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LSU researchers conduct post-hurricane recovery analysis

Ten years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast, LSU researchers have analyzed and documented the recovery effort for the state. Initial reports have been released this week.

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Georgia Tech finds 11 security flaws in popular internet browsers

Georgia Tech's winning team at the 24th USENIX Security Symposium are: (from left to right): Wenke Lee, Byoungyoung Lee, Chengyu Song, and Taesoo Kim.Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing developed a new cyber security analysis method that discovered 11 previously unknown Internet browser security flaws. Their findings were honored...

World population likely to surpass 11 billion in 2100

The world's population will increase from today's 7.3 billion people to 9.7 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion at century's end, John R. Wilmoth, the director of the United Nations...

Giving robots a more nimble grasp

Most robots on a factory floor are fairly ham-handed: Equipped with large pincers or claws, they are designed to perform simple maneuvers, such as grabbing an object, and placing it...

Sochi Winter Olympics 'cost billions more than estimated'

As the International Olympic Committee prepares to choose between Beijing (China) and Almaty (Kazakhstan) as the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics, a new report shows that the cost of...

New computer program first to recognise sketches more accurately than a human

The program could successfully identify a seagull, pigeon, flying bird and standing bird better than humans.Net, the program is capable of correctly identifying the subject of sketches 74.9 per cent of the time compared to humans that only managed a success rate of 73.1 per...

China, Taiwan strengthen food safety laws

China and Taiwan have enhanced the powers of their Food and Drug Administrations to be more effective in ensuring food safety and guarding against food fraud, according to a July...

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Study connects low-cost building improvement with decreased crime

PHILADEPHIA (July 8, 2015): In the first research demonstrating the effects of abandoned building remediation on changes in surrounding crime, a team of scientists from the USDA Forest Service, University...

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Reusable shopping bags encourage shoppers to buy produce -- and junk food?

Bringing reusable bags to the grocery store often means you are an environmentally friendly shopper. But it also influences the very things you buy. According to a new study in...

Stuck on you: Research shows fingerprint accuracy stays the same over time

Anil Jain, Michigan State University Distinguished Professor of computer science and engineering, is one of the world's foremost authorities on pattern recognition, computer vision, and biometric recognition.Fingerprints have been used by law enforcement and forensics experts to successfully identify people for more than 100 years. Though fingerprints are assumed to be infallible personal identifiers, there has...

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Study concludes that racehorses are getting faster

The researchers analysed a large data set of racing records that gave a detailed overview of thoroughbred performance at the elite level since the mid-1800s, and at both the elite level and in the racehorse population as a whole since 1997.Despite a general consensus among scientists and in the racing industry that racehorse speed has plateaued, a new study from the University of Exeter has found that racehorses are getting...

Five reasons why sugar is added to food

From a food science and technology perspective, sugar (sucrose) plays several roles when it comes to the functional properties in food. In the September issue of Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety published by the Institute of Food...

Statistical model helps police identify crime series; speeds apprehension of perpetrators

A statistical model--now an easy-to-use software tool--local police can use to identify a series of related crimes and nab a suspect was unveiled today by Michael D. Porter during a...

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Study finds Texas voter photo ID requirement discourages turnout

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. This week also marks a watershed ruling by a federal appeals court striking down the controversial Texas voter ID...

New study: Consumers don't view GMO labels as negative 'warnings'

Jane Kolodinsky, professor and chair of the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont, presented results from a study at annual conference of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association on July 27 in San Francisco showing that GMO labeling would not act as 'warning labels' and scare consumers away from buying products with GMO ingredients.A new study released just days after the U.S. House passed a bill that would prevent states from requiring labels on genetically modified foods reveals that GMO labeling would not...

Computer security tools for journalists lacking in a post-Snowden world

Edward Snowden's leak of classified documents to journalists around the world about massive government surveillance programs and threats to personal privacy ultimately resulted in a Pulitzer Prize for public service.

Researchers find the 'acoustic signature' of screams

A team of New York University neuroscientists has identified the "acoustic signature" of screams, a study that points to the unique attributes of this form of expression and suggests we...

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Insects may be the answer to consumer demand for more protein

The growing consumer demand for protein--and the lack of new farmland to raise more livestock--could make insects an attractive alternative to traditional protein sources, according to a July 13 symposium...

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Patent filings by women have risen fastest in academia, finds IU study

These charts show the rise in proportion of patents with women's names from 1976 to 2012.The number of women across the globe filing patents with the U.S. Patent and Trade Office over the past 40 years has risen fastest within academia compared to all other...

Yes, AT&T, it pays to win back lost customers

The competition for customers in the service sector is fierce, and new customers are entering the market all the time. So when a company such as Time Warner, Travelocity, or...

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Humans across the world dance to the same beat

This is a group of shishi-odori deer dancers, Japanese folk performing artists who sing, drum and perform acrobatic dancing.A new study carried out by the University of Exeter and Tokyo University of the Arts has found that songs from around the world tend to share features, including a...

Surprisingly few 'busy bees' make global crops grow

A major international study finds that surprisingly few bee species are responsible for pollinating the world's crops.

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