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November 14 2011

Four short links: 14 November 2011

  1. Science Hack Day SF Videos ( -- the demos from Science Hack Day SF. The journey of a thousand miles starts with a Hack Day.
  2. A Cross-Sectional Study of Canine Tail-Chasing and Human Responses to It, Using a Free Video-Sharing Website (PLoSone) -- Approximately one third of tail-chasing dogs showed clinical signs, including habitual (daily or "all the time") or perseverative (difficult to distract) performance of the behaviour. These signs were observed across diverse breeds. Clinical signs appeared virtually unrecognised by the video owners and commenting viewers; laughter was recorded in 55% of videos, encouragement in 43%, and the commonest viewer descriptors were that the behaviour was "funny" (46%) or "cute" (42%).
  3. RSS Died For Your Sins (Danny O'Brien) -- if you have seven thousand people following you, a good six thousand of those are going to be people you don’t particularly like. The problem, as ever, is—how do you pick out the other thousand? Especially when they keep changing? I firmly believe that one of the pressing unsolved technological problems of the modern age is getting safely away from people you don't like, without actually throttling them to death beforehand, nor somehow coming to the conclusion that they don't exist, nor ending up turning yourself into a hateful monster.
  4. Generating Text from Functional Brain Images (Frontiers in Human Neuroscience) -- We built a model of the mental semantic representation of concrete concepts from text data and learned to map aspects of such representation to patterns of activation in the corresponding brain image. Turns out that the clustering of concepts in Wikipedia is similar to how they're clustered in the brain. They found clusters in Wikipedia, mapped to the brain activity for known words, and then used that mapping to find words for new images of brain activity. (via The Economist)

July 27 2011

Science Hack Day goes global

Science Hack DayGet a bunch of scientists and geeks in a room together for 48 hours straight and you're bound to get something interesting (Cold fusion? Laser-guided sharks?). Exactly what that might be and how it would be used remain open questions, but the compression of time, location and intensity — a sort of pressure cooker for creativity — is what Science Hack Day aims to create. It's an interesting model.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation thought so, too, and that's why they've given Science Hack Day a grant for expansion. Ariel Waldman, Institute for the Future research affiliate and Science Hack Day SF creator, will announce the expansion today at OSCON (we got her blessing to share the news a little early). Here's how Waldman says the new money will be put to use:

10 people from around the world will be selected to win a scholarship for a trip to Science Hack Day San Francisco 2011 where they'll experience first-hand how Science Hack Day works and connect with a global community of organizers. This Science Hack Day Ambassador Program will award individuals who are motivated and planning to organize a Science Hack Day in their city.

Further details on the Ambassador program are available at the Science Hack Day website.

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