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November 26, 2015

Nov. 26, 2015 — Explaining the complex structure of tropical forests is one of the great challenges in ecology. An issue of special interest is the distribution of different sizes of trees, something which is of ... read more

Nov. 13, 2015 — A shortage of a rare mineral could spur global market instabilities, according to a new analysis of international commodity trade ... read more

Zig While Others Zag for More Successful Investments

Nov. 13, 2015 — Aso-called contrarian investment funds far outperform their herd-fund rivals in several performance measurements, new research shows, adding that their managers have found ways to gather information ... read more

Largest Ensemble Simulation of Global Weather Using Real-World Data

Nov. 10, 2015 — Using the powerful K computer, scientists have run an enormous global weather simulation. They ran 10,240 simulations of a model of the global atmosphere divided into 112-km sectors, and then used ... read more

New Approach Allows Better Modelling of Crucial Economic Activities Over Time

Nov. 10, 2015 — Researchers have developed a better method for modelling important kinds of economic data that may be useful for studying workforces, economic development, health, macroeconomics and other phenomena ... read more

Experts Recommend Modeling to Avoid Earthquakes Resulting from Fracking

Nov. 10, 2015 — Hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking," is used to break the subsurface rock mass into pieces and is done by injecting high-pressure fluid. While this gives the fluid or gas more ... read more

Nov. 10, 2015 — A new paper details the development and utility of a computer model for the dispersion of volcanic smog or 'vog,' which forms when volcanic sulfur dioxide gas interacts with water and ... read more

Model of the Ebola Epidemics in West Africa Incorporating Age of Infection

Nov. 6, 2015 — Sierra Leone is expected to soon be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization. But what was key to eliminating the disease? A mathematical model describes the reasons as complex, but ... read more

Predicting Cancer's Growth from Few Clues

Nov. 2, 2015 — Duke mathematicians are developing ways to help doctors predict how different cancers are likely to progress when measurements of tumor growth are hard to come by. In a new study, they describe a way ... read more

Simple Mathematical Formula Models Lithium-Ion Battery Aging

Oct. 30, 2015 — Hybrid electric vehicles, cell phones, digital cameras, and the Mars Curiosity rover are just a few of the many devices that use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Now a team of researchers has a ... read more

'Ensemble' Modeling Could Lead to Better Flu Forecasts

Oct. 29, 2015 — By combining data from a variety of non-traditional sources, a research team led by computational epidemiologists has developed predictive models of flu-like activity that provide robust real-time ... read more

Oct. 27, 2015 — Cytokinin patterning, an important process in plant development, cannot happen via diffusion alone, researchers have discovered. While investigating a regulatory network in plant roots, they ... read more

HIV Care Could Save Lives and Billions of Dollars, Computer Model Predicts

Oct. 26, 2015 — A computer model predicts that strengthening a handful of efforts to keep people with HIV in lifetime care, along with more rigorous testing, would potentially avert a projected 752,000 new HIV ... 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

Cars Must Be Considerate of the Driver When Talking

Oct. 26, 2015 — Smart telephones and TVs are well-established technical gadgets in today's society. The same cannot be said about smart cars with dialogue systems that can understand you and communicate as if ... read more

Oct. 23, 2015 — Researchers have developed the first computational method based on evolutionary principles to predict the changes in shape that proteins experience to carry out their functions. This method is a step ... read more

Flagging a Stock Price Crash

Oct. 22, 2015 — When Barracuda Network’s stock price tumbled almost 35 percent in one day last September, a new system had already flagged the signs that led to the fall.The new crash-risk system, based on a study ... read more

Advanced Quantum Algorithm: Digital Quantum Simulation of Fermionic Models

Oct. 21, 2015 — Researchers have developed an advanced quantum algorithm that achieves the implementation of a quantum simulation of electronic models of materials in superconducting circuits. The collaboration has ... read more

Mathematically Modeling the Mind

Oct. 20, 2015 — A new model represents how the mind processes sequential memory and may help understand psychiatric ... read more

3D Printing Provides Low-Cost Alternative in Bronchoscopy Simulation Training

Oct. 19, 2015 — 3D-printed tracheobronchial tree models compared favorably against other more standard models in training pulmonary physicians to perform bronchoscopy, researchers have found. The study compared the ... read more

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