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November 17, 2014

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1:22 PM | General Thoughts on Disagreement.
As I’ve had a bit more to think about the storm over Rosetta Lead Scientist Matt Taylor’s shirt, I think about what I would want to happen if I were in that working environment. As I wrote before, I don’t have a problem with the shirt, and I don’t have a problem with a person […]
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6:00 AM | Compressive Sensing Reconstruction Solvers in Julia
While on Reddit, one of the reader ( Convex Optimization in Julia ) mentioned that he had done some implementations of some compressive sensing reconstruction solvers in Julia. He made those available on his GitHub:https://github.com/dahlend/CompressedSensing From the page:  CompressedSensingThis package contains several useful algorithms for compressed sensing, multiple measurement vectors, and sparse blind source separation. Available AlgorithmsSMV - Single Measurement VectorsIRLS […]
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5:04 AM | Someone was stupid on the internet
See more on Know Your Meme Even though I am a woman who is working as an engineer at an academic institution, I have no ability or authority to discuss anything having to do with women in hard sciences. Totally reasonable, right? The person who told me this is a man who works in sports medicine. […]
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2:04 AM | That, and maybe why, some seals have sex with some penguins
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12:01 AM | Thought (Memetic) Soup: November edition
This content is cross-posted to Tumbld Thoughts. Here are a few short observations on the state of the world and data, circa Summer 2014. Haven't gotten around to cross-posting these yet. The meta-theme is social disruption, evolutionary change, and economic dynamics, in spite of ideonational bias. These include Disruption du jour (I), Satire Makes it Doubly Skewed (II), and Ideonational Skew - Satire = Epistemic Closure? (III).I. Disruption du jourIs the idea of disruptive innovation a […]

November 16, 2014

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3:00 PM | Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week (Nov 16)
Adventure abound this week's gallery. Take a walk (or ride) on the wild side.
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2:41 PM | Effects of Plant Size, and Effects of Plant Size
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6:27 AM | Citation Management Tools
 Source: https://digitalresearchtools.pbworks.com/w/page/17801648/Citation%20Management%20Tools Citation Management Tools DiRT (Digital Research Tools) has a new home! Please visit Bamboo DiRT to explore this excellent collection of research tools.Definition:Citation management tools enable researchers to capture bibliographic information about research materials, create bibliographies, add footnotes, and manage research collections.  Some citation management tools also make […]
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1:43 AM | Blogworthiness: “It’s a Left Brain, Right Brain Thing”
As some of my readers will know, I've been interviewing science bloggers this year for my PhD dissertation on how science bloggers decide what to write about. As I'm transcribing (typing word-for-word) the interview recordings, I've been sharing short excerpts on Twitter using the hashtag #MySciBlog. Some interview gems, though, deserve to be shared in a longer format. That's how I felt about the following quote, from a scientist blogger, about how he/she decides what is blogworthy:   […]

November 15, 2014

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3:02 PM | Wavelengths you don’t see, wavelengths you don’t hear…
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2:43 PM | Virtual Teams
Virtual Teams [Guest editors' introduction] Full Text as PDF Author(s) Smite, Darja Kuhrmann, MarcoKeil, PatrickAbstractAuthorsReferencesCited ByKeywordsMetricsSimilarDownload CitationEmailPrintRequest PermissionsOver the past decades, today, and in the future, business contextsin software organizations and the common ways of developing software are changing dramatically. Formation of teams in distributed environments, virtual or not, calls for new ways […]

November 14, 2014

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7:50 PM | Man Hears Wi-Fi Via Hacked Hearing Aids
Partially deaf writer and sound artist collaborate on a system to make Wi-Fi signals audible. Continue reading →
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5:39 PM | Glowing Bike Path Is Inspired by Van Gogh
Pebbles absorb sunlight during the day and glow at night. Continue reading
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5:02 PM | DNews: See-Through Mice Created in the Lab
Japanese scientists have found a way to make mice translucent, the better to see their internal organs when making laboratory observations. Julian explains how they've pulled off this feat.
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3:18 PM | Phoning during a thunderstorm – Unrecommended
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3:16 PM | Has Support For Fracking Really Decreased? Maybe Not.
According to a new poll out by Pew of 1,353 Americans, support for the increased use of fracking has declined over the past year with 41% of Americans in favor of the practice and 47% opposed. But... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:42 PM | Yes, We Can Locate Philae and Here Is How ...
Phew! @ESA_Rosetta I am confident that our teams will find me. Wouldn’t like to lose touch with you. #CometLanding— Philae Lander (@Philae2014) November 13, 2014According to this New Scientist story, one of the people helping in locating Philae, the probe that just landed on a comet two days ago, cannot be found because "we don't have an algorithm for this' Let me be very clear: Yes we do. If you are that person at ESA or somewhere else, here is what you need to do:release […]
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1:03 PM | My Stupid Ego.
Wow. Yesterday evening, a couple of major traffic-movers on twitter tweeted my blog post about “That Shirt”, and I ended up getting thousands and thousands of hits. Far more than anything this blog has ever seen before. It was exciting. I watched my stats move and kept up with my twitter stream, and was very […]
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7:00 AM | Accelerated NMR spectroscopy with low-rank reconstruction
Before reading the following, let me make a statement that except for today, I will probably never, ever, feature a paper that is a RoMEO white journal such as Angewandte Chemie International Edition . Look at the restrictions.   If I do feature another of those journals by accident, please do let me know. We have to start somewhere. Xiaobo Qu just me the following:  Dear Igor,    Thanks for maintaining your blog to share the progress on sparse and low rank […]
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6:00 AM | Call for Papers : SPARS 2015 – Cambridge UK – 6-9 July 2015
Nick Kingsbury just sent me the following:   Dear Igor I understand from Volkan Cevher that Nuit Blanche has kindly advertised previous instances of the SPARS series of workshops including SPARS 2013 at EPFL. I am organising SPARS 2015 in Cambridge and would be very grateful if you could post the following CfP on Nuit Blanche. If you wish to shorten this announcement and just leave a link to the website given, then that will be fine as there is a CfP page on the website. Many […]
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4:46 AM | Sci-Fi Era Rocket Engines Work, but Questions Remain
Imagine this – in an orbit around Mars, spaceship engines ignite. Rather than the typical roaring core of flames, instead small explosions spin around the inner edge of the engine. They are rotating so fast that they blur into a … Continue reading →
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3:05 AM | A new edition of Introduction to Radiometry and Photometry has been published!
Congratulations to Ross McCluney!  I’ve just received a gratis copy as thanks for having modestly contributed to the chapter on ray tracing.  Ross has made a lot of updates to his classic 1994 text and I’m looking forward to reading it.

November 13, 2014

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7:15 PM | Giant Fighting Paintball Robots? Yes, Please
An engineering team wants to build huge, paintball-flinging exoskeletons suitable for tournaments. Continue reading →
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6:48 PM | Creating Smarter Life-Saving Drugs and Gene Therapy Through Nanobiotechnology with Dr. Jordan Green
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 Dr. Jordan Green …
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4:10 PM | Solar-Paneled Path Paves the Way to Greener Living
Dutch company SolaRoad officially opened the world's first solar roadway.
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3:54 PM | That Shirt.
A senior scientist on the Rosetta/Philae mission (a stunning success, brilliant and audacious, thrilling!) decided to show up for work on perhaps the most important day of the mission, the most important day in spaceflight since Curiosity landed on Mars, wearing a crappy bowling shirt covered in cartoonish images of half-naked women. He further compounded […]
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3:30 PM | Bitcoin Wallets Embedded in Man's Hands
Two tiny microchips containing virtual currency were injected into a man's hands to help him make contactless payments.
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1:02 PM | Logic lesson: A banana and two contenders
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9:35 AM | YouTube Debuts Subscription Music Service
The video hub is branching out with a service to challenge Spotify, Pandora and Apple.
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6:00 AM | Slides : FOCS 2014 Workshop on The Sparse Fourier Transform: Theory and Applications
Haitham Al-Hassanieh just sent me the following:  Hello Igor, Thanks for the nice blog. I wanted to let you know that we have recently organized a workshop on "Recent Developments in the Sparse Fourier Transform" at the FOCS'14 conference. The slides of the talks are posted online and might be of interest to the readers of your blog. Here is a link to the workshop page: http://groups.csail.mit.edu/netmit/sFFT/focs2014workshopBest RegardsHaitham Al-HassaniehComputer Science and […]
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