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Can dynamic mapping reveal clues about flu seasonality?

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TechAndComputer (Sep. 7, 2012) — Influenza outbreaks in the United States typically begin with the arrival of cold weather and then spread in seasonal waves across geographic zones. But the question of why epidemics can vary from one season to the next has baffled scientists. Share This: See Also: Health & MedicineBird FluInfluenzaEarth & ClimateGeographySevere WeatherComputers & MathInformation TechnologyHackingReference Flu vaccineEngineering geologyAvian fluFunctional neuroimaging

In a paper titled "Deviations in Influenza Seasonality: Odd Coincidence or Obscure Consequence," Elena Naumova, Ph.D., professor of civil and environmental engineering at Tufts School of...

Longest fibre-optic sensor network exists developed for remote monitoring of large infrastructures

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TechAndComputer (Sep. 6, 2012) — In her PhD thesis, Montserrat Fernández-Vallejo, a telecommunications engineer and graduate of the UPNA-Public University of Navarre, has experimentally developed various fibre-optic sensor networks for the remote monitoring of large infrastructures. Specifically, she has managed to develop the largest network so far in existence -- measuring 250 km -- that is equipped with a multiplexing capability, which enables two or more information channels to be...

UC Santa Cruz provides access to encyclopedia of the human genome

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TechAndComputer (Sep. 5, 2012) — A massive international collaboration has enabled scientists to assign specific functions for 80 percent of the human genome, providing new insights into the mechanisms of gene regulation and giving biomedical researchers a solid genetic foundation for understanding how the body works in health and disease. Share This: See Also: Health & MedicineHuman BiologyGenesPlants & AnimalsCell BiologyMolecular BiologyComputers &...

Twitter data crunching: The new crystal ball

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TechAndComputer (Aug. 29, 2012) — Fabio Ciulla from Northeastern University, Boston, USA, and his colleagues demonstrated that the elimination of contestants in TV talent shows based on public voting, such as American Idol, can be anticipated. They unveiled the predictive power of microblogging Twitter signals--used as a proxy for the general preference of an audience--in a study recently published in EPJ Data Science. Share This: See Also: Computers &...

Turning chemistry inside-out: Self-assembling smart microscopic reagents to pioneer pourable electronics

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TechAndComputer (Aug. 29, 2012) — First place in an EU competitive call on "Unconventional Computing" was awarded to a collaborative proposal coordinated by Prof. John McCaskill from the RUB Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The project MICREAgents plans to build autonomous self-assembling electronic microreagents that are almost as small as cells. They will exchange chemical and electronic information to jointly direct complex chemical reactions and analyses in the solutions they are...