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October 11, 2014

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12:30 PM | Ebola-Zapping Robots Unleashed in Hospitals
A disinfecting robot pulses UV-C light, which kills pathogens in five minutes. Continue reading →

October 10, 2014

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8:23 PM | How Do You Get to Antarctica?…Study…Study…Study
The Earth’s polar regions are holy lands for environmental researchers. Relatively pristine and preserved by their remoteness and shielded from many of humanity’s atmospheric impacts, the Arctic and Antarctic are environmental samples as close to “unadulterated” as any on the planet. Peter DeCarlo, PhD, an environmental engineer and atmospheric chemist at Drexel, will make his … Continue reading →
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7:52 PM | Camel Captures Google Street View of Liwa Desert
Raffia the camel wore a smaller, lightweight camera known as the Trekker to collect images of the desert around Liwa Oasis in Abu Dhabi. Continue reading →
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6:00 PM | I Have Seen the Future of Transit and It Is in Raleigh
We long ago lost the skill of paying for the things we need: I won’t bore you with the statistics of how far we are behind in our infrastructure investments. You’ve heard them from me... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:59 PM | Levitating Building Gobsmacks Londoners
Art installation appears to show section of a historic market building broken off and hovering in mid-air. Continue reading →
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5:47 PM | Explainer: Rise of the Drone
The U.S. is testing heavily armed autonomous drones for combat... and they're working. These computer controlled weapon carriers operate solely on their own and have already been used to attack targets abroad. Is this the future of war?
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2:58 PM | Measuring Water Solubility of Platinum Group Metal Containing Substances
The water solubility of 22 platinum group metal (pgm) containing substances was evaluated to provide useful data for regulatory compliance and to aid assessment of their environmental impact. The flask method from OECD Guideline 105 (1) for the testing of chemicals (water solubility) was used to test each material. For substances that could not be isolated as pure solids, a simplified water solubility test was carried out. The results provide reliable data on solubility previously unavailable […]
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2:51 PM | Abusive Supervision vs. Narcissistic Supervisees
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2:35 PM | Internet 2025: Blazing Speeds to Bring Future Tech
Super-high-speed connectivity will influence the economy, health care and education.
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10:25 AM | Proceedings: iTWIST'14, SAHD London 2014, MaxEnt '14
Proceedings for three meetings that happened recently and that are related to some of the discussion happening here on Nuit Blanche. Proceedings of the second "international Traveling Workshop on Interactions between Sparse models and Technology" (iTWIST'14) (see arxiv below) UCL-Duke Workshop on Sensing and Analysis of High-Dimensional Data (SAHD 2014): the contributions abstracts are here MaxEnt 2014: 34th International Workshop on Bayesian Inference and Maximum Entropy (beware of the link […]
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5:01 AM | The Grids of Nobel (Medial Temporal Lobe-rific)
This year's Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine went to John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser, and Edvard I. Moser for their work on the neurophysiology of spatial navigation [1]. The prize was awarded "for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain". Some commentators have referred to these discoveries as constituting an "inner GPS system", although this description is technically and conceptually incorrect (as I will soon highlight). As a PhD student with an […]

October 09, 2014

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7:17 PM | Underwater Houses for a Flooded Future
If you've always dreamed of living in an octopus's garden, this house might be for you. Continue reading →
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6:54 PM | Pop Star Hologram Performs on Letterman
David Letterman's latest musical guest, Hatsune Miku, is actually a piece of software. Continue reading →
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5:16 PM | On the existence of Stronzo Bestiale
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3:30 PM | RQS (Read Quality-score Sparsifier): Traversing the k-mer Landscape of NGS Read Datasets for Quality Score Sparsification - implementation -
When you have entire fields that have been dedicated to compressing a certain type of data (image, videos), you generally rely on that knowledge to be optimal in your compression algorithms. But what happens when you have a Big Data problem and yet you really do not have the years of experience that built up in, say, image processing. Compressive Sensing suddenly becomes an attractive solution.   Traversing the k-mer Landscape of NGS Read Datasets for Quality Score Sparsification by Y. […]
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3:20 PM | “Nanofabrication and its Application in Renewable Energy”
Introduction “Nanofabrication and its Application in Renewable Energy” offers a broad overview of current nanoparticle technologies available for renewable energy. This particular title is the latest in a 32 title series that emphasises nanotechnology and offers details of graphene fabrication, photovoltaics, thermoelectric materials and energy storage systems. Researchers, specialists and graduate students appear to be... The post “Nanofabrication and its Application in […]
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3:04 PM | Johnson Matthey Highlights: October 2014
EMISSION CONTROL TECHNOLOGIES Formation of Reactive Lewis Acid Sites on Fe/WO3–ZrO2 Catalysts for Higher Temperature SCR Applications R. Foo, T. Vazhnova, D. B. Lukyanov, P. Millington, J. Collier, R. Rajaram and S. Golunski, Appl. Catal. B: Environ., 2015, 162, 174 LINK http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apcatb.2014.06.034 An active ammonia-SCR catalyst can be prepared by impregnating WO3–ZrO2 with Fe. WO3–ZrO2... The post Johnson Matthey Highlights: October 2014 appeared first on […]
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2:55 PM | Adaption of 'The Metamorphosis' Trades Roach for Robot
In this version, traveling salesman Gregor Samsa wakes up as an android.
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2:45 PM | 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition: Part II
Introduction American Chemical Society National Meetings and Expositions are held twice a year in spring and autumn and constitute the largest gathering of chemical scientists at any point in the conference calendar. This year the 247th meeting (1) was held from 16th–20th March 2014, hosted at the Dallas Convention Centre, Texas, USA. The overarching theme... The post 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition: Part II appeared first on Johnson Matthey Technology […]
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1:30 PM | Turn Your Smartphone Into a Cosmic-Ray Detector
An app called the Distributed Electronic Cosmic-Ray Observatory allows smartphone owners to detect high-energy particles.
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12:32 PM | USB cigarettes (pay-as-you-smoke) patent
Phillip Morris International (PMI) has received (Oct. 7th 2014) its US patent for an ‘Electrically Heated Smoking System’ Unlike many currently available ‘vape’ sticks, the new device can heat actual tobacco rather than evaporating a nicotine-based liquid. And, unusually for a cigarette, it can ‘communicate’ with a host computer/ tablet etc via a USB plug. […]
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12:05 PM | MONGOOSE: An exact arithmetic toolbox for a consistent and reproducible structural analysis of metabolic network models
While genomics gets all the publicity, the next most important step is figuring out how proteins are produced and used into what is called metabolic networks. It is actually a key toward making personalized medicine a reality. A few readers might remember these entry entitled: Instances of Null Spaces: Can Compressive Sensing Help Study Non Steady State Metabolic Networks ?. followed by And so it begins ... Compressive Genomics, Well today's paper that has a co-author from the latter paper look […]

October 08, 2014

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9:35 PM | Science makes you a slob
I’ve been trying to work through a problem, and it’s one of those things that’s taking up all my brain power.  Unfortunately, it’s turned me into a slob. I woke up this morning and made myself breakfast and tea.  I went and got dressed.  Then I sat down and forgot pretty much everything.  (I remembered […]
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7:37 PM | Feeling Other.
One characteristic that is common to most of us in AA is the sense that we feel “other” from the mainstream of society. We don’t belong. We don’t get it. We don’t feel comfortable participating in ordinary social and societal situations. We feel outcast, downcast; belittled and degraded. We seek ways to feel less like […]
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6:00 PM | Amputee First to Get 'Lock and Load' Prosthesis
The patient is better able to do his job as well as cope with everyday situations.
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6:00 PM | Mind-Controlled Prostheses Let Hands Feel Again
New implants lock into bone, allow better movement and more sensitive touch.
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2:07 PM | “Nanofabrication and its Application in Renewable Energy”
Introduction “Nanofabrication and its Application in Renewable Energy” offers a broad overview of current nanoparticle technologies available for renewable energy. This particular title is the latest in a 32 title series that emphasises nanotechnology and offers details of graphene fabrication, photovoltaics, thermoelectric materials and energy storage systems. Researchers, specialists and graduate students appear to be... The post “Nanofabrication and its Application in […]
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1:43 PM | Life – the mystery continues
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10:00 AM | Explore the Science of Happiness, Love and Other Emotions With Social Psychologist Dacher Keltner
The ‘Nifty Fifty (times 4)’, a program of Science Spark, presented by InfoComm International, are a group of 200 noted science and engineering professionals who will fan out across the Washington, D.C. area in the 2014-2015 school year to speak about their work and careers at various middle and high schools. Meet Nifty Fifty Speaker Dr. Dacher Keltner…
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5:00 AM | Magni: A Python Package for Compressive Sampling and Reconstruction of Atomic Force Microscopy Images - implementation -
Found through Thomas' tweet, a software metapaper:Magni: A Python Package for Compressive Sampling and Reconstruction of Atomic Force Microscopy Images by Christian Schou Oxvig, Patrick Steffen Pedersen, Thomas Arildsen, Jan Østergaard, Torben LarsenAbstractMagni is an open source Python package that embraces compressed sensing and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) imaging techniques. It provides AFM-specific functionality for undersampling and reconstructing images from AFM equipment and […]
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