Mathematics/Music/Art/Architecture/Education/Culture: Bridges 2017 conference in Waterloo, Canada

Bridges 2017 will be held in Waterloo, Canada from July 27 – 31, 2017. Here’s the invitation which was released last year, To give you a sense of the range offered, here’s more from Bridges 2017 events page, Every Bridges conference includes a number of events other than paper presentations. Please click on one of the events below to learn more about it. UWAG Exhibition The University of Waterloo Art Gallery (UWAG) has partnered with…

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Making a trademark claim memorable and fun

Usually when I write about intellectual property, it concerns technology and/or science disputes but this particular response to an alleged trademark violation amuses me greatly, swipes at a few Canadian stereotypes, and could act as a model for anyone who wants to lodge such protests. Before getting to the video, here are some details bout the dispute from a July 13, 2017 posting by Mike Masnick for Techdirt, … — a few years ago, there…

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Artificial intelligence and metaphors

This is a different approach to artificial intelligence. From a June 27, 2017 news item on ScienceDaily, Ask Siri to find a math tutor to help you “grasp” calculus and she’s likely to respond that your request is beyond her abilities. That’s because metaphors like “grasp” are difficult for Apple’s voice-controlled personal assistant to, well, grasp. But new UC Berkeley research suggests that Siri and other digital helpers could someday learn the algorithms that humans…

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La Machine, Ottawa (Canada), and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum

First, you have to see the video, La Machine The ‘dragon’ and the ‘spider’ have sprung forth from a French street theatre group known as La Machine and the  La Machine ‘experience’ is making its début in North America in Ottawa, Ontario (July 27 – 30, 2017) as part of Canada’s 150th celebration. Here’s more about La Machine and the ‘experience’ from the city of Ottawa’s event page, Making its debut in North America, La…

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Detecting peanut allergies with nanoparticles

Researchers at Notre Dame University are designing a platform that will make allergy detection easier and more precise according to a June 26, 2017 news item on phys.org, Researchers have developed a novel platform to more accurately detect and identify the presence and severity of peanut allergies, without directly exposing patients to the allergen, according to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports. A team of chemical and biomolecular engineers at the University…

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Ora Sound, a Montréal-based startup, and its ‘graphene’ headphones

For all the excitement about graphene there aren’t that many products as Glenn Zorpette notes in a June 20, 2017 posting about Ora Sound and its headphones on the Nanoclast blog (on the IEEE [Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers] website; Note: Links have been removed), Graphene has long been touted as a miracle material that would deliver everything from tiny, ultralow-power transistors to the vastly long and ultrastrong cable [PDF] needed for a space…

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Carbon nanotubes to repair nerve fibres (cyborg brains?)

Can cyborg brains be far behind now that researchers are looking at ways to repair nerve fibers with carbon nanotubes (CNTs)? A June 26, 2017 news item on ScienceDaily describes the scheme using carbon nanotubes as a material for repairing nerve fibers, Carbon nanotubes exhibit interesting characteristics rendering them particularly suited to the construction of special hybrid devices — consisting of biological issue and synthetic material — planned to re-establish connections between nerve cells, for…

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IBM to build brain-inspired AI supercomputing system equal to 64 million neurons for US Air Force

This is the second IBM computer announcement I’ve stumbled onto within the last 4 weeks or so,  which seems like a veritable deluge given the last time I wrote about IBM’s computing efforts was in an Oct. 8, 2015 posting about carbon nanotubes,. I believe that up until now that was my  most recent posting about IBM and computers. Moving onto the news, here’s more from a June 23, 3017 news item on Nanotechnology Now,…

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Using only sunlight to desalinate water

The researchers seem to believe that this new desalination technique could be a game changer. From a June 20, 2017 news item on Azonano, An off-grid technology using only the energy from sunlight to transform salt water into fresh drinking water has been developed as an outcome of the effort from a federally funded research. The desalination system uses a combination of light-harvesting nanophotonics and membrane distillation technology and is considered to be the first…

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2017 Generation Nano winners announced

I usually like to provide a couple sources for news releases just in case one disappears from the internet. Unfortunately, that’s not possible this time so here goes (from a June 6, 2017 US National Science Foundation news release), Today [June 6, 2017], the National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), named the first- and second-place winners, as well as the People’s Choice winner, for the second annual Generation Nano…

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