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How the Brain Decodes Sentences

our computer model could predict the brain patterns for a new sentence that it had not been trained on, as long as it had been trained on enough of the words in that sentence in different contexts. For example, our model could predict the brain pattern for "The family played at the beach," using the patterns that it had been trained on for other sentences sharing some of the same words, such as "The young girl played soccer" and "The beach was empty.”
New research advances neuroscientists' understanding of the complexities of language processing
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You may certainly "say so". Boris.
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Was it not Aleppo soap that Pontius Pilate used to wash his hands?
UN chief Ban Ki-moon is "appalled by the chilling military escalation" in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo, with the UN Security Council due to meet.
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A new species of ant was discovered in frog vomit. That just sounds funny. Anyway, the ant species is called Lenomyrmex hoelldobleri, the frog species is called Oophaga sylvatica, or more colloquially, diablito ("little devil" in Spanish), and they both live in Ecuador. Apparently this frog is useful for discovering ants because it loves to eat ants.
Sometimes scientists make discoveries in the strangest of places. Like the belly of a poison frog.
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German Nuclear Physicists Reacting to the Drop of the Atomic Bomb, Aug 6, 1945
(as secretly recorded during their detention at Farm Hall)

HAHN: "Once I wanted to suggest that all uranium should be sunk to the bottom of the ocean. I always thought that one could only make a bomb of such a size that a whole province would be blown up."

The recording covers conversations between Erich Bagge, Kurt Diebner, Walther Gerlach, Otto Hahn, Paul Harteck, Werner Heisenberg, Horst Korsching (in the transcript spelled "Korshing"), Max von Laue, Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, and Karl Eugen Julius Wirtz after Hahn disclosed the news of the US having dropped an actual atomic bomb to his colleagues.

"Shortly before dinner on the 6th August I informed Professor HAHN that an announcement had been made by the B.B.C. that an atomic bomb had been dropped. HAHN was completely shattered by the news and said that he felt personally responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, as it was his original discovery which had made the bomb possible. He told me that he had originally contemplated suicide when he realized the terrible potentialities of his discovery and he felt that now these had been realized and he was to blame. With the help of considerable alcoholic stimulant he was calmed down and we went down to dinner where he announced the news to the assembled guests. (…)"

http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/pdf/eng/English101.pdf

Transcript of Surreptitiously Taped Conversations among German Nuclear Physicists at Farm Hall (August 6-7, 1945), Operation “Epsilon” (6th-7th August 1945), National Archives and Records Administration (Farm Hall Transcripts).
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Is this why in education there's so much pressure to emphasize students and teachers evaluation over teaching itself, and to standardize tests and metrics ? The industrial production of phonies?
 
Here we go again... "TV manufacturers Samsung, LG, and Vizio build their TVs to pass US federal energy-use tests while allowing the TVs to consume much more energy when they operate outside of the narrow test parameters, a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) claims.

This week, the environmental group published the results of a study it did with third-party efficiency consulting firm Ecos Research (PDF). The study found that many of the TVs they tested used more than double the amount of energy listed on the yellow EnergyGuide label every time the TV was used under conditions not tested by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) energy-use test.

EnergyGuide labels also help determine whether a TV qualifies for an EnergyStar label, which indicates whether the TV is among the more energy-efficient in its group.

NRDC said it began testing Ultra-High Definition TVs for energy use in 2015 when it noticed “inexplicable, dramatic, and sustained drops in energy use in TVs from certain manufacturers, beginning within the first minute of the video test loop used in the DOE test method for new TV models.” The group decided to do additional research to figure out whether the DOE’s test resulted in an average energy draw number across settings or if TV manufacturers had narrowly tailored their energy-saving features to satisfy the narrowly drawn test conditions."
Like VW cheating with emissions, TV makers use test parameters to fudge results.
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Here, Giuseppe Penone has flensed away the yearly growth layers - what come out as tree rings when you cut through the whole bole, revealing the tree that was. The Rijksmuseum grounds are rife with his stuff, which is not all like this!
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I go to the Rijksmuseum to see the Rembrandts. What a snob, I am!
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Smoke from 2015 Indonesian fires may have caused 100,000 premature deaths
In the fall of 2015, hazardous levels of smoke from agricultural fires blanketed much of Equatorial Asia. Schools and businesses closed , planes were grounded and tens of thousands sought medical treatment for respiratory illness. In a new study, Harvard Un...
In the fall of 2015, hazardous levels of smoke from agricultural fires blanketed much of Equatorial Asia. Schools and businesses closed, planes were grounded and tens of thousands sought medical treatment for respiratory illn...
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[Videos for Bay Area Deep Learning School 2016]

(Day1) https://youtu.be/eyovmAtoUx0
- Foundations of Deep Learning, Hugo Larochelle
- Deep Learning for Computer Vision, Andrej Karpathy
- Deep Learning for NLP, Richard Socher
- Tensorflow tutorial, Sherry Moore
- Foundations of Deep Unsupervised Learning, Ruslan Salakhutdinov
- Nuts and bolts of applying deep learning, Andrew Ng

(Day2) https://youtu.be/9dXiAecyJrY
- Foundations of Deep Reinforcement Learning, John Schulman
- Theano tutorial, Pascal Lamblin
- Deep Learning for Speech, Adam Coates
- Torch tutorial, Alex Wiltschko
- Sequence to Sequence Learning for NLP and Speech, Quoc Le
- Foundations and Challenges of Deep Learning, Yoshua Bengio
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Can we feed nine billion people, the potential global population in the year 2050? It should be possible, but things are looking tricky – especially when we also factor in the climatic instability caused by global warming. Here are some of the current threats to #FoodSecurity and what we could possibly do about them.
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Differential Equations and Linear Algebra

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor, Gilbert Strang, explains differential equations and linear algebra which are two crucial subjects in science and engineering. This video series develops those subjects both separately and together and supplements Gil Strang's textbook on this subject.

Learn differential equations
Watch Cleve Moler solve ODEs in MATLAB
Introduction
First Order Equations
Second Order Equations
Graphical and Numerical Methods
Vector Spaces and Subspaces
Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
Applied Mathematics and ATA
Fourier and Laplace Transforms
Differential equations and linear algebra are two crucial subjects in science and engineering. This video series develops those subjects both seperately and together and supplements Gil Strang's textbook on this subject.
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Dark energy is relic pollution from warp drives! Solve two cosmic mysteries - the Fermi Paradox and Dark Energy - by each other. Transpose the AGW issue to the Universe, to defuse the illusion we can turn our back on the problem by moving to exoplanets. Make fun of Dark Energy etc having inspired the possibility of warp drives, by assuming cosmic history has already articulated both together, but in reverse order.

Does God Sexist? - The misogyny of many religious texts and traditions, entangles the matter of affirming God with that of affirming misogyny.

Ambiguities are like microbes: the pathogens steal attention! - most people will equate microbes with the tiny fraction of pathogens, and will ignore in particular the helpful microbes without which we wouldn't even survive. I claim a similar situation applies to ambiguities, even more remote from awareness.
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