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July 30, 2014

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3:30 PM | Explainer: How Might the End of Net Neutrality Affect You?
Tara sketches out what a world post-Net-Neutrality might look like, depending upon how things shake out in Washington.
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2:23 PM | Satellite Crowdfunding, Then and Now
Did you know that the first satellite sent up by the United States was originally planned to be crowdfunded? Did you also know that the newest amateur satellite sent up in the third quarter of next year will be crowdfunded … Continue reading →
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1:50 PM | Label Makers.
I am an alcoholic. I claim that label, because it’s true. I am an alcoholic in recovery. I use “recovering”, “recovered”, and “in recovery” interchangeably. Some people in AA argue about the use of particular terms. In particular, some people object to “recovered” because it sounds too final, and we live a day at a […]
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12:31 PM | Artificial Intelligence Meets the Beatles
A software program compares and contrasts hundreds of songs from a band and then figures out which songs were most alike.
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10:52 AM | Country of imports – a closer look at Luxembourg’s energy sector
In the U.S., much of the energy dialogue has been around the inherant risk in depending on other countries to meet its energy needs. But, in Luxembourg – a country that imports essentially ALL... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:01 AM | Fireside Science: Incredible, Evo-Developmental, and Aestastical Readings!
Here is yet another set of features from my micro-blog Tumbld Thoughts, although this time they will be cross-posted to Fireside Science. Also at Fireside Science is a short feature on my Orthogonal Research initiative. Among these three features are publications, articles, and videos from my reading queue, serving up some Summertime (Summer is Aestas in Latin) inspiration. I. Incredible Technologies!Real phenomena, incredible videos. Here is a reading list on resources on how film and […]
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5:00 AM | Adaptive-Rate Compressive Sensing Using Side Information - implementation -
Adaptive-Rate Compressive Sensing Using Side Information by Garrett Warnell, Sourabh Bhattacharya, Rama Chellappa, Tamer BasarWe provide two novel adaptive-rate compressive sensing (CS) strategies for sparse, time-varying signals using side information. Our first method utilizes extra cross-validation measurements, and the second one exploits extra low-resolution measurements. Unlike the majority of current CS techniques, we do not assume that we know an upper bound on the number of […]
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4:37 AM | Beginning of a new epidemic of penile amputations?
A disputed penile amputation in Alabama, USA, faintly echoes an epidemic of penile amputations that happened in the 1970s in Thailand. WVTM television in Birmingham, Alabama, reports: Attorney for doctors sued in penis amputation lawsuit seeks dismissal, calls case ‘baseless, irresponsible’ BIRMINGHAM, AL - Court documents filed today call into question allegations surrounding the amputation of a […]
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2:27 AM | Science Blogging: Got Comments?
In a recent study of science bloggers, Merja Mahrt and Cornelius Puschmann found that the blog author very much influences the degree of commenting on his or her own blog posts. How? Through language complexity and topic selection. In a content analysis of over 200 posts at scienceblogs.com, researchblogging.org, hypotheses.org, amazings.es and scilogs.de (the German partner of SciLogs.com), these researchers found blog posts that received the most comments dealt either with common […]
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1:29 AM | Like sound-cancelling headphones, kinda sorta, for odors
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July 29, 2014

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8:15 PM | Pseudoaccomodation in Pseudophakes
If you’ve kept up with the literature about pseudophakes, you are probably already familiar with the study by Plotkinov and friends: “Objective assessment of pseudoaccommodation in pseudophakia” [article in Russian], I.A. Plotnikov, V. M. Sheludenko, and N. P. Narbut, Vestnik oftalmologii, vol. 123, no. 6 (2006): 35-37. BONUS: Also from the year 2006, Tarek Abd El-Basset […]
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6:12 PM | Tentacled, Underwater Robot to Explore Tight Places
The multiarmed robot, PoseiDrone -- named for the sea god Poseidon -- is one of the most flexible machines out there. Continue reading →
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3:53 PM | SSRN Top Downloads For RCRN: Design of Communication (Topic)
Managing Communication in New Product Development Process: Virtual R&D Teams and Information TechnologyNader Ale Ebrahim, Shamsuddin Ahmed, Salwa Hanim Abdul Rashid and Zahari Taha 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 Management and Monitoring (IPPP), University of Malaya (UM), University of Malaya (UM) -
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3:10 PM | Quirks, Chirps and Flakes: The Art of Failure
A funny thing happened on the way to making a semiconductor.
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2:59 PM | A Review of Readiness Assessment of ERP Implementation in Iranian Small and Medium Enterprises
A Review of Readiness Assessment of ERP Implementation in Iranian Small and Medium Enterprises by Majis Aarabi, Mahboobeh Mohammadkazem  IJISE
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1:21 PM | Now from Then.
Today I start my fifth decade of life. I don’t think I have anything remarkable to say about it. I am now a middle-aged man living in a large city on the East Coast of the United States. I have a partner who lives in another nearby city, whom I love deeply and loves me. […]
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1:00 PM | When Will My Robotic Housekeeper Be Ready?
Getting closer, but multi-tasking a messy house is beyond current tech.
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12:45 PM | The tortoise and the touchscreen
Ig Nobel Prize winners Anna Wilkinson [pictured here, with a tortoise] and Ludwig Huber have now done an experiment with four tortoises and a touchscreen. (Wilkinson and Huber, together with colleagues Natalie Sebanz and Isabella Mandl, were awarded the 2011 Ig Nobel Prize for physiology, for their study “No Evidence of Contagious Yawning in the Red-Footed Tortoise.”) The new study is: […]
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12:21 PM | Progress in Automatic Flirtation Detection
“Detecting human social meaning is a difficult task for automatic conversational understanding systems.” – explain a research team [pictured] based at Stanford University, who have investigated the viabilities of an automatic flirtation detector. “Our flirtation detection system uses prosodic, dialogue, and lexical features to detect a speaker’s intent to flirt with up to 71.5% accuracy […]
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12:10 PM | To deal with climate change… make people smaller
The plan to engineer a shorter, smaller human race to cope with climate change is almost as big and bold as the schemes of people working to convince themselves climate change won’t affect them. The plan, at this point still sketchy, has three engineers. S Matthew Liao [pictured here] is a professor of bioethics at New York University. Anders Sandberg and Rebecca […]
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5:00 AM | Tight convex relaxations for sparse matrix factorization - implementation -
Tight convex relaxations for sparse matrix factorization by Emile Richard, Guillaume Obozinski, Jean-Philippe Vert Based on a new atomic norm, we propose a new convex formulation for sparse matrix factorization problems in which the number of nonzero elements of the factors is assumed fixed and known. The formulation counts sparse PCA with multiple factors, subspace clustering and low-rank sparse bilinear regression as potential applications. We compute slow rates and an upper bound […]

July 28, 2014

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8:09 PM | Sexual appliances have subclass, says the Patent Office
“SEXUAL APPLIANCE” is the official name of the US Patent and Trademark Office’s Class 600, Subclass 38. Class 600, the broad-ranging general class of which Subclass 38 is a mere part, is for inventions that, in the view of the patent office, have to do with “SURGERY”. Innovation, as seen by the Patent Office, does not happen […]
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6:36 PM | Chair Feels and Smells Like Human Skin
Are you saying I have problems with intimacy? Continue reading →
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3:47 PM | How We Feel. What We Do.
Lately, I am feeling slow and stupid and lazy and ill at ease. Discontent. Fraudulent. Useless. I’m feeling angry and irrelevant. Uncreative. Dull. I am supposed to have ideas and be interesting. I am supposed to be engaging and dynamic and focused. I am not any of those things right now. Sludge and bituminous, sessile […]
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3:25 PM | Compressed Subspace Matching on the Continuum / Subspace Learning From Bits
Two different techniques to learn more about the subspace you're in.Compressed Subspace Matching on the Continuum by William Mantzel, Justin RombergWe consider the general problem of matching a subspace to a signal in R^N that has been observed indirectly (compressed) through a random projection. We are interested in the case where the collection of K-dimensional subspaces is continuously parameterized, i.e. naturally indexed by an interval from the real line, or more generally a […]
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1:32 PM | What sectors use the most natural gas?
The shale boom has been a big force in the energy industry in the United States. Not only has it had a significant impact on the country’s economy, it has managed to touch all of the energy... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:09 PM | Body Composition of Spanish Soccer Referees, Analyzed
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5:00 AM | Mondrian Forests: Efficient Online Random Forests - implementation -
It looks Mondrian inspired a few images in the mind of people ( CS: The Boogie Woogie Grid ). Here is different version of a random forest, only online this time:  Mondrian Forests: Efficient Online Random Forests by Balaji Lakshminarayanan, Daniel M. Roy, Yee Whye TehEnsembles of randomized decision trees, usually referred to as random forests, are widely used for classification and regression tasks in machine learning and statistics. Random forests achieve competitive […]
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12:21 AM | Six baboons overtrained to a computer task, and their moods
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July 27, 2014

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10:35 PM | Science Blogging that Boomerangs
“This impedes reasonable public risk communication in the long run and creates a social group of people who harbor fears and anxieties not grounded in reality, but are immune against correction.” - A Boomerang Effect of an All-Clear Message on Radiation Risk. Experts have concluded in many cases that the risks of nanotechnology, electromagnetic fields and nuclear energy are acceptable in the ways we currently use these technologies. Risks assessments of nanoparticles, for example, […]
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