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November 30, 2015

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November 30, 2015

How 'Deviant' Messages Flood Social Media

Nov. 18, 2015 — From terrorist propaganda distributed by organizations such as ISIS, to political activism, diverse voices now use social media as their major public platform. Organizations deploy bots — virtual, ... read more

Marginalized Groups Use the Internet to Broaden Their Networks, Rather Than Reinforce Ties

Nov. 16, 2015 — A new research study supports the commonly held view that people from disadvantaged groups are using the Internet to broaden their social networks. Those who are from racially or educationally ... read more

Framework for Teaching Networks Developed

Nov. 12, 2015 — A new framework could help future scientists improve their understanding of all types of networks, from social media channels to beehives. The work included over 30 network science researchers, ... read more

Nov. 10, 2015 — Think your web browsing is private? A new study of one million top websites finds that 88 percent reveal user data to third parties, often without the user's ... read more

Warning Over Online Access to Sleeping Tablets

Nov. 5, 2015 — The prescription only sleeping tablet zopiclone, that can become addictive if used for more than a few weeks, is easily available online, warn ... read more

National Survey of Americans' Health App Use Shows Technology's Promise and Weakness

Nov. 3, 2015 — Like the treadmills and stationary bikes that become rec room coatracks, fitness and other health-related smartphone apps are acquired in large numbers by Americans, but over time, many are left ... read more

Saving Green: Computer Program Saves Nurseries Water, Plants and Money

Nov. 3, 2015 — A web-based irrigation system saved 21 percent in water use without reducing growth of container-grown landscape plants, a new study ... read more

The Battle for Informational Self-Determination

Nov. 2, 2015 — Societies around the globe are now at a crossroads and have to decide between top-down control and a 'participatory market society,' or shorter: 'digital democracy,' explain ... read more

Internet Too Slow? You May Be Paying Too Much to Save a Few Seconds

Nov. 2, 2015 — Your current printer prints only twenty pages per minute. Wanting to save time, you buy a new printer that prints fifty pages per minute. But do you really save time? Probably not, says a new study. ... read more

Online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Benefits People With Depression, Anxiety

Nov. 2, 2015 — Internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) combined with clinical care has been shown to benefit people with depression, anxiety and emotional distress from illness, according to an ... read more

How to Make Web Advertising More Effective

Oct. 29, 2015 — Every day, users are bombarded with animated ads across the Web, and companies fight to cut through the clutter. New research has pinpointed one attribute online ads should have to influence ... read more

New Technology Can Mine Data from Instagram to Monitor Teenage Drinking Patterns

Oct. 28, 2015 — Instagram could offer a novel way of monitoring the drinking habits of teenagers. Using photos and text from Instagram, a team of researchers has shown that this data can not only expose patterns of ... read more

Researchers Find Vulnerabilities in Use of Certificates for Web Security

Oct. 28, 2015 — A new study offers the first end-to-end evaluation of the Web's certificate revocation ecosystem, which includes website administrators that obtain and revoke certificates, certificate ... read more

Pupils Learn Poorly When Using Most Computer Programs

Oct. 26, 2015 —  “Most digital learning tools used in schools are unsatisfactory and only test the knowledge the pupils already have”, says Björn Sjödén, who has reviewed a large number of computer programs ... read more

Oct. 23, 2015 — Researchers tested users’ abilities to detect malware and phishing attacks while measuring the neurophysiological behavior underlying these ... read more

Certain Vulnerable Groups Are Less Likely to Use E-Health Resources

Oct. 22, 2015 — Black race, lower neighborhood household income, older age, and Medicaid/Medicare insurance status were each linked with less use of an electronic health record portal by kidney disease ... read more

Using Patients' Trail of Digital Crumbs for Public Health Surveillance

Oct. 21, 2015 — Data is ubiquitous. In the area of heath, so-called Novel Data Streams (NDS) are very appealing to public health surveillance officials due to their ease of collection. A new paper evaluates the ... read more

Research Boosts Optical Fiber Data Speeds

Oct. 16, 2015 — In the latest advance to boost the speed of the Internet, a research team has demonstrated a way to increase the data speeds of optical fibers -- considered the Internet's ... read more

New Research Method Identifies Stealth Attacks on Complicated Computer Systems

Oct. 13, 2015 — Computer scientists are unveiling a novel approach to discovering stealth attacks on computers. The scientists' secret formula in finding a stealth attack is in their algorithms. With specific ... read more

No Proof That 85 Percent of Depression Treatment Apps Accredited by NHS Actually Work

Oct. 13, 2015 — There is no proof that 85 percent of the depression apps currently recommended by the NHS for patients to manage their condition actually work, say ... read more

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