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September 24, 2014

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2:25 PM | DNews: Einstein's Time Dilation Created in a Lab
Thanks to German scientists, we no longer need spacecraft or theoretical papers in order to recreate the time dilation aspect of Einstein's special theory of relativity. They did it in a laboratory.
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1:54 PM | Ig Nobel winner Audoly on the physics of the lasso
Basile Audoly — who shared the 2006 Ig Nobel prize for physics with Sebastien Neukirch for insights into why, when you bend dry spaghetti, it often breaks into more than two pieces — has a new study about the physics of rodeo lassoing. The new paper is: “An introduction to the mechanics of the lasso,” Pierre-Thomas Brun, Neil […]
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10:36 AM | Researchers produce propane using E.coli bacteria
A team of scientists has transformed E.coli bacteria into a propane factory. In their Nature magazine article, researchers from the University of Turku (Finland) and Imperial College (United Kingdom)... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:09 AM | Stochastic Coordinate Coding (SCC) - implementation -
As examplified by this work, genomics is bound to have a profound effect on designing new algorithms.Stochastic Coordinate Coding and Its Application for Drosophila Gene Expression Pattern Annotation by Binbin Lin, Qingyang Li, Qian Sun, Ming-Jun Lai, Ian Davidson, Wei Fan, Jieping Ye \textit{Drosophila melanogaster} has been established as a model organism for investigating the fundamental principles of developmental gene interactions. The gene expression patterns of \textit{Drosophila […]

September 23, 2014

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6:44 PM | Human Hamster Wheel Turns Up Productivity
A 24-hour collaboration could be your next DIY project. Continue reading →
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5:01 PM | Frontiers in Bioengineering Conference: The Farthest Out in Front
Earlier this month, I attended the Frontiers in Bioengineering conference at the Beckman Institute (UIUC). It was an interesting event with diverse perspectives on the field of Bioengineering. The two-day event featured researchers from all over the world, but focused on the synergies between Engineering and Cell/Molecular Biology.One way to summarize the proceedings is to discuss the three most interesting (at least to me) technological advances. So here they are, in no particular order:1) […]
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5:00 PM | DNews: Meet the Fastest Wi-Fi Setup Anywhere
Scientists have found a way to use radio waves to match fiber optic data transmission speeds. Is 32 Gigiabits per second Wi-Fi in our future?
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1:48 PM | An Academic Memorial.
Yesterday I attended the memorial service of Mort Friedman, a Vice Dean and Professor at Columbia. He served that university for 56 years. He died suddenly a few months ago, but at advanced age. He was universally beloved, and prodigiously accomplished. A professor whose contributions, even measured against other long-time Ivy League professors, is impressive. […]
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7:17 AM | SSRN Author Page for Ale Ebrahim, Nader
Ale Ebrahim, Nader SSRN Author Rank: 2,509 by Downloads University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, University of Malaya, 50603 Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur, 50603 Malaysia email address Visiting Research Fellow University of Malaya (UM) - Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring […]
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12:16 AM | Economic Growth and Internet usage impact on publication productivity
Economic Growth and Internet Usage Impact on Publication Productivity among ASEAN’s and World’s Best Universities Gholizadeh, Hossein and Salehi, Hadi and Embi, Mohamed Amin and Danaee, Mahmoud and Ordi, Ali and Tanha, Farid Habibi and Ale Ebrahim, Nader and Osman, Noor Azuan Abu Economic Growth and Internet Usage Impact on Publication Productivity among ASEAN’s and World’s Best Universities.Modern Applied Science, 2014, vol. 8, n. 5, pp. […]

September 22, 2014

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8:12 PM | I half done it again
I’m ashamed that the picture above didn’t come out better.  My focus was way too close (on the fence in front of me). That picture really doesn’t do the scene justice, but that’s all I have. I spent the weekend in Bismarck running my second half-marathon…despite the fact that I have been fighting asthma and […]
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7:21 PM | Big Data is, but not unquestioningly, the answer, he says
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3:50 PM | Tiny Implants Could Give Humans Self-Healing Superpowers
A new military-sponsored program aims to develop a tiny device that can be implanted in the body, where it will use electrical impulses to monitor the body's organs.
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3:30 PM | Book / Proceedings / Lecture Notes: Statistical physics, Optimization, Inference and Message-Passing algorithms
Last year, there was an "Ecole de Physique" in Cargese on Statistical physics, Optimization, Inference and Message-Passing algorithms. Florent Krzakala, one of the organizers, mentioned earlier today that they had released the lecture notes of the talks. They are all on this page.  Autumn School, September 30 -- October 11, 2013HomeOverviewProgram/PhotosParticipantsBookProceeding of all lecturesCalled "Statistical Physics, Optimization, Inference, and Message-Passing Algorithms" and […]
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2:52 PM | An ethics discussion of the “leg of lamp” medical case
This ethics discussion, broadcast in The Netherlands, concerns the man who lost his leg and gained a floor lamp, which we discussed here recently. Dr. Erwin Kompanje is the main medical discussant here: UPDATE: The man is trying to sell his leg/lamp on Ebay for 100,000 euros: Here’s a report about that, by HVNL:
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2:35 PM | Gluteal Aesthetic Unit Classification
“The idea of an aesthetically pleasing gluteal region has been with us since early recorded history. The ancient Greeks had nomenclature to describe an aesthetically pleasant buttock area: callipygian is derived from calli, meaning beautiful, and pyge, meaning buttocks.” But, when it comes to surgical buttock re-contouring, not everyone’s idea of callipygia is the same. […]
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2:27 PM | Biological guestimates: Microbes, humans, and ants
Two questions that are easy to answer, unless you care whether the answer is accurate: 1. Is your body mostly microbes? Actually, we have no idea. By Peter Andrey Smith, in the Boston Globe. 2. Are all the ants as heavy as all the humans? By Hannah Moore, for BBC News.  
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1:10 PM | A spirited editorial from The New India Express
Everyone, more or less, loves a spirited editorial. Here’s one, in the September 22, 2014 issue of The New India Express: Nothing Ignoble About Humour in Science Researchers who measured the slipperiness of banana peels, the ability of pork strips to stop nosebleeds and the reactions of reindeer to humans in polar bear suits were […]
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12:20 PM | Backstage at the Ig: Miss Sweetie Poo, 2 Greiders, a Maskin, and a Roberts
This fairly candid photo, taken backstage at the 24th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, shows Miss Sweetie Poo, backed by (left to right) a Greider, a Maskin, a Greider, and a Roberts. Betsy Devine took the picture: BONUS: Video highlights of previous Miss Sweetie Poos in action:
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