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October 8, 2015

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October 8, 2015

Speed-Reading Your Microbiome

Oct. 7, 2015 — Researchers have built a microbiome analysis platform called QIIME (pronounced “chime” and short for “Quantitative Insights Into Microbial Ecology”). This software will now be more readily ... read more

How, Mathematically, to Make Something Go Viral on Facebook

Oct. 6, 2015 — Researchers have proposed a strategic approach for information spreading via Facebook using cancer screenings as a health intervention. They use Facebook to identify social clusters and opinion ... read more

The Science of Retweets

Oct. 6, 2015 — What's the best time to tweet, to ensure maximum audience engagement? Researchers have demonstrated that an algorithm that takes into account the past activity of each of your followers -- and ... read more

Pushing Boundaries in Software Analytics

Oct. 6, 2015 — Researchers have developed an automated 'debugging' approach called Adaptive Multimodal Bug Localisation (AML). AML gleans debugging hints from both bug reports and test cases, and it ... read more

Using, Sharing, New Technologies Is Key for Conservation

Oct. 5, 2015 — Scientists estimate that we are losing species at 1,000 times the natural background rate. New technologies are improving conservation efforts by making it easier, faster, and cheaper to monitor ... read more

Organics Energize Solar Cell Research

Oct. 1, 2015 — Scientists are using a new supercomputer to advance next-generation solar energy technologies by probing the functional interfaces found in organic and hybrid solar ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Researchers have presented a new way of doing machine learning that enables semantically related concepts to reinforce each other. So, for instance, an object-recognition algorithm would learn to ... read more

Online Affairs Can Be Addictive, New Study Finds

Oct. 1, 2015 — A new study by psychology academics is the first in the UK to explore the impact of internet infidelity among those with real experience of it and sees how it is directly affecting 21st century ... read more

'Performance Cloning' Techniques to Boost Computer Chip Memory Systems Design

Sep. 30, 2015 — Computer engineering researchers have developed software using two new techniques to help computer chip designers improve memory systems. The techniques rely on 'performance cloning,' which ... read more

Pan-European Species-Directories Infrastructure: Basis for Handling Big Taxonomic Data

Sep. 30, 2015 — Looked down on with scepticism by many taxonomists, handling big data efficiently is a challenge that can only be met with thorough and multi-layered efforts from scientists and technological ... read more

New Method to Predict the Workload for Online Services

Sep. 30, 2015 — How can overloads on the Internet be prevented? Cloud computing means that more server space can be rented from large computing resources. Now a researcher has developed algorithms for automatic ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — The words people use on social media can reveal hidden meaning to those who know where to look. Computer scientists have gone a step further, linking the online behavior of more than 5,000 Twitter ... read more

Cheaters Sometimes Prosper on Facebook

Sep. 29, 2015 — What does it mean to cheat in a Facebook game like FarmVille? Is it any different from breaking the rules in a traditional videogame like World of Warcraft? New research shows that players often ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — A suite of computer programs designed to scan the misfolded proteins that are responsible for diseases such as Alzheimer's and diabetes looking for weak spots has been developed by researchers. ... read more

Crunching Numbers: Math Equations Help Build Optimal Bird Wing

Sep. 28, 2015 — A researcher uses numbers to show how to build the best wing or fin. Specifically, he wanted to know how flexible the wings or fins should be, so that if an engineer designed a flying or swimming ... read more

Increased Internet Access Led to a Rise in Racial Hate Crimes in the Early 2000s

Sep. 28, 2015 — Broadband availability increased the incidence of racial hate crimes committed by lone-wolf perpetrators in the United States during the period 2001-2008, new research concludes. The addition of a ... read more

Computer-Aided Mammography Detection Not Associated With Improved Accuracy

Sep. 28, 2015 — Computer-aided detection in screening mammography was not associated with improved diagnostic accuracy in a study that analyzed results from a large Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium database of ... read more

Sep. 26, 2015 — Researchers have found automated and human verification for voice-based user authentication vulnerable, and explore how an attacker in possession of voice audio samples could compromise a victim’s ... read more

Scientists Stop and Search Malware Hidden in Shortened Urls on Twitter

Sep. 25, 2015 — Cyber-criminals are taking advantage of real-world events with high volumes of traffic on Twitter in order to post links to websites which contain ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — Social media comments shape potential voters' opinions on candidates, new research confirms. For instance, the study shows that when Facebook users see favorable comments on the social media ... read more

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