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April 17, 2014

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12:00 PM | Heartbreaking Texts from Those Aboard Sinking Ferry
And some parents managed a last, traumatic phone call with their children as they tried to escape.
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7:00 AM | Go Behind the Science of 'Transcendence'
The science fiction thriller Transcendence explores the weirdness of artificial intelligence and mind uploading. We look at the science behind the fiction.
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5:00 AM | Non-invasive real-time imaging through scattering layers and around corners via speckle correlations
Wow !Several themes mentioned in this blog are colliding in the following preprint. First thanks to the Moore's law we have the ability to do high resolution imagery with smartphone cameras like the Lumia 1020. Then there is this imaging with nature theme and then there is the sparse phase retrieval problem. I say sparse but there is no connection to that in this preprint and much like FROG (see here and here also), time will tell. What is so interesting here is that there is no need to […]
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2:02 AM | UM Research Repository-Supplier assessment and selection using fuzzy analytic hierarchy process in a steel manufacturing company
Supplier assessment and selection using fuzzy analytic hierarchy process in a steel manufacturing companyTahriri, F.; Dabbagh, M.; Ale Ebrahim, N. (2014) Supplier assessment and selection using fuzzy analytic hierarchy process in a steel manufacturing company. Journal of Scientific Research and Reports, 3 (10). pp. 1319-1338. ISSN 2320–0227 PDF - Published Version [error in script] Download (2577Kb) | Preview Official URL: […]
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1:43 AM | Wee mathematics in Portland, Oregon
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12:17 AM | Wordless Wednesday: Good idea!
 

April 16, 2014

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8:04 PM | 3-D Printer + Tattoo Gun = Terrifying DIY Madness
French design students transform a commercial 3-D printer into a robotic tattoo machine -- and post the instructions online. Continue reading →
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7:51 PM | Skip Baggage Check-In With this E-Tag
Two new high-tech devices promise to track luggage from start to finish, no matter where an airline ends up sending it. Continue reading →
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5:40 PM | Nanostructures Offer Medical Images Without X Rays
A new material could bridge the gap between optics and electronics.
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4:49 PM | A Treatment for Chemophobia
Guest Blog By Festival X-STEM Speaker and Expo Performer  Dr. Joe Schwarcz “Hey, aren’t you somebody?” the teenager queried as I got into the elevator. While I was pondering an appropriate answer to this deeply philosophical question, his crony spilled the beans: “Yeah, he’s that guy who talks about chemistry on TV.” This was just…
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3:18 PM | Forget Masks, Go For The Injectable Oxygen
Injectable oxygen could save patients with abnormally low levels of oxygen. Continue reading →
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3:13 PM | Winter/Summer Suggestion that Contagious Yawners are Cooling Their Brains
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3:06 PM | OpenSciLogs is here: The Evolution of Popular Science
The first #OpenSciLogs story project - meant to be participatory, "open notebook" science blogging - is here! Check out our Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign page, and participate in the story yourself via this Google Doc! Indiegogo Campaign Page: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-evolution-of-popular-science/x/7060786#home OpenSciLogs by http://www.scilogs.com/ is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
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2:15 PM | A New Perch For Wireless Research
A 19-and-a-half-foot antenna just got the best view on Drexel University’s campus. Mounted atop the 205-foot Millennium Hall dormitory, the mast designed by a group of electrical engineers from Drexel, will give researchers a perfect vantage point to test out theories of wireless networking that could do much more than boost your cellular reception. The … Continue reading →
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2:06 PM | Introducing Vacuum Burials (new patent)
“[...] it is an established fact that all human and/or animal corpses commence to decay and decompose immediately after death occurs. A recently published German newspaper article clearly attests to this corpse decay factor, and also provides data pertaining to the approximate rate of that decomposition. This item was published by the Deutsche Presse Agentur […]
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8:27 AM | 3000th post. Wow !
So, this is the 3000th published post. wow! While there is nothing magic about this number, here is some perspective: it's about ten times 300 posts, or roughly the equivalent of 10 years of constant weekly posting and then some week-ends. I went from being ignorant about many things to having the blog mentioned in different quarters of the academic world. Let's not forget that one of the realities of the relative success of Nuit Blanche stems from the broken publishing model. On top of not […]

April 15, 2014

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7:45 PM | Old Drones Used As Flying, Wireless Hotspots
Old UAVs could form ad-hoc networks for frontline troops.
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6:46 PM | Northrop Grumman Foundation Gives a Unique Look at NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope
True to its mission of helping to advance STEM education in dynamic ways, the Northrop Grumman Foundation, a major sponsor of the USA Science & Engineering Festival, will take visitors up close and personal this April with one of the most ambitious projects today in space science: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. At Festival Expo 2014, get…
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6:36 PM | Google Glass Drops Invite-Only for One Day
Not need to justify your existence to become an Explorer. Continue reading →
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4:41 PM | “… because his experiments could be so outlandish”
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3:24 PM | Drinking My Education.
Yesterday I wrote about not being good enough to be a professor of systems engineering. But if you’ve read this blog long at all, you know that I’ve wondered if, in different circumstances, I might have been. I don’t know. I’ll never know. I find myself, often, tempted to blame woes in life on my […]
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3:05 PM | Body Heat Could Charge Future Wearable Tech
An ultra-thin thermoelectric power generator draws heat energy from a person's skin.
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1:53 PM | Examining Bits from the Brains of Jugglers
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12:28 PM | Shapeshifting Table Responds to Touch
A real-life holodeck could be realized thanks to the TRANSFORM table, which tracks your movements and generates new shapes and surfaces on the fly. Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | Rethinking environmental folklore
You’ve likely faced the question: “paper or plastic?” Clearly the paper bag is the better option, right? Or is it? In a TED Talk, Leyla Acaroglu has a challenge for us. She wants us to rethink our... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:38 AM | Recent Developments in the Sparse Fourier Transform: A Fast DSP Chip and a faster GPS
A 0.75-million-point fourier-transform chip for frequency-sparse signals by Omid Abari, Ezz Hamed, Haitham Hassanieh, Abhinav Agarwal, Dina Katabi, Anantha P. Chandrakasan, Vladimir StojanovicApplications like spectrum sensing, radar signal processing, and pattern matching by convolving a signal with a long code, as in GPS, require large FFT sizes. ASIC implementations of such FFTs are challenging due to their large silicon area and high power consumption. However, the signals in […]

April 14, 2014

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7:55 PM | Dyson Barge To Suck Up River Pollution
Pulling plastic waste from rivers and recycling it will keep it from polluting the ocean. Continue reading →
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7:48 PM | The usefulness of voodoo dolls in studying blood sugar and aggession
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7:00 PM | Boston Survivors Spur Advances in Prosthetics
Engineers have built better prosthetics for the 16 survivors who lost limbs when bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon.
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5:35 PM | Celebrating the Fun of Science by Alan Ladwig
Guest Blog by Alan Ladwig USA Science & Engineering Festival Emcee  and Panel Host I am really looking forward to having fun at my third USA Science and Engineering Festival. With its carnival-like atmosphere the Festival is the perfect place to bring your kids for an up close look at the wonders of science and technology.…
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