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Algorithm allows a computer to create a vacation highlight video
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology unveiled a novel video-editing solution this week that automatically sorts and edits untouched footage into the most picturesque highlights for a vacation reel that could fill anyone with envy. (2016-03-10)

Adapting training to age
Researchers at the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country have analysed the effect of different training exercises in football, known as small-sided games, on some physical and physiological variables of players aged 12 and 13 in order to find out which formats are most suited to their development. According to the study, some of these formats are not suitable for the youngest players. (2016-03-10)

Widespread use of meldonium among elite athletes, research shows
The use of meldonium -- the substance taken by tennis star Maria Sharapova -- is widespread among elite athletes, reveals research published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. (2016-03-09)

Gamers don't notice the ads when they're busy killing
When people playing violent video games focus on killing and maiming, they don't often remember the corporate brands they see along the way. (2016-03-09)

Time spent playing video games may have positive effects on young children
Video games are a favorite activity of children, yet its affect on their health is often perceived to be negative. A study by researchers at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health and colleagues at Paris Descartes University assessed the association between the amount of time spent playing video games and children's mental health and cognitive and social skills, and found that playing video games may have positive effects on young children. (2016-03-08)

Video games improve brain connections in multiple sclerosis patients
Playing 'brain-training' video games may help improve some cognitive abilities of people with multiple sclerosis by strengthening neural connections in an important part of their brains, according to a new study. (2016-03-08)

Game apps for creative kids
Augmented creativity can encourage children towards a new-found sense of creativity, cooperation and interaction with their environment. ETH Zurich's Game Technology Center will present its latest apps in the field at the CeBIT computer expo. (2016-03-08)

Probing the relationship between brain activity and moral judgments of children
It has long been known that the foundations of morality are present in children from a very young age, and that morality matures during childhood. But how is brain activity related to moral judgments in young children? Developmental neuroscientists Dr Jason Cowell and Dr Jean Decety from the Child Neurosuite at the University of Chicago sought to answer this question as part of a recent study that used SMI eye tracking and Brain Products EEG. (2016-03-08)

Aussie crayfish alpine hideout under threat
Ecologists have found that Australian river crayfish numbers plunged 90 per cent in an alpine region after their habitat was lost. Researchers have captured great footage as they study crayfish in Australia's alpine rivers (2016-03-04)

Study links mobile device addiction to depression and anxiety
Is cellphone use detrimental to mental health? A new study from the University of Illinois finds that addiction to, and not simply use of, mobile technology is linked to anxiety and depression in college-age students. (2016-03-02)

Study: Homeschooled kids sleep more than others
In the first study of its kind published in the journal Behavioral Sleep Medicine, researchers have determined that teens who are homeschooled benefit from healthier sleep habits than those who go to most private and public schools. The findings provide additional evidence of teens' altered biological clocks and support an argument for starting traditional high school later in the morning. (2016-03-02)

Photoshop filters for safer bridges
Thanks to the work done by EPFL's Group for Fibre Optics, distributed optical fiber sensors can get much more precise than they are now -- allowing a 1 cm resolution on 10 km of fiber. (2016-03-01)

Voice-driven games: Dialog Box supports collaborative gaming in multilingual environment
Language technologists have created the basis for a new kind of realistic communication in computer games. The Dialog Box supports collaboration and interaction between players speaking different languages. Using a space adventure game as a model, the research team led by Dietrich Klakow at Saarland University has developed the Dialog Box in cooperation with other project partners. Players can pose intuitive questions to the computer, issue commands and receive information. (2016-03-01)

Black widows are color-coded to deter predators without tipping off prey
Secret codes and hidden messages aren't just for computer security experts or kids passing notes in class -- animals use them too. The telltale red hourglass of the black widow spider appears brighter and more contrasting to birds than to insects, finds a new study. The red-and-black color combination sends a 'beware!' signal to predators without scaring off their prey. (2016-02-29)

Disney automated system lets characters leap and bound realistically in virtual worlds
Virtual game characters can leap, roll and climb so realistically that simply watching them could seemingly exhaust a player. Generating the precise instructions that govern such characters in increasingly complex environments is also quite labor intensive and, unlike a game, downright tedious. Scientists at Disney Research, however, have developed an automated approach to generating life-like character motions in interactive environments, helping game designers by both easing their workload and by providing instant feedback on how characters will perform in 3-D space. (2016-02-26)

Quantum dot solids: This generation's silicon wafer?
Just as the single-crystal silicon wafer forever changed the nature of communication 60 years ago, a group of Cornell researchers is hoping its work with quantum dot solids -- crystals made out of crystals -- can help usher in a new era in electronics. (2016-02-25)

UT Dallas study: NCAA athletes need more coaching on academics and career options
NCAA athletes need more coaching on the long odds of playing professionally and the importance of academics to their future success, according to a new UT Dallas study. (2016-02-24)

Using thin or obese avatars in motion-controlled gaming can influence physical activity
A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of California, Davis, found that gamers using thin avatars showed increased physical activity compared to those using obese avatars. (2016-02-24)

Computers can tell if you're bored, shows new BSMS study
Computers are able to read a person's body language to tell whether they are bored or interested in what they see on the screen. (2016-02-24)

National Science Foundation and Popular Science announce 2016 Vizzies winners
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and Popular Science magazine today announced the winners of the 2016 Vizzies, awards that celebrate the use of visual media to clearly and accessibly communicate scientific data and research. (2016-02-24)

Motion-controlled video games may improve real world skills
Motion-controlled video games, such as those played on the Wii, may help boost skills when players compete in the real world, according to a team of researchers. (2016-02-18)

Real or virtual: Dartmouth scientists ask -- can we tell the difference?
A Dartmouth College-led study shows that people find it increasingly difficult to distinguish between computer-generated images and real photos, but that a small amount of training greatly improves their accuracy. (2016-02-18)

After stroke, most patients prefer video conferencing for communication with doctors
Nearly 6 in 10 stroke patients of all ages would prefer to follow up with their physicians after hospital discharge with a video call rather than a traditional phone call, according to new findings from Northwell Health neurologists. (2016-02-17)

Dynamical systems theory enhances knowledge of Jupiter's atmosphere
In a paper published this month in SIAM Review, authors Alireza Hadjighasem and George Haller use video footage to analyze Jupiter's transport barriers and examine prior conclusions about Jupiter's atmosphere. (2016-02-17)

Impact of climate change on parasite infections depends on host immunity
New research demonstrates how climate change and an individual's immune reaction can affect the dynamics of parasite infections. The study's results could lead to new strategies for the treatment and prevention of infections from soil-transmitted parasites in humans, livestock, and wildlife. A video is available at (2016-02-16)

Renovating spaces and preserving places with lasers
On Feb. 14, 2016, at the annual meeting of AAAS in Washington, D.C., a panel of experts will discuss how laser scanning is transforming fields from archaeology to manufacturing. (2016-02-11)

Attention problems persist in childhood leukemia survivors treated with chemotherapy alone
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital investigators report that pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia patients from the contemporary treatment era remain at risk for attention and learning problems later. (2016-02-10)

UBC-led study finds beliefs about all-knowing gods fosters co-operation
Beliefs about all-knowing, punishing gods -- a defining feature of religions ranging from Christianity to Hinduism -- may have played a key role in expanding co-operation among far-flung peoples and led to the development of modern-day states, according to a UBC-led study published in Nature. (2016-02-10)

'The Game Theorist's Guide To Parenting'
For generations, parents have turned to experts for child-rearing advice. This spring, they can add game theorists to the list of parenting gurus. (2016-02-10)

Study sheds light on source of drug addicts risk-taking behavior
A study out today provides new insight into how the brains of drug addicts may be wired differently. The findings show that while drug users have very strong motivation to seek out 'rewards,' they exhibit an impaired ability to adjust their behavior and are less fulfilled once they have achieved what they desire. This disconnect between the craving for a drug and inability to regulate behavior may be key to breaking the cycle of addiction. (2016-02-10)

Umea University researchers help Europe fight spread of Zika virus
Researchers at Umea University in Sweden help assess the risk that Zika will spread to Europe by describing the transmission season, areas at risk and intervention strategies. By using previous knowledge on Dengue, they are now strategizing on how Zika can be controlled. (2016-02-08)

Helium beer: Prank or possible? (video)
Brewers usually fill their kegs with carbon dioxide or nitrogen. But every once in a while, some brewers will post a video announcing they have made beer with helium -- and have the high voices to prove it. While these videos are eventually exposed as pranks, the scientific possibility of helium beer is real. Speaking of Chemistry's Matt Davenport investigates with some scientist friends who gave it a try. Check out the video here: (2016-02-04)

Dove Medical Press commemorates 10th anniversary; Launches open outlook program
Open Outlook will launch at the beginning of February with a program for librarians, Open Access in Action, developed in partnership with Library Journal. In tandem, there will also be a program that explores the future of research in COPD. Future topics will include nanomedicine and oncology. (2016-02-03)

Will 2016 be a landmark year for COPD treatment?
Dove Medical Press, publisher of International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (IJCOPD), today announced the launch of Open Outlook: COPD, a year-long exploration of the horizon of COPD treatment. The program forms part of their 10th anniversary commemorations. (2016-02-03)

This week from AGU: Volcanic eruptions, ocean carbon, quake fossils and new landslide video
This week from AGU are items on volcanic eruptions, ocean carbon, quake fossils and a new landslide video. (2016-02-03)

First impressions: When the mating market resembles a super market
Two things people always need in life: food and love. According to psychologists, understanding the forces that drive both our hunger and our desire could help us eat healthier and have more satisfying relationships. (2016-01-29)

New experiments challenge economic game assumptions
Too much confidence is placed in economic games, according to research by academics at Oxford University. (2016-01-21)

UMass Amherst computer scientist to receive 'Jewel of India' award
Professor Ramesh Sitaraman of the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will receive one of India's highest awards for non-residents, the 'Jewel of India,' in a ceremony in New Delhi on Monday, Jan. 25, recognizing his contributions to computer science. (2016-01-20)

Leadership study hints that age beats height
New research out of the University of Melbourne suggests that when it comes to good leadership at the Olympic level, age trumps physical stature. (2016-01-19)

New experiments determine effective treatments for box jelly stings
Researchers at the University of Hawai'i developed an array of highly innovative experiments to allow scientists to safely test first-aid measures used for box jellyfish stings -- from folk tales, like urine, to state-of-the-art technologies developed for the military. The power of this new array approach is in its ability to rigorously assess the effectiveness of treatments on inhibiting tentacle firing and venom toxicity -- two aspects of a sting that affect the severity of a person's reaction. (2016-01-19)

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