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August 31, 2014

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5:00 AM | Nuit Blanche in Review ( August 2014 )
Since the last Nuit Blanche in Review (July 2014), Rosetta arrived at 67P but many other awesome things happened:We featured an instance of Data Driven or Zero Knowledge Sensor Design: a Depth Camera for Close-Range Human Capture and InteractionThis panel video entitled Is Deep Learning the Final Frontier and the End of Signal Processing ? produced a strong reaction from one of the leaders in Deep Learning. His response: Yoshua Bengio's view on […]

August 30, 2014

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4:59 PM | Link o' the day: Maciej Cegłowski is my new waifu
I'm behind the times, I know, but I just found Dabblers and Blowhards by Maciej Cegłowski and I find it an acceptable piece of text. This essay, a response to Paul Graham's "Hackers and Painters", is the source of many unique quotes such as, "In his essays he tends to flit from metaphor to metaphor like a butterfly, never pausing long enough to for a suspicious reader to catch up with his chloroform jar," or his definition of: Painters apply colored goo to cloth using animal hairs tied to […]
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1:21 PM | Hostility and humor in 45 psychiatric patients in 1956
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1:18 PM | The alpha and the hungry
      The older son mentioned at dinner that dogs equate food with love.  This was, of course, a response to Gigadog trying to stick her nose on the table to horn in on our Friday night pizza. I said that actually, he wasn’t that far off.  The alpha dog of a pack is […]
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12:46 PM | mini-AIR August issue: Screws, bolts, and so forth
The August issue of mini-AIR (our monthly e-mail newsletter just went out. (mini-AIR is a wee little supplement to the magazine). Topics include: News about the coming Ig Nobel Prize ceremony & webcast The BG Bang Limerick Competition Arm-Wrestling: A Humerus Twist Screw When Where Limerick Competition and more It also has info about upcoming events. Mel [pictured here] says, […]
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11:57 AM | Saturday Morning Video: Life at the Speed of Light - Craig Venter ( and some remarks )
We mentioned Craig Venter before ( How Can Compressive Sensing and Advanced Matrix Factorizations enable Synthetic Biology ? ), he is a very inspiring speaker. This one is no exception. I believe there are a lot many issues that need to be addressed in this exploration and I have decided to create the Paris BioSciences Meetup group as a result. We'll about the scientific and technical aspect of some of the issues mentioned in this video and more, come join us if you are in the Paris area. […]

August 29, 2014

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8:38 PM | Their machine will tell if you’re friend or foe, they say
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8:22 PM | 360-Degree Camera Delivers Live Panoramic Video
A spherical Bublcam device uses four overlapping cameras with 190-degree lenses. Continue reading →
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7:05 PM | Oh, that’s right! I have a blog!
Summer, at least the social construct of summer, officially comes to a close this weekend for most people.  The younger son has been in school for a week, and I’m scratching my head, wondering where the time went.  It was the summer of “the best laid plans of mice and men,” if you get my drift. […]
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4:34 PM | Slides: Deep Learning - Russ Salakhutdinov, KDD2014, Accelerating Random Forests on Scikit-Learn - Gilles Louppe
After the slides of Yoshua Bengio ( Scaling up Deep Learning - Yoshua Bengio and attendant Yoshua Bengio's view on Deep Learning) at KDD, here are the slides of Russ SalakhutdinovDeep Learning , Deep Learning II as a side note let us mention that Deep Boltzmann Machines seem to share some similarities with Approximate Message Passing algorithms ( as mentioned earlier). All the other tutorial slides at KDD2014 can be found here.Unrelated, here are the slides of […]
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3:27 PM | Making People Laugh About Science. It’s a Good Thing.
Why was Schrödinger afraid of his cat? Because it was both dead and alive at the same time!  Alright, so admittedly I’m no quantum theory comedian. But if you brushed up on your science communication strategies recently, attended a talk at a local science museum or read a Brain Flapping post by Dean Burnett at The Guardian, you might have noticed that science comedy is a hot thing. And for good reason. It turns out that using humour and even... Read more
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3:23 PM | The World’s Largest Oil Producer Is…
..the United States. Have you heard? Computer scientist and data whiz Randy Olson dove into the UT Energy Poll data and noticed that the American public is pretty confused about where we get out... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:24 PM | Google Unveils X Lab's 'Project Wing' Drone Delivery
Google tests its tail-sitter drone in a remote region of Australia. Continue reading →
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1:44 PM | The motorcycle urinal (new patent)
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5:00 AM | Universal Streaming
This is simply fascinating: Universal Streaming by Vladimir Braverman, Rafail Ostrovsky, Alan RoytmanGiven a stream of data, a typical approach in streaming algorithms is to design a sophisticated algorithm with small memory that computes a specific statistic over the streaming data. Usually, if one wants to compute a different statistic after the stream is gone, it is impossible. But what if we want to compute a different statistic after the fact? In this paper, we consider the […]
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2:06 AM | Hitchcockian Fear-of-Heights Gaze Research
In the tradition of film director Alfred Hitchcock, these researchers watched the way fearful people watched their surroundings whilst walking in fear: “Visual Exploration during Locomotion Limited by Fear of Heights,” Günter Kugler, Doreen Huppert, Maria Eckl, Erich Schneider, Thomas Brandt [pictured here], PLoS ONE, 9(8), 2014, e105906. The authors, at the University of Munich and Brandenburg […]

August 28, 2014

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7:39 PM | Drexel Experts Available to Discuss Recent Cyberattacks on U.S. Financial Institutions
This month a number of American banks, were breached by a series of sophisticated cyberattacks. Most recently, an attack on JP Morgan allowed the perpetrators to retrieve gigabytes of data including checking and savings account information. The F.B.I. has intervened to investigate these attacks on U.S. financial institutions, indicating to some experts that these coordinated attacks could be … Continue reading →
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6:27 PM | Is Watching Video Games a New National Pastime?
While it might not have the same nostalgia as a trip to the ballpark, gathering around to watch someone play a video game has been happening since the age of arcades in the 1970s. This week, a company called Twitch, that lets audiences around the world watch people play video games, sold to Amazon for … Continue reading →
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6:05 PM | Robot Rides Hoverbike, Nuff Said
The scaled-down quadcopter drone design is proof-of-concept for a full-sized hoverbike that could fly to 9,000 feet at speeds of 115 mph. Continue reading →
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5:37 PM | Tooth-clicking for better Internet browsing?
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4:57 PM | Ikea Bends Over for Flexible LED Lighting
Good for design, good for the environment and good for your pocketbook. Continue reading →
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4:24 PM | Sam the student’s view of the 2005 Ig Nobel ceremony
Back in 2005, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology student named Sam went to that year’s Ig Nobel Prize ceremony and then to the Ig Informal Lectures. Sam wrote up his impressions: Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of attending the Ig Nobel awards ceremony in H****** Square. The “Igs,” sponsored by a bunch of Mensa nerds actual Nobel Laureates from […]
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4:00 PM | Light Turns Bad Memories Into Happy Ones
Scientists selectively changed one part of a memory and the emotion attached to it.
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1:59 PM | A Strange Turn into Research Policy.
Twitter is a fascinating, self-contradictory place for scientists. A huge and robust community. By turns enlightened and enlightening, ruthlessly orthodox, whimsical and humorless, unified and fragmented, quixotic and hypocritical, absolutist and relativist. Just as it is impossible to pin down any individual to a label-board, so the community of scientists and academics on twitter defies […]
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1:51 PM | How to begin a scientific paper: “Gears are found rarely in animals…”
This research paper, published in the journal Science, demonstrates that yes, it is possible to begin a scientific paper with a colorful thought. The very first sentence begins with these words: “Gears are found rarely in animals…”
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12:35 PM | Tennis Tech Takes a Swing at the US Open
As the U.S. Open plays out in New York, we take a look at the surprisingly wide world of tennis technology.
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5:00 AM | Compressive Sampling of Polynomial Chaos Expansions: Convergence Analysis and Sampling Strategies
The sensing matrices in Uncertainty Quantification are very structured and so it is sometimes difficult to use solvers relying on gaussian measurement matrices and one wonders if solvers different from L1 could be contemplated in light of the recent SwAMP thing. Anyway, today's paper investigate in a deep fashion this subject. Let us note the use of phase transition as a comparison tool, great !Compressive Sampling of Polynomial Chaos Expansions: Convergence Analysis and Sampling […]

August 27, 2014

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11:56 PM | Dishonesty and creativity can spur each other, says study
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3:30 PM | Parallel Paths for Deep Learning and Signal Processing ?
This is a follow-up to this thread.Deep learning in Machine Learning stands for neural networks with many layers for the purpose of producing features that can eventually be used for classification. In image/signal processing, the generic idea is to acquire and decompose a signal along a family of (generally) known signals (bases in known/identified spaces). Simple machine learning techniques can then rely on the elements of that decomposition (the features in ML) to achieve the last step of a […]
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2:03 PM | Crying Infant Assuager (new patent)
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