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Google just paid for part of its acquisition of DeepMind in a surprising way.
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Neurons are the basic information processing structures in the brain and consist of three parts: dendrites, responsible for receiving information; axons, responsible for sending information; and the soma, the cell body that contains the nucleus. NeuroscienceNews.com image is adapted from the Max Planck Florida press release.
Summary: Researchers have optimized optical and electrophysiological recordings from single neurons to study axonal excitability with unprecedented detail.Source: Max Planck Florida Institute for
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Geography of Hate: Geotagged Hateful Tweets in the USA.

While the US population is heavier on the right side of the map, it is still surprising to see the density of hatred - as expressed in tweets.

The map is interactive, and that is where the interesting bits of data are. For homo phobia... Two of the darkest area of red: Iowa City, Green Bay. That seems a bit surprising.

On the west coast, county near Reno and Portland are darker (though Portland a lot more, and that is surprising).

You can also switch the category. For racist content, Indianapolis, Iowa City (again) and the area around Minneapolis stand out. 

The data is biased in that it is just tweets and people on twitter are not a uniform reflection of the populations in that area. It is interesting to look at this data and reflect.

You can play with it here: http://goo.gl/vjouN
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Photo and editing: Erik Cronberg Scientists at Karolinska Institutet have managed to build a fully functional neuron by using organic bioelectronics. This artificial neuron contain no ‘living’ parts, but is capable of mimicking the function of a human nerve cell and communicate in the same way as our own neurons do.
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"The bad news here is that one of the bugs the team identified has been in the system for the past 15 years, which explains why so many papers could now be affected.

The bug was corrected in May 2015, at the time the researchers started writing up their paper, but the fact that it remained undetected for over a decade shows just how easy it was for something like this to happen, because researchers just haven't had reliable methods for validating fMRI results."
 
This is both shocking and sad.

We've come to depend on what computers tell us in so many areas that thinking they could have critical bugs is scary. It's good some people still work on replicating studies so this error was found but too bad it took 15 years to do so.
There could be a very serious problem with the past 15 years of research into human brain activity, with a new study suggesting that a bug in fMRI software could invalidate the results of some 40,000 papers. That's massive, because functional...
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Trying to understand why dropout networks work so well, I was quite surprised to see that we can get principled uncertainty information from these models for free – without changing a thing.
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Truth.

"Every framework you've ever seen is really just an echo of this statement: My language sucks!"

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I've been looking at rxJava. It's a nice little framework that helps you to create and manage observers. The design philosophy seems to be that everything can be observed and therefore everything ought to be managed by callback. Of course this is an old idea that dates back to data flow ...
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Wow. Gotta love data. You personally despise those "get the app!" screens as a user, but as a developer you can't argue with the CTR, so you live with it.

Well, what if it turned out that for every one user who does install the app at the interstitial, seven more users leave your site entirely at that page?

Let users use your website! Don't slam the door in their faces!
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As the Supreme Court considers extending same-sex marriage rights to all Americans, we look at the patterns of social change that have tranformed the nation.
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