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March 25, 2014

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8:11 AM | Simulated High-Altitude Taste Testing of Tomato Juice
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6:48 AM | SSRN Political Economy - Development: Public Service Delivery eJournal
SSRN eLibrary Search ResultsPolitical Economy - Development: Public Service Delivery eJournal 24,579 Total downloads| Link to this page | Subscribe to this eJournal (requires login)Showing Papers 1 - 50 of 1,217Sort By 12 3 4 ...Last | Next > Education, Health and WagesNBER Working Paper No. w19971James J. Heckman ,John Eric Humphries ,Greg Veramendi and Sergio Urzua University of Chicago - Department of Economics,University of Chicago,Arizona State University […]
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6:47 AM | SSRN ISN Subject Matter eJournals
SSRN eLibrary Search ResultsISN Subject Matter eJournals 2,726,293 Total downloadsShowing Papers 1 - 50 of 18,524Sort By 12 3 4 ...Last | Next > Infrastructural Drift in Seismic Cities: Chile, Pacific Rim, 27 February, 2010Social Text (2015), ForthcomingStephanie C. Kane ,Eden Medina and Daniel Michler Indiana University - Department of International Studies, School of Global and International Studies,Indiana University Bloomington - School of Informatics and […]

March 24, 2014

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11:06 PM | Blazing A Sustainable Path Forward with Dr. Paul Anastas at X-STEM
If you really want to protect the environment, it’s not enough just to care about it; you need to learn and really understand something in order to protect it. That’s the lesson that Dr. Paul Anastas’ father taught him after bulldozers had destroyed the wetlands down the hill from his childhood home, turning what was…
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8:53 PM | Video (in French): Making Sense of IoT Data ( Paris IoT#5 Meetup )
Last week, I gave a presentation on Making Sense of Internet of Things (IoT) data, here is below the slide I added after the talk. This new slide makes it clear that the sharing is central for IoT to become more than just a collection of useful gadgets. The story goes that one Geiger counter is nice to have, but a collection of them maps radiation fields; kilopixel cameras were certainly nice to have, but 10s Mpixels now provide cameras with information that can be used for other purposes such […]
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8:29 PM | JPG vs BMP vs PNG vs GIF
This was a quick experiment I did to check the efficiency of a few image formats. For this experiment I base64 encoded a 1 pixel image file of each of the following image file formats: .jpg, .bmp, .png, .gif.Here is the base64 encoded results of each image:.jpg - From a 539 byte […]
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7:45 PM | Bacteria Bots Light Up, Talk to Each Other
Hybrid materials made from modified bacteria and nanoparticles respond to the environment and conduct electricity.
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6:38 PM | Musk, Zuckerberg Invest in Secretive A.I. Firm
Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and Ashton Kutcher are investing in a new tech firm with the goal of replicating human intelligence. Continue reading →
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4:45 PM | Google Beefs Up Gmail Security
The change means that no one can listen in on your messages as they go back and forth between you and Gmail's servers.
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3:44 PM | Solar Panel By Day, Light Panel At Night
A new solar panel material not only absorbs light, but also emits it when electricity passes through it. Continue reading →
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2:30 PM | Vacation Wrap-Up: Japan.
Oh my goodness. What an incredible trip. The first and best thing was that my new relationship flourished throughout. BB is an excellent and intrepid traveler. It took her about 48 hours to learn everything I’ve ever known about traveling and by day three she was taking charge of subway navigation and map-reading. It was […]
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11:17 AM | Horses and the effects of flying
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11:11 AM | Marcus Byrne explains how dung beetles use the Milky Way
Ig Nobel Prize winner Marcus Byrne explains how dung beetles use the Milky Way, navigationally, to find its way home: (Thanks to Steve Ting for bringing this to our attention.)
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10:35 AM | HASI: Probabilistic Low Rank Matrix Completion with Adaptive Spectral Regularization Algorithms - implementation -
From a discussion on the Advanced Matrix Factorization group, Adrien Todeschini let us know of his recent paper on another heuristics to the Rank functional: Our paper gives another concave penalty surrogating the rank.A. Todeschini, F. Caron, M. Chavent. Probabilistic Low Rank Matrix Completion with Adaptive Spectral Regularization Algorithms. Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS'2013), Lake Tahoe, USA, 2013. It is available at my webpage with a Matlab […]
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5:01 AM | Official Host of Carnival of Evolution, #70
Synthetic Daisies is one again playing host to Carnival of Evolution's April edition, which goes live on April 1. This year's theme will be the games of evolution. To know exactly what this means, you will have to join us on April 1. This marks the third consecutive year of blogrolling [1]. I have been contributing posts for a bit longer). There are three ways to contribute: 1) log in to the Blog Carnival site and fill out the form, 2) post the link to the Carnival of Evolution Facebook page, […]

March 23, 2014

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1:09 PM | The curious true tale of the the Swedish prime minister, a Soviet submarine, and farting herring
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1:00 PM | Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week (Mar 23)
This week, tech delves deep into the microscopic and then soars high into space.

March 21, 2014

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10:16 PM | How I reached 2,000 Twitter Followers… for Science
Sometime late last night I reached the big 2k on Twitter. Some may see this as child’s play, but 2,000 Twitter followers for a modest science communication enthusiast? Ecstatic! In honor of this milestone, I thought I’d share some lessons I’ve learned along the way about communicating science on social media. I’ve also learned a lot teaching Strategic Social Media #Manship4002 this semester, about best practices to engage your Twitter followers! Everything you say is […]
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5:27 PM | Solar Power Array Could Orbit Earth
The U.S. Navy has a solar power plan that's literally out of this world. Continue reading →
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5:09 PM | Meet Women Innovators Who Are Creating Cool, New Ways to Inspire Young Girls in STEM
Get ready as Festival Expo 2014 introduces you to a growing number of women innovators who are spearheading efforts to create exciting ways to inspire the next generation of female scientists and engineers! This includes designing STEM-inspired toys for young girls, immersing them in positive experiences that dispel the ¨nerd¨ stereotype that STEM-motivated females often…
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2:10 PM | Lion-Proof BeetleCam Adds Video, Gyros for Animal Spying
Reason number 2,048 that we have robots: up close photography of wild animals.
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2:00 PM | Sensor IDs Bugs to Kill
A new invention offers a powerful and cheap strategy for identifying and responding to infestations that threaten agriculture and health.
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1:48 PM | ‘Pigness’ (Cinematic and Televisual) – a thesis
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8:00 AM | Photo Friday: The GoldenEye Dam (Switzerland)
The 220m tall Contra Dam* was build in the early 1960s and forms part of the Verzasca Hydroelectric Complex in Ticino, Southern Switzerland. This three turbine hydroelectric power plant played a... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:00 AM | Radical X-Plane Concepts Taking Shape
It's certainly no secret what the air force of the future will look like, and it's not going to involve humans.
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5:00 AM | CaSPIAN: A Causal Compressive Sensing Algorithm for Discovering Directed Interactions in Gene Networks - implementation -
Here is an item of great interest ( see Sunday Morning Insight: The extreme paucity of tools for blind deconvolution of biochemical networks ) CaSPIAN: A Causal Compressive Sensing Algorithm for Discovering Directed Interactions in Gene Networks by Amin Emad, Olgica Milenkovic We introduce a novel algorithm for inference of causal gene interactions, termed CaSPIAN (Causal Subspace Pursuit for Inference and Analysis of Networks), which is based on coupling compressive sensing and […]
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12:07 AM | Heading Home.
This has been an amazing trip. We’ve had a stellar time and describing it will be a task for another day. We are now on a KTX leaving Busan headed for Seoul. Thence to SFO and then to ECC. We’ll be home in like 28 hours. Then sleep for a month. And back to work […]

March 20, 2014

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11:19 PM | Ig Nobel tour of Denmark and Sweden
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