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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 last year's Games in Sochi, Russia, has been underestimated by...

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.

Robot eyes will benefit from insect vision

University of Adelaide Ph.D. student Zahra Bagheri and supervisor Professor Benjamin Cazzolato (School of Mechanical Engineering) with the robot under development.  The robot features a vision system using algorithms based on insect vision.The way insects see and track their prey is being applied to a new robot under development at the University of Adelaide, in the hopes of improving robot visual...

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Internet privacy manifesto calls for more consumer power

A revolutionary power shift from internet giants such as Google to ordinary consumers is critically overdue, according to new research from a University of East Anglia (UEA) online privacy expert.

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Robots can recover from damage in minutes

This is one of the robots introduced in the paper 'Robots that can adapt like animals.'Robots will one day provide tremendous benefits to society, such as in search and rescue missions and putting out forest fires -- but not until they can learn to keep...

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.

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...

The food-waste paradox

"Most of the factors that lead to food waste, can be easily remedied by simple changes in food buying, preparing, and storing." said Gustavo Porpino.Food wasted means money wasted which can be an expensive problem especially in homes with financial constraints. A new study from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab and the...

Artificial intelligence discovers planarian regeneration model

Planaria algorithmic is shown.An artificial intelligence system has for the first time reverse-engineered the regeneration mechanism of planaria--the small worms whose extraordinary power to regrow body parts has made them a research model...

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Brain's reaction to certain words could replace passwords

Sarah Laszlo, an assistant professor of Psychology, is photographed at her laboratory in Science IV.You might not need to remember those complicated e-mail and bank account passwords for much longer. According to a new study, the way your brain responds to certain words could...

Helping robots put it all together

Today's industrial robots are remarkably efficient -- as long as they're in a controlled environment where everything is exactly where they expect it to be.

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