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Video conferencing could increase shared decision-making in hospice care

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 15:21
Shared decision-making, although beneficial, could be enhanced in hospice care, say authors of a new report. The researchers recommend that health care workers employ measures such as video conferencing to help increase the likelihood of shared decision-making between patients and family caregivers.

Marine mathematics helps to map undiscovered deep-water coral reefs

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 15:19
A team of marine scientists has discovered four new deep-water coral reefs in the Atlantic Ocean using the power of predictive mathematical models. Located at depths of up to 1.2km, in seas west of Ireland, the reefs were identified by a modelling system that predicts occurrence according to conditions favourable to coral.

New tool: How to get meaningful information out of big data

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 15:19
Every second trillions of data bits are accumulated and stored. All these data bits make no sense if you don't know how to sort them. Now researchers present a tool that helps researchers sort data and retrieve meaningful knowledge from the data jungle.

Social media content may hold keys to important health information

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 14:38
Language used in everyday social media posts may have a strong connection to an individual’s health. In the first study of its kind, the new results suggest that not only are many adult Facebook and Twitter users willing to share their social media data and medical data for research purposes, but that by building a language databank, it may be possible to link social media content to health outcomes.

Is your digital information more at risk today than it was ten years ago?

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 14:36
Researchers say that cybersecurity breeches are not happening more frequently than they did a decade ago. And these data breaches in general are not growing in size.

New research method identifies stealth attacks on complicated computer systems

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 14:31
Computer scientists are unveiling a novel approach to discovering stealth attacks on computers. The scientists' secret formula in finding a stealth attack is in their algorithms. With specific matrix-based pattern recognition, they were able to analyze the execution path of a software program and discover correlations among events.

No proof that 85 percent of depression treatment apps accredited by NHS actually work

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 14:25
There is no proof that 85 percent of the depression apps currently recommended by the NHS for patients to manage their condition actually work, say experts.

Computerized cognitive training improves childhood cancer survivors' attention and memory

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 21:45
Computer-based cognitive training is as effective as medication for improving working memory and attention in childhood cancer survivors with cognitive deficits, suggests a new study.

3D printed fetal head helps manage care for baby with life-threatening airway mass

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 19:41
Conan Thompson becomes first baby to have a 3D printed model made of his face while still in the womb to help doctors determine whether he would need a lifesaving procedure at birth.

New computer program predicts cochlear implant success in hearing-impaired children

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 18:15
A new computer program that analyzes functional brain MRIs of hearing impaired children can predict whether they will develop effective language skills within two years of cochlear implant surgery, according to a study.

2015 Nobel Prize in Economics

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 12:50
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for 2015 to Angus Deaton Princeton University "for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare."

New tool expands tracking of personal data on the Web

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 22:54
Researchers have developed a second-generation tool called 'Sunlight' that matches user-tailored ads and recommendations to tidbits of information supplied by users at a greater scale and level of accuracy than its predecessor, XRay.

Researchers develop deep-learning method for computers to predict daily activities

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 19:54
Researchers have developed a new method that teaches computers to 'see' and understand what humans do in a typical day using 40,000 images taken from an ego-centric camera.

Scientists paint quantum electronics with beams of light

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 19:54
Scientists have accidentally discovered a new way of using light to draw and erase quantum-mechanical circuits in a unique class of materials called topological insulators.

Electronics get a power boost with the addition of simple material

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 12:34
Materials scientist have just discovered a way to give the workhorse transistor a big boost, using a new technique to incorporate vanadium oxide, one of a family of materials called functional oxides, into the device.

Purchase Intent Data research gives insights into what influences shoppers

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 12:32
New research includes detailed insights into what influences shoppers – from when they are considering buying to when they purchase – and highlights how much of this journey takes place out of sight of retailers. It describes how retailers can gather and analyze Purchase Intent Data to get a much more complete picture of their shoppers.

On soft ground? Tread lightly to stay fast

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 07:25
Soft steps and large feet can allow animals and robots to maintain high speeds on very loose soil and sand. These findings offer a new insight into how animals respond to different terrain, and how robots can learn from them.

Math story time at home bolsters achievement in school

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 19:22
Use of an iPad app that fosters parent-child interactions around math markedly increases children's math achievement across the school year, especially for children with parents who are habitually anxious about math.

Scientists build a digital piece of a rat's brain

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 18:22
If you want to learn how something works, one strategy is to take it apart and put it back together again. For 10 years, a global initiative called the Blue Brain Project has been attempting to do this digitally with a section of juvenile rat brain. The project presents a first draft of this reconstruction, which contains over 31,000 neurons, 55 layers of cells, and 207 different neuron subtypes.

Bio-inspired robotic finger looks, feels and works like the real thing

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 12:40
Most robotic parts used to today are rigid, have a limited range of motion and don't really look lifelike. Inspired by both nature and biology, a scientist has designed a novel robotic finger that looks, feels and works like the real thing. Using shape memory alloy, a 3D CAD model of a human finger, a 3D printer and a unique thermal training technique, this robotic finger could ultimately be adapted for use as a prosthetic device, such as on a prosthetic hand.