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  • March 15, 2013
  • 11:38 AM

Surprising Control over Photoelectrons from a Topological Insulator

by Perikis Livas in Chilon

Plain-looking but inherently strange crystalline materials called 3D topological insulators (TIs) are all the rage in materials science. Even at room temperature, a single chunk of TI is a good insulator in the bulk, yet behaves like a metal on its surface.

Researchers find TIs exciting partly because the electrons that flow swiftly across their surfaces are “spin polarized”: the electron’s spin is locked to its momentum, perpendicular to the direction of travel. These inter........ Read more »

Paul Preuss. (2013) Surprising Control over Photoelectrons from a Topological Insulator. Berkeley Lab News Center. info:/

  • March 13, 2013
  • 08:46 AM

Predicting Technological Progress: Putting Moore’s Law to the Test

by gunnardw in The Beast, the Bard and the Bot

Being able to predict the pace of technological development could be quite useful for a lot of people. No surprise then, that several models (or ‘laws’) have been posited that aim to describe how technological progress will unfurl (the most famous one probably being Moore’s law, for those interested: original article here). However, these laws [...]... Read more »

  • March 12, 2013
  • 10:38 AM

New Ultra-Efficient HPC Data Center Debuts

by Perikis Livas in Chilon

Scientists and researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are constantly innovating, integrating novel technologies, and “walking the talk.” Since 1982, NREL has won 52 R&D 100 Awards — known in the research and development community as “the Oscars of Innovation” — for its groundbreaking work.... Read more »

Heather Lammers. (2013) New Ultra-Efficient HPC Data Center Debuts. NREL Newsroom. info:/

  • March 11, 2013
  • 02:04 PM

Let’s Explore Quantum Computing

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

It’s fairly easy to surmise how quantum computing will evolve in the future if/when it becomes a reality. Devices that are currently based around a system of electronic circuits would eventually die off. Quantum devices would ultimately become the new standard in computing. While Peter Shor’s research showed how quantum algorithms would speed up advanced [...]... Read more »

Benningshof OW, Mohebbi HR, Taminiau IA, Miao GX, & Cory DG. (2013) Superconducting microstrip resonator for pulsed ESR of thin films. Journal of magnetic resonance (San Diego, Calif. : 1997), 84-87. PMID: 23454577  

Petersson KD, McFaul LW, Schroer MD, Jung M, Taylor JM, Houck AA, & Petta JR. (2012) Circuit quantum electrodynamics with a spin qubit. Nature, 490(7420), 380-3. PMID: 23075988  

  • March 7, 2013
  • 06:30 AM

Games, culture, and the Turing test (Part I)

by Artem Kaznatcheev in Evolutionary Games Group

Intelligence is one of the most loaded terms that I encounter. A common association is the popular psychometric definition — IQ. For many psychologists, this definition is too restrictive and the g factor is preferred for getting at the ‘core’ of intelligence tests. Even geneticists have latched on to g for looking at heritability of [...]... Read more »

Strannegård, C., Amirghasemi, M., & Ulfsbäcker, S. (2013) An anthropomorphic method for number sequence problems. Cognitive Systems Research, 27-34. DOI: 10.1016/j.cogsys.2012.05.003  

  • March 6, 2013
  • 10:03 AM

Dead Sparrow Turned into Robot to Study Bird Behavior

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

Researchers at Duke University recently took a major step toward better understanding how swamp sparrows use a combination of song and visual displays to communicate with one another. How they came about making this discovery, though, is what makes this story particularly newsworthy — they stuffed a deceased swamp sparrow with a miniature computer and some [...]... Read more »

  • March 5, 2013
  • 04:00 PM

Continuously Sorting Particles According to Shape

by Hector Munoz in Microfluidic Future

There are numerous filters to separate particles in liquid based on their size, which can be enough to isolate them; however, particle shape can be more important, as it distinguishes healthy red blood cells from those affected by sickle-cell disease or malaria. Shape can also be used to determine what stage a cell is in of the cell cycle, which would benefit researchers looking for dividing cells. Recent research by Dino Di Carlo of UCLA looks to separate particles of differing aspect ratios co........ Read more »

  • March 4, 2013
  • 01:50 PM

Distributed control of uncertain systems using superpositions of linear operators - Likelihood calculus paper series review part 3

by Travis DeWolf in studywolf

The third (and final, at the moment) paper in the likelihood calculus series from Dr. Terrence Sanger is Distributed control of uncertain systems using superpositions of linear operators. Carrying the torch for the series right along, here Dr. Sanger continues investigating the development of an effective, general method of controlling systems operating under uncertainty. This is the paper that delivers on all the promises of building a controller out of a system described by the stochastic diff........ Read more »

  • March 4, 2013
  • 05:37 AM

The models vs. patterns problem

by Peter Kraker in Science and the Web

Update: Sebastian Dennerlein and I have written a paper entitled “Towards a Model of Interdisciplinary Teamwork for Web Science: What can Social Theory Contribute?” which includes the patterns vs. models problem. The paper has been accepted for the Web Science 2013 Workshop: “Harnessing the Power of Social Theory for Web Science”. You can download it …Read More... Read more »

Peter Kraker, & Sebastian Dennerlein. (2013) Towards a Model of Interdisciplinary Teamwork for Web Science: What can Social Theory Contribute?. Web Science 2013 Workshop: Harnessing the Power of Social Theory for Web Science. info:/

  • February 27, 2013
  • 01:16 PM

#ifihadglass I Would Build an Augmented Biomed Browser

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Science to Grok

In the previous post, I’ve described the relationship between environmental factors and the public’s insights. Moreover, what would happen if we have more than an ideal “physical” environment? Will people embrace a brand new world in which virtual components are added to the physical ones?

We all know that more research should be carried out to create software which supports the most complex and time-consuming portions of the analytical process, so that analysts can respond to incre........ Read more »

Gershon Dublon, & Joseph A. Paradiso. (2012) Tongueduino: hackable, high-bandwidth sensory augmentation. Proceeding CHI EA '12 CHI '12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 1453-1454. DOI: 10.1145/2212776.2212482  

  • February 27, 2013
  • 10:47 AM

Let’s Explore Flywheel Energy Storage Devices

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

Flywheel energy storage devices could be looked at as a radical application of very traditional technology. They work by maintaining rotational energy by moving a flywheel. This same idea is used to keep a mechanical watch ticking. A majority of modern FES devices use electricity to put the flywheel in motion, but some researchers are [...]... Read more »

MacIntosh BR, Rishaug P, & Svedahl K. (2003) Assessment of peak power and short-term work capacity. European journal of applied physiology, 88(6), 572-9. PMID: 12560957  

  • February 27, 2013
  • 09:48 AM

GABA, how exciting!

by TheCellularScale in The Cellular Scale

I would like to thank my good friend Anonymous for asking me a great question on a previous post. Anonymous asks: "Are there any known transmitters in the NS that activate both inhibitory receptor subtypes AND excitatory receptor subtypes? Or does every known transmitter activate EITHER a bunch of excitatory subtypes OR a bunch of inhibitory subtypes?" (btw. This doesn't qualify as a LMAYQ post because it's a real true question that someone directly asked, not a search term)While I don'........ Read more »

Chiang PH, Wu PY, Kuo TW, Liu YC, Chan CF, Chien TC, Cheng JK, Huang YY, Chiu CD, & Lien CC. (2012) GABA is depolarizing in hippocampal dentate granule cells of the adolescent and adult rats. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 32(1), 62-7. PMID: 22219270  

  • February 27, 2013
  • 09:30 AM

Training Robots As Members of Human Team

by Katja Keuchenius in United Academics

For those of you who think robots always act according to a programmed plan and therefore aren’t flexible: read on. Robots, already working alongside humans in factories or hazardous locations, are constantly adapting their behavior to their environment. Human colleagues actively train them, literally saying: ‘good robot’ or ‘bad robot’.... Read more »

  • February 23, 2013
  • 03:39 PM

The brain race: can giant computers map the mind?

by Perikis Livas in Chilon

The fact the Blue Brain project has not produced any significant breakthroughs in recent years does not seem to have worried the European funding agencies. Apparently they like the idea of Markram building a monster computer to lead Europe into the future of brain research.... Read more »

Charles Watson. (2013) The brain race: can giant computers map the mind?. The Conversation. info:/

  • February 21, 2013
  • 08:55 PM

Neuro-mechanical control using differential stochastic operators - Likelihood calculus paper series review part 2

by Travis DeWolf in studywolf

The second paper put out by Dr. Terence Sanger in the likelihood calculus paper series is Neuro-mechanical control using differential stochastic operators. Building on the probabalistic representation of systems through differential stochastic operators presented in the last paper (Controlling variability, which I review here) Dr. Sanger starts exploring how one could effect control over a system whose dynamics are described in terms of these operators. Here, he specifically looks at driving a p........ Read more »

Sanger TD. (2010) Neuro-mechanical control using differential stochastic operators. Conference proceedings : .. Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference, 4494-7. PMID: 21095779  

  • February 21, 2013
  • 03:00 PM

Tracking Immune Responses to Food with a Gut on a Chip

by Hector Munoz in Microfluidic Future

In an effort to model the complex processes occurring in human bodies, Donald Ingber has pioneered the development of ‘organs-on-chips,’ reproducing the lung and the gut on microfluidic devices. These systems allow researchers to replicate and study organs without the use of human test subjects. While this is one of the best options, there are too many variables to control, understand, and more importantly, manipulate. At the other end of the spectrum is an in vitro study with a cell........ Read more »

Ramadan, Q., Jafarpoorchekab, H., Huang, C., Silacci, P., Carrara, S., Koklü, G., Ghaye, J., Ramsden, J., Ruffert, C., Vergeres, G.... (2013) NutriChip: nutrition analysis meets microfluidics. Lab on a Chip, 13(2), 196. DOI: 10.1039/c2lc40845g  

  • February 21, 2013
  • 09:36 AM

The Sobering Reality of Orbital Weapons Platforms

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

Space warfare is quickly becoming a reality. Though people might often imagine that wars fought in space would be against some sort of extraterrestrial power, this might not be the case. It’s far more likely than human beings will someday war with one another. As with every other major venture, international law is involved with [...]... Read more »

  • February 20, 2013
  • 08:59 AM

New targets for HIV therapy

by sedeer in Inspiring Science

In a pair of studies published last year, researchers across Europe used computer simulations to make major advances in our …Continue reading »... Read more »

Sadiq SK, Noé F, & De Fabritiis G. (2012) Kinetic characterization of the critical step in HIV-1 protease maturation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109(50), 20449-54. PMID: 23184967  

  • February 18, 2013
  • 10:06 AM

Editorial Crisis: you won't read all this

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Science to Grok

In many field beyond Science we could see a huge editorial crisis. A comprehensive study by the University of Bristol and the journalism school of Cardiff University shows that Politics, Economy, Science, Environmental issues and Religion, are some of the topics that general audience have difficulties to understand.[1]

The research - by means of special algorithms - was made by examining two and a half million articles from nearly 500 different sources in the English language, and comparing t........ Read more »

Flaounas, I., Ali, O., Lansdall-Welfare, T., De Bie, T., Mosdell, N., Lewis, J., & Cristianini, N. (2013) RESEARCH METHODS IN THE AGE OF DIGITAL JOURNALISM. Digital Journalism, 1(1), 102-116. DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2012.714928  

  • February 13, 2013
  • 12:07 PM

Microsoft’s Kinect game controller could save $30 billion of U.S. healthcare

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Researchers have estimated that the Microsoft Kinect game controller could save $30 billion of U.S. healthcare by increasing the remote interaction of the physicians and other healthcare staff with the patients.

This report has been published in the International Journal of Electronic Finance.

In the study, researchers noted that the patients’ transport costs living at considerable distances from suitable hospitals and health centers could be reduced by using their proposed Kinect ........ Read more »

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