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February 25, 2015

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3:47 AM | Attack of the Bots (quest for the data)!
Is this the signature of an advertising bot invasion? To find out, look over the following three graphs and then compare with this post on a traffiic surge involving Bitcoin and the Ukraine from Summer 2014.1) traffic spike over a period of 36 hours.2) traffic entering blog from a large number of short URLs (some belonging to advertising networks).3) traffic going to no specific set of posts (traffic patterns are not much different that that of a typical week).

February 24, 2015

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5:19 PM | The ten-percenters: The hot, hot men who pinch copper
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5:18 PM | Crossing the P-river (follow-up)
A follow up to yesterday's blog entry. How much time did it take to gather all the information from the entire bacterial genome using a USB connected instrument that looks like a large memory stick and featured in the paper in Crossing the P-river: A complete bacterial genome assembled de novo using only nanopore sequencing data ?@IgorCarron This was 4 runs worth which took 48 hours each, so 8 days with 1 MinION (or 2 days with 4 MinIONs!)— Nick Loman (@pathogenomenick) February 24, […]
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4:15 PM | Mysterious Drones Fly Over Paris Landmarks
At least five pilotless aircraft were spotted flying over the Eiffel Tower, the US Embassy, the Place de la Concorde and the Montparnasse tower.
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2:35 PM | Racially Diverse Emojis Coming from Apple
In its next software version, Apple will make emoji faces available in six different skin tones.
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12:21 PM | Reflections on Seven Years.
Last week I was in Spain for a vacation with BB. We went to Madrid and to Andalusia, touring through the south and seeing amazing marvels in Seville, Ronda, and Granada. We ate at great restaurants and awful little holes-in-walls. We stayed in a couple of decent hotels and a couple of rat traps. We […]
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6:00 AM | Compressive spectrum sensing of radar pulses based on photonic techniques
  Here is another instance of Compressive Sensing hardware: Compressive spectrum sensing of radar pulses based on photonic techniques by Qiang Guo, Yunhua Liang, Minghua Chen, Hongwei Chen, and Shizhong Xie We present a photonic-assisted compressive sampling (CS) system which can acquire about 106 radar pulses per second spanning from 500 MHz to 5 GHz with a 520-MHz analog-to-digital converter (ADC). A rectangular pulse, a linear frequency modulated (LFM) pulse and a pulse stream is […]
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3:58 AM | Inside the FAA’s Drone Regulation Proposal
On Sunday, February 15th, the FAA released its long-awaited proposal for governing small commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). It was a huge milestone for those following the U.S. commercial drone industry. At the moment and until these rules are put into effect, flying drones for commercial purposes in the U.S. is illegal unless you have a specific exemption from the… Read more → The post Inside the FAA’s Drone Regulation Proposal appeared first on UAV Coach.
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2:53 AM | FAA Drone Test Site Covers 2/3 of North Dakota
Two-thirds of North Dakota will soon be open for drone testing. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that it has greatly expanded the existing drone test site in the state and, thanks to a second expansion that’s already in the works, the test site will eventually cover two-thirds of the state (so this is really becoming more of a “drone test… Read more → The post FAA Drone Test Site Covers 2/3 of North Dakota appeared first on UAV Coach.

February 23, 2015

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9:46 PM | Wired T-Shirt Helps You Make New Friends
Skip the boring small talk and get right to the good stuff.
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6:42 PM | Oscar Wins Nearly Nailed by Bing Search Engine
Bing prediction engine earns applause as it nails 20 out of 24 predicted winners.
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5:58 PM | Crossing the P-river: A complete bacterial genome assembled de novo using only nanopore sequencing data
  We interrupt our regularly scheduled program, you probably remember this entry from fifteen days ago:Sunday Morning Insight: What Happens When You Cross into P Territory ? Here is a new piece of that puzzle, with the right sensor (the Oxford Nanopre MinION instrument a long read sequencer), things that used to be difficult are enabling the flooding of a new tsunami: A complete bacterial genome assembled de novo using only nanopore sequencing data by Nicholas James Loman , […]
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4:02 PM | Smartphone Gadget Can Detect HIV in 15 Minutes
This inexpensive smartphone accessory delivers speedy results from a finger prick.
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2:59 PM | Masters of Spin: Unraveling the web with R
Here is a look at some of the masters of spin bowling in cricket. Specifically this post analyzes 3 giants of spin bowling in recent times, namely Shane Warne of Australia, Muthiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka and our very own Anil Kumble of India.  As to “who is the best leggie” has been a hot topic […]
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1:06 PM | Conceivabilism, inconceivabilism and someone with 200 arms and legs
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9:10 AM | DNews: Internet Pioneer Warns of a Digital Dark Age Ahead
When the man who helped invent the Internet says we may have storage problems, it makes sense to listen. Vint Cerf thinks our data future could be in peril, thanks to mediums that can degrade and storage formats that can fast become obsolete.
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8:05 AM | Filming Fireworks With A Drone
Everyone is used to seeing fireworks from ground level, and they are always beautiful that way. But when this drone pilot decided to take to the skies and film above and even right next to the colorful explosions, good got even better. This gorgeous footage was filmed using a GoPro Hero 3 mounted to a DJI Phantom 2. It is… Read more → The post Filming Fireworks With A Drone appeared first on UAV Coach.
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6:00 AM | X-Ray Vision with Only WiFi Power Measurements Using Rytov Wave Models
We continue our series of Hardware related compressive sensing blog entries with this tomography using WiFi and robots to cover the area of interest from different angles.X-Ray Vision with Only WiFi Power Measurements Using Rytov Wave Models by Saandeep Depatla, Lucas Buckland and Yasamin MostofiIn this paper, unmanned vehicles are tasked with seeing a completely unknown area behind thick walls based on only wireless power measurements using WLAN cards. We show that a proper modeling of wave […]
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1:29 AM | General writing tips - Student Services
 Source: http://www.uq.edu.au/student-services/learning/general-writing-tips General writing tips The following tips are aimed at helping you master the difficult craft of scholarly writing.Write your work up as you goDon’t wait until you have finished analysing all your data. Why?Writing at the PhD/MPhil level is expected to be of a standard that could be published in internationally recognised scholarly journals. Writing at this level can be likened to a craft and, like […]

February 22, 2015

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9:20 PM | Mario Ettore Giardini joins Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)
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8:18 PM | Belgian TV Ig Nobel highlights
Lieven Scheire of the Belgian TV program Nerdland produced these highlight compilations of the 2013 and 2014 Ig Nobel Prize ceremonies:
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3:43 PM | Logic Puzzle: How many logic assumptions in this press release?
This week’s Expert Logic Puzzle is simple. How many leaps of faith are necessary to make a sturdy chain of logic that ties together the parts of a single press release? Count the number of logic assumptions in the text of the press release [to see the entire press release, click on the link]. Start point of the chain […]

February 21, 2015

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10:32 PM | Dr. NakaMats discusses his ideas for better ideas
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7:32 PM | Science at the Oscars, Girls Pursuing Computer Science, Student Contests & More: STEM in News
In our recent STEM in the News Blog, read how science is making waves at the 87th Academy Awards, our Youth Advisory Board is working to encourage more girls to pursue computer science, stereotypes need to be shifted and students in middle and high school can attend the ultimate STEM field trip. Click here to read the…
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3:23 PM | Confessions of Academic Ghost Authors | SAGE Open
Confessions of Academic Ghost AuthorsThe Iranian ExperienceEhsan Shahghasemi , Manijeh Akhavan DOI: 10.1177/2158244015572262 Published 11 February 2015 ArticleFigures & DataInfo & MetricsE-letters PDF AbstractAcademic plagiarism exists in all academic spheres, but contextual factors determine the level, intensity, and forms of it. Over the last few years, the phenomenon of “Ghost Authorship” has become widespread in Iran, and […]
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3:15 PM | They gamely plant a secret password in the participant’s brain
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7:33 AM | Nader Ale Ebrahim - oalib
Visibility and Citation Impact [PDF]Nader Ale Ebrahim, Hadi Salehi Embi, Mohamed Amin Habibi Tanha,Farid Hossein Gholizadeh Motahar, Seyed MohammadInternational Education Studies , 2014, DOI: 10.5539/ies.v7n4p120 Abstract: The number of publications is the first criteria for assessing a researcher output. However, the main measurement for author productivity is the number of citations, and citations are […]
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2:19 AM | Impact of Social Sciences – How to win at academic presentations: top tips on what to say and how to say it.
 Source: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2015/02/20/how-to-win-at-academic-presentations/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ImpactOfSocialSciences+%28Impact+of+Social+Sciences%29How to win at academic presentations: top tips on what to say and how to say it.Presenting is an essential skill for communicating research, but unfortunately it is not a skill researchers get much guidance on. Sarah Knowles pulls together some general […]

February 20, 2015

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10:19 PM | Recognizing African American STEM Innovators of the Past and Present, Including Festival Speakers!
In observance of African American History Month in February, the USA Science & Engineering Festival recognizes the accomplishments of African American pioneers and the important role they have played in paving the way for modern-day African American STEM leaders and innovators including Festival X-STEM and Nifty Fifty Speakers. Read full blog 
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7:28 PM | Robot Feeds Tomatoes to Runners Mid-Marathon
A humanoid-looking backpack sits on an athlete's shoulders and delivers the fruit to help combat fatigue.
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