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  1. News - World - SCIENCE

    The science of slipping on a banana skin, and other Ig Nobel Prize winners

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 11:43pm by AFP

    ... a person steps on the discarded fruit peel. Scientists in China and Canada won a neuroscience prize for trying to understand what happens in the brains of people who see the face of Jesus ...

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    From doorknob to whole building in 4 hours: how quickly viruses spread

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 05:48am by WASHPOST

    ... handles, phones and computers. "We actually put a virus on a [finger] plate in an office building of 80 people, had three entrances, and within four hours it ended up on over half ...

  3. News - World - SCIENCE

    Quantum computer not as fast as maker D-Wave Systems claims, study shows

    Posted Jun 20th 2014, 11:20pm by WASHPOST

    ... computer company, and are clearly a hot-ticket item. But the company's bold claim that the computer is thousands of times faster than a conventional PC have ruffled the feathers of academic quantum computing experts, who have been highly sceptical. Now, new results may give weight to those doubts. An independent research group has found that its second-generation machine, D-Wave Two, ...

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    Genetics play role in our desire to place a bet or invest, study shows

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 09:47pm by AFP

    ... in a competitive game, in which one person bet via computer with an anonymous opponent. Those who were better at being able to imagine their competitor's thinking and anticipate and respond ... that genetics plays a big role in how a person acts when it comes to betting and investing. The genes in question affect the role of dopamine, a chemical released in the brain that signals pleasure ...

  5. News - World - SCIENCE

    Lumosity's brain training games give researchers a window on the mind

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 12:39am by WASHPOST

    ... Site's brain games a window on the mind The glossy white coffee cups are moving across the computer screen at a mind-blowing pace. Forty-eight orders, and only two minutes to fill them all. Put ... insights. For instance, scientists might be able to use the IP addresses on customers' computers to create a map. When overlaid with information from government agencies or other sources, ...

  6. News - World - SCIENCE

    US study focuses on how infants' brains respond to language

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 04:51am by THE WASHINGTON POST

    ... as the non-native language. Her results were similar to the English-Spanish study. A person with damage to Broca's area can still comprehend language but typically talks very slowly and uses short ...

  7. News - World - SCIENCE

    More than 100 scientists threaten to boycott 'premature' project to study brain

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 11:39pm by GDN

    ... in a computer. Now some claim the project is taking the wrong approach, wastes money and risks a backlash against neuroscience if it fails. In an open letter to the European Commission yesterday, more ... brain is radically premature," Peter Dayan, director of the computational neuroscience unit at UCL, said. "We are left with a project that can't but fail from a scientific ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - SCIENCE

    Physics prodigy wins admirers for network theory

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 03:36am by MICHAEL DEWAALMONTGOMERY

    ... of processors and individual computers" that formed a network. Thus it would be subject to Lam's reliability theories in the same way as any other live network. "More reliable networks ...

  9. News - World - SCIENCE

    Drug-resistant bacteria found in Canadian grocery store squid

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 05:30am by WASHPOST

    ... if they are present in a person's body, they can share that gene or enzyme with other bacteria. That, in turn, makes those other bacteria also resistant to these last-resort antibiotics known as carbapenems. The organism found in the squid, Pseudomonas fluorescens, probably would not make a healthy person sick, Rubin said. But for people with immune systems compromised by chemotherapy ...

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    Asteroid that killed dinosaurs 66 million years ago ‘also cooled earth’

    Posted May 14th 2014, 09:14pm by NYT

    ... setting off a series of catastrophic events that led to one of the world's worst mass extinctions. Computer simulations suggest that in the hours immediately after the impact, life on earth ...




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