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Fully automated soccer game analysis

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TechAndComputer (Oct. 26, 2012) — Using entirely new electronic solutions, soccer (also known as football in many European countries) coaches can provide their players with video analysis as early as half-time or immediately following a match. 

“Coaches and analysts currently spend hours in front of a PC screen going through films and analysing the play of individual players during football matches. It takes a long time before the players get to see the analyses for themselves. Our tools can fully automate much of the process. This allows us to save time and reduce the amount of data involved,” explains Professor Pål Halvorsen of the University of Oslo.

The new solution consists of two systems: Muithu and...

Bus service for qubits: Spin-orbit qubits are right at home in electrical circuits

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Hybrid quantum dot-superconducting resonator device. (a) Circuit schematic and micrograph of the hybrid device design. Scanning electron micrograph (b) and cross-sectional schematic view (c) of the nanowire double quantum dot (DQD). The left and right barrier gates (BL and BR), left and right plunger gates (L and R), and middle gate (M) are biased to create a double-well potential within the nanowire. The drain contact of the nanowire, D, is grounded, and the source contact, S, is...

Tree of life branches out online

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TechAndComputer (Oct. 16, 2012) — Exploring the evolutionary tree of life is now as easy as navigating an online map, thanks to a new interactive website called OneZoom, which goes live Tuesday, Oct. 16 at www.onezoom.org. The launch is accompanied by an explanatory article in the 'Cool Tools' series of the open access journal PLOS Biology.

All living species on Earth descended from a common ancestor that lived in the distant past. Since Darwin, biologists have struggled to draw...

Using cell phone data to curb the spread of malaria

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TechAndComputer (Oct. 11, 2012) — New research that combines cell phone data from 15 million people in Kenya with detailed information on the regional incidence of malaria has revealed, on the largest scale so far, how human travel patterns contribute to the disease's spread. The findings from researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and seven other institutions indicate that malaria, in large part, emanates from Kenya's Lake Victoria region and spreads east, chiefly toward...

New web-based model for sharing research datasets could have huge benefits

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TechAndComputer (Oct. 11, 2012) — A group of researchers have proposed creating a new web-based data network to help researchers and policymakers worldwide turn existing knowledge into real-world applications and technologies and improve science and innovation policy.

Researchers around the world have created datasets that, if interlinked with other datasets and made more broadly available could provide the needed foundation for policy and decision makers. But these datasets are...