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April 29, 2016

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April 29, 2016

Apr. 28, 2016 — Researchers have built a computer model of the interaction between different bacteria, and between bacteria and the gut wall. This has led them to explain how antibiotic-resistant microbes develop ... read more

Social Media Interaction Tools Might Make Massive Open Online Courses Stickier

Apr. 27, 2016 — Developers of massive open online courses -- or MOOCs -- may want to take a page from Facebook to keep more students engaged and enrolled, according to ... read more

Consumers Reveal Barriers to Brain-Training App-Iness

Apr. 27, 2016 — The preconceptions and concerns of young US consumers about brain-training smartphone apps are examined in a new scientific study. The work investigated why consumers decide to download these apps, ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — Scientists are teaching computers to figure out why people accept or decline invitations to participate in clinical trials. Recruiting sufficient numbers of participants is a current challenge in ... read more

Measuring Happiness on Social Media

Apr. 27, 2016 — Happiness. It's something we all strive for, but how do we measure it--as a country? A global community? Computer scientists used two years of Twitter data to measure users' life ... read more

Theory Establishes a Path to High-Performance 2-D Semiconductor Devices

Apr. 26, 2016 — Researchers have uncovered a way to overcome a principal obstacle in using two-dimensional (2-D) semiconductors in electronic and optoelectronic ... read more

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Mental-Health Apps

Apr. 26, 2016 — There are more than 165,000 mobile applications available for health care, with the largest category for people with mental-health disorders, managing everything from addiction to depression and ... read more

Providing Children With Tablets Loaded With Literacy Apps Yields Positive Results

Apr. 26, 2016 — Researchers have been conducting a study to determine whether tablet computers loaded with literacy applications could improve the reading preparedness of young children living in economically ... read more

Does Learning Improve When Every Student Gets a Laptop?

Apr. 26, 2016 — Schools that provide each student with a laptop computer, as well as the appropriate support for both students and teachers, see significant improvement in academic achievement, a new paper ... read more

Robots May Be Able to Lift, Drive, and Chat, but Are They Safe and Trustworthy?

Apr. 26, 2016 — Automation experts conclude that the time is ripe for human factors researchers to contribute scientific insights that can tackle the many challenges of human-robot ... read more

Sensitive People More Vulnerable to Online Dating Scams

Apr. 26, 2016 — Sensitive and less emotionally intelligent people are more likely to be vulnerable to online dating scams, new research concludes. Over 90 victims of dating scams took part in questionnaires relating ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — The majority of video reproduction portals on internet, with the exception of YouTube, have quite unsophisticated systems for controlling fraud in the number of views, and some of them even seem to ... read more

Rare Earth Atoms See the Light

Apr. 25, 2016 — Physicists have discovered a promising new route for combined optical and solid-state-based quantum ... read more

Videogames Against Malaria: Learn Through Playing

Apr. 25, 2016 — A malaria "Candy Crush" to research new diagnostic tools involving citizen participation has been developed by researchers. Called MalariaSpot Bubbles, the video game not only allows ... read more

Videogame Addiction Linked to ADHD

Apr. 25, 2016 — Young and single men are at risk of being addicted to video games. The addiction indicates an escape from ADHD and psychiatric disorder, suggests a new ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — New software has been developed that can measure the flow rate of rivers using image analysis, called KU-STIV (Kobe University Space-Time Image Velocimetry). This technology makes it easier to obtain ... read more

Trust in the Cloud Could Be Pinned to Online Scoring System

Apr. 22, 2016 — An easy-to-use online tool to help build people's trust in the cloud has been developed by computer scientists. Cloud computing is widely recognized as a highly useful technology, with multiple ... read more

Apr. 22, 2016 — A smartphone application that projects a magnified smartphone screen to Google Glass has been developed, which allows users to navigate using head movements to view a corresponding portion of the ... read more

Apr. 22, 2016 — In a proof-of-principle experiment, researchers have demonstrated that a small group of individual atoms placed very precisely in silicon can act as a quantum simulator, mimicking nature -- in this ... read more

Plastic Below the Ocean Surface

Apr. 21, 2016 — Current measurement methods skim the surface of the ocean while computer modeling shows ocean turbulence may force plastics far below the surface despite their ... read more

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