From Neuroscience to Data Science

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Shiri_blogBy Shiri Gaber — Data Scientist, EMC IT

Project: Root cause analysis of difference in support hours
ROI: Model suggests saving of 500-1,000 support hours on average weekly (up to $5M annually)

I have recently made the transition from academic neuroscience to becoming a member of the Data-Science-as-a-Service team in EMC’s IT organization. The change from academia to the business world is far from trivial. Coming from a computational neuroscience lab, where most of the work involved developing probabilistic models for the activity of neural populations, simulations and implementations were not a top priority. As a data scientist with a mostly theoretical background, coping with implementation, let alone implementation in a Big Data environment, is challenging.

Lucky for me, the change of scientific domains underlying the two disciplines is not as large a “leap” as it may seem at first. When you think about predictive analytics, what is more natural…

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Physiologia Kircheriana Experimentalis, Everything from the Last man to Know Everything!


DSC_0014Kircher’s Physologia, is a tour de force published just after his death, it gathers many of the Experiments which occupied his rapacious life in a quest to ‘Know the world and its secrets” “includes the first recorded experiment in hypnotism in animals”DSC_0015.“on virtually every imaginable aspect of ancient and modern knowledge”,


632G Kircher, Athanasius( Kestler) . 1602-1680

Physiologia Kircheriana Experimentalis, Qua Summa Argumentorum Multitudine & Varietate Naturalium rerum scientia per experimenta Physica, Mathematica, Medica, Chymica, Musica, Magnetica, Mechanica comprobatur atque stabilitur. Quam Ex Vastis Operibus Adm. Revdi. P. Athanasii Kircheri extraxit, & in hunc ordinem per classes redegit

Romæ, Anno M. DC. LXXV. Joannes Stephanus Kestlerus Alsata, Authoris discipulus, & in re litterariâ assecla, & coadjutor. Amsterdam: Ex Officinâ Janssonio-Waesbergiana, 1680 $9,500

Folio, 9.4 x 14.25 in. First and only edition. *4, A-Z4, Aa-Ii4.

There are many illustrations in this book: an extra engraved title page, one hundred and…

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Faith in the Mathematical Order The word “theory”…


Faith in the Mathematical Order

The word “theory” has very different meanings depending on whether you are speaking in an everyday sense or in scientific language. Cosmologist Paul Davies explains this difference and defends his “faith” in the underlying mathematical order of the universe.

By: World Science Festival.
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Future Of Astronomy

Astrophysicist are people that determine the placement and area in which stars, planets, etc, are. They also are the ones who apply the laws of physics to determine what is happening out there without actually seeing it. The goal of all of this is to understand the universe and out place in it. Einstein himself was an astrophysicist, his work on the waves of gravity and the death and creation of stars has lead us to understand the universe more then ever. Honestly this is probably one of the funniest job and my dream because its more of imagination then science considering all of the theories involved.

They have to answer questions like:

  • How did the universe get here?
  • Are we alone
  • How does the universe work?

Newton is one of the first astrophysicist with his discovery of gravity. Most would say he is just a physicist but if you actually…

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Emission and Absorption Spectra Paul Andersen explains how the…


Emission and Absorption Spectra

Paul Andersen explains how the photons emitted from or absorbed by an atom or nuclei is directly related to electrons moving between energy level. Absorption and emission are a direct result of the conservation of energy. Scientists may use the emission spectra of material to determine the atoms or molecules contained within the material.

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Google building spin-off Android OS for virtual reality



Google is working on an entirely new version of its Android operating system designed as a virtual reality platform.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the search engine giant has assembled a team of engineers to build the spin-off OS.

The Android-based system will power virtual reality applications, with ‘tens of engineers’ and other staff already coding the system.

The article points out that this won’t be a forked version of Android Lollipop designed to run on a VR headset. Instead, this will be a distinct and independent piece of software based on the Android ecosystem.

It’s set to be entirely open source too, which means OEMs will be able to produce their own tweaked Android VR ROMs for future devices.

Google reportedly hopes to mimic the success of its smartphone Android platform. Latest counts put current Android mobile devices in use at somewhere over one billion globally.

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