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November 18, 2014

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4:00 AM | Magic Tricks Created Using Artificial Intelligence
Researchers working on artificial intelligence (AI) at Queen Mary University of London have taught a computer to create magic tricks, and audiences are enjoying the results.(Boians Cho Joo Young via freedigitalphotos.net)The research team is using magic tricks as a means of exploring what artificial intelligence can do. "Using AI to create magic tricks is a great way to demonstrate the possibilities of computer intelligence and it also forms a part of our research into the psychology of being a […]

November 17, 2014

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4:39 PM | Engineer in South Korea forced to retract ten papers in one fell swoop
Chang-Suk Han, a member of the engineering faculty at Hoseo University in South Korea, has had ten articles retracted at once because of duplicated data. Here are the ten studies from Metals and Materials International: Precipitation Behavior of B2-ordered Aluminide (2006) Dislocation-Particle Interaction in Precipitation Strengthened Ll2-ordered Ni3Al (2007) Microstructure of Carbide Precipitates in L12-Ni3Al […]
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5:04 AM | Someone was stupid on the internet
See more on Know Your Meme Even though I am a woman who is working as an engineer at an academic institution, I have no ability or authority to discuss anything having to do with women in hard sciences. Totally reasonable, right? The person who told me this is a man who works in sports medicine. […]
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3:42 AM | Effective stress and FDL science
"It's a very dynamic slope," Margaret Darrow said, standing in front of frozen debris lobe -A. FDL-A is a slow landslide; among the frozen debris lobes documented it's the closest to the Dalton Highway and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Although the lobes likely began their life as debris left over when Pleistocene glaciers disappeared 10 to 14 thousand years ago, their speed has recently increased. Now when Darrow describes FDL-A she states truly: "It moves so fast that you can watch it... […]
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3:42 AM | Effective stress and FDL science
"It's a very dynamic slope," Margaret Darrow said, standing in front of frozen debris lobe -A. FDL-A is a slow landslide; among the frozen debris lobes documented it's the closest to the Dalton Highway and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Although the lobes likely began their life as debris left over when Pleistocene glaciers disappeared 10 to 14 thousand years ago, their speed has recently increased. Now when Darrow describes FDL-A she states truly: "It moves so fast that you can watch it... […]

November 15, 2014

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7:27 PM | The Brooklyn Bridge: Where did it come from? | Stuff of...
The Brooklyn Bridge: Where did it come from? | Stuff of Genius When New York’s leaders contacted John Roebling for help on the Brooklyn Bridge, he was already a well-known engineer — but was he up to the task? By: How Stuff Works.
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5:19 PM | These Guys Want to Build A Fleet of Giant Fighting Paintball Robots (Video)
Most new technologies aim to solve a common problem, facilitate a difficult task, or just generally make our lives easier and better. But sometimes it’s okay for new technologies to be designed solely for entertainment purposes – the MegaBots Project would certainly fall into that category. The MegaBots design team, which includes engineers, scientists, artists and manufacturers, came together to create giant, paintball cannon-equipped robots. Their current […]

November 14, 2014

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3:09 PM | How Hydropower Dams Work
Hydropower has long been our leading renewable energy resource. Explore how hydroelectric dams work with this interactive graphic.
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3:09 PM | How Hydropower Dams Work [Interactive Explainer]
Hydropower has long been our leading renewable energy resource. Explore how hydroelectric dams work with this interactive graphic.
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3:04 PM | Energy and Electricity: From Source to Use
Energy can’t be transferred with 100 percent efficiency. This infographic explains how we “lose” energy as it moves from the source—coal—to becoming electricity in our homes.

November 12, 2014

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4:18 PM | This Google-Owned Firm Is Building Some Insane Robots, Including A Robo Karate Kid (Video)
Last December, Google raised a lot of eyebrows when they purchased the robotics firm Boston Dynamics. The acquisition led to all kinds of speculation about what Google was going to do with this new robotic wing of its business. Well, there’s at least one cool project Boston Dynamics has been working on recently: a 6ft 2in, 330-pound robot with exceptional levels of balance and maneuverability. They call it the Atlas bot. The robot is a joint project between Boston Dynamics, the
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1:08 PM | Video Tip of the Week: UpSet about genomics Venn Diagrams?
Who can forget the Banana Venn? It was one of the most talked-about visualizations in genomics that I’m aware of. A new concept in data visualization: the Venn/banana diagram. MT @phylogenomics http://t.co/xjitNDNl — Iddo Friedberg (@iddux) July 19, 2012 Banana? RT @phylogenomics: Perhaps the best genomics Venn diagram ever #Bananas #NotSureWhatItMeansButDontCare http://t.co/xMV25GBG — Brian Kent […]

D’Hont A., Jean-Marc Aury, Franc-Christophe Baurens, Françoise Carreel, Olivier Garsmeur, Benjamin Noel, Stéphanie Bocs, Gaëtan Droc, Mathieu Rouard & Corinne Da Silva & (2012). The banana (Musa acuminata) genome and the evolution of monocotyledonous plants, Nature, 488 (7410) 213-217. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature11241

Lex A., Gehlenborg N., Strobelt H., Vuillemot R.V. & Pfister H. (2014). UpSet: Visualization of Intersecting Sets, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (InfoVis '14), Other:

Lex A. (2014). Points of view: Sets and intersections, Nature Methods, 11 (8) 779-779. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nmeth.3033

Gibbs R.A., Michael L. Metzker, Donna M. Muzny, Erica J. Sodergren, Steven Scherer, Graham Scott, David Steffen, Kim C. Worley, Paula E. Burch & Geoffrey Okwuonu & (2004). Genome sequence of the Brown Norway rat yields insights into mammalian evolution, Nature, 428 (6982) 493-521. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature02426

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November 10, 2014

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8:12 PM | Watch This Guy Go From 0 to 207 MPH In Under 5 Seconds On a Rocket Bicycle (Video)
François Gissy is a bike enthusiast with an insatiable appetite for speed. In May of 2013, the French daredevil set a bike land speed record by reaching a top speed of 163 mph (263km/h) on his rocket-propelled bicycle. Gissy smashed that record this past Friday (Nov. 7), hitting speeds of 207 mph (333 km/h) while dusting a Ferrari 430 during a test run at Circuit Paul Ricard in southern France. The most incredible part: he reached that top speed in less than 5

November 08, 2014

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11:50 PM | Will the Virgin Galactic Spacecraft Crash Affect the Future of Space Tourism?
On September 17, 1908, Orville Wright took to the air for a demonstration flight at Fort Myer, Virginia, with Army Signal Corps Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as a passenger. Just a few minutes into the flight, the propeller suddenly disintegrated. The aircraft spiraled out of control and smashed into the ground. Rescuers pulled an unconscious Selfridge from the wreckage. The lieutenant died hours later. Orville himself was hospitalized for six weeks after. He suffered a broken leg, four […]

November 07, 2014

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4:40 PM | Do Want: A Modular, Programmable Robot Made Of Paper And Cardboard
ZURI is a DIY, programmable "Paperbot" system, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: The parts are built with paper and cardboard. Plus, the design is modular. By combining leg- and body-types, users can create a range of robotic bauplans. Read more...

November 06, 2014

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6:43 PM | Temperamental machinery and FDL science
When the machinery mounted to the man-height pole announced "RTK initialized," the scientists gave a cheer. It was late afternoon and the morning's downpour had finally cleared. They were gathered in a sunny spot discussing what was still on the agenda for the day when the rover – the pole and its paramount differential GPS unit – announced its good news. Geologist Ronald Daanen grabbed the rover and raced to the toe of the lobe, hoping to get the measurement... Read more
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6:43 PM | Temperamental machinery and FDL science
When the machinery mounted to the man-height pole announced "RTK initialized," the scientists gave a cheer. It was late afternoon and the morning's downpour had finally cleared. They were gathered in a sunny spot discussing what was still on the agenda for the day when the rover – the pole and its paramount differential GPS unit – announced its good news. Geologist Ronald Daanen grabbed the rover and raced to the toe of the lobe, hoping to get the measurement... Read more
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3:00 PM | Life Aboard a ‘Polar Roller’: America’s Last Heavy Icebreaker
And a trick to prevent seasickness that the skipper swears by (other than staying ashore).
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2:09 AM | New California County Fracking Bans Likely to Face Challenges
Passage of two out of three local measures may just set the stage for next battle.

November 05, 2014

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1:57 PM | Coins In Space
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Robert Lasson, director of creative services in NC State’s Fitts Industrial and Systems Engineering Department. Using 3D printers, NC State engineers created the official NC State University […]

November 04, 2014

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3:00 PM | Future of You
Explore new technologies driving a digital health revolution to hack and track our lives.

November 03, 2014

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10:55 PM | Reshaping the Limits of Synthetic Biology
Ever think you could have built something better if you had a hand in the design? Sometimes people just have a desire to make, after all the maker movement is […]

J. Boeke et al (2014). Circular permutation of a synthetic eukaryotic chromosome with the telomerator, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Other:

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10:55 PM | Reshaping the Limits of Synthetic Biology
Ever think you could have built something better if you had a hand in the design? Sometimes people just have a desire to make, after all the maker movement is […]

J. Boeke et al (2014). Circular permutation of a synthetic eukaryotic chromosome with the telomerator, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Other:

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10:55 PM | Reshaping the Limits of Synthetic Biology
Ever think you could have built something better if you had a hand in the design? Sometimes people just have a desire to make, after all the maker movement is […]

J. Boeke et al (2014). Circular permutation of a synthetic eukaryotic chromosome with the telomerator, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Other:

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10:55 PM | Reshaping the Limits of Synthetic Biology
Ever think you could have built something better if you had a hand in the design? Sometimes people just have a desire to make, after all the maker movement is […]

J. Boeke et al (2014). Circular permutation of a synthetic eukaryotic chromosome with the telomerator, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Other:

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10:55 PM | Reshaping the Limits of Synthetic Biology
Ever think you could have built something better if you had a hand in the design? Sometimes people just have a desire to make, after all the maker movement is […]

J. Boeke et al (2014). Circular permutation of a synthetic eukaryotic chromosome with the telomerator, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Other:

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10:55 PM | Reshaping the Limits of Synthetic Biology
Ever think you could have built something better if you had a hand in the design? Sometimes people just have a desire to make, after all the maker movement is […]

J. Boeke et al (2014). Circular permutation of a synthetic eukaryotic chromosome with the telomerator, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Other:

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10:55 PM | Reshaping the Limits of Synthetic Biology
Ever think you could have built something better if you had a hand in the design? Sometimes people just have a desire to make, after all the maker movement is […]

J. Boeke et al (2014). Circular permutation of a synthetic eukaryotic chromosome with the telomerator, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Other:

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10:55 PM | Reshaping the Limits of Synthetic Biology
Ever think you could have built something better if you had a hand in the design? Sometimes people just have a desire to make, after all the maker movement is […]

J. Boeke et al (2014). Circular permutation of a synthetic eukaryotic chromosome with the telomerator, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Other:

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10:55 PM | Reshaping the Limits of Synthetic Biology
Ever think you could have built something better if you had a hand in the design? Sometimes people just have a desire to make, after all the maker movement is […]

J. Boeke et al (2014). Circular permutation of a synthetic eukaryotic chromosome with the telomerator, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Other:

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