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November 21, 2014

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9:54 PM | The impact of powered prosthetic failures on the user
  Prosthetics have come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. With the ongoing wars in the middle east the need for better prosthetics technologies has become […]

Zhang, F., Liu, M. & Huang, H. (2014). Effects of Locomotion Mode Recognition Errors on Volitional Control of Powered Above-Knee Prostheses, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, DOI: 10.1109/TNSRE.2014.2327230

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November 19, 2014

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1:00 PM | Peer Review Has Problems And We Need A Fix
Where it begins. NatureBy Andy Tattersall, University of SheffieldDirty Harry once said, “Opinions are like assholes; everybody has one”. Now that the Internet has made it easier than ever to share an unsolicited opinion, traditional methods of academic review are beginning to show their age.We can now leave a public comment on just about anything – including the news, politics, YouTube videos, this article and even the meal we just ate. These comments can sometimes help […]
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3:00 AM | The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch
By Lewis Dartnell Synopsis: How would you go about rebuilding a technological society from scratch? If our technological society collapsed tomorrow, perhaps from a viral pandemic or catastrophic asteroid impact, what would be the one book […]

November 18, 2014

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10:00 PM | Artificial Intelligence Software Using Images Boosts Web Searches
New artificial intelligence software uses photos to locate documents on the Internet with far greater accuracy than ever before, showing for the first time that a machine learning algorithm for image recognition and retrieval is accurate and efficient enough to improve large-scale document searches online. The system uses pixel data in images and potentially video - rather than just text -- to locate documents. It learns to recognize the pixels associated with a search phrase by studying the […]
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6:41 PM | A revolution in higher education
Sanjay Sarma is leading an educational revolution now underway in higher education. “Michelangelo didn’t attend a semester of lectures,” says Sanjay Sarma, “he learned in the studio with a master […]
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6:33 PM | Three Reasons Oncor’s Energy Storage Proposal Is a Game Changer
Early last week, Texas transmission and distribution company Oncor announced a proposal to install 5,000 megawatts of battery energy storage on the Texas grid. The words “game-changing” get thrown... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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11:55 AM | bouncing on a comet.
humans landed a robot on a comet last week for the first time.  yeehaw! a collaboration of scientists and engineers from 20 countries made this happen through the european space agency.the rosetta spacecraft traveled through the solar system for 10 years, getting gravity assists from earth a few times and mars before reaching its destination: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.space craft selfie with its solar panel and comet 67Pthe philae lander drifitng away from rosetta on its way to comet […]

November 17, 2014

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11:16 PM | LaTeX The Phantom Menace
(Week 2 of the challenge.) LaTeX is the path to the dark side. LaTeX leads to TeX. TeX leads to DVI. DVI leads to suffering. — not Yoda. Ever since joining MathJax, MathML has been a major part of my …
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8:03 PM | A 5-Year-Old Boy Just Passed Microsoft’s IT Technician Exam
Ayan Qureshi isn’t your typical first grader. Ayan’s father Asim Qureshi, an IT consultant, introduced him to the world of computers when he was just three years old, letting Ayan play with old computers so that he could learn about how hard-drives and motherboards work. “I found whatever I was telling him, the next day he’d remember everything I said, so I started to feed him more information,”   Mr. Qureshi told the BBC. Ayan was indeed a […]
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6:20 PM | Some of the greatest advances in technology, from robotics to genetic engineering, are being used on
Some of the greatest advances in technology, from robotics to genetic engineering, are being used on farms. The U.S. National Science Foundation has a fascinating set of articles about the ways agriculture is getting insanely futuristic.Read more...
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5:20 PM | This Phenomenal Magic Trick Was Created By An Artificial Intelligence
Magicians are not supposed to reveal their secrets. But what if that magician is a machine? Recent experiments at Queen Mary University of London show that it's not only possible to teach a computer program how magic tricks work, but that these systems are capable of designing new and superior versions that can be performed by humans.Read more...
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4:02 PM | Spiral laser beam creates quantum whirlpool
Physicists at ANU have engineered a spiral laser beam and used it to create a whirlpool of hybrid light-matter particles called polaritons. “Creating circulating currents of polaritons – vortices – […]
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3:57 PM | Artificial Intelligence Creates Magic Tricks
Researchers have taught a computer program the outline of how a magic jigsaw puzzle and a mind reading card trick work, as well the results of experiments into how humans understand magic tricks, and it created completely new variants on those tricks which can be delivered by a magician. The magic tricks created were of the type that use mathematical techniques rather than sleight of hand. The tricks proved popular with audiences and the magic puzzle was put on sale in a London magic shop. The […]
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1:31 PM | Magic tricks created using artificial intelligence for the first time  
Researchers working on artificial intelligence at Queen Mary University of London have taught a computer to create magic tricks. The researchers gave a computer program the outline of how a […]
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11:00 AM | Why do we need to have so many meetings?
These days my calendar is a source of stress. My morning routine of reviewing my appointments for the day during my commute often leaves me dreading the coming workday—and frantically looking for 15... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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11:00 AM | Why do we need to have so many meetings?
These days my calendar is a source of stress. My morning routine of reviewing my appointments for the day during my commute often leaves me dreading the coming workday—and frantically looking for 15... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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11:00 AM | The Man Who Hears Wi-Fi Signals Wherever He Goes
Frank Swain, who has been going deaf since he was in his twenties, had his hearing aids tweaked so that he could hear Wi-Fi fields wherever he goes. Swain wrote about the experience for New Scientist, describing what has become a regular part of his day.Read more...
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8:21 AM | Why now is such a cool time to be a scientist
Sure, it is a difficult time to be a young scientist, particularly in the life sciences. We’ve all heard the doom and gloom about funding. After the financial crisis, grant funding is progressively drying up and venture capitalists and other investors are now less likely to pour money into biotech because it’s viewed as too high […]
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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 16, 2014

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6:56 PM | RicochetScience Magazine on FlipBoard
As a science instructor, I am always looking for current event topics for my introductory biology classes, or for something for the students to read before coming to class. While Twitter is great, chasing down articles based on 140 word snippets, especially when class is starting in a few moments, can be maddening.  One solution that I found for this was FlipBoard, which has provided me with a quick way of loading interesting articles, along with their cover images and summaries, into one […]
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3:25 PM | Battle of the Brain: We Want To Feel Safe, But the News Is Full of Panic
Fear is in the air once again: An Ebola epidemic. ISIS atrocities. Another senseless school shooting. What’s going on here? We want to feel safe. We want our families to be safe. Yet, every time we turn on the news (in all the many forms we receive it today), panic-inducing stories bombard our brains. We […]
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3:00 PM | MI weekly selection #101
Massive storms on Uranus baffle scientists. Astronomers have detected a wave of powerful storms touching down on the planet Uranus, surprising scientists who previously […] Read more The post MI weekly selection #101 appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:The Oxford Questions on the foundations of quantum mechanics Game Theory explains professionals’ play Sieving at the nanoscale: desalination of seawater through nanoporous graphene

November 15, 2014

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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 […]
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3:06 PM | Ghosting: I Never Heard From Him Again
More than a decade ago, Carrie Bradshaw was on the receiving end of a modern break-up — on a post-it note. Nowadays, people don’t even bother with writing something on a piece of paper. Now you’ll get a text, and that will be it. The end of your relationship — and perhaps the end of […]
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2:00 PM | Software Can Detect Even Small Natural Gas Pipeline Leaks
Major leaks from oil and gas pipelines can lead to home evacuations and even explosions. The line of lawyers waiting to sue for millions of dollars even if nothing happens can be seen from space.And though most pipeline leaks are small, America leads the world in safe pipeline construction and oversight, it's better for everyone if leaks are stopped as quickly as possible. A report in Industrial&Engineering Chemistry Research outlines development of a new software-based method that finds […]
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11:00 AM | Become a birdsong hero | video | @GrrlScientist
Todays caturday video introduces the online game, Bird Song Hero. It uses audio and visual cues to help people learn birdsongs so they can identify wild birds by voice alone. Those who follow along are aware that Saturdays are known as caturday amongst many within the blogosphere. Some bloggers only share pictures of and stories about their cats whilst others use this day as an opportunity to remind people about the worlds many fascinating animals, almost all of which are overlooked, […]

November 14, 2014

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11:00 PM | Wearable Tech For Dogs
Wearable tech isn't just for humans any more. whistle.comBy Clara Mancini, The Open UniversityWith the likes of Google Glass, Fitbit, and Emotiv wearables are now a familiar concept. Perhaps less known is that animals have been fitted with wearable technology for decades. read more
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10:20 PM | The Myth of AI Is More Harmful Than AI Itself
Artist and computer scientist Jaron Lanier has penned a longread for The Edge where he argues that the biggest threat of artificial intelligence comes from the fact that it's an elaborate fraud, and that it introduces religious thinking to what should otherwise be a technical field.Read more...
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7:53 PM | Mapping Global Fishing Activity for Anyone to See
When it comes to ocean conservation, these seem to be somewhat optimistic times. The oceans are under a greater threat than ever before, but we have been lucky to see a number of ocean-related successes in recent years. There is an increased understanding by the general public about seafood sustainability and the impact of overfishing.…
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