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Skat and poker: More luck than skill?
Chess requires playing ability and strategic thinking; in roulette, chance determines victory or defeat, gain or loss. But what about skat and poker? Are they games of chance or games of skill in game theory? This classification also determines whether play may involve money. Prof. Dr Jörg Oechssler and his team of economists at Heidelberg University studied this question, developing a rating system similar to the Elo system used for chess. (2020-08-21)

Clemson doctoral candidate uses rockets to surf the Alaskan sky
Postdoc researcher Rafael Mesquita and a multi-institutional research team documented ''surfer waves'' in the upper atmosphere that create a pipeline of energy between layers in space. (2020-08-11)

Bot can beat humans in multiplayer hidden-role games
MIT researchers have developed a bot equipped with artificial intelligence that can beat human players in tricky online multiplayer games where player roles and motives are kept secret. (2019-11-20)

Escapism: A powerful predictor of internet gaming disorder among video gamers
A new study in Comprehensive Psychiatry, published by Elsevier, is the first to compare professional electronic sport (esport) players with recreational video game players and explores the similarities and differences between what motivates each group. While the two groups are psychosocially different, they found that both esport and recreational gamers run the risk of developing internet gaming disorder when their intense immersion in the activity is tied to escapism. (2019-10-22)

Chinese activists protest the use of traditional treatments -- they want medical science
In China, traditional Chinese medicine has the same status in the health system as modern medical science. This has led thousands of science activists to protest that the state neglects its duty to treat its citizens with evidence-based medicine. New research from the University of Copenhagen has investigated these protests. (2019-10-04)

Understanding the animal brain could help robots wash your dishes
CSHL neuroscientist Anthony Zador shows how evolution and animal brains can be a rich source of inspiration for machine learning, especially to help AI tackle some enormously difficult problems, like doing the dishes. (2019-08-21)

Army game-theory research better allocates military resources, fight cancer
US Army game-theory research using artificial intelligence may help treat cancer and other diseases, improve cybersecurity, deploy Soldiers and assets more efficiently and even win a poker game. (2019-07-15)

Carnegie Mellon and Facebook AI beats professionals in six-player poker
An artificial intelligence program developed by Carnegie Mellon University in collaboration with Facebook AI has defeated leading professionals in six-player no-limit Texas hold'em poker, the world's most popular form of poker. (2019-07-11)

At last, an AI that outperforms humans in six-player poker
Achieving a milestone in artificial intelligence (AI) by moving beyond settings involving only two players, researchers present an AI that can outperform top human professionals in six-player no-limit Texas hold'em poker, the most popular form of poker played today. (2019-07-11)

Auroras unlock the physics of energetic processes in space
A close study of auroras has revealed new ways of understanding the physics of explosive energy releases in space, according to new UCL-led research. (2018-11-15)

Free online casino games linked with higher risks of gambling problems for young people
A new CAMH study shows that free gambling-themed games may be a gateway to paid gambling for young people, and gameplay is linked with a higher risk of gambling problems among some adolescents. Called social casino games, they let people try their hand at casino table games, slots, poker or bingo without betting real money. Nearly one in eight high school students said they had played social casino games in the past three months. (2018-10-24)

Success is not just how you play your cards, but how you play your opponents
Poker-playing techniques can apply to strategies in many situations. Study can influence scientific approaches to negotiation (2018-06-15)

Streams may emit more carbon dioxide in a warmer climate
Streams and rivers could pump carbon dioxide into the air at increasing rates if they continue to warm, potentially compounding the effects of global warming, a new worldwide analysis has shown. (2018-05-23)

Microbiome research refines HIV risk for women
Drawing from data collected for years by AIDS researchers in six African nations, scientists have pinpointed seven bacterial species whose presence in high concentrations may significantly increase the risk of HIV infection in women. (2018-01-25)

Carnegie Mellon reveals inner workings of victorious AI
Libratus, an artificial intelligence that defeated four top professional poker players in no-limit Texas Hold'em, uses a three-pronged approach to master a game with more decision points than atoms in the universe, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University report. In a paper published online today by the journal Science, they explain how their AI broke the game into computationally manageable parts and fixed potential weaknesses in its strategy during the competition. (2017-12-17)

Macho pursuits dominate assessments of risky behavior, reinforcing gender stereotypes
Women can be just as risky as men -- or even riskier -- when the conventional macho measures of daring -- such as betting vast sums on a football game -- are replaced by less stereotypical criteria, according to new research led by the University of Exeter. (2017-10-05)

Successful filming of fastest aurora flickering
Researchers conducted a 3 year continuous high-speed imaging observation at Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska, USA, and identified the physics behind the flickering of aurora. At the same time, they discovered faster flickerings at speeds of 1/60-1/50 and 1/80 of a second. (2017-08-09)

Your smile gives you away
Researchers from USC's Institute for Creative Technologies study how reacting with a smile affects game outcomes, hoping one day to empower virtual humans with this knowledge. (2017-06-08)

Smile and the world thinks you're older: Study
Turn that frown upside-down? Not if you're keen on looking younger, you shouldn't. A new study shows that smiling can make you appear to be two years older than if you wear a poker face. And if you reacted to that finding with a look of surprise -- well, that expression might just have dropped years from your visage. (2017-05-09)

Skill trumps luck
A team of computing scientists is once again capturing the world's collective fascination with artificial intelligence. In a historic result for the flourishing AI research community, the team has developed an AI system called DeepStack that defeated professional poker players in December 2016. The landmark findings have just been published in Science, one of the world's most prestigious peer-reviewed scientific journals. (2017-03-02)

AI system beats humans at the poker table, in complex game
Researchers have created an artificial intelligence system that outperforms humans at the heads-up no-limit version of Texas Hold'em, a complex game involving 10160 decision points. (2017-03-02)

Couples may miss cues that partner is hiding emotions, study suggests
Even the most blissful of couples in long-running, exclusive relationships may be fairly clueless when it comes to spotting the ploys their partner uses to avoid dealing with emotional issues, suggests new research from psychologists at Washington University in St. Louis. (2017-03-01)

Sex, drugs, and rock and roll chemistry in the brain
The same brain-chemical system that mediates feelings of pleasure from sex, recreational drugs, and food is also critical to experiencing musical pleasure, according to a study by McGill University researchers published today in the Nature journal Scientific Reports. (2017-02-08)

Predicting future sports rankings from evolving performance
Competitive sports and games are all about the performance of players and teams, which results in performance-based hierarchies. Because such performance is measurable and is the result of varied rules, sports and games are considered a suitable model to help understand unrelated social or economic systems characterized by similar rules-based complexity. These findings, published in EPJ Data Science, enhance our ability to forecast how stratification occurs in competitive activities. (2016-12-20)

Psychologist's magic makes a non-existent object disappear
Experimental psychologists at Oxford have developed their own magic trick to explore human perception. Thirty-two percent of people were convinced by a magician that they'd just seen an object disappear, even though there was no object, evidence of the power of expectation in overriding our senses. (2016-08-09)

Top soccer players are under-performing because of gambling, research says
Some top soccer players are under-performing because of worries about gambling losses, new research says. (2016-04-07)

Teens are gambling online at a significantly higher rate than previously reported
Nearly 10 percent of teens in three Canadian provinces said they had gambled online in the past three months, according to a new study by researchers from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the University of Waterloo. It's the first Canadian-based study to find such high levels of online gambling among youth. Of all adolescents surveyed, 42 percent had gambled money or something of value in offline or online gambling. (2016-03-30)

Psychologists pinpoint change in weight required to look healthier and more attractive
A good poker face might prevent others knowing what cards you're holding, but it won't prevent them from knowing if you've gained or lost weight. That's because our faces reveal many things, including whether our weight has changed. Now, researchers at the University of Toronto have determined the amount of weight people need to gain or lose before others notice or find them more attractive. (2015-12-03)

NASA measuring the pulsating aurora
Thanks to a lucky conjunction of two satellites, a ground-based array of all-sky cameras, and some spectacular aurora borealis, researchers have uncovered evidence for an unexpected role that electrons have in creating the dancing auroras. Though humans have been seeing auroras for thousands of years, we have only recently begun to understand what causes them. (2015-10-07)

Online gambling would benefit from better regulation
The US government's attempt to crack down on Internet gambling is widely seen as a convoluted mess. Yet, more controlled and defined regulation would likely benefit the $41 billion industry and protect consumers alike, finds a new study by Michigan State University business scholars. (2015-06-01)

Losing streak: Competitive high-school sports linked to gambling
A new Tel Aviv University study indicates that high-schoolers involved in competitive sports are at an elevated risk of addictive gambling. According to the research, the participation of male high-school students in competitive sports is associated with problem gambling and gambling frequency, and female students who participate in competitive sports are at a higher risk of gambling frequency. (2015-05-11)

New emotion recognition model
Philosophers at the Ruhr-Universitat Bochum have put forward a new model that explains how humans recognize the emotions of others. According to their theory, humans are capable of perceiving feelings directly via pattern recognition. They do not have to deduce feelings by interpreting other people's behavior. That model is described by the philosophers Dr. Albert Newen and Dr. Anna Welpinghus, together with Dr. Georg Juckel from the LWL University Hospital for Psychiatry, in the journal Mind & Language. (2015-04-08)

Primed memories tempt people into gambling more
People are more likely to gamble after having their memories primed, an international team of researchers has found. When reminded, or primed, of past winning outcomes as part of a controlled test, people were over 15 percent more likely to gamble and select the risky option. Surprisingly, being reminded of past losing outcomes did not change their gambling behavior. (2015-02-03)

Know when to fold 'em
For over a half-century, games have been test beds for new ideas in Artificial Intelligence and the resulting successes have marked significant milestones - Deep Blue defeated Kasparov in chess and Watson defeated Jennings and Rutter on Jeopardy! However, defeating top human players is not the same as actually solving a game, and for the first time researchers in the Computer Poker Research Group at the Faculty of Science, University of Alberta have essentially solved heads-up limit hold 'em poker. (2015-01-08)

Does emotional stability affect the success of online poker players?
While poker is a game of chance, there is skill and decision-making involved, and the quality of those decisions depends on both knowledge of the game and the ability to control one's emotions. The results of a new study that evaluates emotionality, experience level, and success among online poker players are presented in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. (2014-10-06)

Enjoying the possibility of defeat
Winning isn't everything, and in fact can even be a bit boring. Some people actually enjoy a game of tennis or poker more if their mettle is tested by a strong opponent -- regardless of the outcome. It's the suspense and uncertainty of a close game that often brings them back for more, says a research team led by Sami Abuhamdeh of Istanbul Şehir University, in Springer's journal Motivation and Emotion. (2014-09-03)

Poker and marketing strategies might help doctors think better
Stroke doctors might be wise to think about poker players and marketers before making medical decisions, according to an article published today in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. (2014-05-29)

Melting an entire iceberg with a hot poker: Spotting phase changes triggered by impurities
'What a curious feeling,' says Alice in Lewis Carroll's tale, as she shrinks to a fraction of her size, and everything around her suddenly looks totally unfamiliar. Scientists too have to get used to these curious feelings when they examine matter on tiny scales and at low temperatures: all the behavior we are used to seeing around us is turned on its head. (2014-05-07)

Research shows wallabies lose on the pokies
Biologists have recently discovered that a wallaby's perception of color is more similar to a dog than a quokka, sparking questions as to why marsupial color vision has evolved so selectively. By developing a pokies-like game for the wallabies, the research -- recently published in PLOS ONE by Curtin University's Dr Wiebke Ebeling and colleagues -- was able to determine exactly what the animals saw and how their color perception differed from other species. (2014-01-30)

Liars find it more rewarding to tell truth than fib when deceiving others
A University of Toronto report based on two neural imaging studies that monitored brain activity has found individuals are more satisfied to get a reward from telling the truth rather than getting the same reward through deceit. These studies were published recently in the neuroscience journals Neuropsychologia and NeuroImage. (2014-01-23)

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