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August 27, 2014

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12:45 PM | At Disney, Drones Could Steal the Show
Three new patents from Disney describe ways that drone could enhance entertainment at the theme park.
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11:22 AM | #itwist14 and CfP: Biomedical and Astronomical Signal Processing (BASP) Frontiers 2015
The twitter handle you currently want to follow is that of iTWIST ( international Traveling Workshop on Interactions between Sparse models and Technology ) that is taking place right now, it is: #itwist14Also Yves Wiaux sent me the following:Hi IgorCould I ask you to post this conference announcement on Nuit Blanche?Thanks a lot in advanceCheersYvesHere is the announcement:***Re: Biomedical and Astronomical Signal Processing (BASP) Frontiers 2015 at baspfrontiers.orgDear ColleaguesAbstract […]
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8:43 AM | REGISTER NOW | Two Day Course on The Effective Use of Research & Publication Tools and Resources
speaker ›› Dr. Nader Ale EbrahimVisiting Research Fellow, Research Support Unit, IPPP, University of Malaya medium ›› English venue ›› MPWS Training Centre # map time ›› 8:30am – 5:30pm   Date Early Bird Rate […]
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5:00 AM | Yoshua Bengio"s view on Deep Learning
Following this entry, Yoshua Bengio just wrote the following on his Google+ stream (I have a added a few links and reshaped the text for clearer reading):There was an interesting debate on deep learning at Technion a couple of days ago: http://nuit-blanche.blogspot.fr/2014/08/is-deep-learning-final-frontier-and-end.html I wasn't there but I wished I had been to clarify a number of points. So I wrote this message to the members of the debate panel (sorry, it's pretty […]
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1:07 AM | Urination, free will, and the John Templeton Foundation
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August 26, 2014

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8:24 PM | If your theory abut hurricane names stirs up a tempest, then…
Here’s the newest effusion from the hurricane-names authors whose paper stirred up a tempest: “Reply to Christensen and Christensen and to Malter: Pitfalls of erroneous analyses of hurricanes names,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 111 no. 34, 2014,  E3499–E3500. They write: “We are grateful for this opportunity to provide additional support for our […]
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6:27 PM | A Supersonic, Stealth Sub Could Sneak Up from China
Engineers are working on a next-generation submarine that would fly through water in an air bubble. Continue reading →
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6:02 PM | Fun with F1000: publish it and the peers will come
This post will be cross-posted to Fireside Science as the first part of this month's contribution.For the last several months, I have been working on a paper called "Animal-oriented Virtual Environments: illusion, dilation, and discovery" [1] that is now published at F1000 Research (also available as a pre-print at PeerJ). This is a paper that has gone through several iterations, from a short 1800-word piece (first draft) to a full-length article. This includes several stages of editor-driven […]
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5:12 PM | Let Your Pup Take Pics
Go-Pro has released the Fetch, a dog harness that holds a GoPro Hero camera. Continue reading →
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3:11 PM | From Science & Aliens to Google Glasses- Welcome to the Realm of David Brin
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.…
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2:36 PM | Daniel Chastinet’s cornucopiac Ig Nobel drawings
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2:14 PM | Homeland.
Saturday, I’m taking my partner and heading to St. Louis. It will be the first time I’ve been back since I moved to ECC. I am really looking forward to visiting. First, I get to introduce my girlfriend to my best friends. People I spent 20 years building friendships with, and then suddenly abandoned when […]
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12:39 PM | A medical study the entire family can enjoy
This is a medical study the entire family can enjoy, one way and another: “Effect of maternal coffee, smoking and drinking behavior on adult son’s semen quality,” P.M. Cirillo, B.A. Cohn, N.Y. Krigbaum, M. Lee, C. Brazil, and Pam Factor-Litvak [pictured here], Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, vol. 2, no. 6, 2011, pp.  375-386. […]
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11:41 AM | Advice to a Freshly Graduated Graduate Student
Yesterday, I asked Junjie where his code would eventually be available. Initially Junjie wanted me to post it on my google site since he did not have an internet presence. During our back and forth conversation, it became clear that letting others be the owner of one's intellectual work and accomplishments is not a good signal fresh graduates want to send to the rest of the world. If you are a graduate student who has put the work, your research production cannot be in the hand of others […]
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7:00 AM | Fitness Trackers Help Quantify California's Quake
Jawbone was able to create a snapshot of the earthquake's intensity by analyzing users' sleep disruptions.
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6:14 AM | Breakthroughs in boredom
People who design apps — or, for that matter, design startup companies — want their creations to elicit excitement. They (usually) design to avoid creating boredom. A fairly recent Canadian study offers exciting insights into the nature of boredom. Designers take heed! The study is “The Unengaged Mind: Defining Boredom in Terms of Attention,” John D. Eastwood, Alexandra Frischen, Mark J. Fenske and Daniel […]

August 25, 2014

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5:27 PM | High-Tech Tennis Shirt Debuts at U.S. Open
The fabric is the sensor. Continue reading →
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3:30 PM | Turbo Compressed Sensing with Partial DFT Sensing Matrix
Junjie just let me know of the following:Dear Igor,I'm a reader of your Nuit Blanche blog, and I benefit a lot from it.Recently we wrote a paper called "Turbo compressed sensing with partial DFT sensing matrix", available at http://arxiv.org/abs/1408.3904​ .In that paper, we developed a simple iterative signal recovery algorithm for partial DFT sensing matrix (or more generally sub-sampled row orthogonal matrix). As we know, the state evolution of AMP (approximate message passing) is […]
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2:08 PM | People who squirm when seeing squirming or non-squirming eel
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2:00 PM | Whistleblower Website Targets Poaching in Africa
It is the first secure, online whistle-blowing platform dedicated to wildlife and forest crime.
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12:48 PM | Spiraling difficulty of reliably interpreting scans of people’s brains
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12:31 PM | Feedback.
I need pretty constant feedback. And I need it to be good. What drives me most is people telling me I’m doing well. This charges me to continue to meet their expectations. If I get bad reviews, I feel angry and betrayed and insulted. Then I feel lost and bewildered. Then I get bogged down […]
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10:53 AM | Scaling up Deep Learning - Yoshua Bengio
Following up on yesterday's summary of the panel discussion asking the question: Is Deep Learning the Final Frontier and the End of Signal Processing ? here is yesterday's tutorial on Scaling up Deep Learning by Yoshua BengioHere are some of the recent preprints by Yoshua Bengio and his team. Let us note that the generative adversarial work, at the very least serves; the purpose of answering a question that was asked repeatedly in the panel discussion on the actual […]
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7:52 AM | SSRN Top Downloads For IRPN: Sociology of Science & Innovation (Topic)
Equality of Google Scholar with Web of Science Citations: Case of Malaysian Engineering Highly Cited Papers Nader Ale Ebrahim, Hadi Salehi, Mohamed Amin Embi, Mahmoud Danaee, Marjan Mohammadjafari, Azam Zavvari, Masoud Shakiba and Masoomeh Shahbazi-Moghadam University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of Malaya (UM) - Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research
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7:49 AM | SSRN Top Downloads For Management Educator: Courses, Cases & Teaching eJournal
Equality of Google Scholar with Web of Science Citations: Case of Malaysian Engineering Highly Cited Papers Nader Ale Ebrahim, Hadi Salehi, Mohamed Amin Embi, Mahmoud Danaee, Marjan Mohammadjafari, Azam Zavvari, Masoud Shakiba and Masoomeh Shahbazi-Moghadam University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of Malaya (UM) - Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research
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6:25 AM | See 3-D Animations from Any Angle
Spheree is the first display capable of projecting uniform, high-res pixels on a spherical surface.

August 24, 2014

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11:45 PM | Is Deep Learning the Final Frontier and the End of Signal Processing ?
There was a panel discussion at the Technion in June asking the provocative question: "Is Deep Learning the Final Frontier and the End of Signal Processing"The panel was made up of the following smarts: Guillermo Sapiro (Moderator), Raphy Coifman, Nati Srebo, Stephane Mallat, Peyman Milanfar and Amnon Shashua,I have attempted to summarize some of what was said (please let me know if I stated something inaccurate). I have also added my understanding of some of these issues at the […]
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8:34 PM | Out for a drive...
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4:20 PM | German veterinary scientists deploy sauerkraut
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2:54 PM | Battle over a library’s use of an Ig Nobel Prize-winning teenager-repellant
People are displeased that a Welsh town’s library installed an Ig Nobel Prize-winning device designed to repel teenagers. BACKGROUND: The 2006 Ig Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Howard Stapleton of Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, for inventing an electromechanical teenager repellant — a device that makes annoying high-pitched noise designed to be audible to teenagers but not to adults; and for later […]
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