Searching big data faster
For more than a decade, gene sequencers have been improving more rapidly than the computers required to make sense of their outputs. Searching for DNA sequences in existing genomic databases can already take hours, and the problem is likely to get worse. Recently, scientists have been (...)
[Science daily] Biophysicists take small step in quest for 'robot scientist'
Biophysicists have taken another small step forward in the quest for an automated method to infer models describing a system's dynamics -- a so-called robot scientist.
[Science daily] How can we improve data sharing of biomedical research across the globe?
With the globalization of biomedical research and growing concerns about possible pandemics of diseases such as HIV, SARS, and Ebola, international data-sharing practices are of growing interest to the biomedical science community. A new special journal issue presents guidelines, protocols, (...)
[Science daily] Social security, social safety
Security and safety could be improved if researchers from very disparate disciplines - humanities, computer science and politics - were to work together, according to new research. Moreover, such coordinated efforts online would improve crisis management during natural disasters, terrorist (...)
[Science daily] Building computers from DNA?
New research could one day help build computers from DNA. Scientists have found a way to 'switch' the structure of DNA using copper salts and EDTA (Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) -- an agent commonly found in shampoo and other household products. The applications for this discovery include (...)
[Science daily] New internet routing method allows users to avoid sending data through undesired countries
Computer scientists have developed a method for providing concrete proof to Internet users that their information did not cross through specified, undesired geographic areas. Called Alibi Routing, the system is immediately deployable and does not require knowledge of -- or modifications to -- (...)
[Science daily] Viral comparisons
A team of comparative genomics and computational science researchers compared approximately 4,000 complete virus genomes downloaded from a public database known as GenBank. By compressing the sequence files, the team created a virus dendrogram that maps out the relationships among all the (...)
[Science daily] A brain-computer interface for controlling an exoskeleton
Scientists have developed a brain-computer control interface for a lower limb exoskeleton by decoding specific signals from within the user's brain.
[Science daily] A thin ribbon of flexible electronics can monitor health, infrastructure
A new world of flexible, bendable, even stretchable electronics is emerging from research labs to address a wide range of potentially game-changing uses. Over the last few years, one team of chemists and materials scientists has begun exploring military applications in harsh environments for (...)
[Science daily] How to preserve fleeting digital information with DNA for future generations
Hand-written letters and old photos seem quaint in today's digital age. But there's one thing traditional media have over hard drives: longevity. Scientists are turning to nature's master of information storage to save data. One team demonstrated that synthetic DNA can last 2,000 years, and (...)
[Science daily] Programming and prejudice: Computer scientists discover how to find bias in algorithms
Software may appear to operate without bias because it strictly uses computer code to reach conclusions. But a team of computer scientists has discovered a way to find out if an algorithm used for hiring decisions, loan approvals and comparably weighty tasks could be biased like a human (...)
[Science daily] Future electronics: Black phosphorus surges ahead of graphene
Scientists reported a tunable band gap in BP, effectively modifying the semiconducting material into a unique state of matter with anisotropic dispersion. This research outcome potentially allows for great flexibility in the design and optimization of electronic and optoelectronic devices like (...)
[Science daily] Intelligent sensor informs you to change a diaper via SMS
An "intelligent continence management system" has been developed by scientists, comprising a thin disposable sensor strip which has the potential to improve the care of elderly and bedridden patients.
[Science daily] Computer scientists find mass extinctions can accelerate evolution
Computer scientists have found that robots evolve more quickly and efficiently after a virtual mass extinction modeled after real-life disasters such as the one that killed off the dinosaurs. Beyond implications for artificial intelligence, the research supports the idea that mass extinctions (...)
[Science daily] Bioengineers advance computing technique for health care, more
Scientists have developed a big data technique that could have an impact on health care and more. They designed an algorithm called "progeny clustering" that is being used in a hospital study to identify which treatments should be given to children with (...)