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April 04, 2015

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1:13 PM | TWS-4: Gossip protocol: Epidemics and rumors to the rescue
Having successfully completed a grueling yet enjoyable ‘Cloud Computing Concepts’ course at Coursera, from the University of Illinois at  Urbana-Champaign,  by Prof Indranil Gupta, I continue on my “Thinking Web Scale (TWS)” series of posts. In this post, I would like to dwell on Gossip Protocol. Gossip protocol finds its way into distributed system from […]
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11:50 AM | “Designing and Testing an Improved Packaging for Large Hollow Chocolate Bunnies”
Improbable Research podcast #1 savors a peer-reviewed study about improved packaging for large hollow chocolate bunnies. The study is: ‘Designing and Testing an Improved Packaging for Large Hollow Chocolate Bunnies,’ Gerald W. Greenway and Raul Enrique Garcia, TAPPI Journal, 80 (8), 1977, pp. 133-139 . The authors were at The Package Sealing Laboratory, at the School of Engineering, at the University of Missouri-Rolla. Here’s a […]

April 03, 2015

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8:21 PM | ‘Students Are Our Most Precious Resource': InfoComm Returns as Sponsor of Festival’s Nifty Fifty Program!
Why is InfoComm International, the leading trade association for the audiovisual technology industry, returning this year as the sponsor of the Festival’s prominent Nifty Fifty school visit program? The primary reason, says InfoComm executive Betsy Jaffe, is Nifty Fifty’s powerful potential to transform students’ attitude and performance in STEM. Which is why, she reports, InfoComm’s…
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7:26 PM | MRO: Back in duty after computer swap
Volume 2, Issue 4 NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, at Mars since 2006, made an unplanned switch on Wednesday from one main computer to a redundant one onboard, triggering a hiatus in planned activities. Sensing the computer swap, the orbiter put itself into a precautionary safe standby mode. It remained healthy, in communication and fully powered. […]
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6:40 PM | Drone Footage of 30-Story Rock Climb in France
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUQjhidxg8I   Laurene Sibue and Xavier Gaboriaud climb over 30 stories on the “Monolithe de Sardières” in Savoie, France. The Monolith towers over its surroundings at an astonishing height of 93 meters. I like how the drone is being used to call out the landscape. Some great pans in the middle of the video. Read more → The post Drone Footage of 30-Story Rock Climb in France appeared first on UAV Coach.
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2:43 PM | FAA Grants Exemptions for 3DR Drones, Opens Door for Industry Collaboration
Source: 3D Robotics By: Roger Sollenberger On Friday the FAA granted Section 333 authorization for commercial use of 3DR drones to two companies, BNSF Railway and Build Imagery. The exemptions will not only allow these companies to use 3DR drones for business purposes, but will also enable all parties involved to continue to test and refine 3DR drone technology for industrial… Read more → The post FAA Grants Exemptions for 3DR Drones, Opens Door for Industry Collaboration […]
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2:21 PM | iLab, IFPEN, Paris Machine Learning Meetups this April
What a week ! On Monday, I was invited by Laurent Duval to give a presentation at IFPEN Doctoral school. Stephane Mallat and Laurent Daudet were also presenting. I learned a few things from these presentations, more on that later. In the meantime, here is my presentation. This morning, we defended our start-up project in front of Ernst and Young and Erdyn auditors. The defense is part of the selection process for i-Lab funding. Let me just say the project centers around hardware but […]
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1:54 PM | Duct Tape, good for verruca-removal? A review
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1:10 PM | Items where Author is "Ale Ebrahim, Nader" - OpenDepot.org
Number of items: 17.FARHADI, MARYAM and SALEHI, HADI and EMBI, MOHAMED AMIN and FOOLADI, MASOOD and FARHADI, HADI and AGHAEI CHADEGANI, AREZOO and Ale Ebrahim, Nader (2013) Contribution of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Country'S H-Index. Journal of Theoretical and Applied Information Technology, 57 (1). pp. 122-127. ISSN 1992-8645Ale Ebrahim, Nader (2013) Introduction to the Research Tools Mind Map. Research World, 10 (4). pp. 1-3. ISSN 0974-2379Aghaei Chadegani, Arezoo and […]
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11:00 AM | 10 Animal-like Robots That Slither, Hop, Run and Fly
Animals fly better than humans, swim better, run faster, and hop higher.
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5:00 AM | CfP: Structured Matrices in Signal and Data Processing, IEEE J-STSP special issue
Mike Wakin just sent me the following:   Dear Igor,I wanted to let you know of an upcoming special issue of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing on Structured Matrices in Signal and Data Processing.Full details are available in the Call for Papers (posted here: http://www.signalprocessingsociety.org/uploads/special_issues_deadlines/Structured_Matrices.pdf). Manuscript submissions are due July 15, 2015.Among the many topics that fall under the scope of this issue are […]

April 02, 2015

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8:13 PM | Drone Camera Overlays Video with 3-D Images
The technology marries conceptual designs of the future with the actual environment, broadcasting the results in real-time. Continue reading →
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6:24 PM | Nifty Fifty Podcast: Nanobiotechnology Researcher Dr. Jordan Green
This is the inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival Podcast, featuring Jordan Green, Ph.D.speaking to students at South River High School in Edgewater, MD. Dr. Green talks about his work creating innovative technologies and therapeutics that can directly benefit human health.   Read full blog and listen to the podcast by clicking here.
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4:55 PM | “The truth behind India’s new GDP numbers”
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4:27 PM | Chew on this: Pieces in the polar bear puzzle
“Polar Bears Unlikely to Thrive on Land-based Foods” says the headline in a press release from the US Geological Survey [USGS]. This adds a new piece to the puzzle of what will happen as polar bears more often meet reindeer, as ice melts force the polar bears to spend more time on land. Compare and […]
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3:30 PM | Video Games Boost Skills and Behavioral Problems
Some good news; some bad news.
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2:05 PM | Podcast #5: The Blonsky centrifugal birthing device
A birthing machine — that spins a pregnant woman at high speed until the child comes flying out — is on display in this week’s Improbable Research podcast. The podcast is all about research that makes people LAUGH, then THINK — research about anything and everything, from everywhere —research that’s good or bad, important or trivial, valuable or worthless. CBS […]
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1:49 PM | Concealing Our Illnesses.
I’ve been thinking about the Germanwings flight. Everyone has. How horrifying. A pilot, apparently suffering from some kind of chronic mental illness, chooses mid-flight to take this opportunity to end his own life and the lives of 149 other people. He seems to have implacably locked the other pilot out of the cockpit, set the autopilot […]
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12:54 PM | A man who drank too much iced tea
Iced tea can be medically dangerous, if consistently consumed copiously. A new study supplies evidence to that effect: “A Case of Iced-Tea Nephropathy,” Fahd Syed, Alejandra Mena-Gutierrez and Umbar Ghaffar, New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 372, April 2, 2015, pp. 1377-1378. The authors, at Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System and the University of Arkansas […]
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12:09 PM | Artificial eye iris paints – which to use?
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11:00 AM | Sony's World Photography Award Winners 2015: Photos
Whether in youth, mobile or open competition categories, these pictures brought the pizzazz.
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8:05 AM | The IRIS+ Drone From 3D Robotics
This is without question one of the coolest drones on the market, and we wouldn’t expect anything less from a company like 3D Robotics. If this great video demo doesn’t convince you of that, then nothing will. The IRIS+ offers long flight times, tons of automatic features that will allow your drone to follow you without you doing anything, the… Read more → The post The IRIS+ Drone From 3D Robotics appeared first on UAV Coach.
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5:00 AM | AMP solvers and the Additive White Gaussian Noise Channel
Approximate message-passing decoder and capacity-achieving sparse superposition codes by Jean Barbier, Florent KrzakalaWe study the approximate message-passing decoder for sparse superposition coding on the additive white Gaussian noise channel and extend our preliminary work. While this coding scheme asymptotically reach the Shannon capacity, we show that our iterative decoder is limited by a phase transition similar to what happen in LDPC codes. We present and study two solutions to this […]

April 01, 2015

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11:00 PM | Fragrance Smells Better the More You Sweat
The gym never smelled so good. Continue reading →
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6:09 PM | Hairy Leaf Could Lead to Tech that Pulls Water from Air
Microfibers found in Lychnis siebold are responsible for both water storage and release. Continue reading →
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5:00 PM | Energy-Saving Exoskeleton Boot Is Made for Walking
Device reduces metabolic cost of movement with no energy source of its own. Continue reading →
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4:35 PM | App Provides Historic Tour of Mandela's Journey
A GPS-enabled app named Madiba's Journey traces the life of South African Nelson Mandela.
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11:33 AM | Should packaged meat labels include pre-slaughter rectal-temperature info?
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March 31, 2015

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6:58 PM | Pac-Man Now Available on Google Maps
The classic 1980s arcade game is available in your search options. Continue reading →
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6:06 PM | Nuit Blanche in Review ( March 2015 )
This past month, we were shocked to hear about Ernie Esser's Passing (and Legacy), a new Highly technical Reference Page was created (The Superiorization Methodology and Perturbation Resilience of Algorithms), the Paris Machine Learning Meetup #7 Season 2 took place (Automatic Statistician, ML et Entreprise, Algo Fairness/ Certifying and removing Disparate Impact). In the meantime, we are collectively waiting for something new (No Pressure) 20 years later. our part of the blogosphere showed us […]
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