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Successful cryopreservation of mammalian brains!

Robert L. McIntyre and Gregory M. Fahy at 21st Century Medicine demonstrated perfusion, vitrification at -135 C, re-warming, cryoprotectant removal, slicing, and electron microscopy of rabbit (10g) and pig (80g) brains "with virtually no identifiable artifacts relative to controls" that were perfused with a fixative but only cooled to 4 C.

This work met the requirements of and was awarded the Brain Preservation Foundation's Small Mammal Prize.

"Scalable to brains of any size," notes the paper (later cautioning that this procedure is not directly applicable to current human brain preservation practice due to the typical time delay between death and the start of perfusion activities).

Journal article: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S001122401500245X #openaccess
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The 15 names of this mathematical operation:

>> Depending on the field of application, Principal Component Analysis (PCA) is also named the discrete Kosambi-Karhunen–Loève transform (KLT) in signal processing, the Hotelling transform in multivariate quality control, proper orthogonal decomposition (POD) in mechanical engineering, singular value decomposition (SVD) (Golub and Van Loan, 1983), eigenvalue decomposition (EVD) in linear algebra, factor analysis, Eckart–Young theorem (Harman, 1960), or Schmidt–Mirsky theorem in psychometrics, empirical orthogonal functions (EOF) in meteorological science, empirical eigenfunction decomposition (Sirovich, 1987), empirical component analysis (Lorenz, 1956), quasiharmonic modes (Brooks et al., 1988), spectral decomposition in noise and vibration, and empirical modal analysis in structural dynamics.
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It's not just about hardware progress (Moore's law). Software progress is powerful too:

"How long to factor a 75-digit number?

Blue Gene/L (2007) with a 1977 algorithm: 10 yrs
Apple II (1977) with a 2007 algorithm: 3 yrs"

-Geordie Rose
 
On software v. hardware progress:

"How long to factor a 75-digit number?

Blue Gene/L (2007) with a 1977 algorithm: 10 yrs
Apple II (1977) with a 2007 algorithm: 3 yrs"

-Geordie Rose
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 RFC 1760 (SKEY) encoded keys as words to make them human-friendly.  This does the same for locations.

SKEY uses six of 2048 words to encode 66 bits.  what3words uses three of 40,000 / 25,000 words in 9 languages to encode 46 / 44 bits (ocean locations only have English labels).
what3words is a giant grid comprised of 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares that cover the entire globe. It is the simplest way to communicate location.
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A weakness of this system is that two points close to each other show no resemblance. So whenever someone gives you a location, you will have to look it up on a computer to mentally picture where it is.
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112,800 lines of code in SQLite.
91,555,100 lines of code in SQLite's tests.
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Every day millions of pirates are being tracked by companies working for the entertainment industries. This data is often used to warn or even sue alleged offenders, but a new startup is taking a different route. Instead of punishing pirates they treat them as fans, allowing artists to use DMCA notices as a marketing tool.
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Troubles in computer science education, graphically.
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How to build a search index that you can query with regular expressions.

(Implementation available at https://github.com/google/codesearch )
Regular Expression Matching with a Trigram Index or. How Google Code Search Worked. Russ Cox rsc@swtch.com. January 2012. Introduction. In the summer of 2006, I was lucky enough to be an intern at Google. At the time, Google had an internal tool called gsearch that acted as if it ran grep over ...
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"The major global catastrophic threat to humanity is not AI, but rather the absence of social intellectual frameworks for people quickly and easily converging on analytically compelling conclusions." -- Michael Vassar
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