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October 02, 2014

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4:23 PM | We’re (Almost) #1! Liquid Petroleum Production in the U.S.
The U.S. is on track to become the world’s leading liquid petroleum producer. According to IEA, domestic production of oil was about 11.5m barrels a day in August, and the Financial Times... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:05 PM | Snake Robot Walks on Its Head and Tail
By using its head and tail as legs, this robot can stand up and walk around.
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2:27 PM | Confessions of a really slow and often achy runner
This month marks three years since I started running.  In May of 2011, I walked a 10k with older son with very little training, and we had great fun doing it.  This was already a big step for me because when I had moved back from Minneapolis the previous year, I’d been having so many […]
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2:08 PM | Giant Clams' Shells Inspire New Solar Power Tech
Shiny blue and green cells on the lips of the giant clam redirect photons from sunlight deep inside.
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1:57 PM | The tantalyzing fly
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1:45 PM | Contribution to Science!
Hurrah, haroo! I have had a paper accepted! It felt like it was never going to happen again. This is an exciting one for me because it is the first (and probably only) paper from my little tiny grant that I got shortly after arriving at MECMC. That grant paid for two interns for a […]
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1:03 PM | Drone Video Records Throngs of Hong Kong Protesters
A drone captures a bird's-eye view of the tens of thousands of protesters that have come out into the streets of Hong Kong. Continue reading →
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12:28 PM | Nuit Blanche in Review ( September 2014 )
Since the last Nuit Blanche in Review ( August 2014 ), we've seen quite a few implementation out but also we also attained a new milestone ( The Long Distance Blogger  ). We also had a some meetings and meetups, and in the course of these proceedings, we sometimes lose sight of what is happening. I tried to clinch that magic back in Unfiltered Access. Anyway, without further ado, here is a summary of this past month activity on Nuit Blanche:  Implementations:Alternating proximal […]
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9:48 AM | DNews: One Step Closer to the Elusive Invisibility Cloak
We're still a long way from donning real invisibility cloaks, but by working out a better way to bend light, scientists from the University of Rochester can make movable objects invisible to the viewer -- multi-directionally, and in three dimensions.
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9:17 AM | 40 Years of Cleaner Air: The Evolution of the Autocatalyst
The 40th anniversary of the manufacture of the world’s first commercial batch of autocatalysts for passenger cars at Johnson Matthey Plc’s site in Royston, UK, was marked in May 2014. Despite the enormous progress made in reducing the emission of pollutants from vehicles since the 1970s, there has also been considerable recent discussion about the... The post 40 Years of Cleaner Air: The Evolution of the Autocatalyst appeared first on Johnson Matthey Technology Review.
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3:00 AM | In the Lab: Towards a Molecular Level Understanding of Electrochemical Interfaces and Electrocatalytic Reactions
Angel Cuesta is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, UK. His research is of interest in the field of materials for electrochemical applications and focuses on combining classical electrochemical techniques, in situ vibrational and optical spectroscopy and in situ scanning probe microscopy to obtain as detailed a description as possible, at the molecular... The post In the Lab: Towards a Molecular Level Understanding of Electrochemical Interfaces and Electrocatalytic Reactions […]
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2:29 AM | “Tiny sea monkeys influence oceanic currents and waves”
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1:59 AM | Economic growth and internet usage impact on publication productivity
Modern Applied ScienceVolume 8, Issue 5, 2014, Pages 169-178Economic growth and internet usage impact on publication productivity among ASEAN's and world's best universities  (Article)Gholizadeh, H.a, Salehi, H.b , Embi, M.A.c, Danaee, M.d, Ordi, A.e, Tanha, F.H.f, Ebrahim, N.A.g, Osman, N.A.A.a  a Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of MalayaKuala Lumpur, Malaysiab Faculty of Literature and […]
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1:58 AM | Equality of Google scholar with web of science citations
Modern Applied ScienceVolume 8, Issue 5, 2014, Pages 63-69Equality of Google scholar with web of science citations: Case of Malaysian engineering highly cited papers  (Article)Ebrahim, N.A.a, Salehi, H.b , Embi, M.A.c, Danaee, M.d, Mohammadjafari, M.e, Zavvari, A.f, Shakiba, M.f, Shahbazi-Moghadam, M.g  a Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP), University of Malaya, […]
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1:35 AM | The Smithsonian’s Kirk Johnson: Living Out a Childhood Love For Natural History and Its Museums
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.…

October 01, 2014

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4:30 PM | First Microbe 'Zoo' Opens, Avoid the Door Knob
The Micropia museum in Amsterdam shines new light on the tiny creatures that make up two-thirds of all living matter.
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4:18 PM | I’ve Never Been On a Top Twitter Science List
I've never been on a 'top scientists to follow on Twitter' list. (I might now be on a #WomenTweetScienceToo list on Twitter somewhere, but not any published articles featuring a 'list' of science people to follow on Twitter, that I know of). When I was a 'younger Tweeter', I would quickly look over new lists I saw popping up in published articles and science blogs, just to see if, in some crazy alternate reality, I might be included. But of course I... Read more
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4:02 PM | Solar Energy Farm Floats on Reservoir
The installations can bring big solar power to small countries. Continue reading →
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2:15 PM | Hugging Chair Comforts the Lonely
A chair with a friendly face and a fetching hat wraps its long arms around the user in an affectionate embrace.
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12:57 PM | Shoelaces — the trials of cooperatively tying them with other people
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8:41 AM | DNews: New Approach to Nuclear Power on the Way
Nuclear power delivers about 19 percent of energy in the United States, and while it has many pluses, its waste and potential meltdown issues still make some people nervous. Julian explains how molten salt reactors might be the best nuclear option.
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8:30 AM | Sparse Representation Issues in Hyperspectral and Multispectral Images
I just compiled a list of a few preprints and papers that recently came out in support of hyperspectral work and its relation to either compressive sensing or advanced matrix factorization. Without further ado:Self-Dictionary Sparse Regression for Hyperspectral Unmixing: Greedy Pursuit and Pure Pixel Search are Related by Xiao Fu, Wing-Kin Ma, Tsung-Han Chan, José M. Bioucas-DiasThis paper considers a recently emerged hyperspectral unmixing formulation based on sparse regression of a […]
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7:03 AM | In the Lab: Towards a Molecular Level Understanding of Electrochemical Interfaces and Electrocatalytic Reactions
Angel Cuesta is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, UK. His research is of interest in the field of materials for electrochemical applications and focuses on combining classical electrochemical techniques, in situ vibrational and optical spectroscopy and in situ scanning probe microscopy to obtain as detailed a description as possible, at the molecular... The post In the Lab: Towards a Molecular Level Understanding of Electrochemical Interfaces and Electrocatalytic Reactions […]

September 30, 2014

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9:30 PM | Your Digital Twin Could Be Making Your Decisions
A futurist predicts that digital assistants like Siri and Cortana will gradually evolve into our personal cyber-selves. Continue reading →
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5:44 PM | Active nematic vesicles
Science 345, 1135 (2014) Active nematics exhibit a wealth of interesting behaviour not observed in their ‘inactive’ counterparts. Now Keber and colleagues investigate the properties of active nematic films within a lipid vesicle [1]. The authors created their active nematics by encapsulating microtubules, kinesin motor clusters, and a non-adsorbing polymer within a lipid vesicle and imaged them using confocal microscopy. It was found that, whereas the stable configuration of such […]
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5:40 PM | Chiral rafts
Nature 513, 77 (2014) Colloidal membranes formed from chiral rod-like viruses continue to prove to be a fertile area of research. Previous editions of Liquid Crystal Research Highlights featured articles on the effect of chirality on membrane shape [1,2] and the coalescence of multiple membranes [3,4]. Now Sharma and colleagues report on the behaviour of such membranes formed from two types of colloidal rods with opposite chirality [5]. The authors found that, in addition to regimes where the […]
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5:37 PM | Elastomer iris
Advanced Materials (advance online publication) Motivated by an apparent lack of suitable technology for tuneable apertures in cell phone cameras, Schuhladen et al. report the fabrication of a tuneable aperture using liquid-crystal elastomers that mimics the action of a human iris [1]. The authors used a magnetic field to induce a radial director configuration in an annulus-shaped layer of liquid crystal elastomer. By incorporating resistive heating wires, it was shown that the width of the […]
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5:30 PM | Well-Armed Design: 8 Octopus-Inspired Techs
Cephlapods are dexterous underwater, have the ability to camouflage, have well-developed vision, muscular arms, sensory suction cups and a soft body.
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3:55 PM | The rise (to 85,000 feet) and fall of Walter White
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2:46 PM | Ce Soir: Machine Learning Meetup Hors-Série #1 (season 2): Datajournalisme
c Thanks to Numa and HopWork, Chrystèle, Franck and I will be hosting a "Hors-Série" of our Machine Learning Meetup on the theme of Data Journalism. At least the first guest will speak in English while the others are expected to speak french (slides ought to be in english). The video of the meetup is at the top of this blog entry and it should start around 6:50/6:55PM Paris time (CET).Invités confirmés : Chris Wiggins, chief data scientist au New York […]
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