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Social learning: Can Facebook and related tools improve educational outcomes?

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TechAndComputer (May 9, 2011) — Online social networking sites, such as Facebook, can help students become academically and socially integrated as well as improving learning outcomes, according to a study by researchers in China and Hong Kong. Writing in the International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations, explain that Facebook usage is around 90% across campuses and many educational institutions offer new students orientation on...

TechAndComputer (May 9, 2011) — Online social networking sites, such as Facebook, can help students become academically and socially integrated as well as improving learning outcomes, according to a study by researchers in China and Hong Kong. Writing in the International Journal of...

Scientists afflict computers with 'schizophrenia' to better understand the human brain

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TechAndComputer (May 6, 2011) — Computer networks that can't forget fast enough can show symptoms of a kind of virtual schizophrenia, giving researchers further clues to the inner workings of schizophrenic brains, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Yale University have found.

The researchers used a virtual computer model, or "neural network," to simulate the excessive release of dopamine in the brain. They found that the network...

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In therapy with avatars: Virtual technology to combat phobias, psychotic disorders

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TechAndComputer (May 5, 2011) — Combating phobias and psychotic disorders using virtual technology. This is what the work of TU Delft researcher Willem-Paul Brinkman involves. In the latest edition of Delft Outlook, TU Delft's science magazine, Brinkman shows how this method can provide solutions for such problems as fear of flying and, in the longer term, possibly also for social disorders.

Fear of flying

Brinkman is developing so-called VRET...

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Learn to run a biorefinery in a virtual control room

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TechAndComputer (Apr. 19, 2011) — Iowa State University researchers have developed a virtual biorefinery control room based on ethanol and biodiesel plants in Iowa. The system is designed to teach students and workers to efficiently run a biorefinery. The simulations take into account more than 20 production attributes including moisture, starch content, contaminants, temperature and particle size. The virtual control room can be modified...

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How do we fight the war against cyber terrorism?

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TechAndComputer (Apr. 11, 2011) — The Internet has no borders, no universal legislation, and although highly social and distributed is not represented by cooperation across the globe. Given those characteristics how might nations make their plans for counter terrorism in cyberspace as active online as they are in the everyday world?

A collaboration between researchers in the US and Iran hoped to address that issue and its findings are published...

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