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January 31, 2015

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4:49 PM | Life without Cryptography How much of your information would you...
Life without Cryptography How much of your information would you rather stay hidden from public view? Using a hypothetical scenario, and with the help of her two daughters, Tal Rabin describes a world without cryptography, where our online interactions are available to anybody with the desire to look. By: World Science Festival.

January 29, 2015

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5:25 PM | What Google Fiber May Mean for North Carolina, NC State and R&D
NC State experts discuss what Google Fiber may mean for research and economic development in the Triangle region and at NC State.

January 26, 2015

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8:05 PM | Supercomputer and the Milky Way This Supercomputer is doing some...
Supercomputer and the Milky Way This Supercomputer is doing some of the most difficult computations in the world, about things that are out of this world. Thanks to Dr Mark Wilkinson & Gary Gilchrist for showing us the DIRAC Complexity System at the University of Leicester. Building a Supercomputer and Astrophysics What sorts of computations does the DIRAC supercomputer do and where do you start when you decide you want to build a supercomputer? Dr Mark Wilkinson from University of […]

January 24, 2015

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10:44 PM | More from Numberphile’s Pixar Video Pixar researcher Tony...
More from Numberphile’s Pixar Video Pixar researcher Tony DeRose spoke to Brady over on Numberphile, here’s some extra stuff from their conversation not used in the main video. Math and Movies (Animation at Pixar) – Numberphile: http://youtu.be/mX0NB9IyYpU By: Computerphile.
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5:49 PM | Robot’s First Steps As infants, we had to learn how to use...
Robot’s First Steps As infants, we had to learn how to use our limbs in order to crawl and then to walk. Always taking cues from nature, roboticists such as Hod Lipson have tapped into an important, but underestimated aspect of our own movement: our body awareness, or proprioception. Researchers have built a robot that has this “sixth sense,” demonstrated here in this jaw-dropping demonstration of machine learning and adaptation. Lipson asserts that in order for robots to […]
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1:11 AM | Triage by Transistors Doctors are sworn to “first, do no...
Triage by Transistors Doctors are sworn to “first, do no harm.” Robots in Isaac Asimov’s science fiction literature are sworn to do the same. Now, thanks to computer scientist Eric Horvitz’s research, the two are more closely related than ever. In this demonstration of natural language interfaces, Horvitz presents the Medical Bayesian Kiosk, a system designed to perform triage in understaffed hospitals. Horvitz’s computer interacts with patients on a more human […]
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12:22 AM | Robot Learning: Rebuilding Newton Hod Lipson’s self-aware...
Robot Learning: Rebuilding Newton Hod Lipson’s self-aware robot used feedback from its limbs in order to learn how to walk. He had successfully created a machine that learns like we do, with observation, modeling, and execution. Curious, Lipson took the same algorithm, attached it to a double pendulum, and left the new machine to its own devices. When he came back, the answer he got was startling. By: World Science Festival.

January 23, 2015

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11:33 PM | Robot Learning: Look at My Watch A simple gesture, such as...
Robot Learning: Look at My Watch A simple gesture, such as pointing, is filled to the brim with social cues, feedback, and expectations—many of which are subconscious. Roboticists like Rodney Brooks know that by programming robots to react to these social cues, they can create a smoother user/machine interface. Brooks shows us how two robots, Domo and Kismet, not only follow their operator’s cues, but have the operator following back without realizing it. By: World Science Festival.

January 22, 2015

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3:08 PM | Reuniting with an old familiar course after a long layoff
As you could probably tell from the radio silence, things have been crazy around here. December and the first part of January were a blur of grant writing (and frantically finishing up simulations/analysis to generate data for the grant proposal) and job applications, and oh yeah, some holidays and travel. And in the midst of […]
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11:19 AM | Software Training (S.Wales)
I can offer courses in Programming (Python, C), WordPress, E-Commerce, Linux, Open Source Software. I provide affordable software training with and about free software. I have run successful businesses without paying for software, by using Free Open Source Software (FOSS) or by writing it... The post Software Training (S.Wales) appeared first on Tuxar.uk.

January 20, 2015

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6:30 PM | The future of control: Putting virtual wind turbines inside real ones
Physics-based models have lots of benefits. Can we make them run in real time?
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5:40 PM | No, This Artificially Intelligent Super Mario Is Not Self-Aware
German researchers have created a version of Nintendo's Super Mario Advance in which the videogame hero can learn and venture through the game according to his "feelings." It's an exciting advance, but the claim that Super Mario is now "self-aware" is grossly overstated.Read more...

January 19, 2015

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1:00 PM | Mathematics, Live: A Conversation with Amal Fahad and Rasha Osman, Part II
I had the pleasure of attending the 2nd annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum in September. Modeled after the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, it brings together recipients of prestigious awards in... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

January 15, 2015

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9:54 PM | Enigma, TypeX and Dad This installment of the Bletchley Park...
Enigma, TypeX and Dad This installment of the Bletchley Park series has a personal note for Professor Brailsford. He tells us what his dad did in the war. Professor Brailsford’s notes: http://bit.ly/ultrasecret By: Computerphile.

January 14, 2015

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2:39 PM | Video Tip of the Week: Genome assemblers and #Docker
Last fall there was a tip I did on Docker, which was starting to pick up a lot of chatter around the genoscenti. It was starting to look like a good solution for some of the problems of reproducibility and re-use of software in genomics–containerize it. Box it up, hand it off. There’s certainly a […]

Automating the Selection Process for a Genome Assembler, JGI Science Highlights, Other:

Veras A., Vasco Azevedo, Artur Silva, Rommel Ramos, Institute of Biological Sciences, Federal University Pará, Belém, Pará & Brazil (2013). AutoAssemblyD: a graphical user interface system for several genome assemblers, Bioinformation, 9 (16) 840-841. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.6026/97320630009840

Hildebrandt A.K., N. M. Fischer, L. de la Garza, J. Kruger, S. Nickels, M. Rottig, C. Scharfe, M. Schumann, P. Thiel & H.-P. Lenhof & (2014). ballaxy: web services for structural bioinformatics, Bioinformatics, 31 (1) 121-122. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bioinformatics/btu574

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January 12, 2015

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7:27 PM | Flip Flops, Latches & Memory Details Circuits that use...
Flip Flops, Latches & Memory Details Circuits that use latches to store data are a cornerstone of computing. Dr Steve Bagley shows us how to put one together. By: Computerphile.
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1:00 PM | Mathematics, Live: A Conversation with Amal Fahad and Rasha Osman, Part I
I had the pleasure of attending the 2nd annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum in September. Modeled after the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, it brings together recipients of prestigious awards in... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:14 AM | Why do some people see ghosts?
For most people ghosts and spirits are part of the imaginary, but a few are truly convinced they can sometimes feel a strange presence near them. These individuals are not experiencing a paranormal phenomenon—they’re having an illusion. Schizophrenics, for instance, consistently report hearing voices or feeling someone—a ‘shadow’ or a ‘man’—close to them. Scientists have long known that illusions have a neurological cause, but they […]

Blanke O., Masayuki Hara, Lukas Heydrich, Andrea Serino, Akio Yamamoto, Toshiro Higuchi, Roy Salomon, Margitta Seeck, Theodor Landis & Shahar Arzy & (2014). Neurological and Robot-Controlled Induction of an Apparition, Current Biology, 24 (22) 2681-2686. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2014.09.049

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January 11, 2015

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10:32 PM | The imitation game: quando il cinema manca di coraggio
In un post su Google+, +Marco Cameriero cita il riassunto che una spettatrice fa all'uscita dal cinema al marito tornato a prenderla: Parla di uno scienziato pazzo che costruisce una macchina per tradurre i messaggi dei tedeschi, poi la usa quando dice lui perché si crede Dio. Però alla fine forse lo era visto che hanno vinto la guerra. Poi si scopre che era frocio così gli hanno fatto prendere gli ormoni e lui allora s'è ucciso con una mela avvelenata come […]

Turing A.M. (1950). Computing Machinery and Intelligence, Mind, LIX (236) 460. DOI: 10.1093/mind/LIX.236.433

Lee J.A.N. (2001). Biographies [Obituaries: John Weber Carr III & Joan Elisabeth Lowther Clarke Murray], IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 23 (1) 67-7S. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/mahc.2001.4497356

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10:32 PM | The imitation game: quando il cinema manca di coraggio
In un post su Google+, +Marco Cameriero cita il riassunto che una spettatrice fa all'uscita dal cinema al marito tornato a prenderla: Parla di uno scienziato pazzo che costruisce una macchina per tradurre i messaggi dei tedeschi, poi la usa quando dice lui perché si crede Dio. Però alla fine forse lo era visto che hanno vinto la guerra. Poi si scopre che era frocio così gli hanno fatto prendere gli ormoni e lui allora s'è ucciso con una mela avvelenata come […]

Turing A.M. (1950). Computing Machinery and Intelligence, Mind, LIX (236) 460. DOI: 10.1093/mind/LIX.236.433

Lee J.A.N. (2001). Biographies [Obituaries: John Weber Carr III & Joan Elisabeth Lowther Clarke Murray], IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 23 (1) 67-7S. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/mahc.2001.4497356

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January 08, 2015

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7:55 PM | Computers used to “solve” two-person, limit Texas hold’em
A person could play it non-stop for 70 years and not come away with money.
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12:00 PM | HDI...
Figure 1. Human-Data Interaction. Our personal data feeds black-box analytics algorithms. These output inferences driving actions whose effects may or may not be visible to us, and which may include changes in our behaviour and the data generated about and by us subsequently.TECHNOLOGY REVIEW: The rapidly evolving ecosystems associated with personal data is creating an entirely new field of scientific study, say computer scientists. And this requires a much more powerful ethics-based […]

January 07, 2015

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11:24 PM | exchangealumni: In honor of #InternationalProgrammersDay on...
exchangealumni: In honor of #InternationalProgrammersDay on January 7, here is President Barack Obama doing the #HourOfCode, challenged to us by Code.org!  We accept the challenge, do you?
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4:45 AM | Cataloging a year of blogging: cancer and biology
Welcome to 111101111. Another year has come to an end, and it is time to embrace tradition and reflect on the past twelve months. In fact, I will try to do one better and start a new tradition: cataloging a year of blogging. Last year, I split up the 83 content heavy posts of 2013 […]

Kaznatcheev, A., Scott, J.G. & Basanta, D. (2014). Edge effects in game theoretic dynamics of spatially structured tumours., arXiv, arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.6914v2

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4:45 AM | Cataloging a year of blogging: cancer and biology
Welcome to 111101111. Another year has come to an end, and it is time to embrace tradition and reflect on the past twelve months. In fact, I will try to do one better and start a new tradition: cataloging a year of blogging. Last year, I split up the 83 content heavy posts of 2013 […]

Kaznatcheev, A., Scott, J.G. & Basanta, D. (2014). Edge effects in game theoretic dynamics of spatially structured tumours., arXiv, arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.6914v2

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4:45 AM | Cataloging a year of blogging: cancer and biology
Welcome to 111101111. Another year has come to an end, and it is time to embrace tradition and reflect on the past twelve months. In fact, I will try to do one better and start a new tradition: cataloging a year of blogging. Last year, I split up the 83 content heavy posts of 2013 […]

Kaznatcheev, A., Scott, J.G. & Basanta, D. (2014). Edge effects in game theoretic dynamics of spatially structured tumours., arXiv, arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.6914v2

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4:45 AM | Cataloging a year of blogging: cancer and biology
Welcome to 111101111. Another year has come to an end, and it is time to embrace tradition and reflect on the past twelve months. In fact, I will try to do one better and start a new tradition: cataloging a year of blogging. Last year, I split up the 83 content heavy posts of 2013 […]

Kaznatcheev, A., Scott, J.G. & Basanta, D. (2014). Edge effects in game theoretic dynamics of spatially structured tumours., arXiv, arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.6914v2

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4:45 AM | Cataloging a year of blogging: cancer and biology
Welcome to 111101111. Another year has come to an end, and it is time to embrace tradition and reflect on the past twelve months. In fact, I will try to do one better and start a new tradition: cataloging a year of blogging. Last year, I split up the 83 content heavy posts of 2013 […]

Kaznatcheev, A., Scott, J.G. & Basanta, D. (2014). Edge effects in game theoretic dynamics of spatially structured tumours., arXiv, arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.6914v2

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4:45 AM | Cataloging a year of blogging: cancer and biology
Welcome to 111101111. Another year has come to an end, and it is time to embrace tradition and reflect on the past twelve months. In fact, I will try to do one better and start a new tradition: cataloging a year of blogging. Last year, I split up the 83 content heavy posts of 2013 […]

Kaznatcheev, A., Scott, J.G. & Basanta, D. (2014). Edge effects in game theoretic dynamics of spatially structured tumours., arXiv, arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.6914v2

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January 06, 2015

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2:18 PM | The math of organ donation: kidneys are an NP-hard problem
Matching donors and recipients is a bit like the traveling salesman problem.
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