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Photos of the Day: Computers teach each other Pac-Man

April 3, 2014 9:35 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

Researchers in Washington State University's School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science have developed a method for computers to teach other computers in a teach-student sort of relationship. The robots – called agents – were able to teach each other video games Pac-Man and Starcraft....

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NASA challenge invites students to design exploration systems

April 3, 2014 9:12 am | by NASA | Comments

College and university students have an opportunity to help design systems for future space habitats and exploration systems through NASA's Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge. Applications for the fifth annual challenge will be accepted through April 30....

Can AOL ONE change the industry and take on the competition?

April 2, 2014 10:09 pm | by AllVoices | Comments

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong debuted the Web giant's new programmatic ad platform, AOL ONE, in a keynote speech at ad:tech San Francisco with some pretty hefty predictions. Global CEO of AOL Platforms Bob Lord presented the new product with a...

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From Martian rocks, a planet's watery story emerges

April 2, 2014 2:21 pm | Comments

After 18 months on Mars, the rover Curiosity has taken more than 120,000 measurements of surface rocks and soil, painting a more detailed image of how much water was once on the Red Planet. An article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) describes the technique....

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A rainy day can ruin an online restaurant review

April 2, 2014 2:18 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Weather helps determine whether a review will be positive or negative April 2, 2014 Atlanta, GA Online restaurant reviews written on rainy or snowy days, or very cold or hot days, are more negative than those written on nice days. The new study also shows...

Strain can alter materials' properties

April 2, 2014 2:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In the ongoing search for new materials for fuel cells, batteries, photovoltaics, separation membranes, and electronic devices, one newer approach involves applying and managing stresses within known materials to give them dramatically different properties....

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Photos of the Day: Russia's new dolphin army

April 2, 2014 12:11 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

Ukraine established a dolphin training program back in the ‘60s with the goal of using the marine mammals to detect mines and other items of military interest off the coast. The dolphins were based in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, but after Russia annexed Crimea, the cetacean mammals became the property of the USSR, er, Russia....

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Computers teach each other Pac-Man

April 2, 2014 10:07 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers in Washington State University's School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science have developed a method to allow a computer to give advice and teach skills to another computer in a way that mimics how a real teacher and student might interact....

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Nanosheets and nanowires

April 2, 2014 10:04 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers in China, [J. Appl. Cryst. (2014). 47, 527-531] have found a convenient way to selectively prepare germanium sulfide nanostructures, including nanosheets and nanowires, that are more active than their bulk counterparts and could open the way to lower cost and safer optoelectronics....

Should physicists work to the sound of silence?

April 2, 2014 10:02 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In this month's issue of Physics World, Felicity Mellor, a senior lecturer in science communication at Imperial College London, questions whether the requirement of the modern physicist to collaborate and communicate is preventing the intellectual progress brought about by silence and solitude....

Next-generation coatings and sensors that can operate in extreme conditions

April 2, 2014 10:01 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Tata Steel has formed a strategic partnership with the prominent UK research body, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), to develop a range of innovations that will include graphene-coated steels and next-generation sensors that can operate in extreme environments....

Carbon nanotubes grow in combustion flames

April 2, 2014 9:59 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Professor Stephan Irle of the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (WPI-ITbM) at Nagoya University and co-workers at Kyoto University, Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), and Chinese research institutions have revealed through theoretical simulations that the molecular mechanism...

Science: Switching brain cells with less light

April 2, 2014 9:49 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Networked nerve cells are the control center of organisms. In a nematode, 300 nerve cells are sufficient to initiate complex behavior. To understand the properties of the networks, re-searchers switch cells on and off with light and observe the resulting behavior of the organism....

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Wind energy: On the grid, off the checkerboard

April 2, 2014 9:46 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

As wind farms grow in importance across the globe as sources of clean, renewable energy, one key consideration in their construction is their physical design -- spacing and orienting individual turbines to maximize their efficiency and minimize any "wake effects"....

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Earthquake research explores use of high-performance concrete

April 2, 2014 9:42 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New, stronger concrete that can better withstand an earthquake isn't much good if it's too expensive to use. That's the idea behind a research project being conducted by Bora Gencturk, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering in the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering....

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