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October 30, 2014

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5:49 PM | US Solar Costs Catching Up to Conventional Energy
The cost of solar power is on the verge of catching up with conventional electricity, report two new studies. Continue reading →
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4:18 PM | NYC Event: “How the Age of Machine Consciousness is Transforming Our Lives”
Greg Charvat just sent me the following (see below). Let me state that the "consciousness" wording is not optimal for this blog but I definitely appreciate technical people getting into a room and thinking about the next steps (and I also like the 4combinator approach yet I have no link to them) so here we are: Hi Igor,You might find this interesting.I'm involved in this seminar series and panel discussion that will be held in NYC in November, on the topic of next gen deep learning as […]
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3:52 PM | It’s a mistery
I get asked to do a decent number of conference paper reviews, and surprisingly, some of those conferences have asked me to review in subsequent years.  One such conference didn’t just ask me to review again, but bestowed the honor of making me part of their advisory board.  I accepted, and they sent me a […]
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3:11 PM | Assessing the sameness and non-rarity of hipsters
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2:24 PM | Solar Tree Provides Power and Shade
The eTree converts sunlight into useful energy for public spaces. Continue reading →
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1:50 PM | Nikon Small World 2014 Winners Dazzle: Photos
Annual photomicrography competition proves good things can come in small packages.
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1:47 PM | Swaggering in the performance of root canal procedures
Swaggering could be of importance when one has to perform a root canal procedure. This patent shows one way to introduce—and guarantee—that swaggering will be part of the fun: “Swaggering endodontic instruments,” US patent 8454361 granted June 4, 2013 to Michael J. Scianamblo [pictured here]. The patent document explains: “Endodontic instruments are described which have […]
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1:20 PM | Artificial Mini-Stomachs Made in the Lab
Tiny clusters of human gastric tissue are helping to advance research on cancer, ulcers and diabetes.
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12:18 PM | Self driving vehicles are great – but we might not be ready to hand over the wheel (yet)
The promise of self-driving vehicles has brought with it high expectations and enthusiasm. But, we might not be quite ready to hand over the wheel. Today, the University of Michigan’s Transportation... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:27 AM | Higher Criticism for Large-Scale Inference: especially for Rare and Weak effects
Two papers on an interesting subject today with a common co-author. From a footnote in the first paper:Our point here is not that HC [Higher Criticism] should replace formal methods using random matrix theory, but instead that HC can be used in structured settings where theory is not yet available. A careful comparison to formal inference using random matrix theory not possible here would illustrate the benefits of theoretical analysis of a specific situation as exemplified by random matrix […]

October 29, 2014

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10:46 PM | Ig Nobel winner David Dunning surveys recent research about incompetent people
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6:12 PM | Now Showing: 3-D Virtual Reality Movies
New and retrofitted films are already being released for the forthcoming virtual reality platform. Continue reading →
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3:19 PM | Chip Implanted in Man's Hand for Yearlong Experiment
Ten people will have the chips for a year as part of an experiment to study whether an implant is more useful than a chip embedded in a credit card or a smartphone. Continue reading →
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1:35 PM | Hackers Breach White House Computers
It's thought that the Russian government was behind the act.
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1:19 PM | Stuck in Acceptance.
One of the core elements of the program of Alcoholics Anonymous is the Serenity Prayer. I’m sure everyone knows it, but for reference: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. It actually goes on from […]
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1:09 PM | Pop music: extant and market taxonomized
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11:18 AM | Wordless Wednesday: True Happiness
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9:45 AM | DNews: How Matter Behaves at Insanely Cold Temperatures
Science excels at so many things, but one among them is supremely cool -- literally! Julian explores some of the items that have gotten the Mr. Deep Freeze treatment in laboratories and explains what happens to matter when it's crazy cold.
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