September 27, 2014

3:47 PM | On shellshock
The 'net is currently focused on Shellshock, leading to interesting discussions of the responsibility for the problem. Recently, someone posted Not a bash bug, which was linked on Hacker News. The argument there is that: I would argue that the bash security concern is not a bug. It is clearly a feature. Admittedly, a misguided and misimplemented feature, but still a feature.... It is an old precept for security on unix systems, that environment variables shall be controlled by the parent […]
1:08 PM | Dropping in on the Ig Nobel after-party
The Ig Nobel after-party, each year, is a chance for the new Ig Nobel Prize winners and the other ceremony participants to get together and let their hair (if they have any) down. Journalist Carmen Nobel came to this year’s party, and wrote about that experience, for Science Friday. Here are snippets of her entire report: […]
11:00 AM | Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week (Sept 28)
This week we feature glowing, flying, gooey tech.

September 26, 2014

8:57 PM | Science Blogging Tips from Mass Communication Students
Paige Brown Jarreau: This is a guest post by Maddie Duhon, Kathryn Courtney and Savanna Ronco, students of #SciCommLSU, a coastal environmental communication course I currently co-teach at the Manship School of Mass Communication. These students are mass communication undergraduates interested in learning how to communicate about science. This week, they were tasked with surveying a sample of blogs/posts from the science blogosphere and coming up with their own tips to engage readers. […]
8:18 PM | Should Silicon Valley Hire Microbes?
Companies truly committed to diversity in the workplace could learn a lot from bacteria. Continue reading →
7:20 PM | Meet Jeff Potter: The Computer Software Engineer With Culinary Science Smarts!
The ‘Nifty Fifty (times 4)’, a program of Science Spark, presented by InfoComm International, are a group of 200 noted science and engineering professionals who will fan out across the Washington, D.C. area in the 2014-2015 school year to speak about their work and careers at various middle and high schools. Meet Nifty Fifty Speaker Jeff…
6:37 PM | Next Floor, the Moon: Space Elevator Going Up By 2050
It will take about seven days to transport people or cargo along the 59,651-mile journey. Continue reading →
3:26 PM | Sunflower-Shaped Dish Makes Power, Fresh Water
Each flower is a parabolic dish comprised of 36 mirrors that convert 80 percent of the sunlight harvested into useful energy. Continue reading →
1:26 PM | Compressive Earth Observatory: An Insight from AIRS/AMSU Retrievals (and a comment)
This is exciting but I have included my thoughts below: Compressive Earth Observatory: An Insight from AIRS/AMSU Retrievals by Ardeshir Mohammad Ebtehaj, Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, Gilad Lerman, Rafael Luis Bras We demonstrate that the global fields of temperature, humidity and geopotential heights admit a nearly sparse representation in the wavelet domain, offering a viable path forward to explore new paradigms of sparsity-promoting assimilation and compressive retrieval of spaceborne earth […]
1:10 PM | Further dramatic readings from bizarre studies, Friday night
We’ll be doing some more Improbable Dramatic Readings — brief public readings from bizarre — yet genuine — scientific studies, this Friday night, September 26, at Porter Square Books, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, starting at 7:00 pm. The studies — which we will treat as if they are dramatic literature written for actors to perform — […]
1:08 PM | Rain, Cricket, Probability, Victory, and You
If you are fascinated by rain, cricket, probability and/or victory, give a glance to this study, which ties them all together: “Rain Rules for Limited Overs Cricket and Probabilities of Victory,” Ian Preston [pictured here] and Jonathan Thomas, The Statistician (Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series D), vol. 51, 2002, pp. 189-202. The authors, at […]

September 25, 2014

8:59 PM | Potato-chip-sound-modifier Ig Nobel Prize winner profiled
Charles Spence, 2008 Ig Nobel nutrition Prize winner (for electronically modifying the sound of a potato chip to make the person chewing the chip believe it to be crisper and fresher than it really is) profiled in The Guardian: …How to make bug-eating acceptable to westerners is one of the many gustatory challenges that he and his […]
7:22 PM | Cirque de Soleil Deploys Drones for Art
A short film incorporates UAV quadcopters dressed as colorful lamp shades. Continue reading →
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