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March 06, 2015

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6:19 PM | Don't Pee on This Wall, It Pees Back
Liquids directed onto the surface are repelled and splashed back.
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6:04 PM | Around the blogs: The great Convergence in Action
Bob has a new blog: https://highnoongmt.wordpress.com/, he even advertized a studentship : PhD Studentship in Intelligent Machine Music ListeningAfonsoThe 4M-4 conjecture is false!DustinThe 4M-4 Conjecture is False!DirkConstraint qualifications and subgradient sum rules GautamSublinear Algorithms Day at MIT on April 10 Charles: Why does Deep Learning work?TomaszFrom feature descriptors to deep learning: 20 years of computer visionGreg Charvat sent me the following some time ago:I […]
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5:44 PM | Video: Rambus Lensless Smart Sensor Demo at MWC 2015
Patrick Gill who, has been mentioned here a few times, shows us an optical system with a complicated  PSF and how it can be used. Woohoo ! You can find more details on Vladimir's blog.   Join the CompressiveSensing subreddit or the Google+ Community and post there ! Liked this entry ? subscribe to Nuit Blanche's feed, there's more where that came from. You can also subscribe to Nuit Blanche by Email, explore the Big Picture in Compressive Sensing or the Matrix […]
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3:02 PM | The Personalities of Numbers [part 3 of 3]: ‘Weird Numbers’
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3:00 PM | Video Game Sees, Senses Your Fear
NeverMind uses Intel's RealSense camera to scan your fear as you explore the game and use it against you.
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2:28 PM | Mars: The planet that lost an ocean’s worth of water
Volume 2, Issue 3 A primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, and covered a greater portion of the planet’s surface than the Atlantic Ocean does on Earth, according to new results published today. An international team of scientists used ESO’s Very Large Telescope, along with instruments at the W. M. […]
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12:36 PM | Eiffel Tower Going Green With Two New Wind Turbines
The City of Light’s green makeover touched the iconic Eiffel Tower last week as it ramped up two onsite wind turbines. These turbines are installed inside the tower’s metal scaffolding on... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 05, 2015

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7:00 PM | Edison's 'Lost' Idea: A Device to Hear the Dead
A new invention is revealed in a nearly lost chapter of the inventor's memoirs, which is being republished in France this week.
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4:30 PM | Phase Transitions in Sparse PCA
Another phase transition found for Sparse PCA thanks to AMP solvers and to be included in the Advanced Matrix Factorization Jungle page.Phase Transitions in Sparse PCA by Thibault Lesieur, Florent Krzakala, Lenka Zdeborova We study optimal estimation for sparse principal component analysis when the number of non-zero elements is small but on the same order as the dimension of the data. We employ approximate message passing (AMP) algorithm and its state evolution to analyze what is the […]
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3:56 PM | Fractal Hamentaschen and Other Mathematical Baking
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2:55 PM | Lincoln Carr joins Luxuriant Former Hair Club (LFHCfS)
Lincoln Carr has joined the Luxuriant Former Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS). He says: In graduate school I had luxuriant flowing hair.  I foolishly accepted a post-doc in Paris where crazed mobs of Frenchmen chased me down and shaved me bald, shrieking, “Vive la France!  Tu seras chauve, chien Américain!”  While there, I also had a very bald baby.  My […]
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1:48 PM | Competition.
I’m a competitive guy. Sort of. I like to be right. I like to win. I hope I’m a gracious winner. I get excited when I perform well, and I like to tell people about it. But I hope it doesn’t come off too much as bragging. I think there’s a difference between being proud […]
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12:00 PM | In Robo Reversal, Kids Learn By Teaching Robots
Innovative CoWriter program encourages learning-by-teaching with two-foot-tall friendly robots.
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9:18 AM | Mars Orbiter Mission: methane detectors collecting data
Volume 2, Issue 3 Methane Sensor for Mars (MSM) payload onboard MOM intends to detect the presence of Methane and measure the column density of the same. One of the secondary objectives of this payload is to measure the reflectance of Martian surface in 1.65 micron. MSM has two channels, Methane and reference to measure […]
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8:05 AM | A Hawk Attacks A Quadcopter
Quadcopter pilot Christopher Schmidt was in for a big surprise while flying his drone over a park in Cambridge, Massachussets. A red-tailed hawk suddenly appeared, circled the quadcopter, and then launched a full-scale attack on it. The speed of the hawk in this video is incredible, and gives a great look into how these beautiful birds stalk their prey. The… Read more → The post A Hawk Attacks A Quadcopter appeared first on UAV Coach.

March 04, 2015

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11:59 PM | InSight knows its possible landing site on Mars
Volume 2, Issue 3 NASA’s next mission to Mars, scheduled to launch one year from today to examine the Red Planet’s deep interior and investigate how rocky planets like Earth evolved, now has one specific site under evaluation as the best place to land and deploy its science instruments. The mission called InSight – an […]
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10:57 PM | Introducing the Improbable Research weekly podcast: Podcast #1
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8:32 PM | Turning STEM Excitement Up a Notch: MedImmune Returns as Sponsor of X-STEM Symposium!
Why can’t we inspire kids to become just as excited about science and engineering as most are about sports and entertainment celebrities? Get ready as MedImmune, the global biopharmaceutical leader which wowed audiences as a major sponsor of the Festival’s X-STEM Symposium last year, returns for Festival 2015 this spring to help answer this key…
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8:30 PM | Wave Your Hand, Control These Techs: Photos
From smartphones to televisions to cars and even brain scans, these gesture-controlled devices only need a wave of the hand to do your bidding.
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7:54 PM | Control Your Phone from Seven Feet Away
New technology called “Ultra-fast Ultra-far Interaction” allows devices to respond to touchless gesturing like a hand wave.
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7:35 PM | Is 'Chappie' What's Coming for A.I. Robots?
pReporter Ashley Dvorkin speaks with futurist Gray Scott about artificial intelligence in movies like Neill Blomkamp's Chappie, which opens Friday.
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6:11 PM | Wordless Wednesday: My brain is fried…erm…baked.
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5:09 PM | Sparse Coding: 20 years later
Today's entry is a witness to the lasting influence of a single finding made in 1995/1996 and featured in this paper: Emergence of Simple-Cell Receptive Field Properties by Learning a Sparse Code for Natural ImagesOlshausen BA, Field DJ (1996).   Nature, 381: 607-609.  reprint (pdf)  |  abstractThe paper (and the one presented in 1995) has influenced many people having a "wow" moment and realizing thatthe mammalian vision is doing sparse […]
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4:50 PM | Cyborg Roaches Could Find Disaster Survivors
Implants and an electronic backpack turn roaches into remote-controlled rescue-workers.
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2:28 PM | The Personalities of Numbers [part 2 of 3]
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2:10 PM | Vertical Farms to Sprout Up in Cities
Vertical farms increase production of food, reduce waste and naturally scrub the air of smog. What's not to love?
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12:02 PM | New penis survey follows in footsteps of Ig Nobel Prize-winning study
A new British survey of international penis size builds on — and cites — an earlier, Ig Nobel Prize-winning Canadian study. The 1998 Ig Nobel Prize for statistics was awarded to Jerald Bain of Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto and Kerry Siminoski of the University of Alberta for their carefully measured report, “The Relationships Among Height, Penile […]
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6:00 AM | Thesis: Gravimetric Anomaly Detection using Compressed Sensing by Ryan Kappedal
Here is a new thesis. Congratulations Ryan ! (the problem reminds me of the muon tomography goals) Gravimetric Anomaly Detection using Compressed Sensing by Ryan Kappedal We address the problem of identifying underground anomalies (e.g. holes) based on gravity measurements. This is a theoretically well-studied yet diffi cult problem. In all except a few special cases, the inverse problem has multiple solutions, and additional constraints are needed to regularize it. Our approach […]

March 03, 2015

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11:59 PM | Curiosity experienced a problem with short circuit
Volume 2, Issue 3 NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is expected to remain stationary for several days of engineering analysis following an onboard fault-protection action on Feb. 27 that halted a process of transferring sample material between devices on the rover’s robotic arm. Telemetry received from the rover indicated that a transient short circuit occurred and […]
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10:40 PM | Wireless Chargers Coming in IKEA Furniture
Desks, tables and lamps that will wirelessly charge phones and other devices.
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