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‘Big Data’ Algorithm Used to Customize Video Game Difficulty

‘Big Data’ Algorithm Used to Customize Video Game Difficulty

Georgia Tech researchers have developed a computational model that can predict video game players’ in-game performance and provide a corresponding challenge they can beat, leading to quicker mastery of new skills. The advance not only could help improve user experiences with video games but also applications beyond the gaming world.   Digital gaming has surged […]

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New Software Alleviates Wireless Traffic

The explosive popularity of wireless devices — from WiFi laptops to Bluetooth headsets to ZigBee sensor nodes — is increasingly clogging the airwaves, resulting in dropped calls, wasted bandwidth and botched connections. New software being developed at the University of Michigan works like a stoplight to control the traffic and dramatically reduce interference. The software, […]

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Plastic Film Is the Future of 3-D On-The-Go

Plastic Film Is the Future of 3-D On-The-Go

Mobile device users will soon be able to view brilliant 3D content with the naked eye with a nano-engineered screen protector that turns ordinary mobile screens into 3D displays. The unique plastic film can also potentially be used as next generation security tokens employed by banks and corporations.   Temasek Polytechnic (TP) and A*STAR’s Institute […]

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Violent Video Games Are a Risk Factor for Criminal Behavior and Aggression, New Evidence Shows

Violent Video Games Are a Risk Factor for Criminal Behavior and Aggression, New Evidence Shows

People are quick to point the finger or dismiss the effect of violent video games as a factor in criminal behavior. New evidence from Iowa State researchers demonstrates a link between video games and youth violence and delinquency.   Matt DeLisi, a professor of sociology, said the research shows a strong connection even when controlling […]

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Violins Can Mimic the Human Voice

Violins Can Mimic the Human Voice

For many years, some musical experts have wondered if the sound of the Stradivari and Guarneri violins might incorporate such elements of speech as vowels and consonants. A Texas A&M University researcher has now provided the first evidence that the Italian violin masters tried to impart specific vowel sounds to their violins.   Joseph Nagyvary, […]

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Creating Indestructible Self-Healing Circuits

Creating Indestructible Self-Healing Circuits

Imagine that the chips in your smart phone or computer could repair and defend themselves on the fly, recovering in microseconds from problems ranging from less-than-ideal battery power to total transistor failure. It might sound like the stuff of science fiction, but a team of engineers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), for the […]

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Action Video Games Boost Reading Skills, Study of Children With Dyslexia Suggests

Action Video Games Boost Reading Skills, Study of Children With Dyslexia Suggests

Much to the chagrin of parents who think their kids should spend less time playing video games and more time studying, time spent playing action video games can actually make dyslexic children read better. In fact, 12 hours of video game play did more for reading skills than is normally achieved with a year of […]

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Blueprint for an Artificial Brain: Scientists Experiment With Memristors That Imitate Natural Nerves

Blueprint for an Artificial Brain: Scientists Experiment With Memristors That Imitate Natural Nerves

Scientists have long been dreaming about building a computer that would work like a brain. This is because a brain is far more energy-saving than a computer, it can learn by itself, and it doesn’t need any programming. Privatdozent [senior lecturer] Dr. Andy Thomas from Bielefeld University’s Faculty of Physics is experimenting with memristors — […]

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Internet Freedom update for the week of 7/9

Internet Freedom update for the week of 7/9

Advocacy groups and politicians from across the political spectrum have taken up “Internet freedom” as their rallying cry in recent months. Although many people eagerly declare their support for a free Internet and promise to protect privacy, the broad consensus breaks down when people begin discussing specific policies, such as net neutrality or cybersecurity. From […]

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