Neural networks. Neural networks? Neural networks!

Google has received a flurry of media attention recently for their psychedelic image generation technique via neural networks (called inceptionism).  A handful of fascinating links have sprouted up concerning neural network techniques, so I’ve collated a handful here with some commentary.   1. As always, wikipedia is the best place to start.  The specialized articles
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Fighting malaria on many fronts

A big computer, an all-male army of insects, and a home diabetes test kit—not what you might think to bring along when going up against a mass killer.  These tools, however, comprise part of the arsenal in the ongoing fight against malaria, a mosquito-borne disease responsible for over 600,000 deaths annually. The fifth annual Bay
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Berkeley Science Review call for pitches

You work hard to get your science right—maybe it’s time to try writing about science! If you’re a UC Berkeley grad student (or postdoc) excited to communicate the weird and wonderful world of science to wide audiences, then we need you. Jump in and write for the Fall 2015 issue of the BSR! Know a
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Guts guidance

It’s lunchtime in the year 2050 and you’re grocery shopping for a snack. Sandwich or salad? Sesame bagel or that gourmet cheeseburger you’ve been craving? To aid your choice, you decide to go with your gut….literally. Within minutes, you’ve consulted an app on your phone which lists your current intestinal microbe composition. Looks like you
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Mouse discrimination

Title image courtesy Mycroyance, CC BY-NC 2.0 Cages of small white mice lining a laboratory. A classic image of science research, featuring a star model organism responsible for numerous medical advances. What isn’t obvious about this image is that many, if not all, of mice used in research are male. In fact, eight out of
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