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Scientists are teaching computers to figure out why people accept or decline invitations to participate in clinical trials. Recruiting sufficient numbers of participants is a current challenge in medical research that can compromise results or stop some studies altogether. Researchers are using so-called “machine learning” technologies to predict whether patients will participate.
A sensor node processor for networked sensor applications achieves ultra-low power consumption by using ultra-low voltage operation, hardware acceleration and cognitive sensing techniques.
Scientists are helping computers learn to tackle big-data problems outside their comfort zones. The framework can be used for numerous applications, they say, including image segmentation, motion segmentation, data clustering, hybrid system identification and image representation.
Silicone is so soft and flexible that it is easily deformed by the pressure of a finger. Researchers have recently created sensors made from this flexible material, making it easier to steplessly control devices. Researchers now present a glove that can measure pressure and a steering wheel that lets the driver control music, light and ventilation at the touch of a finger.
Happiness. It's something we all strive for, but how do we measure it--as a country? A global community? Computer scientists used two years of Twitter data to measure users' life satisfaction, a component of happiness.
Researchers have uncovered a way to overcome a principal obstacle in using two-dimensional (2-D) semiconductors in electronic and optoelectronic devices.
There are more than 165,000 mobile applications available for health care, with the largest category for people with mental-health disorders, managing everything from addiction to depression and schizophrenia. Although in wide use, the efficacy of most of these programs -- software designed for use with a mobile device -- has not undergone rigorous scientific review, say experts.
Researchers have been conducting a study to determine whether tablet computers loaded with literacy applications could improve the reading preparedness of young children living in economically disadvantaged communities. In all three cases, study participants' performance on standardized tests of reading preparedness indicated that the tablet use was effective.
Schools that provide each student with a laptop computer, as well as the appropriate support for both students and teachers, see significant improvement in academic achievement, a new paper indicates.
Automation experts conclude that the time is ripe for human factors researchers to contribute scientific insights that can tackle the many challenges of human-robot interaction.
Sensitive and less emotionally intelligent people are more likely to be vulnerable to online dating scams, new research concludes. Over 90 victims of dating scams took part in questionnaires relating to their personality, how they relate to other people, self-esteem and emotional intelligence.
Software has unearthed new information about Laetoli's lost tracks, revealing hints of a previously undiscovered fourth track-maker at the site. The Laetoli tracks were discovered by Mary Leakey in 1976 and are thought to be around 3.6 million years old.
A new national database in England could help relieve the misery of miscarriage for thousands of women. Researchers intend to use data to help discover why some pregnancies fail.
The majority of video reproduction portals on internet, with the exception of YouTube, have quite unsophisticated systems for controlling fraud in the number of views, and some of them even seem to completely lack such systems, according to new research.
Scientists have demonstrated using non-polarized light to produce in a metal what's called a spin voltage -- a unit of power produced from the quantum spinning of an individual electron.
Physicists have discovered a promising new route for combined optical and solid-state-based quantum information.
A malaria "Candy Crush" to research new diagnostic tools involving citizen participation has been developed by researchers. Called MalariaSpot Bubbles, the video game not only allows players to learn, but also to participate in the research of new tools for collaborative diagnosis online.
Young and single men are at risk of being addicted to video games. The addiction indicates an escape from ADHD and psychiatric disorder, suggests a new study.
New software has been developed that can measure the flow rate of rivers using image analysis, called KU-STIV (Kobe University Space-Time Image Velocimetry). This technology makes it easier to obtain accurate data about river flow rates that can be used in strategies for flood risk management.
An easy-to-use online tool to help build people's trust in the cloud has been developed by computer scientists. Cloud computing is widely recognized as a highly useful technology, with multiple benefits such as huge data storage capabilities, computational power, lower costs for companies and individuals, simplicity of use, and flexibility of application.