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October 30, 2014

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5:53 PM | It doesn’t matter if deep learning mimics the brain or Watson is cognitive. It matters if they work
Recent comments by machine learning experts have caused a stir, but debate over the novelty or architecture of deep learning might be best left in academia . As AI techniques make their way into developers’ hands, whether they catch on depends on whether they’re useful. Subject:  Artificial Intelligence
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5:39 PM | Meet the Analytics Team!
While our Data Science team makes a big deal out of big data, they aren’t the only ones digging their hands in the data here at Mendeley. Aside of setting and monitoring company KPIs and writing some critical reports, the Mendeley Analytics team primarily focuses on user behaviour. That means, they study how and why […]
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5:31 PM | I just found out it’s National Bat Week! And I’m not...
I just found out it’s National Bat Week! And I’m not talking about the baseball things!To celebrate, why not watch my video all about some of nature’s most wondrous flying creatures? You should also check out the great links below to learn more and see how you can help. Bat populations are in danger around the world, and maybe if we take the time to realize why they’re so amazing and important, we’ll all work harder to protect them.  For more batty […]
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5:29 PM | Ex Machina | Official Teaser Trailer
To erase the line between man and machine is to obscure the line between men and gods. In theaters April 10, 2015
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5:28 PM | Affordable Care Act: Playing Politics Can Be Hazardous To Your Health
Proponents of the Affordable Care Act are getting exactly the cultural result they wanted. They are able to declare victory because of a decrease in health care costs but don't mention it is because there has been a decrease in people using their insurance because of high out-of-pocket costs.In this election season, it is imperative to remember those who voted for this disaster without having read the bill, those who demonized people who raised valid questions about access to care, costs and […]
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5:18 PM | My Film Week in Review | 5 | [feat. The Armstrong Lie]
  The Armstrong Lie (2013) Dir. Alex Gibney Yeah, so it’s been a bit of an Alex Gibney fest in the past few weeks in my house (see We Steal Secrets and Enron) but it’s not a bad sort of fest really when you have a documentary director on top of his game. Having recently […] The post My Film Week in Review | 5 | [feat. The Armstrong Lie] appeared first on HeadStuff.
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5:01 PM | Sadness Lasts 240X Longer Than Other Emotions
A new psychology paper says people feel sad up to 240 times longer than they do ashamed, surprised, irritated or even bored. The reason may be because sadness often goes hand in hand with events of greater impact such as death or accidents and so we need more time to mull over and cope with what happened to fully comprehend it, say Philippe Verduyn and Saskia Lavrijsen of the University of Leuven in Belgium, who asked 233 high school students to recollect recent emotional episodes and report […]
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4:56 PM | Cancer series part II: Targeted therapy
When I first studied cancer medicine as an undergraduate, my lecturer described chemotherapy as “beating up the patient with a baseball bat in the hope that you get the cancer on the way.” Chemotherapy has benefits, but the side effects can be traumatic. These side effects arise because of what we pharmacologists call “off-target toxicity,” […] The post Cancer series part II: Targeted therapy appeared first on HeadStuff.
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4:22 PM | NEW VIDEO! Why I’m Scared of Spiders In a scientific...
NEW VIDEO! Why I’m Scared of Spiders In a scientific sense, I love spiders. Their intricate webs, their beautiful colors, their glassy little eyes… but I do not love them in the 3-D, actually-in-my-presence sense. I expect some of you are just like me in that regard. According to scientists, insects, spiders, and other creepy-crawlies rank as some of the most commonly reported fears in people of all ages. My rational side tells me that there’s nothing to be scared of. Science […]
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3:38 PM | Poorer Nations Are Growing Renewables Nearly Twice as Fast as Richer Ones
According to a new study from Climatescope, developing nations are far outpacing developed ones when it comes to the installation of new renewable energy infrastructure. The study monitored 55 developing countries, including emerging economies like China, Brazil, South Africa, India and Kenya, and found that between the years of 2008-2013, developing nations saw 143% growth in renewable energy, versus only 84% in developed countries. The Climatescope project was originally […]
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3:37 PM | Lithotomy: A Painful Operation Inspired The 18th-Century Equivalent Of A Horror Movie Soundtrack
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3:33 PM | Congratulations October Advisor of the Month — Yoilán Fimia León!
Congratulations and thank you to Yoilán Fimia León! Yoilán, who is involved with higher education, often teaches Mendeley at his institute, Universidad Central “Marta Abreu” de Las Villas, in Cuba. Recently, he designed a one-credit academic course on Mendeley and reference management, which already has full classes this fall. “My university noted that in one […]
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3:31 PM | Should Women Be Standing Alongside The 'Father' Of Modern Gynecology?
J. Marion Sims by Jim.Henderson, CC BY-SABy David T. Z. Mindich, St. Michael's CollegeOn an October day in 1894, a group of New York City’s leading doctors gathered to unveil a statue in honor of one of the greatest surgeons of his day and the founder of New York’s Women’s Hospital, J. Marion Sims, an Alabama doctor and a man they called “the father of modern gynecology.” read more
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3:15 PM | When It Comes To Climate Science, Fox News And Liberal Media Both Distort
For MSNBC, climate change is an opportunity to stoke anger over conservative “denialists.” MSNBC 5/12/14By Matthew Nisbet, Northeastern UniversityRecent Pew Research Center studies offer valuable insight on the ideological makeup of those Americans most likely to voice their opinion in politics generally and the climate debate specifically, including the news sources they rely on to articulate their arguments. read more
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3:05 PM | Reverting To The Standard Before School Lunches Were Politicized Would Lead To More Childhood Obesity
In 2012, the Obama administration made the National School Lunch Program, which has provided free or reduced-cost meals in more than 100,000 public and non-profit private schools and other child-care institutions nationwide since 1946, into a political football and used beliefs that lacked any scientific basis to mandate what should be served. Schools and communities went into open revolt. For the children we care most about, those school lunches might be the best meal they got, and those […]
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2:38 PM | US Wildlife Bans On GMOs And Neonics Lack Transparency And Scientific Rationale
By Val Giddings, Genetic Literacy ProjectWith little fanfare, last summer the U.S. Fish  &  Wildlife Service announced it would formally ban the use of seeds treated with neonicotinoid pesticides, (a newer, safer generation of seed treatments to protect against pests) and the use of crops improved through biotechnology throughout the fish and wildlife refuge system. read more
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2:31 PM | Now That People Are Thinking About Ebola Vaccines, Pay More Attention To Measles
Measles is one of the most contagious of vaccine-preventable diseases, with the average person with measles capable of infecting 12-18 people if susceptible, and the contagiousness of measles infection highlights gaps in vaccination in the United States that have appeared over the last decade, because of skepticism about childhood vaccination in coastal states like California and Oregon and Washington. In those states, otherwise educated people worry that vaccines may cause autism and would […]
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2:30 PM | The Risks And Rewards Of Two Popular Gastric Bypass Procedures
A recent study compared two of the most commonly performed bariatric surgery procedures. There are tradeoffs between the two surgical approaches in potential risks and benefits and so there has been an ongoing debate about which can achieve weight loss, with conflicting results in systematic reviews.  The two procedures were laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) and adjustable gastric banding (AGB). The result was that RYGB resulted in much greater weight loss than AGB but had […]
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2:28 PM | Not Even Trying To Hide It
Via TPM – Lindsay Graham (R-Who Can We Bomb Today) tells the one true beating heart of the GOP exactly what it wants to hear.  Speaking to the all-male, seemingly all-pale Hibernian Society fo Charleston SC, the Senator forgot a fundamental truth of modern politics:  there is no such thing as a private speech anymore.  […]
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2:24 PM | Mr Turner | review
At the risk of sounding incredibly pretentious there is a scene in Mr Turner that reminded me of Oscar Wilde’s remark in The Picture of Dorian Gray that the emotions of people you don’t care about seem ridiculous. At one point in Mike Leigh’s latest, Timothy Spall, playing the famous British artist, bursts into a […] The post Mr Turner | review appeared first on HeadStuff.
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1:06 PM | Banque du Liban (BDL) Accelerate 2014 – First Startup Conference in Lebanon
Banque du Liban (BDL), or the Central Bank Of Lebanon, is organizing the first international startup conference in Beirut, Lebanon. The conference is known by “Banque du Liban Accelerate 2014″. Accelerate 2014 will be a melting point for entrepreneurs, startup companies, investors, and a select of highly prolific and successful people including ambassadors, ministers, industry…
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12:29 PM | Björk: Biophilia Live
Plans this evening? Tonight’s your final chance to catch Björk: Biophilia Live at the IFI in Temple Bar. It’s an awe-inspiring spectacle and if at all possible, best viewed on a large screen in commune with others. Even if you’re not a major Björk fan (yet) Biophilia is worth the price of the ticket. Yes, your mind will […] The post Björk: Biophilia Live appeared first on HeadStuff.
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11:44 AM | The Lit Review | 1 | Harry Potter
Dear Harry Potter fans, please remain calm, this is not a drill. On Friday 31st of October, JK Rowling will launch a shiny new Harry Potter story on pottermore.com. This story will focus on Professor Umbridge the awful, toad faced, cat-obsessed teacher, who made her debut in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. […] The post The Lit Review | 1 | Harry Potter appeared first on HeadStuff.
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10:16 AM | Helder en leuk vertellen over ingewikkelde wetenschap – zo doe je dat
Het gaat niet altijd goed: ingewikkelde concepten toegankelijk maken voor een breed publiek. Als wiskundige die werd afgeleid door de wetenschapsjournalistiek, schreef Ionica Smeets een boek over hoe je exacte wetenschap aantrekkelijk kunt presenteren, om zo een breder publiek te bereiken dan alleen vakgenoten. Eerder was Smeets met name bekend als schrijvend wiskundemeisje of getallendiva, maar... Lees meer op www.sciencepalooza.nl
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10:00 AM | Inspire: Three Questions with LJ Rich
In our fourth video of our Inspire series we asked BBC Click’s LJ Rich and all tech wonder girl what got her into gadgets and technology. What you may not realise is that LJ is both into technology and music and she recently won a music hackathon! LJ has a music degree and doesn’t have your typical tech […]
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9:36 AM | Pay what you want
Verschillende Nederlandse ondernemers experimenteren met pay-what-you-want betalingssystemen. Een sympathiek concept, maar loont het ook? In Rotterdam opende deze zomer het Geefcafe haar deuren, een Pay-What-Yo-Want (PWYW) restaurant waar je zelf kiest hoeveel je betaalt voor je eten: 20 euro, 10 euro, of gewoon helemaal niets. PWYW is een idee dat langzaam aan populariteit wint, nadat Radiohead... Lees meer op www.sciencepalooza.nl
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8:00 AM | La Vie Souterraine
At Lisgar Collegiate, my old public high school in Ottawa, whenever I had gym class, band or strings, law or – as I vaguely recall – accounting class, I had two choices. I could either pack my books away, pin my sleeves over my hands and charge out the door, through 15 seconds of -20C […]
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7:50 AM | R.I.P., McKenzie Lowe. Stanislaw Burzynski failed you.
R.I.P., McKenzie Lowe. Unfortunately, Stanislaw Burzynski was no more able to save you than anyone else, his claims of great success treating pediatric brain tumors notwithstanding: HUDSON — Thirteen-year-old Hudson resident McKenzie Lowe died Friday evening after a 2-year-battle against an aggressive and inoperable brain stem tumor. McKenzie died at 10:27 p.m. in her own…
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7:28 AM | Pink-Haired Science Lady says: “Don’t let the bastards get you down”
(Now there’s a headline that has never, ever appeared before!) We were lucky enough to speak to celebrated scientist and science communicator Dr. Siouxsie Wiles before her TEDx talk in Christchurch this Saturday. One of the topics we spent a lot of time discussing was sexism in science.  Says Siouxsie on the topic: Yep, sexism definitely […]
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7:09 AM | Homeopathy not the solution for Ebola (or anything else)
A petition calling for the World Health Organisation (WHO) to “test and distribute homeopathy as quickly as possible to contain the (Ebola) outbreaks” is unlikely to gain much traction, given that the WHO, in August 2009, made statements indicating that homeopathy was not an effective treatment for diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, diarrhoea or HIV infection. [...]
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