Posts

December 16, 2014

+
7:59 PM | The Battle Over The Battle of the Forecasts: Nature Article Draws Sharp Rebuke from U.S. Energy Information Administration
Earlier this month, prestigious academic journal Nature published a news feature titled “Natural gas: the fracking fallacy,” casting doubt on the long-term prospects of the U.S. natural gas supply.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
7:52 PM | Patent-Violating* Chocolate Chip Cookies with Festival Speaker Jeff Potter
By USA Science & Engineering Festival Nifty Fifty Speaker Jeff Potter Jeff Potter’s Patent-Violating* Chocolate Chip Cookies. Photo by Jeff Potter One of the biggest advantages that home-cooked foods have over store-bought goods is time. Commercial products have to be shelf-stable, so manufacturers have to come up with clever tricks to mimic home cooking. What…
+
6:06 PM | How to fail as a skeptic
A few months ago, I wrote about my experience attending an atheist meeting.  If you don’t want to read it, I basically spent most of the time dealing with an argumentative jerk.  On the other hand, I expected that going in. Part of the reason I expected that is because there is a large amount […]
+
5:40 PM | Quantum Credit Cards Impossible to Hack
Proposed anti-fraud technique would use lasers, nanoparticle strips and misbehaving photons.
+
3:30 PM | Another Donoho-Tao Moment ?
We always hear about the need to justify mathematics as regards to applied work. Remember this "Donoho-Tao moment"? (from this 2008 newletter)[Mark Green's] favorite moment of the program came when the NSF panel – which was simultaneously conducting its first site visit – asked: Is this interdisciplinary work? Participant David Donoho (statistics, Stanford), another major contributor to the genesis of compressed sensing, reportedly […]
+
2:17 PM | Multiplicity of Authors: Quisquaters and Guillous
No summary available for this post.
+
1:36 PM | Everything is Slower than I Want.
I’m in an impatient place at the moment. My anxiety has been off the charts lately, about everything. Health, home, work. I’m disappointed at how rapidly my fitness falls off when I take a break. Even just a few weeks off and I feel like I’m substantially degraded from my peak at the end of November. […]
+
1:30 PM | Intelligent Bicycle Warns of Danger
An array of electronic devices are linked to an onboard computer that vibrates the seat when other cyclists approach from behind.
+
6:08 AM | Thoughts about Scientific American Blog Changes
Today, I've been mulling over some of the changes going on within Scientific American's blog network (for a summary of these changes, see Matt Shipman's post here at SciLogs.com). I have many thoughts on the network's new guidelines for bloggers, which I'll probably flesh out in a later post. The public publishing of science blogging guidelines (which until now have been largely unspoken for most blog networks) is relevant to my dissertation research on science […]
+
6:00 AM | Learning Multidimensional Fourier Series With Tensor Trains - implementation -
Ah ! Tensor Trains versus Random Features (and an implementaiton in Julia)Learning Multidimensional Fourier Series With Tensor Trains by Sander Wahls, Visa Koivunen, H. Vincent Poor and Michel VerhaegenHow to learn a function from observations of inputs and noisy outputs is a fundamental problem in machine learning. Often, an approximation of the desired function is found by minimizing a risk functional over some function space. The space of candidate functions should contain good […]
+
1:25 AM | Mom, could you homeschool me?
I knew we had to do something when, early in the school year, the younger son asked me to homeschool him.  When I asked him why, there was the range of answers that included he’s not looking forward to losing recess when he gets to middle school, he’d like to spend more time with me (obviously […]

December 15, 2014

+
8:20 PM | Control This Pain-Relief Patch with Your Smartphone
The smart patch could replace some of the 4.2 billion chemical-based patches sold for pain relief every year.
+
7:04 PM | What Computers Think The World Looks Like
Computers using image-recognition systems see a whole different picture. Continue reading →
+
5:49 PM | Back to Center.
I give up. I am pulling back from things I tried to force because I wanted to be popular and important. I like being popular. I like people respecting me and wanting to be around me. But none of that is good for me. Pursuing it is not good for my ego, and I don’t […]
+
5:00 PM | Platinum Group Metal-Catalysed Carbonylation as the Basis of Alternative Gas-To-Liquids Processes
Traditional Fischer-Tropsh synthesis for the conversion of gas into liquids for fuels and chemicals is uneconomic for many stranded natural and remote gas sources. This review presents platinum group metal (pgm)-catalysed carbonylation as the basis of a new generation of alternative GTL processes to produce petrochemical products from hydrocarbon gases. The pgm route may allow monetisation of stranded natural and associated petroleum gases by converting them into marketable products with high […]
+
3:15 PM | Goodbye
I’m leaving the Scientific American network, which is being “reshaped.” I’ll be returning to my original solo blog, which I left nearly five years ago, continuing to edit... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
3:04 PM | “Climate Change” Or “Global Warming?” Two New Polls Suggest Language Matters.
On Friday, a new Yale-Associated Press-NORC poll on environmental attitudes reported that just 56 percent of Americans believe global warming is happening. This seems a bit low to me given our UT... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
2:16 PM | Tax demands – the funny side (he makes ‘em LAUGH, then PAY)
No summary available for this post.
+
1:46 PM | DNews: Nano Motors Could Power Tiny Bots of the Future
If the future's going to keep getting small, we're going to need a smaller motor. That's where double-walled carbon nanotube technology comes in. Trace explains how scientists are on their way to figuring out how to build nano-scale motors.
+
11:35 AM | Platinum Group Metal-Catalysed Carbonylation as the Basis of Alternative Gas-To-Liquids Processes
Traditional Fischer-Tropsh synthesis for the conversion of gas into liquids for fuels and chemicals is uneconomic for many stranded natural and remote gas sources. This review presents platinum group metal (pgm)-catalysed carbonylation as the basis of a new generation of alternative GTL processes to produce petrochemical products from hydrocarbon gases. The pgm route may allow monetisation of stranded natural and associated petroleum gases by converting them into marketable products with high […]

December 14, 2014

+
9:25 PM | Lots and lots of bits of copying in scientific literature
No summary available for this post.
+
9:16 PM | Sunday Morning Insight: The Stuff of Discovery
In machine learning, they call the connundrum "exploitation versus exploration", in other circles we talk about "improving stuff versus discovery". There are many ways discovery can be defined. For instance in Crossing into P territory, we noted that a new kind of sensor (a genome sequencer) could enable experimentations in polynomial time thereby clearly expanding the possibilities to do real discovery. While both the PacBio and Oxford Nanopore technologies have just been made available before […]
+
8:49 PM | Are shoes good for you?
The Swiss researchers who (some of them) two years ago did an “analysis of a piece of shit”  now supply an answer to the question “Are shoes good for you?” They are two-fifths of the way towards completing the poetical list “shoes and shit [reverse sic] and sealing wax, cabbages and kings“. Their shit study is called “An In-Depth Analysis […]
+
2:04 PM | Terrier’s new door-in-the-face technique
No summary available for this post.
+
12:00 PM | Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week (Dec 14)
The future keeps peaking its head around the corner. This week, we have jetpacks, quantum teleportation, swarm bots and more.

December 13, 2014

+
5:48 PM | Dr. Nader Ale Ebrahim - Repository of the Academy's Library
1. FARHADI, MARYAM and SALEHI, HADI and EMBI, MOHAMED AMIN and FOOLADI, MASOOD and FARHADI, HADI and AGHAEI CHADEGANI, AREZOO and ALE EBRAHIM, NADER(2013)Contribution of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Country’S H-Index. Journal of Theoretical and Applied Information Technology, 57 (1). pp. 122-127. ISSN 1992-8645 2. Aghaei Chadegani, Arezoo and Salehi, Hadi and Yunus, Melor Md and Farhadi, Hadi and Fooladi, Masood and Farhadi, Maryam and […]
+
5:41 PM | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Open Access Articles | Digital Commons Network™
"Research Tools": Tools For Supporting Research And Publications, Nader Ale EbrahimDec 2014 Optimize Your Article For Search Engine, Nader Ale EbrahimDec 2014 Effective Use Of Research & Publication Tools And Resources – Part 2, Nader Ale EbrahimAug 2014 Effective Use Of Research & Publication Tools And Resources – Part 1, Nader Ale EbrahimAug 2014 Equality Of Google Scholar With Web Of Science Citations: Case Of Malaysian Engineering […]
+
4:33 PM | NIPS2014 Poster papers
While I listed the proceedings of NIPS recently, it did not seem to include posters at workshops that are taking place today (and took place yesterday). Here are the ones I could find from the workshop pages, enjoy ! Deep Learning and Representation Learning Workshop: NIPS 2014cuDNN: Efficient Primitives for Deep Learning (#49) Sharan Chetlur, Cliff Woolley, Philippe Vandermersch, Jonathan Cohen, John Tran, Bryan Catanzaro, Evan Shelhamer Distilling the Knowledge in a Neural Network (#65) […]
+
3:11 PM | Feynman on the difference between names and what’s going on
No summary available for this post.
+
12:56 AM | Role with it
I am always nervous when I have to deal with the middle and high school crowd.  I’ve had such mixed results in the past.  A couple years ago, I helped out with an astronomy workshop for middle school girls.  My job was fairly easy: I just had to help them find the sun in some […]
12345678
235 Results