 250 Pro, the same drone the guide teaches you to build. Read more → The post How to Build Your Own FPV Racer (Emax 250 Pro) Drone appeared first on UAV Coach.

February 17, 2015

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11:20 PM | Bold experiments in human-sourced probiotics
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7:30 PM | Contact Lens, Glasses Can Zoom In With a Wink
Innovative telescopic contact lenses could soon give people hope for better, stronger vision. Continue reading →
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4:54 PM | Time equals food
One of the most frustrating aspects of having Celiac disease is the amount of time it takes away from…everything.  It shouldn’t be that bad…I just have to stay away from gluten.  However, it seems that I’m basically stuck making everything from scratch now. It’s amazing how many things contain gluten.  I can’t even buy many […]
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2:24 PM | Cosmologists and their metaphors: Follicly-Challenged Stars
People who theorize about the physics of the cosmos looooove, some of them, to come up with metaphors that extend the metaphors that other cosmologists came up with. This new paper shows how that’s done: “Relating Follicly-Challenged Compact Stars to Bald Black Holes,” Kent Yagi and Nicolas Yunes, arXiv:1502.04131, February 13, 2015. (Thanks to Simon Morris […]
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6:00 AM | Implementing Randomized Matrix Algorithms in Parallel and Distributed Environments
For some problems that are typically using Hadoop and related techniques, RandNLA is an enabler  in  that " the improved scalability often comes due to restricted communications, rather than improvements in FLOPS" Implementing Randomized Matrix Algorithms in Parallel and Distributed Environments by Jiyan Yang, Xiangrui Meng, Michael W. MahoneyIn this era of large-scale data, distributed systems built on top of clusters of commodity hardware provide cheap and reliable storage and […]

February 16, 2015

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11:16 PM | Exciting Auto-Pilot Technology: The Trace FLYR1
  One of the drones that showed a ton of promise at the most recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was the FLYR1, an exciting model created by Trace that will likely be released in the coming months. The unit costs around $500 and has functionality that you would think would only come at a significantly higher price point.… Read more → The post Exciting Auto-Pilot Technology: The Trace FLYR1 appeared first on UAV Coach.
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11:14 PM | Skydio Is Working On Smart Drones That Won’t Crash
Adam Bry, co-founder of Skydio, thinks that drones crashing will no longer be an issue in the next five years. His company is certainly helping with that, as Skydio develops products that allow drones to avoid obstacles and make movements on their own, without dealing with buggy GPS systems, by simply using their on-board cameras. They have the goal of… Read more → The post Skydio Is Working On Smart Drones That Won’t Crash appeared first on UAV Coach.
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9:53 PM | NASA’s Chief Scientist Dr. Ellen Stofan Kicks Off The Nifty Fifty Program!
By Nifty Fifty Host Carol Bengle Gilbert Very often, even the host can’t helped but be inspired by the Nifty Fifty talks. Monday, I listened to Dr. Ellen Stofan, NASA’s chief scientist, address middle school students at the Nysmith School for the Gifted in Herndon, Virginia. The school decided to announce the science fair winners in conjunction with…
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9:00 PM | Shale Gas is Commercially Produced in Just Three Countries
Just three countries currently produce shale gas at commercial levels according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) – the United States, Canada, and China. Furthermore, while... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:30 PM | Kernel Probabilistic Programming (KPP): Computing Functions of Random Variables via Reproducing Kernel Hilbert Space Representations
Random Features used as a means of speeding up Kernel Probabilistic Programming: Computing Functions of Random Variables via Reproducing Kernel Hilbert Space Representations by Bernhard Schölkopf, Krikamol Muandet, Kenji Fukumizu, Jonas PetersWe describe a method to perform functional operations on probability distributions of random variables. The method uses reproducing kernel Hilbert space representations of probability distributions, and it is applicable to all operations which can […]
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3:13 PM | Everlasting stout glass (new patent)
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8:05 AM | Drones Are Awesome Compilation 2014
2014 was a huge year for the drone community, with the hobby growing in popularity more than ever before. Long story short, drones are now a household topic that is widely discussed, and the future is looking extremely bright. This video details some of the most epic drone footage of 2014 — nature, disasters, gorgeous flyovers, and of course, thrilling… Read more → The post Drones Are Awesome Compilation 2014 appeared first on UAV Coach.
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7:28 AM | Seven Years.
Today I have seven years of continuous sobriety. I’m in Spain at the moment, but I’ll have more thoughts another time.
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6:00 AM | CRISP - Towards Compressive Information Processing Systems - implementation -
Giulio just sent me the following the other day:  Dear Igor, my name is Giulio Coluccia and I'm a PostDoc at Politecnico di Torino, Italy. I'm involved in an Eurpean ERC Project, named CRISP, entirely dedicated to Compressed Sensing. Its website is www.crisp-erc.eu and the Principal Investigator is Prof. Enrico Magli (enrico.magli@polito.it http://www1.tlc.polito.it/oldsite/sas-ipl/Magli/). The website contains all the material produced within the project, including the full text […]
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3:56 AM | UM Research Repository
1. Bakhtiyari, K.; Salehi, H.; Embi, M.A.; Shakiba, M.; Zavvari, A.; Shahbazi-Moghadam, M.; Ale Ebrahim, N.; Mohammadjafari, M. (2014) Ethical and unethical methods of plagiarism prevention in academic writing. International Education Studies, 7 (7). pp. 52-62. ISSN 1913-9020 2. Tahriri, F.; Dabbagh, M.; Ale Ebrahim, N. (2014) Supplier assessment and selection using fuzzy analytic hierarchy process in a steel manufacturing company. Journal of Scientific Research and Reports, 3 (10). pp. […]
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2:53 AM | Virtual Teams: a Literature Review - reviewed | Global Integration
Virtual Teams: a Literature Review – reviewedPhil Stockbridge 12th Aug, 2013 2674 views0 comment 11Subscribe to our blog RSS Feed | Alternatively Subscribe by EmailConsultant Phil Stockbridge takes a closer look at ” Virtual Teams; a Literature Review” by Nader Ale Ebrahim, Shamsuddin […]

February 15, 2015

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3:46 PM | Can rodents conceive hyperbolic spaces?
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2:20 PM | Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week (Feb 15)
We're all aglow this week with tech that glows.
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10:46 AM | Saturday Morning Videos: Nando de Freitas' Machine Learning course, ICLR2014
I meant to post this yesterday. Oh well.Nando de Freitas is currently teaching a course at Oxford on Machine Learning and it is videotaped: Deep learning at Oxford 2015Deep learning - IntroductionDeep learning - linear modelsDeep learning - maximum likelihood and informationDeep learning - regularization, model complexity and data complexity (part 1)Deep learning - OptimizationDeep learning - Deep learning - regularization, model complexity and data complexity (part 1)All the slides should be […]
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8:19 AM | 3D Robotics Opens Drone Flight Control App to Developers
Note: the below post comes from TechCrunch, who reported on 2/10/15 that U.S.-based 3D Robotics opened up it’s flight control app to developers. We’ve posted about Chris Anderson, the CEO of 3D Robotics, before, and I don’t doubt that we’ll continue to cover things he and his company are up to as they pave the way forward for the UAV industry.… Read more → The post 3D Robotics Opens Drone Flight Control App to Developers appeared first on UAV Coach.

February 14, 2015

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9:07 PM | Flyability’s Gimball Drone Snatches $1M Prize
Congratulations to Flyability, who’s Gimball drone beat out 20+ other teams for a $1M prize in the Drones for Good competition. The company expects to turn their prototype into a commercially produced unit within the next year. Below is a transcription of the above video: The goal of this flying robot is to reproduce the amazing capabilities of insects. Especially the… Read more → The post Flyability’s Gimball Drone Snatches $1M Prize appeared first on UAV Coach.
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3:02 PM | Other looks at the usefulness of useless knowledge
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1:03 PM | Improbable Research — AAAS in San Jose, Saturday Feb 14
Come to the annual Improbable Research Session at the AAAS Annual Meeting, in San Jose, California. Saturday, February 14 (Valentine’s Day), 8:00 pm Hilton San Jose Hotel, in the Almaden Ballroom It’s open FREE to the public The show will include, in addition to me, rare appearances by: Dr. Ivan Schwab, Ig Nobel Prize winner (for showing why woodpeckers don’t get headaches) Gale […]
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12:00 PM | Swear Off Love! 10 Apps for the Anti-Valentine
Valentine's Day is not for everyone.

February 13, 2015

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6:12 PM | Body Armor Based on Snake, Fish and Butterfly Scales
University lab is using biomimetics and 3-D printing to design the next generation of armor systems.
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6:06 PM | Abstract for "collège doctoral" seminar at IFPEN, March 2015
A while back, Laurent Duval kindly asked me to do a presentation at the "collège doctoral" seminar at IFPEN at the end of March.  Based on my co-hosting of the Paris Machine Learning meetup and the themes covered on Nuit Blanche, I (foolishly ?) decided to say yes. Here is my first (and probably last) draft abstract (so now it's public, I cannot walk away from this :-)Title: "Ca va être compliqué": Islands of knowledge, Mathematician-Pirates and the Great […]
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4:54 PM | Google Patents an Odor-Obliterator
Different situations cause a wearable device to blast a puff of fragrance.
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