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December 02, 2014

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2:43 PM | Reduced Pleasant Touch Appraisal in the Presence of a Disgusting Odor
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2:34 PM | Race and the Politics of Climate Change in Two Charts
At WashPo’s Wonk Blog, Chris Mooney and Peyton Craighill are wondering why black and Latino Americans support climate action more than whites. They cite a Spring 2014 Washington Post/ABC News... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:00 AM | Thesis : Convex Optimization Algorithms and Recovery Theories for Sparse Models in Machine Learning, Bo Huang
Convex Optimization Algorithms and Recovery Theories for Sparse Models in Machine Learning by Bo Huang Sparse modeling is a rapidly developing topic that arises frequently in areas such as machine learning, data analysis and signal processing. One important application of sparse modeling is the recovery of a high-dimensional object from relatively low number of noisy observations, which is the main focuses of the Compressed Sensing, Matrix Completion(MC) and Robust Principal Component […]
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4:11 AM | Medical report: “A Real Airhead”
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December 01, 2014

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8:47 PM | Proud, knowledgeable, pointed bogosity at BAHfest
Angela Chen visited BAHFest, and filed this report in the Wall Street Journal: At This Conference, Scientists Spout Bogus Theories on Bugs, Yawns and Belly Fat That’s the goal of BAHFest, a satirical conference where researchers offer fake theories supported by real scientific evidence CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—At a recent scientific conference here, Justin Werfel [pictured below not […]
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7:14 PM | Quote o' the day: uh....
From bestpcinfos on Hacker News: Don't forget to put the tarp over the ham basin before departing for olfactory shoes. I've got no idea what it means, but it does sound like good advice.
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7:11 PM | Fishing Net Biodegrades if Lost at Sea
Technology could help fishermen find and repair damaged nets, instead of abandoning them to become ghost nets. Continue reading →
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7:04 PM | Donate to the USA Science & Engineering Festival on #GivingTuesday!
Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.  On #GivingTuesday, please support the USA Science & Engineering Festival and our mission to  stimulate and sustain the interest of our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, and educational Festival in the world with a tax-deductible…
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5:15 PM | High-Tech Mirror Beams Heat Into Space
Passive radiative cooling uses the entire universe as a place to dump heat.
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4:30 PM | A statistical model for tensor PCA
Using AMP to perform dimension reduction on tensors, here is something promising.A statistical model for tensor PCA by Andrea Montanari, Emile Richard We consider the Principal Component Analysis problem for large tensors of arbitrary order k under a single-spike (or rank-one plus noise) model. On the one hand, we use information theory, and recent results in probability theory, to establish necessary and sufficient conditions under which the principal component can be estimated using unbounded […]
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3:32 PM | MySciBlog Survey of Science Bloggers – Take and Share!
Calling all science bloggers! As of Thanksgiving week, I've launched #MySciBlog survey of science bloggers - a survey of science blogging practices I am conducting for my PhD research. For taking the survey, funded through Experiment.com, science bloggers will receive complimentary photography art as well as a $7.00* thank you gift card (*for the first 200 survey respondents). To take the survey, please visit this link: http://bit.ly/MySciBlog Please also share this […]
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2:42 PM | Reed M. N. Weep (retired)
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1:22 PM | Home from Bermuda!
For the second year in a row, I spent Thanksgiving in Bermuda with BB. Four days of balmy weather and sunny skies and tooling around on a little death machine. Friday, having rented the little scooter less than three hours earlier, I took a turn badly and down we went. I took the brunt of […]
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4:00 AM | The British Poo Bus – Turning Excrement into Fuel
Humans produce around 360 pounds of poo over the course of a year – and the United Kingdom’s “Bio Bus” is taking this poo on the road. This 40-seater, single-decker bus now runs the 20-mile stretch... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:03 AM | Nuit Blanche in Review ( November 2014 )
Since the last Nuit Blanche in Review ( October 2014 ), we landed on a comet (ESA's 28 minutes of Terror : Philae's Landing on 67P, Yes, We Can Locate Philae and Here Is How ...). I also co-hosted the Paris Machine Learning #3 Season 2: Building a Data Science Team, Opinion Mining, Word2Vec, Kaggle and noticed some old way of performing robust PCA (The first ever Robust PCA applied in Imaging). The Sparse- and Low-Rank Approximation Wiki was featured and I came up with one Sunday Morning […]

November 30, 2014

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11:41 PM | The luxury of a home-cooked meal
  The other day, I had a discussion with someone who was complaining about something related to fast food. I jokingly said that one way to avoid the problem was to, “You know, buy food at the store and cook it at home.” That’s a luxury I can’t afford. I don’t have enough time to […]
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2:18 PM | Guilt and expected guilt in the door-in-the-face technique
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1:50 PM | German company wants to turn cloud computing into distributed heating
A German company wants to turn server farms into “distributed cloud heaters.” By spreading computing power across a number of buildings, the company believes that it can provide reliable... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:15 PM | Tarantulas Are Nicaragua's New Crash Crop
A new company is hard at work breeding 7,000 tarantulas.
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4:09 AM | Presentation on ‘Evolution to LTE’
My presentation on ‘Evolution to LTE’

November 29, 2014

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4:15 PM | Graphene Can Stop a Speeding Bullet
Experiments showed that graphene is 10 times better than steel at absorbing the energy of a penetrating projectile. Continue reading →
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3:02 PM | A big inspector
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2:15 PM | Selfie Sticks Could Bring Jail Time
In South Korea anyone selling an unregistered bluetooth-enabled selfie stick could face a $27K fine or up to three years in prison.
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9:32 AM | Saturday Morning Videos: Big data and Data science: LIX colloquium 2014
Laurent Duval did an outstanding job at summarizing yesterday's LIX colloquium at Polytechnique yesterday. He also featured the videos of the talks.  You need to go there to watch the videos. Here is the list of talks.Keynote speech: Community detection in networks, Santo Fortunato, Aalto UniversityText and Big Data,Gregory Grefenstette, Inria Saclay - Île de FranceAccessing Information in Large Document Collections: classification in web-scale taxonomies, Eric Gaussier, […]
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8:31 AM | Neo-proprietarians + Conceptual Obfuscation = To What End?
It's been an interesting/bizarre month with respect to the open source/open access ethos. The first part of the month saw two events. One was the posthumous birthday of Aaron Schwartz, and the other was a social media kerfuffle that represents part of a more general conservative backlash to net neutrality. More recently, an article in Nature [1] argued that increases in the number of published papers in recent years (partially enabled by open-access publishers), has diluted the […]

November 28, 2014

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10:22 PM | Physics of how to break a wishbone
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4:00 PM | Two Postdoc positions ( KU Leuven ) ERC Advanced Grant A-DATADRIVE-B for 1-year, extendable at ESAT-STADIUS
Marco Signoretto just sent me the following:Dear Igor,I hope everything is fine with you. Can you please post the following announcement [on] Nuit Blanche?regardsMarcoSure thing, Marco. Here is the announcement:2 Postdoc positions ERC Advanced Grant A-DATADRIVE-B for 1-year, extendable at ESAT-STADIUS.The research group KU Leuven ESAT-STADIUS is currently offering 2 Postdoc positions (1-year, extendable) within the framework of the ERC Advanced Grant A-DATADRIVE-B (PI: Johan Suykens) on […]
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2:21 PM | Ig Nobel day-after-Thanksgiving broadcast on Science Friday
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1:15 PM | The sound of the contrabass serpent
The Edinburgh University collection of historic musical instruments houses what is believed to be the oldest surviving contrabass serpent. It’s called ‘Anaconda’ and was made by Joseph and Richard Wood, of Huddersfield, UK c.1840. It’s pitched in 16-ft C, a full octave below a standard serpent, which only manages a comparatively lightweight 8-ft C. The […]
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12:11 PM | The impacts of a changing climate on future Thanksgivings
Agriculture is highly dependent on the climate. Global food supplies are already feeling the impacts of changing global rainfall and temperature patterns resulting from climate change. As Americans... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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