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October 30, 2014

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3:11 PM | Assessing the sameness and non-rarity of hipsters
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2:24 PM | Solar Tree Provides Power and Shade
The eTree converts sunlight into useful energy for public spaces. Continue reading →
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1:50 PM | Nikon Small World 2014 Winners Dazzle: Photos
Annual photomicrography competition proves good things can come in small packages.
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1:47 PM | Swaggering in the performance of root canal procedures
Swaggering could be of importance when one has to perform a root canal procedure. This patent shows one way to introduce—and guarantee—that swaggering will be part of the fun: “Swaggering endodontic instruments,” US patent 8454361 granted June 4, 2013 to Michael J. Scianamblo [pictured here]. The patent document explains: “Endodontic instruments are described which have […]
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1:20 PM | Artificial Mini-Stomachs Made in the Lab
Tiny clusters of human gastric tissue are helping to advance research on cancer, ulcers and diabetes.
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12:18 PM | Self driving vehicles are great – but we might not be ready to hand over the wheel (yet)
The promise of self-driving vehicles has brought with it high expectations and enthusiasm. But, we might not be quite ready to hand over the wheel. Today, the University of Michigan’s Transportation... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:27 AM | Higher Criticism for Large-Scale Inference: especially for Rare and Weak effects
Two papers on an interesting subject today with a common co-author. From a footnote in the first paper:Our point here is not that HC [Higher Criticism] should replace formal methods using random matrix theory, but instead that HC can be used in structured settings where theory is not yet available. A careful comparison to formal inference using random matrix theory not possible here would illustrate the benefits of theoretical analysis of a specific situation as exemplified by random matrix […]

October 29, 2014

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10:46 PM | Ig Nobel winner David Dunning surveys recent research about incompetent people
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6:12 PM | Now Showing: 3-D Virtual Reality Movies
New and retrofitted films are already being released for the forthcoming virtual reality platform. Continue reading →
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3:19 PM | Chip Implanted in Man's Hand for Yearlong Experiment
Ten people will have the chips for a year as part of an experiment to study whether an implant is more useful than a chip embedded in a credit card or a smartphone. Continue reading →
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1:35 PM | Hackers Breach White House Computers
It's thought that the Russian government was behind the act.
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1:19 PM | Stuck in Acceptance.
One of the core elements of the program of Alcoholics Anonymous is the Serenity Prayer. I’m sure everyone knows it, but for reference: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. It actually goes on from […]
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1:09 PM | Pop music: extant and market taxonomized
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11:18 AM | Wordless Wednesday: True Happiness
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9:45 AM | DNews: How Matter Behaves at Insanely Cold Temperatures
Science excels at so many things, but one among them is supremely cool -- literally! Julian explores some of the items that have gotten the Mr. Deep Freeze treatment in laboratories and explains what happens to matter when it's crazy cold.

October 28, 2014

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5:34 PM | Old Cooking Oil Converted to New Jet Fuel
The fuel will help power the more than 6,000 new airplanes expected to be built by 2033 in China to accommodate the growing demand of travelers. Continue reading →
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5:22 PM | Corporations Should Mean What They Say on Sustainability
Nowadays, it seems like every big company promotes an image of sustainability. A common example is the now-ubiquitous hotel-bathroom notice invoking images of ocean animals or pastoral scenery in an... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:58 PM | Measure for measure, number 5
I generally am not afraid to discuss politics in person, but I don’t do it often here.  I will discuss topics that can be politicized but seldom delve directly into politics, particularly of the local variety.  The reason is that I don’t want to irritate my neighbors.  However, in viewing my site stats, I’ve realized […]
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2:50 PM | Breakthrough: DNA 'Wire' Carries Electric Current
The demonstration could lead to the development of DNA-based electronic circuits.
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2:05 PM | Dr. Schwab explains why woodpeckers don’t get headaches
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1:49 PM | When It Comes To How We Vote on Energy Issues, Age Matters
A new poll from The University of Texas at Austin reveals markedly different perspectives on energy issues based on the age of voters, a finding that could help determine the outcome of next week’s... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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11:46 AM | A talk about writing about improbable stuff, on Tuesday night
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11:35 AM | Non-linear Causal Inference using Gaussianity Measures - implementation -
Rewatching Leon Bottou's talk yesterday, I was reminded of David Lopez-Paz's paper on the subject that I had not mentioned before. I wonder if this work could not be helped with some of the tool developed in advanced matrix/tensor factorization:Non-linear Causal Inference using Gaussianity Measures by Daniel Hernandez-Lobato, Pablo Morales Mombiela, David Lopez-Paz and Alberto SuarezIn this paper we provide theoretical and empirical evidence of a type of asymmetry between causes and effects […]
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9:41 AM | CSJob : OCE Postdoctoral Fellow - Real-time 2D compressive Hyperspectral Imaging, Brisbane, Australia
Mingrui just sent me the following postdoc opportunity in Brisbane, Australia:  Dear Dr. Carron, Could you please advertise the follow postdoc position on your blog? http://goo.gl/XiRt60Thanks, Mingrui ------------------------------------------------------------------ Mingrui Yang Autonomous Systems Laboratory CSIRO Digital Productivity Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (QCAT) 1 Technology Court, Pullenvale QLD 4069, AustraliaThanks Mingrui, here it is:  […]
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5:22 AM | Nanoscientists Among Us… as Science Communicators
“The communication of scientific findings with lay audiences has taken on heightened importance in recent years and scientists are now frequently being asked to play the role of public communicator for their work.” – Michael A. Cacciatore In a recent letter in Nature Nanotechnology, Anthony Dudo and colleagues survey nanoscientists as public science communicators. I can especially appreciate their results, because I used to be a nanoscientist myself! That was my past […]
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12:36 AM | A quick intro to the Ig Nobel Prizes, on Belgian TV
Here’s a twelve-minute introduction to the Ig Nobel Prizes, in case you need one, on Belgian TV. Lieven Scheire is your guide. The program is Cafe Corsari:

October 27, 2014

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8:21 PM | Meat-Eating And Other Lessons From Our Ancestors: Explore Our Evolutionary Past With Anthropologist Briana Pobiner
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. Briana Pobiner …
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7:54 PM | Could lightning keep the lights on?
Could lightning be used as an energy resource? The answer is “yes” – but you probably don’t want it to. A single bolt of lightning contains approximately 1 billion joules of energy, or about 300... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:33 PM | Bird Feather Tech Smooths Out Bumpy Flights
A new sensor system mimics the way feathers help birds detect disturbances. Continue reading →
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3:30 PM | Videos: MMDS 2014: Workshop on Algorithms for Modern Massive Data Sets
Andrew Clegg is responsible for me finding out that the videos of MMDS 2014: Workshop on Algorithms for Modern Massive Data Sets are out and they are all on the MMDS channel. All the slides are here. I have listed the videos here (and corrected at least one title). Leon Bottou's talk (on the same topic he presented in Season 1 of the Paris Machine Learning Meetup)  Content-based search in 50TB of consumer-produced videos Gerald Friedland Influence sampling for generalized linear […]
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