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August 19, 2014

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5:05 AM | Camouflage Tech Copies Cuttlefish's Disappearing Act
Scientists have created digital pixels that change color to match the pattern of light striking them.
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5:00 AM | A compressed sensing perspective of hippocampal function
This is a theory but the main question really is: how do we go using fMRI and similar technology to figure out if this is really what is going on ? Food for thought.A compressed sensing perspective of hippocampal function by Panagiotis C. Petrantonakis and Panayiota PoiraziHippocampus is one of the most important information processing units in the brain. Input from the cortex passes through convergent axon pathways to the downstream hippocampal subregions and, after being appropriately […]
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3:22 AM | Rock N’ Roll with Bluemix, Cloudant & NodeExpress
In this post I create a  cloud application that is based on Bluemix, Cloudant DB and NodeExpress.  NodeExpress is used to perform DB operations on  CloudantDB The following NodeExpress routes are created for performing the basic database operations a) Displaying the list of books b) Adding a book c) Updating a book and d) Deleting […]

August 18, 2014

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11:01 PM | Maps, Models, and Concepts, August edition
Walcome back, Maps, Models, and Concepts series! In this edition, with content cross-posted to Tumbld Thoughts, we take a tour of Artificial Intelligence reconsidered (I) and the visualization of Economic History (II). Enjoy!I. Can you haz intelligent behavior, internet bot?Here are a few recent readings on the modeling and simulation of intelligence, broadly defined. The first two [1, 2] are part of a series by Beau Cronin on alternative ways to model intelligence. How do we produce "better" […]
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7:00 PM | Ferguson Riots: How Crowd Control Tech Works
Police will likely continue using tactics to keep protestors under control.
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6:22 PM | Five Years.
Today, the 18th of August, is the fifth anniversary of my quitting tobacco. According to all the web-based stuff, I’m now down to a non-smoker’s risk of stroke. About half the risk of lung cancer of a smoker, and my heart disease risk is approaching normal. The epidemiology is pretty clear: smoking is bad, and […]
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4:56 PM | Activity Tracker Shows Cities With the Best Sleep
An interactive map here reveals some interesting cultural differences as well as similarities. Continue reading →
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4:13 PM | IPAM workshop on Computational Photography and Intelligent Cameras, February 4 - 6, 2015
Yohann Tendero let me know of this IPAM workshop entitled Computational Photography and Intelligent Cameras that is set to take place in LA on February 4 - 6, 2015. I wonder if we are going to see some Data Drive Sensor Design/ Zero Knowledge Sensor Design. Anyway, you can also apply for financial assitance to attend the workshop. From the page:Organizing CommitteeAmit Agrawal (Amazon Lab126) Richard Baraniuk (Rice University, Electrical and Computer Engineering) Lawrence […]
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2:42 PM | An effect of croquet on predator/parasite author order
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2:16 PM | A celebration of Italy’s Ig Nobel Prize winners
NanoPress published a fond profile of all the Italian winners of the Ig Nobel Prize: “IG Nobel italiani: i vincitori di tutte le edizioni“. Here is one of them, 2013 Ig Nobel Physics Prize co-winner Alberto Minetti: Throughout Italy, people will be staying up late to watch the live webcast of this year’s Ig Nobel […]
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2:09 PM | The smell of macaroni [part 1: snakes]
Q. Are garter snakes attracted to the smell of macaroni? A. Probably not, in general – though things can change dramatically if it’s coated in frog skin mucus. The picture shows a checkered garter snake (Thamnophis marcianus) enthusiastically attacking a macarono which has a light coating of frog skin mucus sauce. See:Identification and Characterization of […]
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1:15 PM | Robin Williams Tribute Could Come in Video Game
More than 100,000 fans have signed an online petition calling for the Japanese gaming giant to honor the renowned comedian.
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9:25 AM | Fastfood: Approximate Kernel Expansions in Loglinear Time - The Paper -
Compressive sensing is not the only place where multiplying a vector or a matrix with a Gaussian matrix is a big deal for large scale problem (see the recent Random Matrices Are Too Damn Large ! and Another Comment on " Random Matrices Are Too Damn Large !"). If you recall this is also a problem for Random Kitchen Sinks, a randomized version of AdaBoost (a connection with compressive sensing is mentioned here). There, the training set in Machine Learning is used as a dictionary in order to […]
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8:14 AM | Supplier Assessment and Selection Using Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process in a Steel Manufacturing Company
Journal of Scientific Research and Reports, ISSN: 2320–0227,Vol.: 3, Issue.: 10 (16-31 May) Original Research ArticleSupplier Assessment and Selection Using Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process in a Steel Manufacturing CompanyFarzad Tahriri1*, Mohammad Dabbagh2 and Nader Ale Ebrahim31Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing, Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.2Department of Software Engineering, […]
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4:52 AM | Effective strategies for increasing citation frequency
International Education StudiesVolume 6, Issue 11, 2013, Pages 93-99Effective strategies for increasing citation frequency  (Article)Ebrahim, N.A.a , Salehi, H.b, Embi, M.A.c, Tanha, F.H.d, Gholizadeh, H.e, Motahar, S.M.f, Ordi, A.g  a Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP), University of Malaya, Malaysiab Faculty of Literature and Humanities, Najafabad Branch, Islamic […]
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3:45 AM | VirtualTeams · GitHub
Download Packages25 downloads Introduction to Research Tools Box 29-08-2012.pdf — Ale Ebrahim, N. (2012). An Introduction to The Effective Use of Research Tools Box. Research Tools in Education Series, 1(5), 1-85.2.9MB · Uploaded on Oct 31, 201228 downloads Virtual R&D Teams.pdf — Ale Ebrahim, N. (2012). Virtual R&D Teams Definition. Nader Ale Ebrahim's White Papers, 1(1), 1-2. Retrieved from […]
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12:32 AM | Equality of Google Scholar with Web of Science Citations: Case of Malaysian Engineering Highly Cited Papers - E-LIS repository
Equality of Google Scholar with Web of Science Citations: Case of Malaysian Engineering Highly Cited Papers Ale Ebrahim, Nader and Salehi, Hadi and Embi, Mohamed Amin and Danaee, Mahmoud and Mohammadjafari, Marjan and Zavvari, Azam and Shakiba, Masoud and Shahbazi-Moghadam, Masoomeh Equality of Google Scholar with Web of Science Citations: Case of Malaysian Engineering Highly Cited Papers.Modern Applied Science, 2014, vol. 8, n. 5, pp. 63-69.[Journal article […]

August 17, 2014

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2:00 PM | Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week (Aug 17)
This week we feature city surfing, levitating speakers, tornadoes made of light and swarms of robots that self-organize into complex shapes.
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12:58 PM | Sunday Morning Insight: Self-Configuring Universal Linear Optical Components
Figure from [1]I discovered David Miller's work on Dan Piponi's recent G+ feed, here is how Dan summarized it:I really like this paper: http://www-ee.stanford.edu/~dabm/430.pdf Imagine you have an incoming laser beam. It will have some kind of spatial profile, for example it might be a gaussian beam that's brighter in a hump in the middle and falls off towards the edges. Or it might have two "humps". Now imagine you want to perform an arbitrary linear […]
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12:02 PM | Human energy expenditure, in bread-slice units
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3:41 AM | MacArthur’s Defense of Print and Paywall is a Bad Excuse
Disclaimer. I am about to review and critique a New York Times profile of Harper’s Magazine publisher John R. MacArthur. I make no claim to being able to adequately do so. But as one of the “youths” “blowing off steam” on my blog (who still calls this a weblog?), I at least have some personal experience in the matter. “‘I’ve got nothing against people getting on their weblogs, on the Internet and blowing off steam,’ he [John R. MacArthur] […]

August 16, 2014

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3:30 PM | Foundations of Compressed Sensing
Here is a nice overview: Foundations of Compressed Sensing by Mike DaviesI will shortly add it to the Learning Compressive Sensing page. Join the CompressiveSensing subreddit or the Google+ Community and post there ! Liked this entry ? subscribe to Nuit Blanche's feed, there's more where that came from. You can also subscribe to Nuit Blanche by Email, explore the Big Picture in Compressive Sensing or the Matrix Factorization Jungle and join the conversations on compressive sensing, […]
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1:04 PM | Effect of clock ticking on how people answered a quick questionnaire
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7:00 AM | Saturday Morning Videos: Intelligent Machines, Simon Knowles
Thanks to Andrew Davison for pointing this talk. Andrew's remarks are here. Simon Knowles discusses Intelligent Machines at the Future World Symposium from UKNMI on Vimeo. Join the CompressiveSensing subreddit or the Google+ Community and post there ! Liked this entry ? subscribe to Nuit Blanche's feed, there's more where that came from. You can also subscribe to Nuit Blanche by Email, explore the Big Picture in Compressive Sensing or the Matrix Factorization Jungle and join the […]
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5:00 AM | Saturday Morning Videos: Two Talks on Synthetic Biology
h/t Socrates LogosAndrew Hessel, pioneer in synthetic biology, discusses the similarities between computing and biology during a talk at Singularity University.Methods for engineering biology. Nina DiPrimio discusses tools for design and construction and plans for future projects. Presented by Counter Culture Labs, this video is designed as an accessible introduction for bio-maker spaces for the basic tools of synthetic biology. Future projects, such as rose scented e coli, are detailed in a […]

August 15, 2014

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5:20 PM | A Cloud medley with IBM Bluemix, Cloudant DB and Node.js
Here is an interesting Cloud medley based on IBM’s Bluemix PaaS platform, Cloudant DB and Node.js. This application  creates a Webserver using Node.js and uses REST APIs to perform CRUD operations on a Cloudant DB. Cloudant DB is a NoSQL Database as a service (DBaaS) that can handle a wide variety of data types like […]
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4:38 PM | Device Sniffs Out Smuggled Money
About $30 billion of U.S. currency is smuggled into Mexico each year from the United States without a trace. Continue reading →
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3:35 PM | 'Nanostars' Could Infiltrate Ebola Virus, Kill It
In lab tests, star-shaped nanoparticles made of gold show early promise for destroying syn­thetic analogs of the deadly virus.
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3:30 PM | Data Driven Sensor Design: Learning to be a Depth Camera for Close-Range Human Capture and Interaction
Here is an instance of Data Driven Sensor Design or Zero Knowledge Sensor Design. Let us remind our readers what Data Driven Sensor Design is:Pick a sensor, Discover its transfer function with supervised learning, You're done.Learning to be a Depth Camera for Close-Range Human Capture and Interaction by Sean Fanello, Cem Keskin, Shahram Izadi, Pushmeet Kohli, David Kim, David Sweeney, Antonio Criminisi, Jamie Shotton, Sing Bing Kang, and Tim PaekWe present a machine learning […]
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2:03 PM | Dr. Light – Dracula & Transylvanian implications investigator
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