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July 09, 2014

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3:20 PM | Creepy Simulation Shows Ancient Arachnid Walking
A computer graphics program brings an extinct predator back to virtual life.
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2:05 PM | Public Asked to Give Gundam Robot Some Moves
A giant robot based on a Japanese anime character will get moving by 2019.
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1:43 PM | Malpositioned breast implant correction innovation
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1:24 PM | Ig Nobel Prize winner Deepak Chopra offers a million
Ig Nobel Prize winner Deepak Chopra is offering $1,000,000 (a million dollars) to any critic who can explain — to Dr. Chopra’s satisfaction — why Dr. Chopra’s explanation of quantum phenomena is wrong. Details are in this video, and in an accompanying essay called “Getting Zombies Excited (It Takes a Million-Dollar Challenge)” published  in the Huffington Post. Dr. Chopra was awarded the 1998 […]
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12:57 PM | Trapped in the Past. Choosing to Move On.
I had a conversation yesterday with someone I care deeply about who is making bad professional choices, I think. Choices rooting in feeling disrespected that are seemingly guaranteed to ensure that the person ends up in future positions where they will again feel disrespected. And the cycle repeats. There’s a deep mistrust of anyone with […]
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12:13 PM | Random Matrices Are Too Damn Large !
This morning, we saw that we could have fast reconstruction solvers that are not even specific to the sparsity constraint on the unknown. Bu tone of the requirement had that the measurement matrix had to be a gaussian matrix. The main battleground for hardware makers and sensor designers is really to see what sort of measurement matrix allows for seamless recovery. Sometimes, the measurement operator is known, sometimes, it is up for grabs. In a recent preprint mentioned here on Nuit Blanche […]
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5:00 AM | Compressed Sensing via Universal Denoising and Approximate Message Passing
Tomorrow Today, there should be a big announcement here on Nuit Blanche at 11:30AM EST/5:30PM Paris time.Let's put things in perspective. Ever since the beginning of this week, we noted that random projections could be used directly in sensing devices ( Transmission of quantum entanglement through a random medium / Terahertz compressive imaging with metamaterial spatial light modulators ) because the unknown is sparse or compressible.We have also gotten to the point that […]

July 08, 2014

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8:02 PM | How to manage women, advisedly, 1944-style [video]
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6:00 PM | An Introduction to Electricity Markets
So many debates about our transforming electricity system surround the economics of electricity production. The solar advocates continually remind us that the price breakthrough for solar panels is... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:54 PM | Stunning Lotus Building to Bloom in China
Part civic building, part sculpture, the landmark project represents the lotus in three stages of bloom. Continue reading →
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4:27 PM | DNews: Finally, an Invisibility Cloak! Well, Sort Of
German scientists have created a material that can make anything it covers "invisible" -- at least to our sense of touch. Could uncomfortable camping trips one day be a thing of the past? Tara explains.
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4:20 PM | Drone Bartender Wants to Mix It Up For You
This drone/waiter/cocktail mixer that swoops down from above the crowd to fill your glass. Continue reading →
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3:55 PM | Welcoming Robert to the Plugged In writing desk!
Today, the Plugged In writing desk is pleased to announce that Robert Fares will be joining the discussion here on Plugged In for the next few months as a regular contributor. He has been a frequent... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:22 PM | Evidence Based Medicine.
Over at Complex Roots, I’m discussing evidence-based medicine, the conference I went to, and the inestimable @trishgreenhalgh.
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11:40 AM | Ig Nobel tix go on sale TODAY at NOON
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10:00 AM | Could Our Power Grid Ever Fail?
Solar flares, cyber-attacks or just bad luck could take it down.
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7:30 AM | This is what your brain looks like on Super Mario Mushrooms
Having trouble making quick decisions among multiple options in the real world? When to go for the goal and when to pass? Strategically planning a sport move or which questions to answer first on a timed exam? You might consider an unlikely pastime – playing video games. Especially video games that are cognitively taxing and that require planned moves in virtual physical environments. In a study published in PloS One in March, Simone Kuhn and colleagues found a positive association... […]
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5:01 AM | Contributions to the bioRxiv, Summer 2014
I have been busy finishing up some work done in the Cellular Reprogramming Lab between 2010 and 2013. These two papers were submitted to and rejected as a single paper from PLoS One (after two rounds of revision). They were subsequently split them into their wet-lab molecular biology (written as an extended protocol) and computational components (written as a more conventional manuscript) for publication on bioRxiv.The first paper (wet-lab molecular biology) is called "Using Polysome Isolation […]

July 07, 2014

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11:48 PM | Promoting Open Access research with the Internet and social media | Open Science
 Source: http://openscience.com/promoting-open-access-research-with-the-internet-and-social-media/July 7, 2014Promoting Open Access research with the Internet and social mediaThis post is the fifth part of my series ‘How to promote an Open Access book?‘ Although having realized that it may apply to both books and papers, I decided to change the title a little bit.It is impossible to imagine promotion without the Internet and especially without social media. Obviously, this also […]
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7:38 PM | Randomized Numerical Linear Algebra for Large Scale Data Analysis ( libSkylark: Sketching based Matrix computations for Machine Learning )
While reading up some RandNLA papers, I stumbled upon the Randomized Numerical Linear Algebra for Large Scale Data Analysis page which has been added to the collection of Highly Technical Reference Pages. Here is what the main page says: The Sketching Linear Algebra Kernel is a library for matrix computations suitable for general statistical data analysis and optimization applications.Many tasks in machine learning and statistics ultimately end up being problems involving […]
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6:42 PM | Through the Anthropocene Looking Glass
There’s no doubt that humans have drastically changed the Earth. The global scale impacts of humans on the environment has led many scientists, scholars, and environmentalists to use the term... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:49 PM | Jiggling and scanning the brains of cadavers
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2:58 PM | In search of the “beautiful” umbilicus
Dr Shu Jin Lee, and colleagues at the Department of Surgery, at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, have been examining the pages of Playboy Magazine – they are in search of “beauty”. Specifically, beautiful navels. With the aid of computer software which they have developed (called the Aesthetic Analyzer*) […]
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2:37 PM | Elusive On/Off Switch Found for Human Consciousness
The results could open wide a door on one of the most mysterious aspects of existence. Continue reading →
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2:28 PM | Returned from England.
Well, all good things come to an end, and I have returned from a gloriously sunny and sweet working vacation in London town. I spent six nights in England, including one in Reading with some dear friends and their two utterly adorable children. The conference was fascinating, and I met some very cool health services […]
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1:45 PM | Drones Banned from All U.S. National Parks
Agency for nation's national parks, monuments and historical sites, outlaws launching, landing or operating drones over federal lands and waters.
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12:25 PM | They remind us to remind you: Ig Nobel tickets go on sale Tuesday
The Press Association, with a knowing look back at past Ig Nobel winners, reminds us to remind you that tickets for this year’s Ig Nobel Prize ceremony go on sale Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at noon (US eastern time). Tickets will be available exclusively from the Harvard Box Office, on line, on phone, and in person. […]
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8:45 AM | Transmission of quantum entanglement through a random medium / Terahertz compressive imaging with metamaterial spatial light modulators
There are really two ways of producing some randomness. One way is to use a random medium and expect that the laws of transport will provide some sort of multiplexing. The other way is to engineer the random multiplexing. This week, we will have another example of the former but today we have an instance of both:One item that comes with papers that are behind walls: I need to have access to the second paper because I wonder about the "no moving parts" claim. You reader know my email, wink […]

July 06, 2014

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10:11 PM | Sunday Morning Insight: Note By Note Cooking
Here is a small follow up to the Computational Cooking Sunday Morning Insight and related entries [1-3]. In the video below, Herve This shows his business card, i.e. an algorithm that can produce several structures for cooking. This is reflection of the paper featured in the last Sunday Morning Insight on the subject [3] (While the video is entertaining it is all in French though). Of note, here is a list of note by note cooking recipes performed by Pierre Gagnaire.The video […]
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5:41 PM | A new, more rapid, yet unhasty look at pitch slowly dropping
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