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August 20, 2014

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2:03 PM | The smell of macaroni [part 2]
Q. How do Macaroni penguins smell? A. Pretty bad. For example, Lindeboom [1984] estimated that 220 kg NH3-N was volatilized daily from a rookery on Subantarctic Marion Island occupied by 350000 macaroni penguins, and reported that the odor was apparent up to 10 km from the source. More details can be found here. Previous article: […]
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6:30 AM | Nano 'Yarn' to Power Biomedical Implants
Researchers have created a biofuel cell made from carbon nanotubes that generate energy from blood glucose.
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5:00 AM | Compressive Sparse Light Deflection Maps and Imaging for Telescopic Systems
Two instance of CS Hardware today:Compressive Imaging and Characterization of Sparse Light Deflection Maps by Prasad Sudhakar, Laurent Jacques, Xavier Dubois, Philippe Antoine, Luc JoannesLight rays incident on a transparent object of uniform refractive index undergo deflections, which uniquely characterize the surface geometry of the object. Associated with each point on the surface is a deflection map which describes the pattern of deflections in various directions and it tends to […]

August 19, 2014

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7:54 PM | USA Science & Engineering Festival Announces 2016 Event Dates and Plans for Expanded Outreach
The USA Science & Engineering Festival is proud to announce the return of Lockheed Martin as its 2016 Founding and Presenting Host and expanded outreach activities to engage our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). “The USA Science & Engineering Festival provides an essential introduction and gateway to the exciting world of STEM,”…
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7:14 PM | The Human Dynamic Clamp
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6:00 PM | The Importance of Debating Energy Policies—Not Technologies
As a researcher working in the area of energy technology and policy, I often find myself drawn into debates surrounding certain energy technologies, and what role they should play in the future... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:52 PM | A Review of Progress.
Sometimes I go look at old copies of my CV to see the professional progress I’ve made. It’s stupid and vain, yes. But it’s meaningful to me to see how over the course of two or three years, I’ve increased my publication and grant output, I’ve changed positions and added invited lectures, etc.. I feel […]
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4:24 PM | Creepy, Electronic 'Make Up' for Future Faces
Cameras equipped with real-time face-tracking software plus a projector map video onto the contours, ridges and valleys of a face. Continue reading →
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3:30 PM | Videos and Slides: Next-Generation Sequencing Technologies - Elaine Mardis (2014)
Last time I mentioned Elaine Mardis videos giving a summary of next generation sequencing the video shot up and garnered more than 127,893 viewers. Coincidence ? I think not :-)Here is the new survey on Next Generation Sequencing where she talks about the current PacBio and Nanopore technology add-ons to the lab. I note the biology people liking the term "massively parallel" sequencing. Anyway, those third generation technologies are very interesting because instead of cutting DNA strands in […]
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2:02 PM | “Q”. Just Q. That’s the whole title. Plus other terse titles.
This paper qualifies in the competition, if there is one, for Research Paper with the Shortest Title. The paper is: “Q“, by  Leon Knopoff [pictured here], Reviews of  Geophysics, vol. 2, no. 4, 1964, pp. 625-660.  The author, at the Department of Physics and Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, begins: […]
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1:55 PM | Does chewing gum improve our mind and our productivity?
For advocates of chewing gum in school, if there are any, the past decade of research has brought data, and perhaps hope. A project called The Effects of Gum Chewing on Math Scores in Adolescents studied the mathematics grades and test scores of 53 teenage students who chewed gum and 58 who did not. Craig Johnston of the Baylor College of […]
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1:48 PM | A three-minute 24-second struggle with the laws of physics
This video, 3:24 in duration*, shows a struggle to insert one object into another. It’s a struggle against some known, but perhaps not fully understood, laws of Newtonian physics. It is also perhaps an illustration of the Dunning-Kruger effect. * give or take a second BONUS: The 2000 Ig Nobel Prize for psychology was awarded to David Dunning of […]
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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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