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October 26, 2014

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6:01 AM | C. elegans as an Evolutionary Model
In the past year, I have been starting to use the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans (roundworm) as a model organism. Not only have I helped to establish the DevoWorm project, I am also starting to engage with C. elegans in a wet-lab setting. As a consequence, I am learning about multiple facets of C. elegans biology. C. elegans is a well-established model organism, having well-characterized neural and developmental systems. The nervous system contains just 302 cells, with a full accounting of the […]

October 25, 2014

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10:07 PM | Brady Bunch’s Florence Henderson Gets Quizzed About the Ig Nobel Prizes
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7:16 PM | Programming as Writing as Programming
In my writing studio recently, a grad student spoke about finding motivation to return from coding to writing his dissertation.  My colleague opined that he while he certainly could write for long stretches, (as it turns out, he write beautifully), that before long, the time to code would come again.  He’d drop the writing, move [...]
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3:28 PM | Something is wrong on the Internet! What does the Science Blogger do?
Today, I launched my first Experiment.com project for crowd-funding my scientific research. To new beginnings! The goal of my research project is to understand how science bloggers choose what to write about. This research project is the subject of my Ph.D. dissertation in science communication at Louisiana State University. The role of science blogging and science bloggers is expanding and diversifying today. More Americans get their science news online and via social media than […]
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2:02 PM | Evolution of the BUM, so they say
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11:31 AM | Virtual teams: A literature review
Virtual teams: A literature reviewAuthorsNader Ale Ebrahim, Shamsuddin Ahmed, Zahari TahaPublication date2009JournalAustralian Journal of Basic and Applied SciencesVolume3Issue3Pages2653-2669PublisherINSInet PublicationDescriptionAbstract: In the competitive market, virtual teams represent a growing response to the need for fasting time-to-market, low-cost and rapid solutions to complex organizational problems. Virtual teams enable organizations to pool the talents and expertise of employees […]

October 24, 2014

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7:57 PM | Book: "Foundations of Data Science" by John Hopcroft and Ravindran Kannan
 I just found out about a draft version of "Foundations of Data Science" a new book by John Hopcroft and Ravindran Kannan and very much like chapter 7 through 10 that touches upon themes we talk about often here on Nuit Blanche: Compressive Sensing ( see also The Big Picture in Compressive Sensing) , Advanced Matrix Factorization (see also the Advanced Matrix Factorization Jungle Page), complexity, streaming/sketching issues and Randomized Numerical Linear Algebra, Machine Learning and […]
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7:15 PM | Experts Weigh in on Google's Inbox
From the makers of Gmail, the next-generation email app Inbox aims to solve information overload. Continue reading →
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6:05 PM | My recent Ig Nobel talk, at TED Talks
The talk I did recently at TEDMED is today’s talk of the day at the TED Talks site: For more detail about any of the winners mentioned in the video, see the full list of Ig Nobel Prize winners.
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5:31 PM | Two quick Belgian video compilations of Ig Nobel highlights
Lieven Scheire and his colleagues at Nerdland, in Belgium, produced these brief videos — compressed visual highlights from the 2014 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony webcast, and from the 2013 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony webcast: BONUS: Lieven Scheire’s video —taken at the 2014 Ig Nobel webcast-watching party in Ghent — of Belgian Ig Nobel enthusiasts doing their own […]
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1:47 PM | Bunkerology
Dr. Luke Bennett, a Senior Lecturer & Course Leader at the Department of the Built Environment at Sheffield Hallam University, UK, is a leading, perhaps the leading ‘Bunkerologist’. In fact it was he who created the term – meaning ‘the study of bunkers’. For a recent publication on the subject, see : ‘Who goes there? […]
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10:15 AM | SparsePR: Robust Sparse Phase Retrieval Made Easy - implementation -
Robust Sparse Phase Retrieval Made Easy by Mark Iwen, Aditya Viswanathan, Yang Wang In this short note we propose a simple two-stage sparse phase retrieval strategy that uses a near-optimal number of measurements, and is both computationally efficient and robust to measurement noise. In addition, the proposed strategy is fairly general, allowing for a large number of new measurement constructions and recovery algorithms to be designed with minimal effort.  The implementation of SparsePR […]
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12:38 AM | Modified Stage-Gate: A Conceptual Model of Virtual Product Development Process (Downloadable article) [WorldCat.org]
Modified Stage-Gate: A Conceptual Model of Virtual Product Development ProcessAuthor: Ale Ebrahim, Nader; Ahmed, Shamsuddin; Taha, Zahari Edition/Format:  Downloadable article Publication:African Journal of Marketing ManagementDatabase:WorldCatSummary: In today's dynamic marketplace, manufacturing companies are under strong pressure to introduce new products for long-term survival with their competitors. Nevertheless, every company cannot cope up progressively or […]
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12:37 AM | Modified Stage-Gate: A Conceptual Model of Virtual Product Development Process - Cogprints
Modified Stage-Gate: A Conceptual Model of Virtual Product Development ProcessAle Ebrahim, Nader and Ahmed, Shamsuddin and Taha, Zahari(2009)Modified Stage-Gate: A Conceptual Model of Virtual Product Development Process. [Journal (Paginated)]Full text available as:PDF493KbAbstractIn today’s dynamic marketplace, manufacturing companies are under strong pressure to introduce new products for long-term survival with their competitors. Nevertheless, every company cannot cope up […]
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12:37 AM | EconPapers: Modified Stage-Gate: A Conceptual Model of Virtual Product Development Process
Modified Stage-Gate: A Conceptual Model of Virtual Product Development ProcessNader Ale Ebrahim, Shamsuddin Ahmed and Zahari TahaAdditional contact information Post-Print from HALAbstract:In today's dynamic marketplace, manufacturing companies are under strong pressure to introduce new products for long-term survival with their competitors. Nevertheless, every company cannot cope up progressively or immediately with the market requirements due to knowledge dynamics being experienced in the […]
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12:33 AM | Internet Archive Search: creator:"Nader Ale Ebrahim" AND subject:"Bibliometrics"
How To Enhance Research Visibility & Citations By Nader Ale Ebrahim - Nader Ale EbrahimIncrease your research visibility in the academic world in order to receive comments and citations from fellow researchers across the globe, is essential. Because, The number of citations contributes to over 30% in the university rankings. Therefore, most of the scientists are looking for an effective method to increase their citation record. Publishing a high quality paper in scientific journals is only […]

October 23, 2014

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6:24 PM | App Does Math Homework with Phone Camera
Don't tell the kids, but the optical character recognition software of PhotoMath could alter homework forever. Continue reading →
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3:26 PM | Citations Mining: "How to increase h-index " by Nader Ale Ebrahim
"How to increase h-index " by Nader Ale Ebrahim"How to increase h-index " by Nader Ale Ebrahim: How to increase h-index Nader Ale Ebrahim, Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of MalayaAbstractPublishing a high quality paper in scientific journals is a halfway of receiving citation in the future. The rest of the way is advertising and disseminating the publications by using the proper “Research Tools”. Familiarity with the tools […]
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2:30 PM | New Drone Fits in Your Pocket, Flies for Two Hours
It fits in your pocket and weights a mere 80 grams.
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1:28 PM | Detecting Who Is Or Isn’t A Lie Detection Wizard
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12:40 PM | Adaptive Compressed Sensing for Estimation of Structured Sparse Sets
Rui just sent me the following:  Hi Igor, Not sure if this is the appropriate way to do it, but I wanted to (shamelessly) point you (and the readers of nuit blanche) to our recent work on adaptive compressive sensing for structured sparsity:http://arxiv.org/abs/1410.4593 In this work we investigate the problem of estimating the support of structured signals via adaptive compressive sensing. We examine several classes of structured support sets, and characterize the signal strength […]
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11:30 AM | Selected Success Factors of Virtual Teams: Literature Review and Suggestions for Future Research
Selected Success Factors of Virtual Teams: Literature Review and Suggestions for Future ResearchPhD Student Justyna Szewc11Warsaw School of Economics© 2013 Justyna Szewc. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)Citation Information: International Journal of Management and Economics. Volume 38, Issue 1, Pages 67–83, ISSN (Online) 2299-9701, DOI: 10.2478/ijme-2014-0015, October 2014Publication […]
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11:17 AM | Selected Success Factors of Virtual Teams: Literature Review and Suggestions for Future Research : International Journal of Management and Economics
Selected Success Factors of Virtual Teams: Literature Review and Suggestions for Future ResearchPhD Student Justyna Szewc11Warsaw School of Economics© 2013 Justyna Szewc. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)Citation Information: International Journal of Management and Economics. Volume 38, Issue 1, Pages 67–83, ISSN (Online) 2299-9701, DOI: 10.2478/ijme-2014-0015, October 2014Publication […]
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9:49 AM | dblp: Nader Ale Ebrahim
2013[i9]Arezoo Aghaei Chadegani, Hadi Salehi, Melor Md. Yunus, Hadi Farhadi, Masood Fooladi, Maryam Farhadi, Nader Ale Ebrahim: A Comparison between Two Main Academic Literature Collections: Web of Science and Scopus Databases. CoRR abs/1305.0377 (2013)[i8]Masood Fooladi, Hadi Salehi, Melor Md. Yunus, Maryam Farhadi, Arezoo Aghaei Chadegani, Hadi Farhadi, Nader Ale Ebrahim: Does Criticisms Overcome the Praises of Journal Impact Factor? CoRR abs/1305.0379 (2013)[i7]Nader Ale Ebrahim, Hadi […]
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9:47 AM | CORE: Connecting Repositories
Modified Stage-Gate: A Conceptual Model of Virtual Product Development Process By Nader Ale Ebrahim, Shamsuddin Ahmed and Zahari TahaAbstract In today’s dynamic marketplace, manufacturing companies are under strong pressure to introduce new products for long-term survival with their competitors. Nevertheless, every company cannot cope up progressively or immediately with the market requirements due to knowledge dynamics being experienced in the competitive […]
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12:54 AM | Exploring Creativity in Temporary Virtual Teams : The Case of Engineering Design - Opus
Exploring Creativity in Temporary Virtual Teams : The Case of Engineering DesignReference:Chamakiotis, P., 2014. Exploring Creativity in Temporary Virtual Teams : The Case of Engineering Design. Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). University of Bath.Related documents: PDF (ChamakiotisP_PhDThesisFinal) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader Download (5MB) | Preview AbstractThe prevalence of Virtual Team (VT) configurations in organizations has come to challenge the […]

October 22, 2014

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10:28 PM | He was honored first for swearing, now for smiling
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6:49 PM | Teachers: Sign up TODAY to Bring a Nifty Fifty Speaker to Your School!
Teachers in the D.C. Metropolitan area- we are now accepting applications for the Nifty Fifty (x4) Program! Click here to apply NOW to host a speaker at your school during the 2014/2015 school year. Nifty Fifty talks will take place during the months of February, March and April of 2015. The deadline to apply is Friday, November…
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4:30 PM | 3-D Printed Gun Gets Japanese Man Jail Time
The man built two guns at home and then published a how-to video to YouTube, a major no-no in Japan.
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4:20 PM | DNews: Is the Perfect Tractor Beam in the Works?
In the sci-fi genre, tractor beams have long been the preferred method for moving things in outer space. In the real world, though, scientists may have just hit upon the ideal tractor beam, one that doesn't even need to run on infinite energy.
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