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Submission + - Stanford offering more free online courses

Psychotria writes: Stanford university is offering more free online courses that begin in January and February 2011. From a message posted in the Introduction to Databases forum:

We are launching several free, online classes for January/February 2012 today:

CS 101 by Nick Parlante @ cs101-class.org

Natural Language Processing by Dan Jurafsky and Chris Manning @ nlp-class.org

Software Engineering for SAAS by Armando Fox and David Patterson @ saas-class.org

Human-Computer Interfaces by Scott Klemmer @ hci-class.org

Game Theory by Matthew Jackson and Yoav Shoham @ game-theory-class.org

Probabilistic Graphical Models by Daphne Koller @ pgm-class.org

Machine Learning by Andrew Ng @ jan2012.ml-class.org (Same class as current ml-class.org)


Submission + - New Study Estimates 8.7 Million Species of Life (plosbiology.org)

Psychotria writes: A study published in PLoS provides a new estimate on the number of species inhabiting our planet. The study predicts that there could be approximately 8.7 million eukaryotic species globally. This suggests that some 86% of the species on Earth, and 91% in the ocean, still await formal description and classification. In 2007 E.O. Wilson stated "We live on a mostly unexplored planet." It seems that it may be more unexplored than we thought.

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