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New algorithm a Christmas gift to 3-D printing, and the environment
A computer science professor reveals how to print a 3-D Christmas tree efficiently and with zero material waste, using the world's first algorithm for automatically decomposing a 3-D object into what are called pyramidal parts.
[Science daily]

Verizon Champions Innovative STEM Programs in 5 Underserved New York City Schools
Five New York City schools have been awarded a total of $100,000 to improve student achievement in science, technology, engineering and math through the Verizon Innovate Learning Grants program.  They are among 80 schools across the country selected to each receive a $20,000 grant as part of (...)
[WebWire Mobile communications]

Scientists measure speedy electrons in silicon
Attosecond lasers provide the shortest light pulses yet, allowing observation of nature's most short-lived events. Researchers have used these lasers for the first time to take snapshots of electrons jumping from silicon atoms into the conduction band of a semiconductor, the key event behind (...)
[Science daily]

Worms' mental GPS helps them find food
A theory to explain how animals gather information and switch attention has been devised by scientists who have developed a mathematical theory -- based on roundworm foraging -- that predicts how animals decide to switch from localized to very broad searching. This new theory could begin to (...)
[Science daily]

Crowdfunding 101 for science
Everything you know about crowdfunding is wrong, according to researchers. Crowdfunding is the practice of financing a project or venture through contributions from a large number of people, typically via the Internet. "At a time when money is getting ever tighter and more difficult to procure, (...)
[Science daily]

Physicists explain puzzling particle collisions
An anomaly spotted at the Large Hadron Collider has prompted scientists to reconsider a mathematical description of the underlying physics. By considering two forces that are distinct in everyday life but unified under extreme conditions, they have simplified one description of the interactions (...)
[Science daily]

New 'electronic skin' for prosthetics, robotics detects pressure from different directions
Touch can be a subtle sense, but it communicates quickly whether something in our hands is slipping, for example, so we can tighten our grip. For the first time, scientists report the development of a stretchable 'electronic skin' closely modeled after our own that can detect not just pressure, (...)
[Science daily]

Smoothing the path to an independent life: Virtual reality based training systems boost cognitive functions
Virtual reality is a powerful tool to simulate real-life environments and situations. Scientists are exploring the medium as a way to help people with cognitive limitations overcome difficulties in life. Among the many kinds of disabilities, cognitive deficits may bring more hindrance to a (...)
[Science daily]

Scientists resolve spin puzzle
Scientists have helped to uncover the properties of defects in the atomic structure of magnetite, potentially opening the way for its use in producing more powerful electronic devices.
[Science daily]

Move over smart cities, the Internet of Things is off to the country
Computer scientists are investigating how the Internet of Things could work in the countryside.
[Science daily]

Twitter posts may shine a fresh light on mental illness trends
Computers scientists are tracking tweets to gather important information about common mental illnesses. By reviewing tweets from users who publicly mentioned their diagnosis and by looking for language cues linked to certain disorders, the researchers say, they've been able to quickly and (...)
[Science daily]

MapQuest Professors Host "Hour of Code" Academy
MapQuest , Inc., today launched a weeklong program dedicated to providing Denver Public School students with an "Hour of Code" instruction. Over the course of Computer Science Week (Dec. 8-14), each MapQuest employee in its headquarter office will lead an "Hour of Code" session (...)
[WebWire Computer software]

Composite materials can be designed in a supercomputer 'virtual lab'
Scientists have shown how advanced computer simulations can be used to design new composite materials. Nanocomposites, which are widely used in industry, are revolutionary materials in which microscopic particles are dispersed through plastics. But their development until now has been largely (...)
[Science daily]

Ultrafast complex molecular simulations by ‘cutting up molecules’
Scientists have developed an ultrafast quantum chemical method, which allows rapid and accurate simulations of complex molecular systems consisting of thousands of molecules.
[Science daily]

Predicting the storm: Can computer models improve stem cell transplantation?
Is the human immune system similar to the weather, a seemingly random yet dynamical system that can be modeled based on past conditions to predict future states? Scientists believe it is.
[Science daily]

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