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July 28, 2015

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July 28, 2015

Majority Rule: Why Conformity Can Actually Be a Good Thing

July 28, 2015 — Like to go your own way? Most of us actually prefer to follow the pack, according to research. That's one of the outcomes from a study that examines how mathematical models predict human ... read more

How Age, Other Factors Influence Online Health Information Searches

July 28, 2015 — A new study aims to evaluate the types of search strategies that Internet users adopt when trying to solve a complicated health ... read more

July 28, 2015 — A research team discovered how to turn an ordinary air-gapped computer into a cellular transmitting antenna using software that modifies the CPU firmware. GSMem malicious software uses the ... read more

July 23, 2015 — By encoding information in photons via their spin, 'photonic' computers could be orders of magnitude faster and efficient than their current-day counterparts. Likewise, encoding information ... read more

Personalized Banner Ads Are a Double-Edged Sword

July 23, 2015 — Trust in a particular vendor affects the degree to which consumers will accept or reject a personalized banner ad, research concludes. The investigators wondered where people would draw the line at ... read more

July 23, 2015 — The Histone Antibody Specificity Database is a newly launched online portal that lets scientists find the right antibodies for their research with a much higher degree of confidence than ever ... read more

Computer Security Tools for Journalists Lacking in a Post-Snowden World

July 22, 2015 — Despite heightened awareness of surveillance tactics and privacy breaches, existing computer security tools aren't meeting the needs of journalists working with sensitive material, a new study ... read more

July 22, 2015 — For the first time, researchers have combined a novel synthesis process with commercial electron-beam lithography techniques to produce arrays of semiconductor junctions in arbitrary patterns within ... read more

Cellphones Seen as Change Agents for Health Among Young, Poor, Urban Women in Need of Care

July 21, 2015 — In a survey of a diverse group of almost 250 young, low-income, inner-city pregnant and postpartum women, researchers have learned that more than 90 percent use smartphones or regular cellphones to ... read more

Nursing, Medical Students Learn Teamwork With Virtual Teammates

July 21, 2015 — A virtual interprofessional education curriculum has been developed in which students were paired with a virtual team member to learn with, from, and about each other to improve collaboration and the ... read more

Location-Based Ads Need More Than Closeness to Overcome Creepiness

July 21, 2015 — Location-based advertisements may pinpoint customers geographically, but often miss the target because customers may find the ads creepy and intrusive, according to an international team of ... read more

Applying New Jersey Population Traits to Louisiana Reverses Colorectal Cancer Trends

July 21, 2015 — If Louisiana had the same risk factors, screening uptake, and survival rates as New Jersey, incidence and mortality from the disease would drop to levels below that of New ... read more

July 21, 2015 — In the last decade, graphene has been intensively studied for its unique optical, mechanical, electrical and structural properties. The one-atom-thick carbon sheets could revolutionize the way ... read more

July 21, 2015 — Researchers have built the first computer program that can recognize hand-drawn sketches better than ... read more

Sex and Violence May Not Really Sell Products

July 21, 2015 — If there's one thing advertisers think they know, it is that sex and violence sell. A new analysis, however, provides some of the best evidence to date that this widely accepted adage just ... read more

July 21, 2015 — Economists and scientists have proposed a new model to predict a financial crisis (a chain of bankruptcies) using a multiplex network model in which debts with different priorities are mutually held ... read more

Clutter in Its New Form: 'Digital Debris' Is Spilling Over Into the Physical

July 21, 2015 — When it comes to clutter, the technological is increasingly crossing over into physical space, says a interior design ... read more

Michelangelo Likely Used Mathematics When Painting the Creation of Adam

July 20, 2015 — New research provides mathematical evidence that Michelangelo used the Golden Ratio of 1.6 when painting The Creation of Adam on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The Golden Ratio is found when you ... read more

July 20, 2015 — College women who are more emotionally invested in Facebook and have lots of Facebook friends are less concerned with body size and shape and less likely to engage in risky dieting behaviors. But ... read more

July 20, 2015 — In a tremendous boost for spintronic technologies, scientists have shown that electrons can jump through spins much faster than previously ... read more

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