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Photographing Snowflakes in Freefall: A team of researchers at the University of Utah have developed a Multi-Angle Snowflake Camera. http://www.wired.com/2015/03/photographing-snowflakes-freefall/
A camera has been developed to show photographs of snowflakes in freefall.
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As it turns out, Tim often has to go up to Alta to "check on the equipment."
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This is completely awesome. Two things in TCS we need along these lines:

* a similar tool for graph counter examples. 
* a way to test collapses in the complexity zoo (if I collapse these two classes, what other classes separate/come together under what assumptions). 
 
Uber, but for Topological Spaces: "Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just order up a space that was path connected but not locally connected?" Now there's an app for that! http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/roots-of-unity/2015/02/28/uber-but-for-topological-spaces/
So it’s cold and rainy, and you’re up a little too late trying to figure out why that one pesky assumption is necessary in a theorem. ...
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If we promise it will be considered as part of my job application, I'd contribute to such a project. 
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RT Ed Manley: Some very nice examples of use of scikit-learn with #opendata from Montreal (by McGill University students too) http://buff.ly/1LRjo9q
Montreal Real Estate Pricing. Michael Noseworthy and Benjamin La Schiazza. One of the most important stages most people go through at one point in their lives involves buying or selling a home. Real estate is the largest asset the average person will ever own and many times functions as not only ...
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"Where am I ? Predicting Montreal Neighbourhoods from Google Street View Images." -- I'd love to see this applied to films that are supposedly set in Europe.  I wonder how well it could determine they're actually shot in Montreal.
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Your 4 minutes and 35 seconds of zen. Go llamas, go !
A pair of lost llamas led Sun City, Ariz. cops on a lengthy chase this afternoon, tying up law enforcement resources and leaving the city free for plundering by the handful of criminals who weren't watching, rapt, in their offices. Watch the entire, hilarious pursuit here, set (of course) to "Yakety Sax."
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Why Do We Pay Pure Mathematicians? Or, the Many Uses of Uselessness. http://mathwithbaddrawings.com/2015/02/24/why-do-we-pay-mathematicians/ "take any random paper written by an early 20th-century logician, and you could call it similarly pointless. If you eliminated that paper from the timeline, the Jenga tower of our intellectual history would remain perfectly upright. That doesn’t make those papers worthless, because research isn’t a collection of separable monologues. It’s a dialogue."
So if "applied" means "useful," doesn't it follow that "pure" must mean... "useless"?
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Send your proposals in
+Sanjeev Khanna +Chandra Chekuri
I've had two week from hell with proposal deadlines, paper deadlines, faculty candidates and ever-more demanding hungry cries of the baby chickadees meetings with my students. Thankfully, all that is now in the past and I can sally forth to the next deadline. Which is, you ask ?
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<manic mode=on>write proposal</manic>
<depressive mode = on>write paper <depressive>

Paper deadlines and proposal deadlines in the same week: why professors are all slightly deranged. 

HT +Carlos Scheidegger 
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<div mode:manic tense:future>proposal</div>

<div mode:depressive tense:past>paper</div>
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It's kind of mindblowing how good the experience of collaborative text editing has become in Google docs. Realtime back-and-forth, comments, replies, and concurrent editing between three different people is really like living in some weird mind-meld future I didn't even know was possible.

Fun times, +Suresh Venkatasubramanian and +Sorelle Friedler 
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This Saturday on #TheEGG , +Abel Molina discusses five motivations for #cstheory : Technology, Mathematics, Science, Society, and Philosophy. You've probably encountered many of these motivations on the blog, but it's nice to have a short summary of all five.

/cc +Jeff Erickson +Suresh Venkatasubramanian 
There are some situations, perhaps lucky ones, where it is felt that an activity needs no external motivation or justification.  For the rest, it can be helpful to think of what the task at hand ca...
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I am currently editing three different documents in Google Docs. This is very disturbing. Thankfully none of them are papers. 
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Just yesterday I was telling someone that machine learning was "computational phrenology", and now this.
 
Have you ever heard of phrenology? It was, once upon a time, the "science" of measuring someone's skull to understand their intellectual capabilities. This sounds totally idiotic but was a huge fuc...
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If you know what's good for you, put down that fruit juice! And pick up a coffee!
When the nation's top nutrition panel did something it had never done before: weigh in on whether people should be drinking coffee. What it had to say is pretty surprising.
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(so is the washington post now doing buzzfeed-style headlines? sigh)
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