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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

New Tools Help Provide Vital Demographics, Population Statistics to Policymakers

Oct. 6, 2015 — Those looking for data and analytical reports often turn to the American Community Survey (ACS) from the US Census, which provides data such as unemployment, median household income, and housing ... 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

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 — Statistics is one of the fastest-growing degrees in the US, but the growth may not be enough to satisfy the high demand for -- statisticians in technology, consumer products, health care, government, ... 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

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. 30, 2015 — A biostatistician played a key role in the development of an online tool that combines both breast density and biopsy results to allow physicians to calculate a woman’s breast cancer risk. It’s ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — Condensed matter theorists used nearly 10 million Titan core hours to calculate the electronic and magnetic structure of plutonium using a combination of density functional theory calculations and ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — Using carbon atoms deposited on graphene, researchers have demonstrated a technique for creating dynamic patterns on graphene surfaces. The patterns could be used to make reconfigurable electronic ... 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

Identifying Problems With National Identifiers

Sep. 29, 2015 — A team of researchers in two experiments was able to decrypt more than 23,000 RRNs using both computation and logical reasoning. The findings suggest that, while such identifiers are encrypted to ... 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. 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

Information Handling by Some Health Apps Not as Secure as It Should Be

Sep. 24, 2015 — Some health apps that have been clinically accredited may not have been complying with principles of data protection, according to research. In some instances health apps were found to be sending ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — Have you ever been dissatisfied with a restaurant experience because the customer-service technology you had to use to reserve a table, order your food or pay for the meal wasn't up to par? ... read more

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