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February 28, 2015

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2:15 PM | Five motivations for theoretical computer science
There are some situations, perhaps lucky ones, where it is felt that an activity needs no external motivation or justification.  For the rest, it can be helpful to think of what the task at hand can be useful for. This of course doesn’t answer the larger question of what is worth doing, since it just distributes […]

Barton, N.H., Novak, S. & Paixão, T. (2014). Diverse forms of selection in evolution and computer science., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111 (29) 10398-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25009183

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February 27, 2015

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4:17 PM | How Deep Mind learns to win
About a year ago, DeepMind was bought for half a billion dollars by Google for creating software that could learn to beat video games. Over the past year, DeepMind has detailed how they did it. Let us say that you were … Continue reading →

Mnih V, Kavukcuoglu K, Silver D, Rusu AA, Veness J, Bellemare MG, Graves A, Riedmiller M, Fidjeland AK, Ostrovski G & Petersen S (2015). Human-level control through deep reinforcement learning., Nature, 518 (7540) 529-533. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25719670

Volodymyr Mnih, Koray Kavukcuoglu, David Silver, Alex Graves, Ioannis Antonoglou, Daan Wierstra & Martin Riedmiller (2013). Playing Atari with Deep Reinforcement Learning, arXiv, arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1312.5602v1

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4:17 PM | How Deep Mind learns to win
About a year ago, DeepMind was bought for half a billion dollars by Google for creating software that could learn to beat video games. Over the past year, DeepMind has detailed how they did it. Let us say that you were … Continue reading →

Mnih V, Kavukcuoglu K, Silver D, Rusu AA, Veness J, Bellemare MG, Graves A, Riedmiller M, Fidjeland AK, Ostrovski G & Petersen S (2015). Human-level control through deep reinforcement learning., Nature, 518 (7540) 529-533. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25719670

Volodymyr Mnih, Koray Kavukcuoglu, David Silver, Alex Graves, Ioannis Antonoglou, Daan Wierstra & Martin Riedmiller (2013). Playing Atari with Deep Reinforcement Learning, arXiv, arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1312.5602v1

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February 26, 2015

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9:05 PM | Pushing the Atari Limits How programmers found ways to push the...
Pushing the Atari Limits How programmers found ways to push the hardware past its design limits. Dr “Heartbleed” Bagley shows us the rest of his Atari collection. By: Computerphile.

February 23, 2015

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7:32 PM | Merging bacteria and solar technology to make fuel
Can living creatures be used to form part of a machine? While this might sound like something out of Doctor Who, the ever-trusty scientific barometer that is popular culture will tell us that this idea is perhaps not as horrific to us as it might first seem – from Robocop to hamster-powered school projects, the…

Torella JP, Gagliardi CJ, Chen JS, Bediako DK, Colón B, Way JC, Silver PA & Nocera DG (2015). Efficient solar-to-fuels production from a hybrid microbial-water-splitting catalyst system., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25675518

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7:32 PM | Merging bacteria and solar technology to make fuel
Can living creatures be used to form part of a machine? While this might sound like something out of Doctor Who, the ever-trusty scientific barometer that is popular culture will tell us that this idea is perhaps not as horrific to us as it might first seem – from Robocop to hamster-powered school projects, the…

Torella JP, Gagliardi CJ, Chen JS, Bediako DK, Colón B, Way JC, Silver PA & Nocera DG (2015). Efficient solar-to-fuels production from a hybrid microbial-water-splitting catalyst system., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25675518

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7:32 PM | Merging bacteria and solar technology to make fuel
Can living creatures be used to form part of a machine? While this might sound like something out of Doctor Who, the ever-trusty scientific barometer that is popular culture will tell us that this idea is perhaps not as horrific to us as it might first seem – from Robocop to hamster-powered school projects, the…

Torella JP, Gagliardi CJ, Chen JS, Bediako DK, Colón B, Way JC, Silver PA & Nocera DG (2015). Efficient solar-to-fuels production from a hybrid microbial-water-splitting catalyst system., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25675518

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7:32 PM | Merging bacteria and solar technology to make fuel
Can living creatures be used to form part of a machine? While this might sound like something out of Doctor Who, the ever-trusty scientific barometer that is popular culture will tell us that this idea is perhaps not as horrific to us as it might first seem – from Robocop to hamster-powered school projects, the…

Torella JP, Gagliardi CJ, Chen JS, Bediako DK, Colón B, Way JC, Silver PA & Nocera DG (2015). Efficient solar-to-fuels production from a hybrid microbial-water-splitting catalyst system., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25675518

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February 22, 2015

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4:49 PM | Can We Avoid A Digital Dark Age? Google executive Vint Cerf has...
Can We Avoid A Digital Dark Age? Google executive Vint Cerf has warned us of a digital dark age, so how can we best protect our data? Read More:Internet Pioneer Warns Our Era Could Become The ‘Digital Dark Ages’Google exec: Digital media could vanish Scientists store data inside DNA that could last MILLIONS of years By: DNews.

February 21, 2015

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8:21 PM | Digital Images How are images represented in a computer? Image...
Digital Images How are images represented in a computer? Image analyst & Research Fellow Mike Pound gives us a snapshot. (First in a series on computer vision) By: Computerphile.
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7:32 PM | Science at the Oscars, Girls Pursuing Computer Science, Student Contests & More: STEM in News
In our recent STEM in the News Blog, read how science is making waves at the 87th Academy Awards, our Youth Advisory Board is working to encourage more girls to pursue computer science, stereotypes need to be shifted and students in middle and high school can attend the ultimate STEM field trip. Click here to read the…
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3:25 PM | Computer scientist Cyntrica Eaton - ScienceLives Cyntrica Eaton...
Computer scientist Cyntrica Eaton - ScienceLives Cyntrica Eaton is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Norfolk State University in Virginia. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of several publications, including A Framework for Detecting and Diagnosing Configuration Faults in Web Applications and Advances in Web Testing. By: National Science Foundation.

February 18, 2015

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8:30 PM | If software looks like a brain and acts like a brain—will we treat it like one?
How we treat brain emulations may ultimately dictate how we treat ourselves.
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3:01 PM | Video Tip of the Week: RStudio as an interface for using R
Although typically we focus on databases and algorithms in use in bioinformatics and genomics, there are some other tools that support this work that are crucial as well. The statistical software and computing tools associated with R fall into this category. Increasingly RStudio is being adopted by folks in genomics, and although we talked about […]

Racine J.S. (2011). RStudio: A Platform-Independent IDE for R and Sweave, Journal of Applied Econometrics, 27 (1) 167-172. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jae.1278

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February 16, 2015

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1:30 PM | Science Dispatches from San Jose
San Jose, California was the place to be for science this week. The American Association for the Advancement of Science held its annual meeting there, featuring talks and lectures and exhibits from across all fields of science. There was even ice cream.On top of presenting the latest research findings, the annual AAAS meeting is big on promoting science communication and education. There are dozens of sessions and talks talks on the subject, but the real highlights are […]

February 15, 2015

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3:00 AM | Evolutionary non-commutativity suggests novel treatment strategies
In the Autumn of 2011 I received an email from Jacob Scott, now a good friend and better mentor, who was looking for an undergraduate to code an evolutionary simulation. Jake had just arrived in Oxford to start his DPhil in applied mathematics and by chance had dined at St Anne’s College with Peter Jeavons, […]

Tan, L., Serene, S., Chao, H.X. & Gore, J. (2011). Hidden randomness between fitness landscapes limits reverse evolution., Physical Review Letters, 106 (19) 198102. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21668204

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3:00 AM | Evolutionary non-commutativity suggests novel treatment strategies
In the Autumn of 2011 I received an email from Jacob Scott, now a good friend and better mentor, who was looking for an undergraduate to code an evolutionary simulation. Jake had just arrived in Oxford to start his DPhil in applied mathematics and by chance had dined at St Anne’s College with Peter Jeavons, […]

Tan, L., Serene, S., Chao, H.X. & Gore, J. (2011). Hidden randomness between fitness landscapes limits reverse evolution., Physical Review Letters, 106 (19) 198102. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21668204

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3:00 AM | Evolutionary non-commutativity suggests novel treatment strategies
In the Autumn of 2011 I received an email from Jacob Scott, now a good friend and better mentor, who was looking for an undergraduate to code an evolutionary simulation. Jake had just arrived in Oxford to start his DPhil in applied mathematics and by chance had dined at St Anne’s College with Peter Jeavons, […]

Tan, L., Serene, S., Chao, H.X. & Gore, J. (2011). Hidden randomness between fitness landscapes limits reverse evolution., Physical Review Letters, 106 (19) 198102. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21668204

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February 13, 2015

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8:36 PM | Interstellar helps physicists research spinning black holes
There is a saying that life imitates art and while people like to disagree with the meaning of it, sometimes art can imitate life. For instance the team responsible for the Oscar-nominated visual effects at the centre of Interstellar, have turned science fiction into science fact by providing new insights into the powerful effects of […]

Oliver James, Eugenie von Tunzelmann, Paul Franklin & Kip S. Thorne (2015). Gravitational Lensing by Spinning Black Holes in Astrophysics, and in the Movie Interstellar, Classical and Quantum Gravity, arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1502.03808v1

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8:36 PM | Interstellar helps physicists research spinning black holes
There is a saying that life imitates art and while people like to disagree with the meaning of it, sometimes art can imitate life. For instance the team responsible for the Oscar-nominated visual effects at the centre of Interstellar, have turned science fiction into science fact by providing new insights into the powerful effects of […]

Oliver James, Eugenie von Tunzelmann, Paul Franklin & Kip S. Thorne (2015). Gravitational Lensing by Spinning Black Holes in Astrophysics, and in the Movie Interstellar, Classical and Quantum Gravity, arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1502.03808v1

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8:36 PM | Interstellar helps physicists research spinning black holes
There is a saying that life imitates art and while people like to disagree with the meaning of it, sometimes art can imitate life. For instance the team responsible for the Oscar-nominated visual effects at the centre of Interstellar, have turned science fiction into science fact by providing new insights into the powerful effects of […]

Oliver James, Eugenie von Tunzelmann, Paul Franklin & Kip S. Thorne (2015). Gravitational Lensing by Spinning Black Holes in Astrophysics, and in the Movie Interstellar, Classical and Quantum Gravity, arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1502.03808v1

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8:36 PM | Interstellar helps physicists research spinning black holes
There is a saying that life imitates art and while people like to disagree with the meaning of it, sometimes art can imitate life. For instance the team responsible for the Oscar-nominated visual effects at the centre of Interstellar, have turned science fiction into science fact by providing new insights into the powerful effects of […]

Oliver James, Eugenie von Tunzelmann, Paul Franklin & Kip S. Thorne (2015). Gravitational Lensing by Spinning Black Holes in Astrophysics, and in the Movie Interstellar, Classical and Quantum Gravity, arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1502.03808v1

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8:36 PM | Interstellar helps physicists research spinning black holes
There is a saying that life imitates art and while people like to disagree with the meaning of it, sometimes art can imitate life. For instance the team responsible for the Oscar-nominated visual effects at the centre of Interstellar, have turned science fiction into science fact by providing new insights into the powerful effects of […]

Oliver James, Eugenie von Tunzelmann, Paul Franklin & Kip S. Thorne (2015). Gravitational Lensing by Spinning Black Holes in Astrophysics, and in the Movie Interstellar, Classical and Quantum Gravity, arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1502.03808v1

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8:36 PM | Interstellar helps physicists research spinning black holes
There is a saying that life imitates art and while people like to disagree with the meaning of it, sometimes art can imitate life. For instance the team responsible for the Oscar-nominated visual effects at the centre of Interstellar, have turned science fiction into science fact by providing new insights into the powerful effects of […]

Oliver James, Eugenie von Tunzelmann, Paul Franklin & Kip S. Thorne (2015). Gravitational Lensing by Spinning Black Holes in Astrophysics, and in the Movie Interstellar, Classical and Quantum Gravity, arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1502.03808v1

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8:36 PM | Interstellar helps physicists research spinning black holes
There is a saying that life imitates art and while people like to disagree with the meaning of it, sometimes art can imitate life. For instance the team responsible for the Oscar-nominated visual effects at the centre of Interstellar, have turned science fiction into science fact by providing new insights into the powerful effects of […]

Oliver James, Eugenie von Tunzelmann, Paul Franklin & Kip S. Thorne (2015). Gravitational Lensing by Spinning Black Holes in Astrophysics, and in the Movie Interstellar, Classical and Quantum Gravity, arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1502.03808v1

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8:36 PM | Interstellar helps physicists research spinning black holes
There is a saying that life imitates art and while people like to disagree with the meaning of it, sometimes art can imitate life. For instance the team responsible for the Oscar-nominated visual effects at the centre of Interstellar, have turned science fiction into science fact by providing new insights into the powerful effects of […]

Oliver James, Eugenie von Tunzelmann, Paul Franklin & Kip S. Thorne (2015). Gravitational Lensing by Spinning Black Holes in Astrophysics, and in the Movie Interstellar, Classical and Quantum Gravity, arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1502.03808v1

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8:36 PM | Interstellar helps physicists research spinning black holes
There is a saying that life imitates art and while people like to disagree with the meaning of it, sometimes art can imitate life. For instance the team responsible for the Oscar-nominated visual effects at the centre of Interstellar, have turned science fiction into science fact by providing new insights into the powerful effects of […]

Oliver James, Eugenie von Tunzelmann, Paul Franklin & Kip S. Thorne (2015). Gravitational Lensing by Spinning Black Holes in Astrophysics, and in the Movie Interstellar, Classical and Quantum Gravity, arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1502.03808v1

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February 12, 2015

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7:36 PM | Computer algorithm can accurately identify Jackson Pollock paintings
Even other artists who attempted to mimic his style couldn't pull it off.
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2:00 AM | Global Preference for Positive, Happy Words
In 1969, two psychologists at the University of Illinois proposed what they called the Pollyanna Hypothesis–the idea that there is a universal human tendency to use positive, happy words more frequently than negative ones. “Humans tend to look on (and talk about) the bright side of life,” they wrote. That speculation has provoked debate ever […] The post Global Preference for Positive, Happy Words appeared first on EH Science.

February 11, 2015

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11:53 PM | Atari ST: Accidental Musical Workhorse It became the music...
Atari ST: Accidental Musical Workhorse It became the music sequencing tool of choice for countless musicians, almost by chance. The Atari ST was launched 30yrs ago and Dr. Steve “Heartbleed” Bagley shows us his own extensive collection! By: Computerphile.
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