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Ward Plunet

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Occupation: Neuroscientist (Neuroscientist : Neuroeconomist : eating entropy each day)

Location: Palo Alto, California, USA

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Google+13,050,920The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033644  
Sarah Hill2,872,911Calling all inhabitants of the Ghost Town.   Let's #HIRL in Austin, TX!!!   (Hangout In Real Life). Hear how ★ Plusketeers are using the +Google+  platform to create their own #humanmedia posse and how 2013 could be the year for + Google +.  Our venue only holds 100 so you *must RVSP* early and email googleplus@vu.com if you'd like to join us for lunch. +Veterans United is picking up the tab for free food and drinks but you're ghosts...so you don't eat much right?  ♥♥♥   #SXSWHIRL  HIRL in Austin, TX2013-03-09 12:00:00245  
Blythe Metz292,947This is a Hangout On Air, 4pm PST or 7pm EST, with +Marc Stevens and +Bradford Lowry . Dr. Marc Stevens will be discussing  ways to stay healthy this holiday. Please feel free to post your questions on this events page, We will be answering those questions during the HOA (hangout On Air). Staying Healthy This Holiday with Nutrition2012-12-18 01:00:0066  
Fraser Cain992,064To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout.  In conjunction with @106911959181067745693. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, @109036978092446954908, @108952536790629690817 and @102887292457967781591 for this special event. Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the @111419948721791453320 and the @108759765804984663877. @109479143173251353583 and @107051665537162034944 will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment. We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout   (this will replace our regular Sunday night @100902337165997768522)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004843  

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2016-07-25 00:44:47 (13 comments; 12 reshares; 79 +1s; )Open 

Study indicates running barefoot helps optimize technique and reduces risk of injury

In light of the results, Soto points out: "Training based on barefoot running, practised correctly, produces significant changes in foot support, regardless of the athlete's speed: forefoot support (metatarsal), tends to minimize impact peaks and, therefore, leads to a lower risk of injury." Nevertheless, the authors point out that athletes should be careful when beginning the practice of barefoot running. They recommend conducting a multidisciplinary study of the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system both at the static (podiatric and postural) as well as dynamic (ambulatory and running locomotion) levels. Considerable importance should be given to the evaluation of three-dimensional kinematic changes (technique analysis), kinetics (force analysis) and biostructural changes (analysis of... more »

Most reshares: 23

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2016-07-20 15:28:02 (0 comments; 23 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

Google Cuts Its Giant Electricity Bill With DeepMind-Powered AI

_Google just paid for part of its acquisition of DeepMind in a surprising way. The internet giant is using technology from the DeepMind artificial intelligence subsidiary for big savings on the power consumed by its data centers, according to DeepMind Co-Founder Demis Hassabis. In recent months, the Alphabet Inc. unit put a DeepMind AI system in control of parts of its data centers to reduce power consumption by manipulating computer servers and related equipment like cooling systems. It uses a similar technique to DeepMind software that taught itself to play Atari video games, Hassabis said in an interview at a recent AI conference in New York.
The system cut power usage in the data centers by several percentage points, "which is a huge saving in terms of cost but, also, great for the environment," he said. The... more »

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2016-07-23 16:08:41 (7 comments; 10 reshares; 90 +1s; )Open 

'Anti-evolution' drugs could be the key to finally curing cancer

Cancer researchers are coming together to create a new generation of so-called ‘anti-evolution’ therapies, which they say will combat the disease’s “lethal ability to adapt and evade treatment”. Experts from The Institute of Cancer Research in London teamed up with The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and have launched a roadmap for overcoming what they call ‘the cancer evolution’. The plan sets out how big data analysis can identify cancer’s capacity to sidestep treatment by evolving drug resistance, and uncover game-changing new treatments. Cancers evolve and adapt much as animals and plants do in response to changes in the environment, or bacteria do when they become resistant to antibiotics. Patients may initially respond to cancer treatment, but they often then relapse as their disease evolvesand becomes res... more »

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2016-07-27 00:59:45 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Cooperation can help boost your reputation

Human cooperation is thought to have evolved because it benefits everyone involved. But we also know that cooperation doesn’t always make sense when subjected to a cost-benefit analysis. For example, people will often do favors for others when there is no expectation of a personal reward—or without even bothering to think about whether there might be a reward. A recent study published in PNAS presents evidence that humans may engage in these types of uncalculating cooperative activities because it helps their reputation. By cooperating in the moment, people signal to others that they can be trusted to cooperate in the future.

Cooperation can help boost your reputation

Human cooperation is thought to have evolved because it benefits everyone involved. But we also know that cooperation doesn’t always make sense when subjected to a cost-benefit analysis. For example, people will often do favors for others when there is no expectation of a personal reward—or without even bothering to think about whether there might be a reward. A recent study published in PNAS presents evidence that humans may engage in these types of uncalculating cooperative activities because it helps their reputation. By cooperating in the moment, people signal to others that they can be trusted to cooperate in the future.___

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2016-07-27 00:48:47 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Genome-editing 'toolbox' targets multiple genes at once

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With the combined gene-editing strategies—the toolbox—the researchers focused on a group of three cancer-related genes. In experiments using both cultured cells and animal models, they simultaneously deleted all three genes.


Genome-editing 'toolbox' targets multiple genes at once

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With the combined gene-editing strategies—the toolbox—the researchers focused on a group of three cancer-related genes. In experiments using both cultured cells and animal models, they simultaneously deleted all three genes.
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2016-07-27 00:46:05 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Deep learning software knows that a rose is a rose is a rosa rubiginosa

We can’t all be botanists, unfortunately, but most of us do have smartphones, and that may be a start. A computer vision system built by Microsoft Research Asia can identify thousands of species of flowers with nothing but a picture. The Smart Flower Recognition System (Microsoft always did have a way with branding) began serendipitously, with the chance meeting of MSRA’s Yong Rui and botanists from the Chinese Academy of Science at a seminar. Rui’s image analysis work was a perfect match for the botanists, who were trying to figure out how to sort through millions of publicly submitted images of local flowers. The system is built on – what else? – machine learning, specifically a Caffe convolutional neural network trained in 800,000 flower images. Different species of flowers are differentiated enough that,like face... more »

Deep learning software knows that a rose is a rose is a rosa rubiginosa

We can’t all be botanists, unfortunately, but most of us do have smartphones, and that may be a start. A computer vision system built by Microsoft Research Asia can identify thousands of species of flowers with nothing but a picture. The Smart Flower Recognition System (Microsoft always did have a way with branding) began serendipitously, with the chance meeting of MSRA’s Yong Rui and botanists from the Chinese Academy of Science at a seminar. Rui’s image analysis work was a perfect match for the botanists, who were trying to figure out how to sort through millions of publicly submitted images of local flowers. The system is built on – what else? – machine learning, specifically a Caffe convolutional neural network trained in 800,000 flower images. Different species of flowers are differentiated enough that, like faces, they can be told apart by running them through a series of filters made to highlight certain features.___

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2016-07-26 16:10:19 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

Smell test may predict early stages of Alzheimer's disease

Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), New York State Psychiatric Institute, and NewYork-Presbyterian reported that an odor identification test may prove useful in predicting cognitive decline and detecting early-stage Alzheimer's disease.

Smell test may predict early stages of Alzheimer's disease

Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), New York State Psychiatric Institute, and NewYork-Presbyterian reported that an odor identification test may prove useful in predicting cognitive decline and detecting early-stage Alzheimer's disease.___

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2016-07-26 16:05:13 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Up there: Netherlands, Latvia lead world for people's height

If you want to see a tall population of men, go to the Netherlands. Tall women? Latvia. And in the United States, which lags behind dozens of other countries in height, the average for adults stopped increasing about 20 years ago. That's the word from researchers who analyzed a century's worth of height data from 200 countries. Results were released Monday in the journal eLife. National height averages are useful as an indicator of nutrition, health care, environment and general health that people have experienced from the womb through adolescence, said Majid Ezzati of Imperial College London, who led the research. Genes also influence height. The tallest men in the new analysis were Dutch, with an average height of about 6 feet (182.5 centimeters). The next nine tallest countries in order for men were Belgium,... more »

Up there: Netherlands, Latvia lead world for people's height

If you want to see a tall population of men, go to the Netherlands. Tall women? Latvia. And in the United States, which lags behind dozens of other countries in height, the average for adults stopped increasing about 20 years ago. That's the word from researchers who analyzed a century's worth of height data from 200 countries. Results were released Monday in the journal eLife. National height averages are useful as an indicator of nutrition, health care, environment and general health that people have experienced from the womb through adolescence, said Majid Ezzati of Imperial College London, who led the research. Genes also influence height. The tallest men in the new analysis were Dutch, with an average height of about 6 feet (182.5 centimeters). The next nine tallest countries in order for men were Belgium, Estonia, Latvia, Denmark, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Iceland and the Czech Republic. Latvia topped the list for women, with an average height of 5-foot-6 (170 centimeters). Rounding out the top 10 were the Netherlands, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Slovakia, Denmark, Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine. Over the century-long span of the study, the biggest gains appeared in South Korean women and Iranian men, who added 8 inches (20.2 centimeters) and 6 ½ inches (16.5 centimeters), respectively. There was little change in South Asia and some sub-Saharan African countries. In the U.S., men gained about 2 ½ inches (6 centimeters) over the century, with about 2 inches (5 centimeters) for women. The nation is now the 37th tallest for men and 42nd for women researchers said. The analysis estimated that average height for U.S. 18 year olds maxed out at about 5-foot-10 (177.5 centimeters) for men in 1996, and at about 5-foot-5 (164 centimeters) for women in 1988. Since then height has stalled but not decreased significantly, said James Bentham of Imperial College London, a study author.___

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2016-07-26 01:40:32 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Breakthrough battery tech could make electric cars more efficient

Researchers have proposed a new lithium-oxygen battery technology that could make long-distance electric cars (and smartphones that don't need recharging every day) a reality. Lithium-air or lithium-oxygen batteries hold the potential for between 5-15 times the efficiency of existing lithium-ion batteries for electric cars, but have seen a number of technological challenges hindering progress - primarily that nearly a third of the energy is still being wasted as heat, and they don't tend to last very long. Ju Li, professor of nuclear science and engineering at the Battelle Energy Alliance and MIT, led the study, along with Zhi Zhu and five other researchers from MIT, Argonne National Laboratory and Peking University. The new approach, outlined in the journal Nature, results in a 'nanolithia cathode' battery,... more »

Breakthrough battery tech could make electric cars more efficient

Researchers have proposed a new lithium-oxygen battery technology that could make long-distance electric cars (and smartphones that don't need recharging every day) a reality. Lithium-air or lithium-oxygen batteries hold the potential for between 5-15 times the efficiency of existing lithium-ion batteries for electric cars, but have seen a number of technological challenges hindering progress - primarily that nearly a third of the energy is still being wasted as heat, and they don't tend to last very long. Ju Li, professor of nuclear science and engineering at the Battelle Energy Alliance and MIT, led the study, along with Zhi Zhu and five other researchers from MIT, Argonne National Laboratory and Peking University. The new approach, outlined in the journal Nature, results in a 'nanolithia cathode' battery, which is more versatile and side-steps a few of the key issues with Lithium-oxygen batteries, such as needing other systems to keep away carbon dioxide and water. Existing Lithium-oxygen batteries draw in air to cause a chemical reaction (while the battery is being used) and this is then released again to reverse the action and recharge the battery. It's that requirement to have an internal and external air flow process that allows the ingress of carbon dioxide and water. To get around this, the researchers devised a method of discharging and recharging without ever needing to let oxygen return to its gaseous form, which means no need for pumps or membranes.___

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2016-07-26 00:57:55 (3 comments; 16 reshares; 69 +1s; )Open 

Best-selling lipid for skin and hair also holds promise for Alzheimer's

The best-selling lipid in the world, often prominently featured on skin cream and shampoo labels, appears to also hold promise for Alzheimer's treatment, scientists say. A long version of waxy, fat-like ceramide appears critical to helping brain cells called astrocytes stay focused on supporting neurons rather than contributing to their demise.

Best-selling lipid for skin and hair also holds promise for Alzheimer's

The best-selling lipid in the world, often prominently featured on skin cream and shampoo labels, appears to also hold promise for Alzheimer's treatment, scientists say. A long version of waxy, fat-like ceramide appears critical to helping brain cells called astrocytes stay focused on supporting neurons rather than contributing to their demise.___

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2016-07-26 00:14:19 (0 comments; 6 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Google’s Omnitone surround sound project brings us closer to web-based VR

As has been the case with so many industries, the pendulum of VR will eventually swing back from dedicated apps towards web-based systems — and when that happens, Google will be ready. It published details of a new method for delivering serious surround sound over the web, a system it calls Omnitone. Plain ol’ multi-channel surround sound may be fine for watching a movie on a flat screen, but when you’re navigating a virtual environment with total spatial autonomy, you need a bit more. You need ambisonics, which simulates a full sphere of sound around you, giving sounds coordinates in 3D space and letting a renderer do the work of converting that coordinate into the appropriate soundwaves. The problem Google’s Chrome WebAudio team faced was how to make this happen in the browser using the tools alreadyavailable... more »

Google’s Omnitone surround sound project brings us closer to web-based VR

As has been the case with so many industries, the pendulum of VR will eventually swing back from dedicated apps towards web-based systems — and when that happens, Google will be ready. It published details of a new method for delivering serious surround sound over the web, a system it calls Omnitone. Plain ol’ multi-channel surround sound may be fine for watching a movie on a flat screen, but when you’re navigating a virtual environment with total spatial autonomy, you need a bit more. You need ambisonics, which simulates a full sphere of sound around you, giving sounds coordinates in 3D space and letting a renderer do the work of converting that coordinate into the appropriate soundwaves. The problem Google’s Chrome WebAudio team faced was how to make this happen in the browser using the tools already available — so as not to clutter the web with yet another standard. The solution they came up with is clever, but really quite straightforward.___

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2016-07-26 00:11:23 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Embryonic gene Nanog reverses aging in adult stem cells

The discovery may lead to treatments for atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's and other age-related disorders. In a series of experiments, the embryonic stem cell gene Nanog kicked into action dormant cellular processes that are key to preventing weak bones, clogged arteries and other telltale signs of growing old.

Embryonic gene Nanog reverses aging in adult stem cells

The discovery may lead to treatments for atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's and other age-related disorders. In a series of experiments, the embryonic stem cell gene Nanog kicked into action dormant cellular processes that are key to preventing weak bones, clogged arteries and other telltale signs of growing old.___

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2016-07-25 18:37:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

How to buy, sell, and get a wallet for Bitcoin and Ethereum using Coinbase and Poloniex

How to buy, sell, and get a wallet for Bitcoin and Ethereum using Coinbase and Poloniex___

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2016-07-25 16:24:06 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

The Skynet Salesman

One way to think of the TSP (traveling salesman problem) problem is to draw an analogy with the famous game Pac-Man. In Pac-Man the aim is to collect as many points as possible while navigating a maze and avoiding ghosts - it is not dissimilar to the TSP (minus the ghosts). With this inspiration we can look to solve the TSP in another way - by treating it as game (this is similar to the Physical Travelling Salesman Problem). In 2015 a famous demonstration showed that an algorithm was able to achieve human level performance in a number of Atari games (including Pac-Man). This was made possible by deep QQ learning - a variant of Reinforcement Learning (RL). In QQ learning, the aim is to learn a QQ function which gives the expected future reward (think score) given the current state (pixels from Pac-Man) if a particular action (up, down, etc.) is taken. The action that has... more »

The Skynet Salesman

One way to think of the TSP (traveling salesman problem) problem is to draw an analogy with the famous game Pac-Man. In Pac-Man the aim is to collect as many points as possible while navigating a maze and avoiding ghosts - it is not dissimilar to the TSP (minus the ghosts). With this inspiration we can look to solve the TSP in another way - by treating it as game (this is similar to the Physical Travelling Salesman Problem). In 2015 a famous demonstration showed that an algorithm was able to achieve human level performance in a number of Atari games (including Pac-Man). This was made possible by deep QQ learning - a variant of Reinforcement Learning (RL). In QQ learning, the aim is to learn a QQ function which gives the expected future reward (think score) given the current state (pixels from Pac-Man) if a particular action (up, down, etc.) is taken. The action that has the highest expected future reward is selected. So if RL can learn to play Pac-Man, can we use it to solve the TSP?___

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2016-07-25 16:06:39 (10 comments; 8 reshares; 85 +1s; )Open 

Mental stimulation limits the effect of Western diet on thinking skills

Researchers at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2016 have suggested that people with more education, a mentally challenging job and an active social life might be able to better withstand the decline in memory and thinking skills associated with a diet containing lots of sugar and processed foods.

link: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-07-mental-limits-effect-western-diet.html

Mental stimulation limits the effect of Western diet on thinking skills

Researchers at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2016 have suggested that people with more education, a mentally challenging job and an active social life might be able to better withstand the decline in memory and thinking skills associated with a diet containing lots of sugar and processed foods.

link: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-07-mental-limits-effect-western-diet.html___

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2016-07-25 15:56:55 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Update Opens the Door for Enhanced Roomscale Tracking with Rift and Touch

A recent update to Oculus Home has enabled support for tracking the Rift and Touch with up to four trackers, enabling robust coverage of a roomscale space. While Oculus doesn’t officially support ‘roomscale’ experiences like those on the HTC Vive, a new update to the Oculus Home software will be a boost for those wanting to use their Rift with Steam’s roomscale games.

Update Opens the Door for Enhanced Roomscale Tracking with Rift and Touch

A recent update to Oculus Home has enabled support for tracking the Rift and Touch with up to four trackers, enabling robust coverage of a roomscale space. While Oculus doesn’t officially support ‘roomscale’ experiences like those on the HTC Vive, a new update to the Oculus Home software will be a boost for those wanting to use their Rift with Steam’s roomscale games.___

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2016-07-25 15:48:55 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Researchers use neural networks to turn face sketches into photos

We all have a soft spot for Prisma, the app that turns smartphone photos into stylized artwork. But the reverse process — transforming artwork into pictures — is no less fascinating. And it’s not far from becoming real, researchers in the Netherlands said. A team of four neuroscientists at Radboud University is working on a model for inverting face sketches to synthesize photorealistic face images by using deep neural networks. The results of the study (Convolutional Sketch Inversion) were first made available in the online archive arXiv and have recently been accepted at the European Conference on Computer Vision in Amsterdam. Scientists said applications of their model could include fine arts, for turning self-portraits into something more akin to a photo, but also in forensics, for turning sketches based oneyewi... more »

Researchers use neural networks to turn face sketches into photos

We all have a soft spot for Prisma, the app that turns smartphone photos into stylized artwork. But the reverse process — transforming artwork into pictures — is no less fascinating. And it’s not far from becoming real, researchers in the Netherlands said. A team of four neuroscientists at Radboud University is working on a model for inverting face sketches to synthesize photorealistic face images by using deep neural networks. The results of the study (Convolutional Sketch Inversion) were first made available in the online archive arXiv and have recently been accepted at the European Conference on Computer Vision in Amsterdam. Scientists said applications of their model could include fine arts, for turning self-portraits into something more akin to a photo, but also in forensics, for turning sketches based on eyewitness accounts into something a photo-recognition tool could use, for example.___

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2016-07-25 15:46:36 (7 comments; 6 reshares; 78 +1s; )Open 

Pokémon Go could ease Type 2 diabetes burden

Millions of people around the world have started to play Pokémon Go, a virtual reality treasure hunt where players must walk to places within the real world and catch, train and battle monsters which appear on their mobile phone screens. Leading diabetes researchers believe the craze of Pokémon Go could be an “innovative solution” to rising obesity levels and chronic disease.

link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160725090154.htm

Pokémon Go could ease Type 2 diabetes burden

Millions of people around the world have started to play Pokémon Go, a virtual reality treasure hunt where players must walk to places within the real world and catch, train and battle monsters which appear on their mobile phone screens. Leading diabetes researchers believe the craze of Pokémon Go could be an “innovative solution” to rising obesity levels and chronic disease.

link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160725090154.htm___

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2016-07-25 01:08:17 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Metal 3D printing takes flight

Although the mainstream consumer adoption of 3D printing might be falling behind on certain expectations, metal 3D printing for product designers and engineers seems to be delivering on all the potential that 3D printing has in store. At its core, “metal 3D printing” is a simplified term for a metal-based additive manufacturing process; primarily either Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) or Selective Laser Melting (SLM). Unlike conventional metal fabrication techniques that rely on removing or stamping metals to arrive at an intended design, metal 3D printing builds objects up layer by layer through fusing material together with a programmed laser that literally draws each layer shape until an object has been produced.

Metal 3D printing takes flight

Although the mainstream consumer adoption of 3D printing might be falling behind on certain expectations, metal 3D printing for product designers and engineers seems to be delivering on all the potential that 3D printing has in store. At its core, “metal 3D printing” is a simplified term for a metal-based additive manufacturing process; primarily either Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) or Selective Laser Melting (SLM). Unlike conventional metal fabrication techniques that rely on removing or stamping metals to arrive at an intended design, metal 3D printing builds objects up layer by layer through fusing material together with a programmed laser that literally draws each layer shape until an object has been produced.___

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2016-07-25 00:49:44 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Udacity wants to help you become a self-taught self-driving car engineer

Now you, too, can become a self-driving vehicle engineer, in one year, using Udacity’s newly announced nanodegree (via Recode). Udacity is the online education startup helmed by Sebastian Thrun, a former Google employee who actually helped kick off that company’s self-driving car program before leaving to found his own venture. Thrun’s expertise should help ensure that Udacity’s program has solid educational substance, and Udacity’s nanodegree program (like a condensed, self-directed diploma) in general gets high praise from the likes of Google, which is a partner for some programs. This self-driving car program takes a bit longer than the average nanodegree, which is typically in the range of a few months. But becoming a self-driving car engineer should logically require more time than learning to buildyour own ... more »

Udacity wants to help you become a self-taught self-driving car engineer

Now you, too, can become a self-driving vehicle engineer, in one year, using Udacity’s newly announced nanodegree (via Recode). Udacity is the online education startup helmed by Sebastian Thrun, a former Google employee who actually helped kick off that company’s self-driving car program before leaving to found his own venture. Thrun’s expertise should help ensure that Udacity’s program has solid educational substance, and Udacity’s nanodegree program (like a condensed, self-directed diploma) in general gets high praise from the likes of Google, which is a partner for some programs. This self-driving car program takes a bit longer than the average nanodegree, which is typically in the range of a few months. But becoming a self-driving car engineer should logically require more time than learning to build your own “Hello World!” iOS or Android app.___

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2016-07-25 00:44:47 (13 comments; 12 reshares; 79 +1s; )Open 

Study indicates running barefoot helps optimize technique and reduces risk of injury

In light of the results, Soto points out: "Training based on barefoot running, practised correctly, produces significant changes in foot support, regardless of the athlete's speed: forefoot support (metatarsal), tends to minimize impact peaks and, therefore, leads to a lower risk of injury." Nevertheless, the authors point out that athletes should be careful when beginning the practice of barefoot running. They recommend conducting a multidisciplinary study of the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system both at the static (podiatric and postural) as well as dynamic (ambulatory and running locomotion) levels. Considerable importance should be given to the evaluation of three-dimensional kinematic changes (technique analysis), kinetics (force analysis) and biostructural changes (analysis of... more »

Study indicates running barefoot helps optimize technique and reduces risk of injury

In light of the results, Soto points out: "Training based on barefoot running, practised correctly, produces significant changes in foot support, regardless of the athlete's speed: forefoot support (metatarsal), tends to minimize impact peaks and, therefore, leads to a lower risk of injury." Nevertheless, the authors point out that athletes should be careful when beginning the practice of barefoot running. They recommend conducting a multidisciplinary study of the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system both at the static (podiatric and postural) as well as dynamic (ambulatory and running locomotion) levels. Considerable importance should be given to the evaluation of three-dimensional kinematic changes (technique analysis), kinetics (force analysis) and biostructural changes (analysis of elastic and contractile elements) in addition to an analysis of commonly used footwear.___

2016-07-25 00:20:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Brain stimulation to reduce food cravings? The data so far

While so far there's "no reliable effect" of brain stimulation in reducing overall food consumption, studies do suggest a possible effect on intake of carbohydrates. Dr. Hall and colleagues make suggestions for future research, clarifying the potential benefits of repeated sessions of rTMS and focusing on actual food consumption -- especially calorie-dense snack foods.

Brain stimulation to reduce food cravings? The data so far

While so far there's "no reliable effect" of brain stimulation in reducing overall food consumption, studies do suggest a possible effect on intake of carbohydrates. Dr. Hall and colleagues make suggestions for future research, clarifying the potential benefits of repeated sessions of rTMS and focusing on actual food consumption -- especially calorie-dense snack foods.___

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2016-07-24 18:29:05 (0 comments; 13 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

Approaching (Almost) Any Machine Learning Problem

An average data scientist deals with loads of data daily. Some say over 60-70% time is spent in data cleaning, munging and bringing data to a suitable format such that machine learning models can be applied on that data. This post focuses on the second part, i.e., applying machine learning models, including the preprocessing steps. The pipelines discussed in this post come as a result of over a hundred machine learning competitions that I’ve taken part in. It must be noted that the discussion here is very general but very useful and there can also be very complicated methods which exist and are practised by professionals.

Approaching (Almost) Any Machine Learning Problem

An average data scientist deals with loads of data daily. Some say over 60-70% time is spent in data cleaning, munging and bringing data to a suitable format such that machine learning models can be applied on that data. This post focuses on the second part, i.e., applying machine learning models, including the preprocessing steps. The pipelines discussed in this post come as a result of over a hundred machine learning competitions that I’ve taken part in. It must be noted that the discussion here is very general but very useful and there can also be very complicated methods which exist and are practised by professionals.___

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2016-07-24 17:59:43 (0 comments; 9 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

10 Papers from ICML and CVPR

The International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) and Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) 2016 occurred back-to-back this year. In this post, I’ll cover some of the most exciting advances in research as experienced from an on-the-ground perspective. Unsurprisingly, ICML focused more on fundamental research in an intimate setting while CVPR focused on applications research. Both included copious amounts of deep learning applied to many different areas.

10 Papers from ICML and CVPR

The International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) and Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) 2016 occurred back-to-back this year. In this post, I’ll cover some of the most exciting advances in research as experienced from an on-the-ground perspective. Unsurprisingly, ICML focused more on fundamental research in an intimate setting while CVPR focused on applications research. Both included copious amounts of deep learning applied to many different areas.___

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2016-07-24 16:47:47 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

A Painful Lesson For The Ethereum Community

After a torrid few weeks arguing about what to do, while the DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization) became ever more corrupted due to repeated attempts to recover the money without fixing the code problem that made it impossible to prevent the money being stolen again, the Ethereum community has finally bowed to the inevitable. The DAO code has been returned to a point prior to the original attack – a “hard fork”. Ethereum has had its first bailout. The majority of Ethereum miners have agreed to this. This is hardly surprising, since a lot of them had invested in the DAO and it meant they got their money back. The puritans who objected to the bailout on the grounds that it fatally compromised the “immutability” of blockchain were never going to win. Accepting large losses for the “greater good” is the province of saints, andthere aren’t ... more »

A Painful Lesson For The Ethereum Community

After a torrid few weeks arguing about what to do, while the DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization) became ever more corrupted due to repeated attempts to recover the money without fixing the code problem that made it impossible to prevent the money being stolen again, the Ethereum community has finally bowed to the inevitable. The DAO code has been returned to a point prior to the original attack – a “hard fork”. Ethereum has had its first bailout. The majority of Ethereum miners have agreed to this. This is hardly surprising, since a lot of them had invested in the DAO and it meant they got their money back. The puritans who objected to the bailout on the grounds that it fatally compromised the “immutability” of blockchain were never going to win. Accepting large losses for the “greater good” is the province of saints, and there aren’t many of those around these days.___

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2016-07-24 16:40:50 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

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2016-07-24 15:38:14 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

New Magic Leap Videos Shows AR Shopping and Voice Control

While prior Magic Leap videos have focused on entertainment and productivity use-cases, the new video’s concept involved a pregnant mother shopping for new items in her baby room. This is the first video from the company to show voice control as a method of input.

New Magic Leap Videos Shows AR Shopping and Voice Control

While prior Magic Leap videos have focused on entertainment and productivity use-cases, the new video’s concept involved a pregnant mother shopping for new items in her baby room. This is the first video from the company to show voice control as a method of input.___

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2016-07-24 15:30:08 (5 comments; 7 reshares; 46 +1s; )Open 

Antibiotics weaken Alzheimer's disease progression through changes in the gut microbiome

Long-term treatment with broad spectrum antibiotics decreased levels of amyloid plaques, a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, and activated inflammatory microglial cells in the brains of mice in a new study by neuroscientists.

Antibiotics weaken Alzheimer's disease progression through changes in the gut microbiome

Long-term treatment with broad spectrum antibiotics decreased levels of amyloid plaques, a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, and activated inflammatory microglial cells in the brains of mice in a new study by neuroscientists.___

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2016-07-24 15:27:05 (0 comments; 10 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

Machine Vision’s Achilles’ Heel Revealed by Google Brain Researchers

By some measures machine vision is better than human vision. But now researchers have found a class of “adversarial images” that easily fool it.

Machine Vision’s Achilles’ Heel Revealed by Google Brain Researchers

By some measures machine vision is better than human vision. But now researchers have found a class of “adversarial images” that easily fool it.___

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2016-07-24 01:32:13 (8 comments; 13 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

Plant compounds give '1-2' punch to colon cancer

A preliminary cell study finds combining curcumin, the active ingredient in spicy curry dishes, and silymarin, a component of milk thistle, inhibited the spread of colon cancer cells and increased cancer cell death.

Plant compounds give '1-2' punch to colon cancer

A preliminary cell study finds combining curcumin, the active ingredient in spicy curry dishes, and silymarin, a component of milk thistle, inhibited the spread of colon cancer cells and increased cancer cell death.___

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2016-07-23 22:47:46 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

SMI Releases Eye Tracking Developer Kit For The HTC Vive

The company known as SMI is now making kits available that will put its potent new technology in the hands of developers working with the HTC Vive. SMI is known for its eye-tracking hardware. Eye-tracking is of particular interest to the virtual reality community because of the considerable experience and peformance benefits it is able to provide. For example, a VR headset with eye-tracking enabled could utilize a process known as Foveated Rendering. This method tracks exactly where your eye is looking and then renders the most detail in the middle, where you are focused the most. The rest of the visuals are a bit blurrier in order to maximize processing power where it really matters. This is the same way your actual eyes work and it could allow for higher fidelity VR experiences without the use of exceedingly more powerful graphics... more »

SMI Releases Eye Tracking Developer Kit For The HTC Vive

The company known as SMI is now making kits available that will put its potent new technology in the hands of developers working with the HTC Vive. SMI is known for its eye-tracking hardware. Eye-tracking is of particular interest to the virtual reality community because of the considerable experience and peformance benefits it is able to provide. For example, a VR headset with eye-tracking enabled could utilize a process known as Foveated Rendering. This method tracks exactly where your eye is looking and then renders the most detail in the middle, where you are focused the most. The rest of the visuals are a bit blurrier in order to maximize processing power where it really matters. This is the same way your actual eyes work and it could allow for higher fidelity VR experiences without the use of exceedingly more powerful graphics cards or personal computers.
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2016-07-23 16:12:36 (3 comments; 6 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Creator of DeepMind working to build an AI agent as smart as a rat this year

Dr. Demis Hassabis is the Co-Founder and CEO of DeepMind, the world’s leading General Artificial Intelligence (AI) company, which was acquired by Google in 2014 in their largest ever European acquisition. Demis will draw on his eclectic experiences as an AI researcher, neuroscientist and video games designer to discuss what is happening at the cutting edge of AI research, including the recent historic AlphaGo match, and its future potential impact on fields such as science and healthcare, and how developing AI may help us better understand the human mind.

Creator of DeepMind working to build an AI agent as smart as a rat this year

Dr. Demis Hassabis is the Co-Founder and CEO of DeepMind, the world’s leading General Artificial Intelligence (AI) company, which was acquired by Google in 2014 in their largest ever European acquisition. Demis will draw on his eclectic experiences as an AI researcher, neuroscientist and video games designer to discuss what is happening at the cutting edge of AI research, including the recent historic AlphaGo match, and its future potential impact on fields such as science and healthcare, and how developing AI may help us better understand the human mind.___

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2016-07-23 16:08:41 (7 comments; 10 reshares; 90 +1s; )Open 

'Anti-evolution' drugs could be the key to finally curing cancer

Cancer researchers are coming together to create a new generation of so-called ‘anti-evolution’ therapies, which they say will combat the disease’s “lethal ability to adapt and evade treatment”. Experts from The Institute of Cancer Research in London teamed up with The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and have launched a roadmap for overcoming what they call ‘the cancer evolution’. The plan sets out how big data analysis can identify cancer’s capacity to sidestep treatment by evolving drug resistance, and uncover game-changing new treatments. Cancers evolve and adapt much as animals and plants do in response to changes in the environment, or bacteria do when they become resistant to antibiotics. Patients may initially respond to cancer treatment, but they often then relapse as their disease evolvesand becomes res... more »

'Anti-evolution' drugs could be the key to finally curing cancer

Cancer researchers are coming together to create a new generation of so-called ‘anti-evolution’ therapies, which they say will combat the disease’s “lethal ability to adapt and evade treatment”. Experts from The Institute of Cancer Research in London teamed up with The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and have launched a roadmap for overcoming what they call ‘the cancer evolution’. The plan sets out how big data analysis can identify cancer’s capacity to sidestep treatment by evolving drug resistance, and uncover game-changing new treatments. Cancers evolve and adapt much as animals and plants do in response to changes in the environment, or bacteria do when they become resistant to antibiotics. Patients may initially respond to cancer treatment, but they often then relapse as their disease evolves and becomes resistant. The scientists will therefore use big data to predict how cancers will evolve and their escape routes from treatment, which they say will allow them to design state-of-the-art clinical trials, assessing the best ways of combining new anti-evolution therapies.___

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2016-07-22 15:59:02 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

The Mr. Robot VR experience isn't a gimmick — it's true storytelling

The short starts mildly enough: Elliot is in his apartment, addressing the viewer directly in the show’s trademark voiceover. There’s certainly a pleasant continuity in seeing Mailk recite Esmail's dialogue in a new context, but too many VR experiences still consist of just hanging out and watching somebody do something, often with a static camera. With a few deft choices, however, Esmail upends that expectation. When Elliot gets really high, the camera smoothly drifts to the ceiling; when he answers a knock at the door (even though he’s dreading it), the camera pulls the viewer inexorably forward with him. They’re subtle moves, but Esmail’s camera helps dictate the emotional mood of any given moment — even while the viewer can still look around in all directions like any 360-degree videoexperience. E... more »

The Mr. Robot VR experience isn't a gimmick — it's true storytelling

The short starts mildly enough: Elliot is in his apartment, addressing the viewer directly in the show’s trademark voiceover. There’s certainly a pleasant continuity in seeing Mailk recite Esmail's dialogue in a new context, but too many VR experiences still consist of just hanging out and watching somebody do something, often with a static camera. With a few deft choices, however, Esmail upends that expectation. When Elliot gets really high, the camera smoothly drifts to the ceiling; when he answers a knock at the door (even though he’s dreading it), the camera pulls the viewer inexorably forward with him. They’re subtle moves, but Esmail’s camera helps dictate the emotional mood of any given moment — even while the viewer can still look around in all directions like any 360-degree video experience. Esmail’s secret weapon, of course, is the emotional connection fans of the show already have with its characters. If you’re caught up on Mr. Robot, there’s an inescapable melancholy in watching Elliot fumble on a would-be first date with Shayla. And when Esmail sets a scene in a ferris wheel car, it serves double duty: on one hand, it provides the VR-centric thrill of being in something that’s going very, very high in the air. But on the other, the close quarters force the viewer into looking at either Elliot or Shayla in tightly framed shots. It’s a VR close-up that feels uncomfortably intimate. Esmail uses that to build tension until he cuts to his characters goofing around on the boardwalk, laughing and chasing each other in a wider shot that evokes traditional, romanticized filmmaking just as Elliot lets his guard down.

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2016-07-22 15:49:52 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

We’re Not Just Fact-Checking Mr. Robot—We’re Hack-Checking It

“They keep emptying the Bitcoin wallets; the server keeps crashing,” he moans to Ray. “I don’t know how to stop it. I only know basic network security measures. You have to find someone who can migrate the site to another more secure location and set up with a system of hot and cold wallets.” A hot Bitcoin wallet is an internet-accessible one with Bitcoins and the private keys needed to move the currency to and from Bitcoin addresses. Because the wallet is exposed, though, it’s vulnerable to being hacked, so some people store excess Bitcoins and keys in a cold wallet—on a system not connected to the internet. The same is true for a Bitcoin exchange service, which may be what the system administrator is managing on the show. Exchangers will keep a certain amount of Bitcoin in a hot wallet for immediatetransactions, but t... more »

We’re Not Just Fact-Checking Mr. Robot—We’re Hack-Checking It

“They keep emptying the Bitcoin wallets; the server keeps crashing,” he moans to Ray. “I don’t know how to stop it. I only know basic network security measures. You have to find someone who can migrate the site to another more secure location and set up with a system of hot and cold wallets.” A hot Bitcoin wallet is an internet-accessible one with Bitcoins and the private keys needed to move the currency to and from Bitcoin addresses. Because the wallet is exposed, though, it’s vulnerable to being hacked, so some people store excess Bitcoins and keys in a cold wallet—on a system not connected to the internet. The same is true for a Bitcoin exchange service, which may be what the system administrator is managing on the show. Exchangers will keep a certain amount of Bitcoin in a hot wallet for immediate transactions, but the bulk in cold storage—though cold storage isn’t a guarantee against theft.___

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2016-07-22 15:38:35 (2 comments; 6 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

Chinese scientists will soon begin the first CRISPR human trial

American regulators already approved a University of Pennsylvania team's plans to conduct a CRISPR trial on humans, but a group of Chinese scientists will beat them to the punch. The Chinese team from the Sichuan University's West China Hospital in Chengdu will begin testing the efficacy of modified cells for lung cancer treatment in August. They chose patients who still haven't gotten well even after undergoing chemotherapy, radiation therapy and other treatments. The scientists plan to take T cells (a type of white blood cell) from patients and use the CRISPR-Cas9 technique to edit out the PD-1 gene. PD-1 regulates T cells' immune response and prevents them from attacking healthy cells. The team will then multiply the modified samples in the lab before reintroducing them to the patients' bloodstream, in... more »

Chinese scientists will soon begin the first CRISPR human trial

American regulators already approved a University of Pennsylvania team's plans to conduct a CRISPR trial on humans, but a group of Chinese scientists will beat them to the punch. The Chinese team from the Sichuan University's West China Hospital in Chengdu will begin testing the efficacy of modified cells for lung cancer treatment in August. They chose patients who still haven't gotten well even after undergoing chemotherapy, radiation therapy and other treatments. The scientists plan to take T cells (a type of white blood cell) from patients and use the CRISPR-Cas9 technique to edit out the PD-1 gene. PD-1 regulates T cells' immune response and prevents them from attacking healthy cells. The team will then multiply the modified samples in the lab before reintroducing them to the patients' bloodstream, in hopes that they'll target parts of the patient's body affected with cancer.___

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2016-07-22 14:47:15 (2 comments; 10 reshares; 48 +1s; )Open 

Neural networks: Why larger brains are more susceptible to mental illnesses

In humans and other mammals, the cerebral cortex is responsible for sensory, motor, and cognitive functions. A new study shows that the global architecture of the cortical networks in large-brained primates and small-brained rodents is organized by common principles. However, primate brains have weaker long-distance connections, which could explain why large brains are more susceptible to mental illnesses including schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease.

Neural networks: Why larger brains are more susceptible to mental illnesses

In humans and other mammals, the cerebral cortex is responsible for sensory, motor, and cognitive functions. A new study shows that the global architecture of the cortical networks in large-brained primates and small-brained rodents is organized by common principles. However, primate brains have weaker long-distance connections, which could explain why large brains are more susceptible to mental illnesses including schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease.___

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2016-07-22 14:26:08 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

NVIDIA’s New Titan X Card is the VR-Boosting Beast We’d Expect it to Be

11 TFLOPS FP32
44 TOPS INT8 (new deep learning inferencing instruction)
12B transistors
3,584 CUDA cores at 1.53GHz (versus 3,072 cores at 1.08GHz in previous TITAN X)
Up to 60% faster performance than previous TITAN X
High performance engineering for maximum overclocking
12 GB of GDDR5X memory (480 GB/s)

NVIDIA’s New Titan X Card is the VR-Boosting Beast We’d Expect it to Be

11 TFLOPS FP32
44 TOPS INT8 (new deep learning inferencing instruction)
12B transistors
3,584 CUDA cores at 1.53GHz (versus 3,072 cores at 1.08GHz in previous TITAN X)
Up to 60% faster performance than previous TITAN X
High performance engineering for maximum overclocking
12 GB of GDDR5X memory (480 GB/s)___

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2016-07-21 16:12:43 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

NVIDIA Embraces SMI Eye Tracking For VR’s Next Big Leap

One of the next big leaps in VR technology will arrive when headsets come with eye trackers. The addition will allow the computer to optimize the river of images floating into your eyes so only the most detail is shown in the places where you are actually focused. The technique, called foveated rendering, will open the door to higher quality VR on lower cost hardware. It may be a key requirement of second generation VR headsets if the technology is ever to become mainstream. At the SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference next week in Anaheim, NVIDIA will be showing its latest research into foveated rendering making use of the eye tracker from SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI). We’ve seen SMI’s latest eye trackers before and they are said to be fast enough to catch some of the quickest eye movements. NVIDIA performed a perceptualstudy... more »

NVIDIA Embraces SMI Eye Tracking For VR’s Next Big Leap

One of the next big leaps in VR technology will arrive when headsets come with eye trackers. The addition will allow the computer to optimize the river of images floating into your eyes so only the most detail is shown in the places where you are actually focused. The technique, called foveated rendering, will open the door to higher quality VR on lower cost hardware. It may be a key requirement of second generation VR headsets if the technology is ever to become mainstream. At the SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference next week in Anaheim, NVIDIA will be showing its latest research into foveated rendering making use of the eye tracker from SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI). We’ve seen SMI’s latest eye trackers before and they are said to be fast enough to catch some of the quickest eye movements. NVIDIA performed a perceptual study to identify what people see in their periphery and then used those insights combined with SMI’s tracker for a new approach to foveated rendering.___

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2016-07-21 16:05:46 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Intel Gara predicts 100 ExaFLOP supercomputers in 2030 with specialized computing including quantum computing and neuromorphic augmention

200 PetaFLOPs by 2018
2 ExaFLOPS by 2022
20 ExaFLOPS by 2026
100 ExaFLOPs by 2030

Intel Gara predicts 100 ExaFLOP supercomputers in 2030 with specialized computing including quantum computing and neuromorphic augmention

200 PetaFLOPs by 2018
2 ExaFLOPS by 2022
20 ExaFLOPS by 2026
100 ExaFLOPs by 2030___

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2016-07-21 16:03:28 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Amazon Prime’s latest perk is discounted student loans

Does anyone find this a bit strange? Will Amazon moving into other banking services?

Amazon Prime is known for its 2-day shipping service and other perks, like free movies and TV shows for streaming through Prime Video and unlimited photo storage, among other things. But now you can add another benefit to the growing selection of perks that come with being a Prime customer: student loan discounts. Wells Fargo and Amazon announced this morning plans to offer Prime customers a discounted interest rate on their loans through the lender.

Amazon Prime’s latest perk is discounted student loans

Does anyone find this a bit strange? Will Amazon moving into other banking services?

Amazon Prime is known for its 2-day shipping service and other perks, like free movies and TV shows for streaming through Prime Video and unlimited photo storage, among other things. But now you can add another benefit to the growing selection of perks that come with being a Prime customer: student loan discounts. Wells Fargo and Amazon announced this morning plans to offer Prime customers a discounted interest rate on their loans through the lender.___

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2016-07-21 16:01:40 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

How the brain improves motor control

Adaptation in reaching—gradual improvement of motor control in response to a perturbation—is a central issue in motor neuroscience.However, even the cortical origin of errors that drive adaptation has remained elusive. In a new paper published in Neuron, Inoue, Uchimura and Kitazawa have shown that error signals encoded by motor cortical neurons drive adaptation in reaching.

How the brain improves motor control

Adaptation in reaching—gradual improvement of motor control in response to a perturbation—is a central issue in motor neuroscience.However, even the cortical origin of errors that drive adaptation has remained elusive. In a new paper published in Neuron, Inoue, Uchimura and Kitazawa have shown that error signals encoded by motor cortical neurons drive adaptation in reaching.___

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2016-07-21 01:15:28 (2 comments; 7 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

Elon Musk’s ‘Master Plan’ for Tesla is all about energy, new cars, autonomous and sharing

The plan outlines Musk's vision for a combined Tesla and SolarCity, which Tesla offered to acquire last month. Musk expects that deal to receive investor support. Tesla plans to focus on selling integrated energy generation and storage (the PowerWall for the home), an expansion into other forms of ground transportation like trucks and buses, as well as autonomous driving technology. Finally, Tesla is looking to allow owners of its cars to share their vehicles with others in order to have the car make money when it isn't in use.

Elon Musk’s ‘Master Plan’ for Tesla is all about energy, new cars, autonomous and sharing

The plan outlines Musk's vision for a combined Tesla and SolarCity, which Tesla offered to acquire last month. Musk expects that deal to receive investor support. Tesla plans to focus on selling integrated energy generation and storage (the PowerWall for the home), an expansion into other forms of ground transportation like trucks and buses, as well as autonomous driving technology. Finally, Tesla is looking to allow owners of its cars to share their vehicles with others in order to have the car make money when it isn't in use.___

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2016-07-21 00:56:07 (3 comments; 16 reshares; 71 +1s; )Open 

A New Map of the Brain Redraws the Boundaries of Neuroscience

One big challenge for brain mapping in general, says Robert Savoy, a scientist at Harvard’s Center for Biomedical Imaging, is visualizing all this data as billions of neurons fire. Recording every neuron would take petabytes of data. So where do you draw the line(s)? The new map is an attempt at tackling that challenge. “No one thinks 180 is a perfect number, but it’s a powerful representation of where we are now,” Savoy says. And the map’s creators also acknowledge that it’s a starting point for more detailed research into those sections of the brain. “We’re thinking about it as a strong version 1.0,” Glasser says. And how neuroscientists represent something as complex as the brain is a bigger debate. Scan the brain at high resolutions (by using an electron microscope, for example), and you get a deluge ofdata. That fine-g... more »

A New Map of the Brain Redraws the Boundaries of Neuroscience

One big challenge for brain mapping in general, says Robert Savoy, a scientist at Harvard’s Center for Biomedical Imaging, is visualizing all this data as billions of neurons fire. Recording every neuron would take petabytes of data. So where do you draw the line(s)? The new map is an attempt at tackling that challenge. “No one thinks 180 is a perfect number, but it’s a powerful representation of where we are now,” Savoy says. And the map’s creators also acknowledge that it’s a starting point for more detailed research into those sections of the brain. “We’re thinking about it as a strong version 1.0,” Glasser says. And how neuroscientists represent something as complex as the brain is a bigger debate. Scan the brain at high resolutions (by using an electron microscope, for example), and you get a deluge of data. That fine-grained information is crucial to improve functional brain maps, some scientists argue. Others say that lower-res scans spit out less data, but could offer up a clearer picture of how all the connections fit together. Wherever neuroscientists settle on this debate, the new map is a stab at imposing some semblance of order on terra incognita. Researchers working off of it can populate it with features, dispute borders, subdivide regions—and, little by little, change the landscape of what science knows about the brain.___

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2016-07-21 00:50:17 (2 comments; 9 reshares; 67 +1s; )Open 

Changes in brain activity after mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in adolescents

Researchers are studying how cognitive therapy that uses mindfulness techniques, such as meditation, quiet reflection and facilitator-led discussion, may serve as an adjunct to pharmacological treatments for youth with anxiety disorders.

link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160720105456.htm

Changes in brain activity after mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in adolescents

Researchers are studying how cognitive therapy that uses mindfulness techniques, such as meditation, quiet reflection and facilitator-led discussion, may serve as an adjunct to pharmacological treatments for youth with anxiety disorders.

link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160720105456.htm___

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2016-07-21 00:00:44 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

'Everest VR’ is a Breathtaking But Brief Ascent to the Peak of the World

The best way to describe EVEREST VR is to simply call the roughly 30-minute long experience nothing short of breathtaking. From start to finish, my mind was racing as I alternated between my jaw dragging the floor and my breath quickening its pace as the gravity of my situation started to sink in. Sólfar Studios’ incredibly detailed experience feels so realistic at times, I feared that I may join the ranks of the nearly 300 people that have lost their lives in their attempt to climb the mountain that sits as the highest point on the planet.

link: http://uploadvr.com/everest-vr-review-breathtaking/

'Everest VR’ is a Breathtaking But Brief Ascent to the Peak of the World

The best way to describe EVEREST VR is to simply call the roughly 30-minute long experience nothing short of breathtaking. From start to finish, my mind was racing as I alternated between my jaw dragging the floor and my breath quickening its pace as the gravity of my situation started to sink in. Sólfar Studios’ incredibly detailed experience feels so realistic at times, I feared that I may join the ranks of the nearly 300 people that have lost their lives in their attempt to climb the mountain that sits as the highest point on the planet.

link: http://uploadvr.com/everest-vr-review-breathtaking/___

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2016-07-20 22:55:58 (1 comments; 9 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Build a Chatbot - ML for Hackers

This video will get you up and running with your first Chatbot using the deep learning library Torch! The code for this video is here:
https://github.com/llSourcell/Chatbot-AI

Build a Chatbot - ML for Hackers

This video will get you up and running with your first Chatbot using the deep learning library Torch! The code for this video is here:
https://github.com/llSourcell/Chatbot-AI___

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2016-07-20 22:45:28 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Second Life creators look to revamp reality once again, this time in VR

Nobody understands community and online social dynamics quite like Linden Lab, the SF-based team that has maintained a very odd, somewhat dysfunctional digital society called Second Life for what’s coming up on thirteen years. The team is now embarking on its most ambitious project yet, a wide-reaching virtual reality network called Project Sansar that is, in many ways, aiming to become a new layer of reality that gives individuals and businesses a space to experiment with VR environments for their first time.

Project Sansar is designed to allow every average Joe to create their own VR-facing presence or space on the platform as easily and non-technically as they desire. Linden Lab is hoping to monetize their VR world by building what is essentially an app store for VR creative properties. That could meana... more »

Second Life creators look to revamp reality once again, this time in VR

Nobody understands community and online social dynamics quite like Linden Lab, the SF-based team that has maintained a very odd, somewhat dysfunctional digital society called Second Life for what’s coming up on thirteen years. The team is now embarking on its most ambitious project yet, a wide-reaching virtual reality network called Project Sansar that is, in many ways, aiming to become a new layer of reality that gives individuals and businesses a space to experiment with VR environments for their first time.

Project Sansar is designed to allow every average Joe to create their own VR-facing presence or space on the platform as easily and non-technically as they desire. Linden Lab is hoping to monetize their VR world by building what is essentially an app store for VR creative properties. That could mean a small business buying a trade show template someone else designed so that they can host a digital get-together in Sansar, or it could mean a university purchasing a classroom or lab model to build their own VR presence and teach students in more immersive ways.___

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2016-07-20 17:09:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Google’s new Arts & Culture app brings the world’s art, virtual tours and more to your smartphone

Experiencing the world’s art just got a little easier, thanks to Google’s newly launched Arts & Culture application which puts works of art from over a thousand museums across 70 countries into the palm of your hand. But the app goes beyond offering only static images and text – instead, it now offers tools to search art works by any keyword, browse by color, as well as see an artists’ works evolve over time. It even supports 360-degree virtual tours, which you can view in Google Cardboard, and an “Shazam for art”-like feature that will identify the painting in your camera’s viewfinder. The Arts & Culture application was available previously on both iOS and Android, but this release combines a number of Google’s more advanced technologies to make discovering,appreciating and vi... more »

Google’s new Arts & Culture app brings the world’s art, virtual tours and more to your smartphone

Experiencing the world’s art just got a little easier, thanks to Google’s newly launched Arts & Culture application which puts works of art from over a thousand museums across 70 countries into the palm of your hand. But the app goes beyond offering only static images and text – instead, it now offers tools to search art works by any keyword, browse by color, as well as see an artists’ works evolve over time. It even supports 360-degree virtual tours, which you can view in Google Cardboard, and an “Shazam for art”-like feature that will identify the painting in your camera’s viewfinder. The Arts & Culture application was available previously on both iOS and Android, but this release combines a number of Google’s more advanced technologies to make discovering, appreciating and viewing art a more immersive experience.___

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2016-07-20 16:39:49 (0 comments; 8 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Google launches new API to help you parse natural language

Google today announced the public beta launch of its Cloud Natural Language API, a new service that gives developers access to Google-powered sentiment analysis, entity recognition, and syntax analysis. This new API joins Google’s other pre-trained machine-learning APIs like the Cloud Speech API, which is now also available in public beta, the Vision API and the Translate API. The new Cloud Natural Language API currently supports texts in English, Spanish and Japanese. Google notes that the idea here is to offer a service “that can meet the scale and performance needs of developers and enterprises in a broad range of industries.”

Google launches new API to help you parse natural language

Google today announced the public beta launch of its Cloud Natural Language API, a new service that gives developers access to Google-powered sentiment analysis, entity recognition, and syntax analysis. This new API joins Google’s other pre-trained machine-learning APIs like the Cloud Speech API, which is now also available in public beta, the Vision API and the Translate API. The new Cloud Natural Language API currently supports texts in English, Spanish and Japanese. Google notes that the idea here is to offer a service “that can meet the scale and performance needs of developers and enterprises in a broad range of industries.”___

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2016-07-20 15:29:43 (5 comments; 14 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

Middle-age memory decline a matter of changing focus

The inability to remember details, such as the location of objects, begins in early midlife (the 40s) and may be the result of a change in what information the brain focuses on during memory formation and retrieval, rather than a decline in brain function, according to a study by McGill University researchers.

Middle-age memory decline a matter of changing focus

The inability to remember details, such as the location of objects, begins in early midlife (the 40s) and may be the result of a change in what information the brain focuses on during memory formation and retrieval, rather than a decline in brain function, according to a study by McGill University researchers.___

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2016-07-20 15:28:02 (0 comments; 23 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

Google Cuts Its Giant Electricity Bill With DeepMind-Powered AI

_Google just paid for part of its acquisition of DeepMind in a surprising way. The internet giant is using technology from the DeepMind artificial intelligence subsidiary for big savings on the power consumed by its data centers, according to DeepMind Co-Founder Demis Hassabis. In recent months, the Alphabet Inc. unit put a DeepMind AI system in control of parts of its data centers to reduce power consumption by manipulating computer servers and related equipment like cooling systems. It uses a similar technique to DeepMind software that taught itself to play Atari video games, Hassabis said in an interview at a recent AI conference in New York.
The system cut power usage in the data centers by several percentage points, "which is a huge saving in terms of cost but, also, great for the environment," he said. The... more »

Google Cuts Its Giant Electricity Bill With DeepMind-Powered AI

_Google just paid for part of its acquisition of DeepMind in a surprising way. The internet giant is using technology from the DeepMind artificial intelligence subsidiary for big savings on the power consumed by its data centers, according to DeepMind Co-Founder Demis Hassabis. In recent months, the Alphabet Inc. unit put a DeepMind AI system in control of parts of its data centers to reduce power consumption by manipulating computer servers and related equipment like cooling systems. It uses a similar technique to DeepMind software that taught itself to play Atari video games, Hassabis said in an interview at a recent AI conference in New York.
The system cut power usage in the data centers by several percentage points, "which is a huge saving in terms of cost but, also, great for the environment," he said. The savings translate into a 15 percent improvement in power usage efficiency, or PUE, Google said in a statement. PUE measures how much electricity Google uses for its computers, versus the supporting infrastructure like cooling systems.____

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2016-07-20 15:25:32 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Popular writing app Scrivener is now available on iOS

If you’re tech-savvy and a serious writer, chances are you already know about Scrivener. The popular writing app has been available on OS X and Windows for years now. And now, it is now available on iOS for $19.99 as well. Scrivener is a flexible and powerful writing app that makes it easier to write long-form stuff — think about it as a sort of writing studio. Based on early reviews, most of the features of the desktop version have been ported to iOS. An app like this makes more sense on an iPad, but it also runs fine on an iPhone.

Popular writing app Scrivener is now available on iOS

If you’re tech-savvy and a serious writer, chances are you already know about Scrivener. The popular writing app has been available on OS X and Windows for years now. And now, it is now available on iOS for $19.99 as well. Scrivener is a flexible and powerful writing app that makes it easier to write long-form stuff — think about it as a sort of writing studio. Based on early reviews, most of the features of the desktop version have been ported to iOS. An app like this makes more sense on an iPad, but it also runs fine on an iPhone.___

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