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October 07, 2014

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2:36 PM | Whack-a-Moles Pop From Walls in 3-D Video Game
Microsoft researchers show off a prototype system that turns a room into an interactive game. Continue reading →
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1:35 PM | A reported discovery about smiling women
The expression on a person’s face might sometimes affect other persons’ perceptions of that person. So suggests this study: “Forming Impressions: Effects of Facial Expression and Gender Stereotypes,” Tay Hack, Psychological Reports, vol. 114, no. 2, 2014, pp. 1-15. The author, at Angelo State University, writes: “In conclusion, the present research adds to existing knowledge […]
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11:00 AM | Wind, Rain, Sunset Create Beautiful Music Together
A contraption that's linked to a sensor-packed tower picks up variations in wind, rain, temperature and light to produce live streaming music 24 hours a day. Continue reading →
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5:00 AM | Slides and a Video: Sensor Signal Processing for Defence (SSPD) 2014
Mike Davies just sent me the following Hi Igor...Presentations for the IEEE co-sponsored Sensor Signal Processing for Defence (SSPD) 2014 conference is now available on line at:http://www.sspdconference.org/2014-presentationsThere are a number of sparsity related works here, including the video of an excellent Keynote talk by Randy Moses, Ohio State University on "Sparse Methods for Radar Signal Processing"As always I would be very grateful if you could advertise this on your blog.All the […]
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1:37 AM | Ibero-America in mainstream science (Thomson Reuters/Scopus): A fragmented region
IntercienciaVolume 39, Issue 8, 1 August 2014, Pages 570-579Ibero-America in mainstream science (Thomson Reuters/Scopus): A fragmented region  (Article)[IberoAmérica en la ciencia de corriente principal (Thomson Reuters/Scopus): Una región fragmentada]Aguado-López, E.a , Becerril-García, A.b , Arriola, M.L.c , Martínez-Domínguez, N.D.d   a Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y […]

October 06, 2014

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11:07 PM | A Science Journalist’s Chances
Frank Nuijens, @FrankNu on Twitter, recently pinged me in a tweet featuring an infographic that one of his Masters of Science Communication students created after reading my EMBO Reports article on the future of science journalism, An Explosion of Alternatives. Intrigued, I got in touch with the student, Benjamin Mul, to ask if he could talk to me about his graphics, shown below. Frank is a science journalist and founder of ScienceOnline Leiden, the Dutch community of people communicating […]
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11:01 PM | The Map of the Cat, the Hair of the Dog, and Other Metaphors and Descriptors
What's in a set of descriptions, or a set of metaphors for that matter? Quite a bit or very little, depending on whether or not you are working in your area of specialty. Richard Feynman once (and to the great consternation of neurophysiologists within earshot) referred to a feline brain atlas as the “map of the cat” (not to be confused with Arnold’s Cat Map).Recurrent cats! But what about its brain?This parable, of course, speaks to the role of jargon in science. I am […]
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4:40 PM | Swarms of Robotic Boats Could Surround Enemy Ships
In the future, the U.S. military may deploy swarms of underwater, surface and flying robotic vehicles to defend themselves against a hostile force.
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2:40 PM | Warning: USB Malware Code Unleashed
A new virus rewrites a USB's firmware, staying undetected as it self-installs and quietly wreaks havoc on devices and network systems.
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2:15 PM | Riding the Incongruity Wave (30+ years of brainwave research)
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1:10 PM | DNews: How Wi-Fi Works on Planes
Technology has made it possible for you to access the Internet on an airplane! How exactly does Wi-Fi work on planes? Amy joins DNews to answer this complicated question.
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10:32 AM | How Can America Remain Competitive in Engineering? Gain Insight From Leading Engineer and Educator Dr. Darrylj Pines
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. Darryll Pines…
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6:35 AM | Public Art Generates Renewable Energy, Beautifully
Take a leisurely scroll through the future of clean energy and public art.
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5:00 AM | Generalized Low Rank Models - implementations in Julia and Spark -
Here is a large installment of Advanced Matrix Factorization instances. The codes are also available in Julia and Spark (a sign of things to come ?)Generalized Low Rank Models by Madeleine Udell, Corinne Horn, Reza Zadeh, Stephen Boyd Principal components analysis (PCA) is a well-known technique for approximating a data set represented by a matrix by a low rank matrix. Here, we extend the idea of PCA to handle arbitrary data sets consisting of numerical, Boolean, categorical, ordinal, and other […]
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5:00 AM | Coreset and PCA: Distributed k-Means and k-Median Clustering on General Topologies - implementation -
Distributed k-Means and k-Median Clustering on General Topologies by Maria Florina Balcan, Steven Ehrlich, Yingyu LiangThis paper provides new algorithms for distributed clustering for two popular center-based objectives, k-median and k-means. These algorithms have provable guarantees and improve communication complexity over existing approaches. Following a classic approach in clustering by [13], we reduce the problem of finding a clustering with low cost to the problem of finding a coreset of […]
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3:33 AM | Dogs ‘n kids ‘n brain-related pictures
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October 05, 2014

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10:08 PM | Another Way of Reading Nuit Blanche
There are several ways of finding out recent entries on Nuit Blanche, one of them is through Scrolldit     Join the CompressiveSensing subreddit or the Google+ Community and post there ! Liked this entry ? subscribe to Nuit Blanche's feed, there's more where that came from. You can also subscribe to Nuit Blanche by Email, explore the Big Picture in Compressive Sensing or the Matrix Factorization Jungle and join the conversations on compressive sensing, advanced […]
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4:09 PM | 2014 Ig Nobel Prize Winners added to sortable database
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2:32 PM | If you can measure it, it must be important: Ear lobe vs ear lobe vs body fat
If you can measure it, it must be important — a principle demonstrated in this study: “Predicting visceral obesity based on facial characteristics,” Bum Ju Lee and Jong Yeol Kim, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2014, 14:248. The authors, at the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, report: No studies on the best predictor of visceral […]
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12:58 PM | Imperfect Potato Problems
Two items to add to your imperfect potato collection: First, an influential (it has been cited in one other study) study, in a singular writing style: “Possible Mechanisms of Human Teratogenesis by Imperfect Potato,” Isabel Gal, Humangenetik, vol. 19, no. 3-4, 1973, pp. 311-314. Here is an imperfect potato extract: Second, an admission, by Dean Burnett, […]
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3:05 AM | “Indians Also Lead in Improbable Research”
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October 04, 2014

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8:08 PM | Ceci n'est toujours pas le site de la Nuit Blanche
Les attractions des Nuits Blanches de Paris se trouvent ici, celles de Bruxelles se trouvent ici et celles de Toronto ici.Si par contre vous etes interesses par le deluge de donnees qui depassent le nombre d'etoiles dans l'univers et comment les utiliser pour mieux comprendre le monde, bienvenue, vous etes arrives a bon port. Pour information, il y a depuis plus de an des meetups sur le Machine Learning a Paris.  Join the CompressiveSensing subreddit or the Google+ Community and […]
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7:45 PM | They grew vaginas, they’re growing penises
Anthony Atala and colleagues at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine are busy making replacement parts. Their study “Tissue-engineered autologous vaginal organs in patients: a pilot cohort study” in The Lancet, published this year, tells of the distaff part of the story. A report in The Guardian tells of their efforts to build masculinature: “The lab-grown penis: approaching […]
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1:01 PM | Ig-winning pigeon-repellant researcher Hirose researches Ig-winning luak coffee
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12:02 PM | Turgid and Obscure Language, from Roger Bolas
Turgid and obscure language impinges on the realm of medical ethics, apparently: “Turgid and Obscure Language,” Roger Bolas, Journal of Medical Ethics, vol. 2, 1976, p 151. The author writes: SIR, My reactions on reading ‘obverted contrapositive’ and ‘presuppositionless characterization’ (page 103, volume 2, number 2), were to sigh deeply and to reach for the […]
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5:12 AM | Marty Perl is gone
Reports bring the sad news that Marty Perl died. Here’s a look back a decade and a half. This is the beginning of Lila Guterman’s 1998 article in the Stanford Report about one of Marty’s smallest improbable adventures: A paper airplane whizzed through the air and hit Stanford Nobel laureate Martin Perl in the head before […]

October 03, 2014

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9:30 PM | Slides: MMDS 2014: Workshop on Algorithms for Modern Massive Data Sets
And you thought you'd have a nice and uneventful end of the week, uh !well, it looks like all the slides of the MMDS 2014: Workshop on Algorithms for Modern Massive Data Sets have been recently released, they are all here (I just added a link to each authors' website)Data Analysis and Statistical Data Analysis Large Scale Machine Learning at Verizon Ashok Srivastava Communication Cost in Big Data Processing Dan Suciu Content-based search in 50TB of consumer-produced videos Gerald Friedland […]
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7:25 PM | 'Breathing Battery' Runs on Light and Air
A solar panel is the world's first to store its own power. Continue reading →
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5:40 PM | Bring Inspiring STEM Presentations into the Classroom!
Teachers- the USASEF Team is thrilled to announce the launch of our video resource library featuring presentations from our 2014 X-STEM Symposium! The 2014 X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium- presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune- featured interactive presentations and workshops by an exclusive group of visionaries who aimed to empower and inspire elementary through high school students about…
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3:10 PM | Speed.
I’ve been trying to run faster the past week. When I had a personal trainer in St. Louis, she told me: “If you want to run faster, you have to run faster.” As there often is, there’s complexity in tautology. For a while, I got a little faster just by going out and running at […]
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