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Computer Science - Mathematics - 12.12.2014
Imperial mathematician sheds new light on 50 year old algorithm
Imperial mathematician sheds new light on 50 year old algorithm
An Imperial mathematician has found a new way of formulating a 50 year old algorithm, used when describing the world using mathematical models. It is anticipated that the proposed technique, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), will pave the way for greatly accelerating the calculations involved when making predictions about the behaviour of complex systems in many different areas of science and engineering.

Computer Science - 28.11.2014
Girls better than boys at making story-based computer games, study finds
Girls better than boys at making story-based computer games, study finds
Girls better than boys at making story-based computer games, study finds Teenage boys are perhaps more known for playing computer games but girls are better at making them, a University of Sussex study has found. Researchers in the University's Informatics department asked pupils at a secondary school to design and program their own computer game using a new visual programming language that shows pupils the computer programs they have written in plain English.

Psychology - Computer Science - 17.11.2014
Magic tricks created using artificial intelligence for the first time
Researchers working on artificial intelligence at Queen Mary have taught a computer to create magic tricks. The researchers from the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science gave a computer program the outline of how a magic jigsaw puzzle and a mind reading card trick work, as well the results of experiments into how humans understand magic tricks, and the system created completely new variants on those tricks which can be delivered by a magician.

Computer Science - 13.11.2014
Optical 'watermills' control direction of light
Scientists at King's have built on research they conducted last year to achieve previously unseen levels of control over the travelling direction of electromagnetic wave in waveguides and proved that the process works equally well in reverse, opening up the way for the development of technologies that could revolutionise secure communications as well as high speed computing.

Social Sciences - Computer Science - 07.08.2014
Discovering the impact of the horse meat scandal using social media
Cardiff University researchers will discover public perceptions of the recent horse meat scandal for the first time by analysing social media data. The horse meat scandal last year revealed a major breakdown in the traceability of the food supply chain and the adulteration of meat. The extensive media coverage revealed not only widespread fraud but also the complexity of the UK meat supply chain and the extent of meat imports.

Computer Science - Electroengineering - 15.07.2014
Can video streaming over mobile broadband networks be improved?
Press release issued: 15 July 2014 Due to the increase in smartphone video applications, mobile video traffic is rising significantly. New research has shown how videos can be better transmitted over wireless links such as Wi-Fi and 4G. The study by Professor Andrew Nix and Dr Victoria Sgardoni from the University of Bristol's Communication Systems & Networks group is published in the journal, IEEE Transactions for Mobile Computing.

Mathematics - Computer Science - 08.07.2014
Mathematical model illustrates our online 'copycat' behaviour
Researchers have developed a mathematical model to examine online social networks, in particular the trade-off between copying what friends download and relying on 'best-seller' lists. The researchers from the University of Oxford, the University of Limerick, and the Harvard School of Public Health looked at how we are influenced in the choice of apps we download on our Facebook pages by creating a mathematical model to capture the dynamics at play.

Astronomy / Space - Computer Science - 25.06.2014
“Cosmic own goal” another clue in hunt for dark matter
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue. "Cosmic own goal” another clue in hunt for dark matter The hunt for dark matter has taken another step forward thanks to new supercomputer simulations showing the evolution of our "local Universe" from the Big Bang to the present day.

Life Sciences - Computer Science - 18.06.2014
Birds evolve ’signature’ patterns to distinguish cuckoo eggs from their own
Using new 'pattern recognition algorithm,' latest research highlights how birds are 'fighting back' against the parasitic Common Cuckoo in what scientists describe as an evolutionary 'arms race'. They found that birds with the most sophisticated and distinctive egg patterning are those most intensely targeted by the cuckoo's egg mimicry.

Computer Science - Health - 20.05.2014
Study to explore whether mobile phones affect children's cognitive development
Study to explore whether mobile phones affect children’s cognitive development
A study launching today will investigate whether the use of mobile phones and wireless technologies might affect children's cognitive development. The Study of Cognition, Adolescents and Mobile Phones (SCAMP) is the largest study in the world to address this issue. It will focus on cognitive functions such as memory and attention, which continue to develop into adolescence.

Computer Science - 15.04.2014
World trade dominated by
World trade dominated by "broker" countries, according to research
Computer scientists have shown how Germany uses its power to dominate trade between smaller countries in the European Union, using a new method. The team from Imperial College London have designed a new computational model to investigate how networks work. They have demonstrated its potential by using data from the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations COMTRADE database to analyse the complex trading networks between countries.

Computer Science - 10.04.2014
New research on gigabit wireless communications
Press release issued: 10 April 2014 Research on gigabit wireless has been presented by researchers from the University of Bristol at the world's leading wireless and networking conference, IEEE WCNC 2014, in Turkey earlier this week [Monday 6 to Wednesday 9 April].

Computer Science - 18.03.2014
Only one fifth of people with hearing problems wear a hearing aid
18 Mar 2014 Just a fifth of people with hearing problems wear a hearing aid, a study by The University of Manchester has found. The study, published in the journal Ear and Hearing, looked at the habits of 160,000 people in the UK aged 40 to 69 years. It found 10.7 per cent of adults had significant hearing problems when listening to speech in the presence of background noise - but only 2.1 per cent used a hearing aid.

Health - Computer Science - 26.02.2014
Surgery better for most men with localised prostate cancer
Surgery offers better survival rates for most men with localised prostate cancer than radiotherapy, according to one of the largest studies of its type. The study, led by an Oxford University researcher, found that surgery as the first-line treatment offered greatest benefits for younger men in good general health.

Computer Science - Electroengineering - 25.02.2014
Wifi virus latest threat to future IT security
The researchers found the virus was able to avoid detection and identify the points at which WiFi access is least protected by encryption and passwords Researchers at the University of Liverpool have shown for the first time that WiFi networks can be infected with a virus that can move through densely populated areas as efficiently as the common cold spreads between humans.

Life Sciences - Computer Science - 23.01.2014
Practice makes perfect if you have a partner's touch, according to new study
Practice makes perfect if you have a partner’s touch, according to new study
People improve their performance more when they practise with a partner rather than on their own, according to a new study. The research could ultimately help people rehabilitating from a stroke. Scientists from Imperial College London and two Japanese institutions explored whether physical interaction improved the way people performed in a computer-based task where they were using a joystick-like device.

Economics - Computer Science - 09.01.2014
Literary mood reflects the economic mood of past 10 years, study finds
The frequency of words expressing misery and unhappiness in books reflects the economic conditions in the 10 years prior to the work's composition, according to researchers in Bristol and London. The study, published today in PLOS ONE, found a strong correlation over most of the 20th century between a 'literary misery index' reflecting mood in English language books and a moving average of the previous decade of the annual US economic misery index (the sum of inflation and unemployment rates).