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April 14, 2014

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2:52 PM | New recommendation for distributing fresh vs. aged poultry litter
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2:25 PM | Robots Ring the Doorbell
“Generally speaking, modeling the developmental trajectory for almost any intelligent task that a 2-year-old child can perform on a robot is a potential research topic for us.” - explains the website of the Developmental Robotics Lab at Iowa State University, US. As an example to help clarify the (somewhat ambiguous) statement above, see the lab’s […]
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1:53 PM | Touch, Tilt 3-D Images Like You're Tony Stark
The multi-touch MisTable displays images on fog. Continue reading →
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1:35 PM | Mini-Sub Deployed in Search for MH370
The Bluefin 21, Artemis autonomous underwater vehicle will spend 16 hours at 15,000 feet searching for evidence of MH370.
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12:00 PM | Ready for iWatch? Look What Came Before It
How did we get from sundials to multifunctional devices with heart-rate monitoring, texting alerts and smartphone integration?
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11:34 AM | Not Good Enough.
Ed Yong is one of the English language’s better science writers. He often weighs in on issues facing academia, in addition to reporting science. One of the biggest issues facing academia right now is the pipeline problem: too many PhDs are graduating compared with the number of professorships that will ever be available for them. […]
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5:00 AM | Confidence Intervals and Hypothesis Testing for High-Dimensional Regression - implementation -
As we were discussing the release of an implementation of the Sparse PCA algorithm, Andrea mentioned to me the release of an R program for hypothesis testing with the Lasso:Confidence Intervals and Hypothesis Testing for High-Dimensional Regression by Adel Javanmard, Andrea MontanariFitting high-dimensional statistical models often requires the use of non-linear parameter estimation procedures. As a consequence, it is generally impossible to obtain an exact characterization of […]
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4:28 AM | Supplier Assessment and Selection Using Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process in a Steel Manufacturing Company by Farzad Tahriri, Mohammad Dabbagh, Nader Ale Ebrahim :: SSRN
Supplier Assessment and Selection Using Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process in a Steel Manufacturing CompanyFarzad Tahriri University of Malaya (UM) - Faculty of EngineeringMohammad Dabbagh University of Malaya (UM) - Faculty of Computer Science and Information TechnologyNader Ale Ebrahim University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering; University of Malaya (UM) - Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research […]
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3:01 AM | The impact of emergent virtual leadership competencies on team effectiveness
Leadership and Organization Development JournalVolume 35, Issue 2, April 2014, Pages 106-120The impact of emergent virtual leadership competencies on team effectivenessZiek, P.a , Smulowitz, S.b  a Department of Media, Communications and Visual Arts, Pace University, Pleasantville, NJ, United Statesb Department of Communication, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, United StatesView references (40)AbstractPurpose: The research on virtual team leadership does well to […]
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2:33 AM | Married to my work
In the past two weeks, I have been introduced as Mike’s spouse twice in professional settings. I usually view this as something akin to the Kiss of Death: the person receiving this news is likely to consider me an appendage to my spouse and therefore rather useless.  It’s not that I mind people know I […]

April 13, 2014

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2:00 PM | The wound-healing ape and the hydrotherapy pig
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1:46 PM | A kind of thing that humans can learn during sleep
The industry devoted to “sleep learning” aside, it’s been unclear that people can learn much of anything while they are asleep. An experiment (by much the same team that later noted the phenomenon of contagious sniffing), says it has identified one kind of thing that people can indeed learn while they are asleep: “Humans can […]
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1:58 AM | This title isn’t nearly innovative enough
I’ve been pondering a question…and asking a few people, as well. What do you consider innovative? In particular, I’m wondering if people say it is only innovative to have a new idea that no one has thought of before.  What about a different scenario: would you consider it innovative if you came up with a viable […]

April 12, 2014

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2:15 PM | Saturday Morning Video: Seth Lloyd, Quantum algorithms for supervised and unsupervised machine learning
Guillaume Palacios's presentation ( The D-Wave “Quantum Computer” Myths and Realities) at the recent Paris Machine Learning meetup got me thinking that this Quantum Computer might not all PR after all. It turns out that Google Tech Talks just released a video of Seth Lloyd on the subject of Quantum Machine Learning. At around 30 minutes, Seth describes the encoding of information from a CD into a Quantum state in a set up that parallels the single pixel camera. Here […]
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1:15 PM | Mirror Sniffing – contagious?
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April 11, 2014

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10:57 PM | Visit the National Science Foundation and Friends Pavilion at the Expo!
The National Science Foundation returns to sponsor the USA Science & Engineering Festival and will showcase an incredible group of exhibits at the NSF and Friends Pavilion! Visit the National Science Foundation’s exhibit area to explore tsunami waves, mind control, robots, spiders, cranberry acids, crazy physics experiments and more! Stage performances, a wearable tech fashion show and…
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7:55 PM | 3-D Tumors Printed in the Lab
The lumps show a greater resemblance to natural cancer than do the two-dimensional cultured cells grown in a lab dish.
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4:55 PM | Win-Win: Pairing Agave Crops With Solar Panels
Growing agave plants on solar panel farms is a winning combination.
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4:38 PM | Improbable visit to No Such Thing as a Fish
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3:29 PM | Astronaut Pee Turned Into Fuel
A new bioreactor for astronauts takes waste removed from their urine and turns it into a useful energy source. Continue reading →
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2:24 PM | Nutritional value of eating stinkbugs
If you have a hangover, and are tempted to eat a few stinkbugs (Encosternum delegorguei) as a cure, you might be concerned about their nutritional properties. Fortunately, there are a handful of scholarly papers available on the subject. May we recommend : • Nutritional and Medicinal value of the edible stinkbug, Encosternum delegorguei Spinola consumed […]
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9:55 AM | Sparse PCA: Covariance Thresholding and an AMP based approach
No implementation yet, but new ways of going about the Sparse PCA problem. I will be adding the following figure to the phase transition figure in the Advanced Matrix Factorization Jungle page for the Sparse PCA paragraph. As I mentioned in slide 13 of this recent ML Meetup presentation, to the untrained eye, sparse PCA is a solved problem, but the back story is a little bit more complex as related in the first paper: ....Over the last ten years, a significant effort […]
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8:00 AM | Photo Friday: Rural Electrification (California)
The Point Conception lighthouse is located at the west enterance of the Santa Barbara Channel in Southern California. This photograph is a part of the online photography exhibit “Form and Landscape,”... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:01 AM | Starstuff Squared
This post presents the supplemental readings for the fourth (I) and fifth (II) episodes of the Cosmos reboot. These materials are cross-posted to Tumbld Thoughts.I. Stellar Evolution is Six Points the Natural LawHere are the supplemental readings for Cosmos, episode IV: "A Sky Full of Ghosts". The readings are organized by theme, and relate to scenes in the episode.1. The Speed of Light is Not Attainable:Life's Little Mysteries Staff   Can Matter Travel at Light Speed? LiveScience, […]

April 10, 2014

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11:33 PM | Futurist Michio Kaku and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Headline Book Fair at USA Science & Engineering Festival
By Shawn Flaherty  Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist and author of New York Times’ list topping “The Future of the Mind,” is one of 31 best-selling science-related and children’s book authors (and characters) who will be signing books during the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s Book Fair, hosted by Anderson’s Bookshops.   The Book Fair is…
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7:35 PM | Slides and Video: Zurich Machine Learning Meetup #2
Martin Jaggi and the Zurich ML Meetup group also had a meetup this week, here are the video and slides of the talks:   #like or #fail - How Can Computers Tell the Difference? - Mark Cieliebak - #2 Slides: http://goo.gl/eM2bQl Webcamaze - Amazing Webcams - Helmut Grabner - #2 Slides: http://goo.gl/dMXkA3Machine Learning and Data Exploration in Python with scikit-learn - Andreas Müller - #2 Slides: http://amueller.github.io/Python notebook: […]
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4:05 PM | Apple iWatch May Come in Two Sizes
MacRumors predicts the iWatch will be available with a 1.3-inch and/or a 1.5-inch display.
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2:33 PM | An interim report about the report about reports about reports
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2:15 PM | Yahoo Mail and Heartbleed: Secure Your Account
Update your security and see if your account was compromised.
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12:02 PM | The Seer-Sucker Theory
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