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March 04, 2015

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8:01 AM | Webinar: “How to get your papers publish in Groundwater”
Do you have a burning need to publish in “Groundwater“, the leading international journal focused exclusively on groundwater? Since 1963, Groundwater has published a dynamic mix of papers on topics related to groundwater including groundwater flow and well hydraulics, hydrogeochemistry and contaminant hydrogeology, application of geophysics, groundwater management and policy, and history of groundwater hydrology. The journal emphasizes […] The post Webinar: […]

March 03, 2015

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4:55 AM | Short history of iterated prisoner’s dilemma tournaments
Nineteen Eighty — if I had to pick the year that computational modeling invaded evolutionary game theory then that would be it. In March, 1980 — exactly thirty-five years ago — was when Robert Axelrod, a professor of political science at University of Michigan, published the results of his first tournament for iterated prisoner’s dilemma […]

Axelrod, R. (1980). More effective choice in the prisoner's dilemma., Journal of Conflict Resolution, 24 (3) 379-403. DOI: 10.1177/002200278002400301

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4:55 AM | Short history of iterated prisoner’s dilemma tournaments
Nineteen Eighty — if I had to pick the year that computational modeling invaded evolutionary game theory then that would be it. In March, 1980 — exactly thirty-five years ago — was when Robert Axelrod, a professor of political science at University of Michigan, published the results of his first tournament for iterated prisoner’s dilemma […]

Axelrod, R. (1980). More effective choice in the prisoner's dilemma., Journal of Conflict Resolution, 24 (3) 379-403. DOI: 10.1177/002200278002400301

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March 02, 2015

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9:21 PM | How Can We Address Indoor Air Pollution?
From KQED Education Do Now: Indoor air pollution from from burning solid fuels for heating and cooking is a huge health concern in many parts of the world. How can we best address this problem?
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5:31 PM | A New, Stronger Tunnel to Bring Hetch Hetchy Water to the Bay Area
The San Francisco Public Utilities opened on Friday a new cement-encased, steel-lined tunnel that runs from Sunol Valley to Fremont. It will carry an average of 265 million gallons of water a day for customers of the Hetch Hetchy Water System Improvement Program, which consists of more than 80 projects to seismically retrofit and upgrade an 80-year-old water system serving 2.6 million people in the Bay Area.
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2:00 PM | Can Technology Make a Dent in East Bay Traffic?
Engineers are betting they can ease a notoriously congested stretch of freeway in the East Bay. But only time will tell how "smart" the I-80 SMART Corridor can be.
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10:33 AM | iPlant is coming to the UK
Back in 2013, the GARNet team brought the iPlant Collaborative over to the UK to run a four-day workshop. Now, we’ve secured funding to bring iPlant to the UK again – but this time, it’s here to stay! During 2014, the GARNet team and committee – together with iPlant collaborators in the US – were busy preparing a grant[...] The post iPlant is coming to the UK appeared first on Weeding the Gems.

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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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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11:00 PM | From The Archives: Designing Products For Aliens
In the October 1952 issue of Popular Science, we wrote about the fascinating, but strange, project spearheaded by 20 MIT students. They were tasked with designing new…
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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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10:30 PM | ucsciencetoday:You just never know where ucresearch will turn...
ucsciencetoday:You just never know where ucresearch will turn up! In this case, UC San Diego structural engineering Ph.D. candidates set out to Florence, Italy at the invitation of the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo to conduct a structural “health assessment” of the Baptistery of St. John. The structure was completed in 1128 and was the site where the Italian poet Dante and many other notable Renaissance figures were baptized.Using LiDAR (light detection and ranging) […]
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6:47 PM | “Engineering Is” for the Next Generation
Explore the connections between engineering and science with KQED’s new, free e-book, Engineering Is Saving the World with Cookstoves. Learn how researchers designed a new, more efficient cookstove to improve the quality of life for families in Darfur.

February 25, 2015

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2:15 AM | Railroads, Big Oil Move to Ease Fears Over Crude Shipments
Railroads and oil companies stage a show-and-tell in Sacramento to highlight safety measures they've put in place. Environmentalists and community activists remain skeptical.

February 24, 2015

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10:38 PM | President Obama Has Vetoed The GOP's Keystone XL Pipeline bill
The Keystone bill cleared the senate in January and passed in the House earlier this month, but the legislation was swiftly vetoed this afternoon by President Barack Obama.Read more...
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9:38 PM | Move over oil, new pretreatment could cut biofuel costs by 30 percent or more
Alternative fuels have a few large problems making them horrible options over oil (which is already a horrible choice). However, researchers may have finally eliminated one of those problems, cost. The team has invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing […]

Nguyen, T., Cai, C., Kumar, R. & Wyman, C. (2015). Co-solvent Pretreatment Reduces Costly Enzyme Requirements for High Sugar and Ethanol Yields from Lignocellulosic Biomass, ChemSusChem, DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201403045

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7:34 PM | The Science of Sloshing: Why Foam is Important
Most of us know that carrying a full cup of hot coffee can be precarious and just one wrong move could send a wave of java sloshing over the rim. But have you ever noticed that adding a bit of foam to the top of the coffee makes moving with it easier? Scientists have found […] The post The Science of Sloshing: Why Foam is Important appeared first on EH Science.

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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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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4:01 PM | The Google Science Fair is Back!
The Google Science Fairis now taking submissions for 2015. This contest for young scientists, innovators and engineers is in its 4th year and I continue to be awestruck by the incredible work being done by the young people who participate. What is the Google Science Fair? It is an international science and technology contest for kids ages 13-18. They can participate as an individual or on a team. Past winners have investigated lowering the cost of biofuels, cleaning up oil sands waste, mini […]
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2:00 PM | A Visit to Apple’s Secret New Headquarters
From the dust of the former Hewlett Packard campus in Cupertino, a glass and concrete ring is taking shape. Apple is building a new headquarters, and it's going to be bigger than the Pentagon. KQED got a tour and a look at the campus' green features.

February 21, 2015

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12:00 AM | 'Firefly' Starship to Blaze a Trail to Alpha Centauri?
The Icarus Interstellar 'Firefly' starship concept could use novel nuclear fusion techniques to power its way to Alpha Centauri within 100 years (guest article)

February 20, 2015

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11:01 AM | Non-Fiction Films about Women in Science and Engineering
Non-Fiction Films about Women in Science and Engineering: "Women in Science" from http://www.hawkhill.com (800-422-4295) "The Double Helix" that showed Rosalind Franklin’s contribution to deciphering the structure of DNA"Gorillas in the Mist" about Dian Fossey "Jewles in a test tube" about Biochemist Lynda Jordan"Intellectual Parity" "Breaking Through: Women in Science" (1993) has interviews with women scientists "Asking Different Questions: Women in Science". Five women scientists […]

February 19, 2015

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8:00 PM | What Happens When Wood Burns?
What happens when wood burns? In this animated explainer, learn about the chemistry of combustion.

February 18, 2015

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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 17, 2015

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6:32 PM | UMass Has Banned Iranian Students from Engineering and Science Programs
Starting this month, the venerable University of Massachusetts at Amherst will no longer allow Iranian nationals to matriculate as graduate students in many of its programs in engineering and the natural sciences, including physics and electrical/computer engineering. Read more...
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