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Diet for your DNA: Novel nutrition plan sparks debate around data protection

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:21
Personalized nutrition based on an individual's genotype - nutrigenomics - could have a major impact on reducing lifestyle-linked diseases such as obesity, heart disease and Type II diabetes, experts say. However, a study of more than 9,000 volunteers reveals that strict regulations need to be put in place before nutrigenomics becomes publicly acceptable due to people's fears around personal data protection.

Scientists disprove theory that reconstructed boron surface is metallic

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 18:53
Scientific inquiry is a hit and miss proposition, subject to constant checking and rechecking. Recently, a new class of materials was discovered called topological insulators—nonmetallic materials with a metallic surface capable of conducting electrons. The effect, based on relativity theory, exists only in special materials -— those with heavy elements —- and has the potential to revolutionize electronics.

Immersed in violence: How 3-D gaming affects video game players

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 18:53
Playing violent video games in 3-D makes everything seem more real – and that may have troubling consequences for players, a new study reveals. Researchers found that people who played violent video games in 3-D showed more evidence of anger afterward than did people who played using traditional 2-D systems -- even those with large screens.

Less-numerate investors swayed by corporate report presentation effects

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 17:01
Less-numerate investors are more susceptible to style and presentation effects in corporate social responsibility reports, according to new research.

Beyond LOL cats, social networks could become trove of biodiversity data

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 15:14
Social networks can be a viable source for photo-vouchered biodiversity records, especially those that clarify which species exist in what places within developing nations, one expert suggests.

Physicists solve longstanding puzzle of how moths find distant mates

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 14:16
Physicists have come up with a mathematical explanation for moths' remarkable ability to find mates in the dark hundreds of meters away. The researchers said the results could also be applied widely in agriculture or robotics. By controlling the behaviors of insects exposed to pheromones, they said, researchers could limit the ability of invasive or disease-carrying pests to mate.

Researchers take big-data approach to estimate range of electric vehicles

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 14:15
Researchers have developed new software that estimates how much farther electric vehicles can drive before needing to recharge. The new technique requires drivers to plug in their destination and automatically pulls in data on a host of variables to predict energy use for the vehicle.

Quantum holograms as atomic scale memory keepsake

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 14:10
A new study demonstrates that quantum holograms could be a candidate for becoming quantum information memory. Scientists have developed a theoretical model of quantum memory for light, adapting the concept of a hologram to a quantum system.

Driving by pointing: pieDrive system simplifies controlling the most up-to-date vehicles

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:51
An increasing number of assistance systems are being designed to facilitate driving. Things are heading towards automated driving. What role does the person behind the steering wheel play? Scientists have now developed “pieDrive”, an interactive operating concept for vehicles of the future.

Recognizing emotion in text :-S the business benefits :-)

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:51
Researchers have advanced the field of affective computing -- the creation of computer systems that recognize, express and process human emotions -- by proposing a new way to recognize emotion in text. Their development has significant potential for business applications.

World record in data transmission with smart circuits

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:51
Fewer cords, smaller antennas and quicker video transmission. This may be the result of a new type of microwave circuit. The research team behind the circuits currently holds an attention-grabbing record.

Supercomputers link proteins to drug side effects

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 01:29
New medications created by pharmaceutical companies have helped millions of Americans alleviate pain and suffering from their medical conditions. However, the drug creation process often misses many side effects that kill at least 100,000 patients a year. Now researchers have discovered a high-tech method of using supercomputers to identify proteins that cause medications to have certain adverse drug reactions (ADR) or side effects.

New study examines web-based biosurveillance systems in identifying disease outbreaks

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 18:51
Little quantitative evidence exists to show that electronic event-based biosurveillance systems that gather near real-time information to identify infectious disease outbreaks have led to specific health policy actions, decisions or outcomes, according a new study.

Robots recognize humans in disaster environments

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 18:15
Through a computational algorithm, a team of researchers has developed a neural network that allows a small robot to detect different patterns, such as images, fingerprints, handwriting, faces, bodies, voice frequencies and DNA sequences.

1980s American aircraft helps quantum technology take flight

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:50
The X-29, an American experimental aircraft has inspired quantum computing researchers in a development which will bring the technology out of the lab.

Digital native fallacy: Teachers still know better when it comes to using technology

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:49
A new study looks at how teachers and students use technology inside and outside the classroom. It turns out that members of today's younger Net Generation aren't more tech savvy than their teachers just because they were born into a world full of computers. In fact, if it weren't for the coaxing and support of their educators, many students would never use their electronic devices for more than playing games or listening to music, say experts.

3D printed facial prosthesis offers new hope for eye cancer patients following surgery

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:51
A fast and inexpensive way to make facial prostheses for eye cancer patients has been developed using facial scanning software and 3-D printing, according to researchers. Their novel process can create more affordable prosthetics for any patients who have hollow sockets resulting from eye surgery following cancer or congenital deformities.

iPad screenings effective for detecting early signs of glaucoma in underserved, high-risk populations

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:47
Using a tablet screening app could prove to be an effective method to aid in the effort to reduce the incidence of avoidable blindness in populations at high-risk for glaucoma with limited access to health care, according to a study. In this study, researchers used a free peripheral vision assessment app to screen approximately 200 patients in Nepal for glaucoma using an iPad®. The results show promise for screening populations that have limited or no access to traditional eye care.

Smartphone approach for examining progression of diabetic eye disease offers comparable results to traditional method

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 16:26
A smartphone-based tool may be an effective alternative to traditional ophthalmic imaging equipment in evaluating and grading severity of a diabetic eye disease, according to a study. The results of the research indicate the lower-cost method could be useful for bringing the service to patients in isolated or underserved communities.

iPhones for eye health: Capturing ocular images in difficult-to-photograph patients

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 16:26
Smartphone technology is a widely available resource which may also be a portable and effective tool for imaging the inside of the eye, according to results of a study. Researchers are successfully using an iPhone® application as an inexpensive, portable and effective tool for imaging the inside of the eye, including in patients who are challenging to photograph by traditional methods.