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July 2, 2015

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July 2, 2015

Helping Students Stick With Online Courses

July 1, 2015 — Researchers showed that a dropout-prediction model trained on data from one offering of a course can help predict which students will stop out of the next ... read more

June 29, 2015 — A new technique for discovering potentially dangerous drug interactions--before they show up in medical databases like PubMed-- has been developed by researchers. It includes the searching millions ... read more

New Strategies for Combatting Chronic Kidney Disease, Other Long-Term Conditions

June 25, 2015 — New strategies for using electronic health records (EHRs) to treat patients with chronic kidney disease have been outlined by investigators. Their recommendations may help clinicians and hospitals ... read more

Patient Outcomes Could Improve by Preparing Nursing Homes for Health Information Exchange

June 24, 2015 — When older adults transfer between nursing homes and hospitals, inefficient and unclear communication between the organizations can hinder patient care. Now, a team of researchers is working to ... read more

Study Predicts Variation in Illness Severity in a Population

June 23, 2015 — When individual random quantities, such as reactions in the body, are instead correlated, and multiplied, the process gives rise to the ubiquitous, highly skewed pattern, and that this pattern is ... read more

June 23, 2015 — Scientists have developed a new power converter chip that can harvest more than 80 percent of the energy trickling into it, even at the extremely low power levels characteristic of tiny solar cells. ... read more

Big Data Analysis Platform to Unveil Gene Interactions in Cancer

June 23, 2015 — A breakthrough in cancer genomics has been achieved by developing a novel big data analysis platform for analyzing the interactions among genes. The analysis platform unveils the unregulated patterns ... read more

Lack of Control on E-Coaches

June 23, 2015 — There is no guarantee that smart, personal coaching apps can live up to claims to make our lives more healthy and more productive. Users may receive incorrect, commercially slanted, or ineffective ... read more

June 22, 2015 — Scientists built nanoscale mirrors to trap light around atoms inside of diamond crystals. The mirrored cavities allow light to bounce back and forth up to 10,000 times, enhancing the normally weak ... read more

June 19, 2015 — DNA naturally folds itself into cross-shaped structures called cruciforms that jut out along the sprawling length of its double helix. DNA cruciforms are abundant; scientists estimate as many as ... read more

Laws Needed Against Intrusive Face Recognition Tech Applied to Online Images, Experts Say

June 19, 2015 — A telecommunications law academic in Australia has recommended for laws to be enacted criminalizing the application of face recognition technology to visual images online that enable the identity of ... read more

How Do Toddlers Use Tablets?

June 18, 2015 — Researchers studied more than 200 YouTube videos in an effort to understand how toddlers use ... read more

Math Students a Hit With Minor League Baseball Schedulers

June 18, 2015 — With the help of some Johns Hopkins University math students, Minor League Baseball is catching up with the majors in using computers to produce season ... read more

Simple Yet Clever Way to Boost Chip Speeds

June 17, 2015 — A computer chip has millions of transistors connected with an extensive network of copper wires. These wires are unimaginably short and thin compared to household wires but in each case the copper is ... read more

June 17, 2015 — Network scientists have developed a new computational method that can leverage any body of knowledge to aid in the complex human task of fact-checking. In multiple experiments, the automated system ... read more

June 17, 2015 — Researchers have predicted, in theory, that superconducting surfaces can become topological superconductors when magnetic iron atoms are deposited on the surface in a regular pattern. They used the ... read more

Automating Microbial Genome Sequence Decontamination

June 16, 2015 — A study describes a tool called ProDeGe that is the first computational protocol for quick and automated removal of contaminant sequences from draft microbial ... read more

Instagram Behavior for Teens Different Than Adults

June 16, 2015 — While some may argue that life on social media is a never-ending popularity contest, teens and adults may use online apps for very different purposes. Researchers have found that teens are leveraging ... read more

Can Personal Devices Interfere With Hospital Care?

June 16, 2015 — New research helps define a clear rule of thumb for how close health-care workers with their Wi-Fi devices can be to electronic medical equipment. The bottom line: keep your wireless device further ... read more

June 15, 2015 — Quantum dots promise an astounding range of applications, if scientists can conquer their annoying habit of blinking. Researchers recently ran simulations that offer new insights into the ... read more

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