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August 11, 2014

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11:30 PM | Life and Death.
I found out Robin Williams was sober when I found out he killed himself. Another incandescent talent. Another squalid death. Another public face on this disease I have, ironworked in choking little spirals around the columns of my own self. I am Robin Williams. I have gifts and talents. I have a life to share […]
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7:56 PM | Greener pastures
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have a hard time figuring out how to celebrate birthdays.  Some years, you just go out to eat, or sit around the house, or hope someone makes your favorite meal.  This year has been rough because of everything I have on my plate right now. Milestone birthdays […]
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7:00 PM | 3-D 'Jelly Donut' Brain Works Like Ours
A functioning artificial human brain could help scientists better understand and treat brain injuries and diseases like Alzheimer’s.
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4:50 PM | Spray-on Water Proofers Repel Wine, Maple Syrup
New water repellents coat individual fibers of a fabric on the nano level. Continue reading →
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4:11 PM | Water Tractor Beam Pushes, Pulls Ball
Using wave generators, scientists were able to control beams of water and move a floating ping-pong ball in different directions. Continue reading →
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2:54 PM | Deep Learning and Convolutional Kernel Networks
Interesting exchange on the Twitter between two members of the Paris Machine Learning Meetup group: @syhw Awesome! Your idea “DL is kernel machines whose kernel we learn” is shared by others as well http://t.co/Y4Vsh4S3wx— Andrei Bursuc (@abursuc) August 11, 2014First there is the blog post of Gabriel Synnaeve on deep learning. It is at: http://snippyhollow.github.io/blog/2014/08/09/so-you-wanna-try-deep-learning/Second this paper that Andrei Bursuc mentioned […]
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12:48 PM | Small study suggests suggesting that if women quit smoking, they will think they get bigger breasts
This tiny Italian study examined the gently-directed breast-centric introspection of a few women who had recently quit smoking. The study is: “Breast change perception in women after smoking cessation. A pilot study,” Cinzia De Marco, Giovanni Invernizzi, Rosalba Miceli, Luigi Mariani, Anna Villarini, Elena Munarini, Roberto Mazza, and Roberto Boffi [pictured below], Tumori, vol. 97, no. 5, pp. 672-675. […]
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7:25 AM | The Cyclic Nature of “Crazy Bad” Air Pollution and Fuel Transitions
  China has become an icon for global air quality discussions – with its infamously horrible airpocolypses leading to widely publicized health impacts on the local population including... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:44 AM | Recommending social media content to community owners
SIGIR 2014 - Proceedings of the 37th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval2014, Pages 243-25237th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 2014; Gold Coast, QLD; Australia; 6 July 2014 through 11 July 2014; Code 106461Recommending social media content to community owners  (Conference Paper)Ronen, I.a , Guy, I.b , Kravi, E.c , Barnea, […]

August 10, 2014

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4:48 PM | The new Improbable book, reviewed in USA Today, too
Kim Painter did a nice review of the new book, in USA Today today, with the headline “‘Improbable’ studies may make you laugh and think“. Painter also kindly mentions, at the end of her review: Abrahams’ U.S. book tour this fall will feature “dramatic readings” – by scientists, journalists and others – from some of his favorite studies. The […]
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3:39 PM | Sunday Morning Insight: Why Kaggle Changes Everything.
If you are reading Nuit Blanche, you probably know about Kaggle, the site where a whole slew of datasets are tested against different Supervised Learning algorithms. Kaggle changes everything because you have to look at each of these competitions as a distributed attack on a single dataset from different algorithms families and from different biases. This richness in point of view and angle of attack is rare in academia. In recent times, some algorithms have shown to produce good results such […]
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2:08 PM | Crease’s quest: “Has big science killed ‘deep jokes’?”
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August 09, 2014

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11:52 PM | Letterpress cheating in Rust 0.11.0, part 2
I have finally completed upgrading all of the assorted toy Rust programs, my ports of Jeff Knupp's Creating and Optimizing a Letterpress Cheating Program in Python, to 0.11. I also re-executed the notoriously crappy benchmarks. These programs look for all of the words that can be made from a given set of letters, based on the system dictionary. The argument was "asdwtribnowplfglewhqagnbe", which produces 7440 results from my dictionary with a possible 33,554,406 combinations made from those […]
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10:29 PM | The new Improbable Book, and its first American review
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5:39 PM | We don’t talk about this.
Have you ever critiqued or corrected another science writer online, to have them become defensive in response? Has this type of conflict ever lead you to avoid writing about certain topics? According to the theory of motivated reasoning, there are two basic types of reasoning motives: accuracy goals and defensive goals. We often look at motivated reasoning on the part of science communication audiences. But science writers themselves are not immune to motivated reasoning processes. Imagine an […]
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2:02 PM | Vi Hart’s Mobius Fruit Foot
Vi Hart plays with mathematics and her food—in this case a treat called Fruit by the Foot: BONUS: The book Cubed Foot Gardening

August 08, 2014

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5:18 PM | BC Prof explores new immortal legal/financial powers of dead people
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5:07 PM | http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/crsr/nOWs/~3/eMdpLwMK-Bs/im-rather-proud-of-answer-to-robert.html
I'm rather proud of an answer to Robert Harper's discussion of C typing that I wrote as a comment to a post, Six Points about Type Safety. The post includes the footnote: Dr. Robert Harper describes such a type safe analysis of C in a comment here ↩ and while I largely agree with the six points, I disagree with Harper (and don't feel the need to carry the disagreement to wherever Harper posted his comment). He says, in part, "For example, C is perfectly type safe. It’s semantics is […]
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4:02 PM | Why do we dig the beach (with bucket and spades)?
“The bucket and spade holds more significance than its role as a sandcastle-building tool; seen through the tidal changes and the different angles of photography, and especially through their relational engagement with the beach, the agency of the bucket and spade is revealed.” - explains Adrian Franklin MA Kent, PhD Brist, (Professor of Sociology at […]
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1:50 PM | Ukraine Reviving Retro Drones to Spy on Rebels
In their effort to spy on rebels, Ukraine forces are digging out old Soviet drones that use gyroscopes, film and parachutes.
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12:15 PM | Robot status page
Check out the robot's latest metrics from on the status page.Many websites that provide online services provide useful status pages to display information about the sites performance and any potential service outages or problems. A few examples of status pages provided by different online services are from sites such as GitHub (status.github.com), Disqus (status.disqus.com) and Travis CI (status.travis-ci.com).Salvius has a number of hardware items that report their status to various online […]
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12:00 PM | Computer Chip Thinks Like a Human Brain
A postage-stamp-size chip, equipped with 5.4 billion transistors, is capable of simulating 1 million neurons in the brain.
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11:30 AM | Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week (Aug 10)
This week's selections will have you wishing you could go there, drive that, do that, wear that and own that. Feast your eyeballs.
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5:00 AM | Exponential decay of reconstruction error from binary measurements of sparse signals - implementation -
Exponential decay of reconstruction error from binary measurements of sparse signals by Richard Baraniuk, Simon Foucart, Deanna Needell, Yaniv Plan, Mary WoottersBinary measurements arise naturally in a variety of statistical and engineering applications. They may be inherent to the problem---e.g., in determining the relationship between genetics and the presence or absence of a disease---or they may be a result of extreme quantization. In one-bit compressed sensing it has recently […]
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1:42 AM | Equality of Google Scholar with Web of Science Citations
Equality of Google Scholar with Web of Science Citations: Case of Malaysian Engineering Highly Cited PapersNader Ale Ebrahim University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering; University of Malaya (UM) - Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP)Hadi Salehi Islamic Azad University, Najafabad BranchMohamed Amin Embi Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia - Faculty of EducationMahmoud […]
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12:50 AM | Equality of Google Scholar with Web of Science Citations: Case of Malaysian Engineering Highly Cited Papers
Home >Vol 8, No 5 (2014) > Ebrahim Equality of Google Scholar with Web of Science Citations: Case of Malaysian Engineering Highly Cited PapersNader Ale Ebrahim, Hadi Salehi, Mohamed Amin Embi, Mahmoud Danaee, Marjan Mohammadjafari, Azam Zavvari, Masoud Shakiba, Masoomeh Shahbazi-Moghadam AbstractThis study uses citation analysis from two citation tracking databases, Google Scholar (GS) and ISI Web of Science, in order to test the correlation between them and examine the effect of […]

August 07, 2014

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10:58 PM | The Worst Pain Known to Man… It’s a Stinger
A man stands ready, nervous but staunch. His face and hands are painted in warrior colors – black and red. Today, he will become a man. His initiation will be pain – pure, intense, brilliant pain. Walking over flaming charcoal with a nail in his heel pain. But his pain won’t come from fire, nor from a rusty nail. It won’t come from being attacked by a bull, a lion, or any other large, fierce creature. It won’t come from... Read more
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6:00 PM | Robot Assembles Itself, Crawls Away
Harvard research team says the new breed of self-assembling robots could have applications in the home and in orbit. Continue reading →
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5:13 PM | Paid Interns Only.
I don’t accept unpaid interns. MECMC is a teaching hospital, and it is affiliated with VFU, a major university with a prominent medical college. Just down the way there is UHR, another fine school with a well-respected school of medicine, and school of nursing. Vast swarms of undergrads at both institutions are, like just about […]
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4:55 PM | Dare to Dream: Dr. Bernard Tells His Journey From Physician, NASA Astronaut to Successful Entrepreneur at the X-STEM Symposium
One only has to look at the impressive life and career of Dr. Bernard Harris to realize that he is indeed what he often describes himself as: “a dreamer who believes nothing is impossible.” Trained as a physician, Bernard combined his talents and initiative to also serve as a scientist and astronaut at NASA (including…
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