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October 18, 2014

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11:00 AM | Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week (Oct 19)
We picked 10 of our favorite design prototypes from the Red Dot Award Design Concept's Best of the Best winners.
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2:30 AM | Risk Communication and Ebola
Just this past week, I gave a lecture on risk communication to the students of Coastal Environmental Communication (#SciCommLSU) at the Manship School of Mass Communication. I found myself comparing our relatively low concern with serious, long-term environmental impacts in coastal Louisiana with our irrationally high concern over low probability risks, including coming into contact with the Ebola virus while in the U.S. Seeing the current state of overblown fears […]

October 17, 2014

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9:00 PM | Teen-Designed Tech Goes Head to Head in MIT Contest
An MIT competition hands out $10,000 to 15 high school science teams. Continue reading →
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7:14 PM | 3-D carving (rather than printing), for teeth
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5:13 PM | Unlock the Money
What if you could spend a day with a successful Silicon Valley CEO, with the goal of taking your small business to the next level?
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5:10 PM | New Rules for Business
All businesses start out small and to grow them, sometimes you have to throw out the playbook.
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3:00 PM | Apple iPad Air 2: Top Features
A slimmer design, a new processor and a number of chic features highlight the new gadgets.
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2:35 PM | Compact Fusion Reactor Could Be Online in 10 Years
Unlike nuclear fission, fusion reactors do not generate heaps of radioactive waste.
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1:37 PM | The Rheology of Ant Swarms
Room 007 of the Love Building at Gatech, Atlanta, Georgia is the home of the Hoogle Lab. It’s run by David L. Hu  (Assistant Professor of Fluid Mechanics) who is the corresponding author for the robotic jumping-beans study which Improbable recently profiled. But the Hoogle Lab doesn’t exclusively focus on jumping beans, it also investigates the […]
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10:00 AM | Planetary Scientist Nick Schneider Takes You Inside NASA’s MAVEN Mission To Mars!
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 Nick Schneider When NASA’s…
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5:00 AM | On Sparse Representation in Fourier and Local Bases
I just received the following from Pier Luigi:  Dear Igor, I hope things are good with you and sorry for this email out of the blue. I am writing to you because together with Yue Lu from Harvard University we have revisited the classical problem of finding the sparse representation of a signal in a pair of bases, specifically Fourier and local bases, and introduced a polynomial complexity algotithm, ProSparse, that solves the problem under the unicity constraint only. Thus the algorithm […]

October 16, 2014

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6:40 PM | Apple's New Ipads: What to Expect
The rumor mill always spins full speed ahead of Apple events, and there has been plenty of talk about a thinner, lighter version of the iPad Air.
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4:08 PM | Why Don't We Ban Flights from Ebola-Stricken Africa?
Banning flights will only delay the inevitable and only by a couple of months. Continue reading →
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3:45 PM | Fashionable photos of the Ig Nobel ceremony
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2:18 PM | Around The Blogs in 78 Summer Hours
There were quite a few blog entries of interest recently, here is a sample that got my attention:Anna Applied mathematicians vs Theoretical Computer ScientistsMuthuStreaming Extravaganza AlexMirror descent is, in a precise sense, a second order algorithmDirkConvexity and continuityDustinAn intuition for concentration inequalitiesTianyi List of Submodular Optimization on Streaming Data (In Update)  Divide-and-Conquer Learning by Anchoring a Conical HullAfonsoNorm of random matrices […]
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2:12 PM | The Mini-Cup Jelly Court Cases
The mini-cup jelly court cases are no longer quite so far beneath the world’s “attention radar” awareness level. A new study dares to look at, and speak of, them: “The Mini-Cup Jelly Court Cases: A Comparative Analysis from a Food Ethics Perspective,” Suk Shin Kim, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, October 2014, Volume 27, Issue 5, […]
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9:11 AM | DNews: Nobel for LED Tech Puts Bulbs in Global Spotlight
The scientists behind the design of LED light bulbs have snared the Nobel Prize for physics. What can LEDs do to brighten lives in first through third worlds?

October 15, 2014

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10:59 PM | Ig Nobel winner triumphs: “Italy lifts out of recession thanks to hookers, drugs”
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7:55 PM | Wordless Wednesday: Critters
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7:53 PM | Cat Ear Headphones Approach Terminal Cuteness
Feline-inspired headphones have speaker ears. Continue reading →
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5:00 PM | Atom-Thin Material Bends, Generates Electricity
The material made from a single layer of atoms could power wearable device by converting energy from your body movement to electricity. Continue reading →
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3:55 PM | Blind See Again After Stem Cell Transplant
Of 18 test subjects, visual acuity improved in 10.
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2:07 PM | Jumping beans (the locomotion of)
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10:00 AM | World’s Largest STEM Event Impacts Thousands
Nearly 800 volunteers and exhibitors brought the Lockheed Martin 2014 USA Science & Engineering Festival pavilion to life last April 25-27, including more than 40 hands-on demonstrations from across the corporation in the areas of nanotechnology, data analytics, robotics, energy, advanced aeronautics, and scientific discovery. A photo album is available online here, where you will see participants, young…
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7:09 AM | Virtual worlds as digital workplaces
Virtual worlds as digital workplacesConceptualizing the affordances of virtual worlds to expand the social and professional spheres in organizations Bernadett Koles⇑Peter NagyCentral European University, HungaryBernadett Koles, Business School, Central European University, Frankel Leo ut. 30–34; Office 318, Budapest, H-1023, Hungary. Email: kolesb@ceubusiness.org AbstractThe primary aim of the current paper is to explore ways […]
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5:00 AM | Ce soir: Paris Machine Learning #2 Season 2: : Learning Causality, Words, the Higgs & more.
 Tonight's event will be sponsored by ANEO. Here is the lineup for tonight's Paris Machine Learning Meetup: David Lopez-Paz, "Learning to learn causality" remote from Germany. Emanuela Boros, "Learning word representations for event extraction from text"Balazs Kegl: “Learning to discover: machine learning in high-energy physics and the HiggsML challenge"Cédric Coussinet, Une demo de Nomoseed. http://www.nomoseed.comFranck Bardol, Donner un sens aux donnees des ONGs. Igor […]
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2:02 AM | mini-AIR (October issue): Monsters at the Royal Society, etc.
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1:45 AM | Revisiting the determinants of citation counts in scientific publication
Revisiting the determinants of citation counts in scientific publication Author(s)Seyed Reza Mirnezami, Catherine Beaudry AbstractUsing a rich data set integrating information about researchers' funding and publication in the province of Quebec, this paper intends to identify the main determinants of their citation count. Using two-stage least squares to control for endogeneity, the results confirm the significant relationship between the number of articles and citation counts. Our […]
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12:30 AM | Measuring Water Solubility of Platinum Group Metal Containing Substances
The water solubility of 22 platinum group metal (pgm) containing substances was evaluated to provide useful data for regulatory compliance and to aid assessment of their environmental impact. The flask method from OECD Guideline 105 (1) for the testing of chemicals (water solubility) was used to test each material. For substances that could not be isolated as pure solids, a simplified water solubility test was carried out. The results provide reliable data on solubility previously unavailable […]

October 14, 2014

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11:25 PM | A complicated way to say: ‘Flip a coin’
Considerable expense and effort are thrown at the question: What will people choose? Which cell phone? Which features? Which dinner entrée? Which school?  Which local political candidate? Which stock or bond? Which financial advisor? Which job candidate? Which job? Which hole to stick your nose in, if you’re offered a choice? BUT BUT BUT sometimes, maybe […]
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