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December 09, 2014

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6:10 PM | Participate in the Hour of Code
The Hour of Code is back! The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Learn how you can participate here: http://hourofcode.com/us
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2:25 PM | Recycled E-Waste Brightens Dark Nights
IBM researchers are turning discarded laptop batteries into a power source for light bulbs.
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2:02 PM | Binary obfuscation using signals, for the confused
Are you (or is someone you know) a bit confused about binary obfuscation using signals? This report could help, one way or another: “Binary Obfuscation Using Signals,” Igor V. Popov, Saumya K. Debray, Gregory R. Andrews, 16th USENIX Security Symposium, pp. 275–290 of the Proceedings. The authors are, or were, at the Department of Computer Science, The […]
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1:10 PM | Automotive Lithium-Ion Batteries
Recently lithium-ion batteries have started to be used in a number of automotive passenger car applications. This paper will review these applications and compare the requirements of the applications with the capabilities of the lithium-ion chemistries that are actually being used. The gaps between these requirements and capabilities will be highlighted and future developments that may be able to fill these gaps will be discussed. It is concluded that while improvements to the lithium-ion cell […]
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7:05 AM | Top 3 Journal Selectors for PhD Students
 Source: http://hazmanlabs.com/site/blog/top-3-journal-selectors-for-phd-students/Top 3 Journal Selectors for PhD StudentsGet Your Research Published in The Best Matching JournalsWe understand that finding a suitable journal might be a tough phase for most of us to locate and publish. Let’s try searching for the topic of ourarticle in a relevant library database to see where related articles in our field have been published.Most of us will use  Scopus or ISI, for […]
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6:00 AM | Paris Machine Learning Meetup #4 Season 2: Tips and advices for machine learning challenges, Biochemical Probabilistic Computation, Bias-variance decomposition in Random Forests
Here are the presentations for tonight's meetup of the Paris Machine Learning Meetup group. Most likely the presentations will be in spoken French. The presentation slides should be in English though. (Come back to this entry for more slides). Eventually, all slides/video links will be on the Paris Machine Learning Meetup archives. This is our 19th meetup in about a year and half. Our membership count is currently at 1562 and currently the second largest Machine Learning meetup outside the U.S. […]

December 08, 2014

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10:46 PM | Faux-ntain of Youth
I get the feeling that academics are very averse to photographs.  I have to say that it drives me nuts that they will use photos (particularly on university web sites) that are obviously old enough to be middle school children. I have had at least a half-dozen encounters with folks who, when I met them […]
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6:18 PM | Spray Your Roof with Solar Power
To apply the solution to a flexible surface, researchers adapted a roll-to-toll method similar to that used to print newspaper. Continue reading →
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6:01 PM | What Kind of Jurassic World Do We Live In?
Free-association and creative license at geologic timescales......In a world where Gondwana has not yet fully drifted apart.....COURTESY: Australian Museum.And features a long-suffering movie idea that will probably end up being mediocre.....Here is the "Jurassic World" trailer. COURTESY: Universal Pictures.Satire still exists! Sort of.A cynical take on the whole Jurassic World enterprise. COURTESY: xkcd.
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2:25 PM | Virtual Reality Affects Brain's 'GPS Cells'
The technology could be used to restore navigating ability and memory in humans.
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2:21 PM | Food Guns (new patent)
A newly patented invention (Nov. 4th, 2014) could perhaps be loosely described as a ‘Food Gun’. As the drawings show, it’s not only aimed at pets, but is also applicable, say the inventors, to zoo animals. “In an example, a dog owner can launch a dart shaped projectile according to the present disclosure intended to […]
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1:22 PM | #MapMonday: Biodiversity Map Shows Hemorrhaging of Species
For this #MapMonday we return to Yale’s Environmental Performance group, featured previously here on #MapMonday. The newly released biodiversity map brings together a whopping amount of data to... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:51 AM | Sharp look at Iggy fluid-dynamics
Nicole Sharp took a look at some of the fluid-dynamics-related Ig Nobel Prizes.
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1:07 AM | Developing the Blueprint for a Scramjet
Although researchers are keen to develop a successful scramjet engine, designing and testing this type of engine has proved difficult. For example, the WaveRider scramjet test vehicle, built by the engineering powerhouses of DARPA, Boeing and Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne, … Continue reading →

December 07, 2014

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7:30 PM | For fans of randomization: Effect of Vaginal Electrical Stimulation
If you find randomization to be stimulating, we suggest you read this study: “Effect of Vaginal Electrical Stimulation on Female Sexual Functions: A Randomized Study,” Serdar Aydın, Çağrı Arıoğlu Aydın, Gonca Batmaz and Ramazan Dansuk, The Journal of Sexual Medicine, epub December 3, 2014. The authors, at Bezmialem Vakif University and at Liv Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey, […]
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6:20 PM | Hair Club member Brian May revivifies stereo photography
Brian May, a member of the the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS), is helping to revive and revivify the Victorian-era delight in stereoscopic photography. He and colleagues are bringing new life to a once-defunct organization, the London Stereoscopic Company. Here is an example of stereo cards, which were and are at the heart […]
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2:48 PM | A Theoretically Interesting Opinion About Boredom
You may, depending on your boredom threshold, find this study to be of little interest: “The bright side of boredom,” Andreas Elpidorou, Frontiers in Psychology, November 3, 2014. (Thanks to investigator Neil Martin for bringing this to our attention.) The author, at the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, explains: “I wish to suggest that one […]
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1:28 PM | Sunday Morning Insight: An exact mapping between the Variational Renormalization Group and Deep Learning
Here is Renomalization as defined in Wikipedia:In more technical terms, let us assume that we have a theory described by a certain function of the state variables and a certain set of coupling constants . This function may be a partition function, an action, a Hamiltonian, etc. It must contain the whole description of the physics of the system.Now we consider a certain blocking transformation of the state variables , the number of must be lower than the number of . Now let us try to rewrite […]

December 06, 2014

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4:25 PM | Berlin Police Mull Crime-Predicting Software
Police in Berlin are considering deploying software that predicts crimes.
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2:59 PM | The human genome and the immortality of television sets
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1:00 PM | Artificial Intelligence: Hawking's Fears Stir Debate
Stephen Hawking said the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. For real?
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12:01 PM | Citations Mining: "How to increase h-index " by Nader Ale Ebrahim
 Read More at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2344585Citations Mining: "How to increase h-index " by Nader Ale Ebrahim
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11:52 AM | Dankook University Center Library - Author search: Nader Ale Ebrahim
  전체선택1Contribution of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Country’S H-IndexAcademic Journal FARHADI, MARYAM / SALEHI, HADI / EMBI, MOHAMED AMIN / FOOLADI, MASOOD / FARHADI, HADI / AGHAEI CHADEGANI, AREZOO / ALE EBRAHIM, NADER주제어 : JOURNALS / Human Computer Interaction / Peer Review / Social PsychologyDatabase : CogPrints […]
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3:28 AM | How has Science Blogging Changed Over the Years?
How has science blogging changed over the years? I asked one science blogger this question recently in one of #MySciBlog research interviews. I think the response is very perceptive. All Sorts of Weird Stuff  "the big thing that’s changed is sort of the, at least from my perspective the big thing that’s changed is kind the nature of the field. When I started blogging in 2001/2002 uh, there was this weird, like absolutely anybody would – there were blogs about... Read more

December 05, 2014

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7:14 PM | Bio-Drone Grows, Flies, then Dissolves When Done
This novel drone can self-assemble anywhere to do its job and then melt into a harmless puddle of sugar, if it gets lost.
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4:30 PM | Detecting defects in solar cells using compressive sensing
You probably remember this Accidental Single Pixel Camera that was unwittingly imaging the Sun ?  Well, the same concept that can be used to test PV cells.   The actual poster is here. From the press release:Detecting defects in solar cellsScientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have developed a new method for detecting defects in solar cells using a technique called 'compressed sensing'.Patterns of light are projected onto PV cells to measure their […]
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2:42 PM | Professor Bender’s Kissing Goodbye Algorithm
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2:40 PM | DNews: Why, Oh Why, Can't We Have Real Lightsabers?
The new lightsaber shown in the Star Wars trailer, just released, has the Internet buzzing, and just a tad unhappy. But guess what? Science say we can't have them anyway, because they're based on made-up physics. Trace and Catie explain.
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1:48 PM | Haptic Holograms Make Virtual Reality Touchy-Feely
U.K. researchers use directed ultrasound waves to approximate tactile sensation.
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6:00 AM | Playing with Duality: An Overview of Recent Primal-Dual Approaches for Solving Large-Scale Optimization Problems
Nikos Komodakis just sent the following:Dear Igor,Jean-Christophe Pesquet and I have recently finished a tutorial paper entitled "Playing with Duality: An Overview of Recent Primal-Dual Approaches for Solving Large-Scale Optimization Problems",  which is going to appear as a feature article in an upcoming issue of the highly selective IEEE Signal Processing magazine.The main goals of the above paper are:- To provide a thorough introduction that intuitively explains the basic […]
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