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Scientists uncover route for finding out what makes individuals nice or nasty
A scientist has helped develop an innovative mathematical model for exploring why some individuals evolve to be genetically programmed to be nice, while others stay nasty.
[Science daily]

How well do facial recognition algorithms cope with a million strangers?
Computer scientists and engineers have launched the 'MegaFace Challenge,' the world's first competition aimed at evaluating and improving the performance of face recognition algorithms at the million person scale.
[Science daily]

3-D-printed kidney helps doctors save woman's organ during complicated tumor removal
Doctors and scientists in one case printed and used a 3-D kidney to help save a patient's organ during a complicated tumor-removal procedural.
[Science daily]

Easy integration of biological knowledge improves understanding of diseases
Researchers have improved the integration of disparate sources and types of data which will advance scientists' understanding of disease using Wikipathways. This study will help other scientists better utilize open data and will aid the discovery of new therapeutic targets for (...)
[Science daily]

Augmented eternity: scientists aim to let us speak from beyond the grave
Advances in artificial intelligence could give us digital immortality, distilling a lifetime’s worth of online presence into a deathless version of ourselves Would you like a version of yourself to live on after death? A radical new concept called “augmented eternity” could make that fantasy a (...)
[The Guardian]

Daring flight removes 2 sick workers from South Pole station
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) " Two people who fell ill while working at the U.S. research station at the South Pole have been evacuated by a small plane that made the daring rescue flight in Antarctica's harsh winter.The National Science...
[nzherald.co.nz - world]

Students make your plant spin, and they have other Internet of Things innovations, too
Internet of things, IoT, is a fast expanding network of consumer and industrial devices, i.e., “things”. One lab has a growing good reputation for letting the computer science students develop smart IoT devices and services; a new article outlines some of these (...)
[Science daily]

Self-learning arm controlled by thought
Scientists are developing a robotic arm prototype and its control algorithm using myoelectric signals. The mechanical limb will independently recognize the motions of its owner and be able to perform all the same motions like a healthy arm. The scientists estimate the final cost of the device (...)
[Science daily]

New statistical approach will help researchers better determine cause-effect
Researchers have developed a new statistical technique that can help scientists determine causation of effects they are studying. This method can help scientists advance research that otherwise would stall out in its early phases.
[Science daily]

Understanding rogue ocean waves may be simple after all
An international team of scientists has developed a relatively simple mathematical explanation for the rogue ocean waves that can develop seemingly out of nowhere to sink ships and overwhelm oil platforms with walls of water as much as 25 meters (...)
[Science daily]

Power of supercomputing to find rare-earth refining alternatives
Scientists have identified agents for the separation of rare-earth metals that are potentially much less costly and better-performing than those currently used.
[Science daily]

Quantum calculations broaden the understanding of crystal catalysts
Recently, scientists advanced in explaining the properties of rutile TiO2 -- a promising photocatalyst, which may be used to produce eco-friendly fuel and to neutralize harmful compounds Using a supercomputer, researchers managed to model the behavior of surface layers of the crystal. This has (...)
[Science daily]

Crowdsourcing platform makes public gene expression data more accessible
Scientists have developed a free online platform that uses a crowdsourcing approach to make public gene expression data more accessible to biomedical researchers without computational expertise.
[Science daily]

Titan shines light on high-temperature superconductor pathway
Scientists have used the Titan supercomputer at ORNL to simulate cuprates on the path to superconductivity. The team focused on a pivotal juncture on the cuprates’ path called the pseudogap phase, an in-between phase before superconductivity in which cuprates exhibit both insulating and (...)
[Science daily]

Cheering on the Einsteins
In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene considers the importance of teaching science.
[BBC News Africa]

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