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July 29, 2014

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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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1:44 PM | A Bluemix recipe with MongoDB and Node.js
Here is a tasty IBM Bluemix recipe with a dash of MongoDB and a pinch of Node.js. This posts shows the steps needed to perform basic CRUD (Create, Remove, Update & Delete) operations on the MongoDB database using REST APIs of PUT,GET, UPDATE & DELETE. You can fork the code for the below app from […]
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1:28 PM | He and they approached hallucinations mathematically
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11:00 AM | Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week (July 27)
This week's tech is wearable, floatable, vertical, musical, controllable and more able.

July 26, 2014

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2:48 PM | “An astonishing 400 tons of dumplings a day”
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2:08 PM | A broad look at clownfish radiation
The clamoring for information about clownfish radiation may never be fully satisfied. This report, though, attempts to supply some of what’s desired: “The radiation of the clownfishes has two geographical replicates,” Glenn Litsios, Peter B. Pearman, Déborah Lanterbecq, Nathalie Tolou and Nicolas Salamin, Journal of Biogeography, epub July 7, 2014. (Thanks to investigator Tom Gill […]
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5:00 AM | Saturday Morning Videos: 27th Annual Conference on Learning Theory (COLT), Barcelona 2014
 All the videos of the 27th Annual Conference on Learning Theory (COLT), Barcelona 2014 are here.Here are a few:Sequential Learning Compressed Counting Meets Compressed SensingPing LiInvited Speakers48 views, 56:26  Invited TalkOn the Computational and Statistical Interface and "BIG DATA"Michael I. JordanInvited Speakers48 views, 56:26  Invited TalkOn the Computational and Statistical Interface and "BIG DATA"Michael I. Jordan[syn]  […]

July 25, 2014

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11:01 PM | One Evolutionary Trajectory, Many Processes
Two months ago, I wrote a post on how we might think more deeply about human biological variation. This post also involved a discussion about the recent Nicholas Wade book (A Troublesome Inheritance), which has engendered its own rancor on the internet [1]. In the second part of the post, I discussed some potential ways we can more effectively model human variation. This was decidedly exploratory, the intent of which was to follow-up on the discussion. In this post, I will discuss the need for […]
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7:58 PM | Tsk Tsk: Major Web Retail Site Selling Ivory
The website says it staunchly rejects any request to engage in illegal or morally questionable activity. Hmmm. Continue reading →
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7:38 PM | Science Blogging as… (fill in the blank)
In science writing, there’s always something new to learn, some new adventure to try. Keep a beginner’s mind, look for new adventures, and have fun. — Dan Ferber (danferber.com, @DanFerber) Today, I decided to collect science writers’ thoughts on blogging from Ed Yong’s 2010 round-up of stories on the Origins of Science Writers. I thought it would be interesting to see how the 100+ science writers who commented on Ed’s post – many now professional […]
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6:15 PM | DIY Vaginal Ultrasounds Reduce Doctor Visits
Women perform vaginal ultrasounds at home, while their doctor views the images from afar.
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5:25 PM | Denied! Wikipedia Blocks Edits from US Congress
The move came after unusual revisions were made from computers with IP addresses at the US Capitol.
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