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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

Why Hasn't He/she Replied Yet?

Oct. 5, 2015 — A study probes how factors that affect how quickly people respond to email. The researchers are also able to predict when an email thread will fizzle out. When users first email each other, they ... 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

Collaborative Behaviours, Traditional Practices

Oct. 1, 2015 — A new report on information practices in the physical sciences has been released by researchers. While cross-border and cross-disciplinary collaborations are breaking down subject siloes across the ... 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

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

Mobile Robots Could Help the Elderly Live Fuller Lives, Experts Say

Sep. 29, 2015 — Mobile service robots developed by computer scientists could soon be helping elderly people stay independent and active for longer. The project, which includes artificial intelligence and robotics ... 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

Sep. 28, 2015 — When amputees receive powered prosthetic legs, the power of the prosthetic limbs needs to be tuned by a prosthetics expert so that a patient can move normally -- but the prosthetic often needs ... 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

Do Patients With Age-Related Macular Degeneration Have Trouble With Touch Screens?

Sep. 24, 2015 — Older adults with central vision loss caused by age-related macular degeneration have no problem with accuracy in performing touch screen tasks, according to a ... read more

Protecting Identities in a Sea of Big Data

Sep. 23, 2015 — A computer scientist will use three grants to develop approaches to safeguarding sensitive genetic information. Along with co-researchers, he will systematically evaluate potential privacy breaches ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — Why do babies smile when they interact with their parents? Could their smiles have a purpose? A team of computer scientists, roboticists and developmental psychologists confirm what most parents ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — Researchers used a brain-to-brain interface they developed to allow pairs of participants to play a '20 question' style game by transmitting signals from one brain to another over the ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — Theoretical physicists have discovered that so-called 'frustrated magnets' can produce skyrmions, tiny magnetic vortices that may be used in memory storage. This discovery opens up a new ... read more

Transitioning Through Electronic Health Records

Sep. 22, 2015 — Even after emergency physicians had acclimated to a new commercial electronic health record, they increased their tasks performed per minute by nearly 12 percent, increasing the potential for patient ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — The first all-optical permanent on-chip memory has been developed. This is an important step on the way towards optical computers. Phase change materials that change their optical properties ... read more

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