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Fixing the education digital disconnect one video game at a time

WASHINGTON DC On Thursday, 22 May 2008, the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) will launch Immune Attack TM, an exciting, fun and fast-moving video game that teaches the critical scientific facts of immunology. The cutting-edge game is designed to teach how the immune system works to def...

Beijing game for clean air challenge

Wen-Xings assessment of the quality of ambient air in Beijing has just been published online in Springers journal, Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health.Since the 1980s, the rapid industrial development, urbanization and increase in traffic have resulted in severe air pollution in Beijing. And with the...

14-year-old CEO makes chemistry a game with 'Elementeo'

Age seems to be no obstacle when it comes to starting a business. Thats the case with 14-year-old Anshul Samar, CEO of Alchemist Empire, Inc., who invented a trading card game, Elementeo, that aims to teach chemistry to students in a fun, unusual way. At the 235th National Meeting of the Americ...

Playing dead is no game for ant survival

Pretending to be dead is an effective self-defense strategy adopted by young fire ant workers under attack from neighboring colonies. This tactic makes them four times more likely to survive aggression than older workers who fight back. As a result, these young workers are able to contribute to br...

MSU researcher helps develop computer game for Ugandan children recovering from cerebral malaria

EAST LANSING, Mich. The computer program Captains Log originally used with individuals diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, brain injuries or learning disabilities is being adapted to rehabilitate Ugandan children who are survivors of cerebral malaria. Michael Boivin, a Mi...

Three-way mating game of North American lizard found in distant European relative

SANTA CRUZ, CA--An intricate three-way mating struggle first observed in a species of North American lizard has been discovered in a distant relative, the European common lizard. The two species are separated by 5,000 miles and 175 million years of evolution, yet they share behavioral and reproduc...

New antibiotic beats superbugs at their own game

The problem with antibiotics is that, eventually, bacteria outsmart them and become resistant. But by targeting the gene that confers such resistance, a new drug may be able to finally outwit them. Rockefeller University scientists tested the new drug, called Ceftobiprole, against some of the dead...

Surgeons with video game skill appear to perform better in simulated surgery skills course

In a study involving 12 surgeons and 21 surgical residents, video game skill was correlated with laparoscopic surgery skill as assessed during a simulated surgery skills course, according to a report in the February issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. James C. Rosser ...

Study shows big game hunters, not climate change, killed off sloths

Prehistoric big game hunters and not the last ice age are the likely culprits in the extinction of giant ground sloths and other North American great mammals such as mammoths, mastodons and saber-toothed tigers, says a University of Florida researcher. Determining whether the first arrival of hum...

Symposium to discuss geoengineering to fight climate change at the ESA Annual Meeting

...h groundwater. But on the planetary scale, most ecologists are skeptical of climate engineering. "Playing with the Earth's climate is a dangerous game with unclear rules," says Jackson. "We need more direct ways to tackle global warming, including energy efficiency, reduced consumption, and investmen...

Venomous sea snakes play heads or tails with their predators

... In a deadly game of heads or tails venomous sea snakes in the Pacific and Indian Oceans deceive their predators into believing they have two heads, claims research pub...

Freshwater fish at the top of the food chain evolve more slowly

.... As these fishes became top predators in aquatic ecosystems, natural selection put the breaks on evolution, say researchers. A highly sought-after game fish, the largemouth bass belongs to a group of roughly 30 freshwater fishes known as centrarchids. Centrarchids are native to North America but have ...

Biologists rediscover endangered frog population

...covery along with the San Diego Zoo's first successful breeding of the frog in captivity, and successful efforts by California Department of Fish and game to restore frog habitat renews hope of survival for this Southern California amphibian. Globally, amphibians are on the decline because of habitat...

UAB students' Nintendo Wii CPR earns American Heart Association support

...ring undergraduate students who are working to develop a computer program that teaches CPR using hand-held remote controls from the Nintendo Wii video game console. Students James McKee, Jack Wimbish, Haisam Islam and Zach Clark began work on the project as seniors at UAB. Along with faculty advisers G...

Research shows that 'invisible hand' guides evolution of cooperative turn-taking

...t foraging or both incubated the eggs at the same time, 'tit for tat' would not be enough to evolve the habit of taking turns." Using evolutionary game theory and computer simulations, Professor Colman and Dr Browning discovered a simple variation of "tit for tat" that explains how turn-taking can evo...

Clinical trial shows quadriplegics can operate powered wheelchair with tongue drive system

... For the first computer test, the user issued commands to move the computer mouse left and right. Using these commands, each subject played a computer game that required moving a paddle horizontally to prevent a ball from hitting the bottom of the screen. After adding two more commands to their repert...

Scientists find a biological 'fountain of youth' in new world bat caves

... these bat species lives out its long life in Florida. Since bats are rodents with wings, this chemical clue as to why bats beat out mice in the aging game should point scientists to the source of this elusive fountain." ...

Evolution of a contraceptive for sea lamprey

...gion, where lampreys aggressively consume trout, salmon, sturgeon and other game fish. "Since the introduction of sea lamprey to the Great Lakes, the f...to the fish and sucking their body fluids. Their aggressive consumption of game fish has eliminated many natural predators of the alewife, another invasive...

CSHL scientists harness logic of 'Sudoku' math puzzle to vastly enhance genome-sequencing capability

... Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. A math-based game that has taken the world by storm with its ability to delight and puzzle may now be poised to revolutionize the fast-changing world of genome sequenci...

Researchers describe 'implausible' chemistry that produces herbicidal compound

...loped, he said. "Knowing how a compound is made may allow you to make an analog that can overcome that resistance," van der Donk said. "That's the game that's been played with penicillin for the last 40 years. Every time a bacterial strain becomes resistant to one penicillin, scientists tinker with th...

Biologists devise unifying framework to explain evolutionary puzzles

...n competition and conflict, drive the evolution of reproductive behavior. Akay and Roughgarden have developed mathematical models that use cooperative game theory to test their hypotheses. The NIMBioS working group, "Integrating Functional and Evolutionary Dynamics at Multiple Scales," aims to introduc...

Biologists consider unifying framework to explain evolutionary puzzles

...n competition and conflict, drive the evolution of reproductive behavior. Akay and Roughgarden have developed mathematical models that use cooperative game theory to test their hypotheses. The NIMBioS working group, "Integrating Functional and Evolutionary Dynamics at Multiple Scales," aims to introduc...

Saved by junk DNA

...rld' the researchers say 'only cells with the repeats would be able to swiftly adapt to changes, thereby beating their repeat-less counterparts in the game of evolution. Their junk DNA saved their lives'. ...

Uniloc Unveils Industry-First Authentication Technology for Comprehensive Protection of Critical Infrastructure

...nt physical characteristics of that device. Uniloc has applied its expertise in Physical Device Recognition to several markets, including software and game security, identity management, and critical infrastructure security. For more information, visit www.uniloc.com . Uniloc and NetAnchor are tra...

Pediatric carbon monoxide poisoning linked to video games after Hurricane Ike

...viewed by researchers, families reported using the generators, which they placed inside the home or an attached garage, to power televisions and video game systems. "This was a new experience for us. We usually have patients arriving in the emergency department with carbon monoxide poisoning because t...

Uniloc Unveils Industry-First Authentication Technology for Comprehensive Protection of Critical Infrastructure

...nt physical characteristics of that device. Uniloc has applied its expertise in Physical Device Recognition to several markets, including software and game security, identity management, and critical infrastructure security. For more information, visit www.uniloc.com . Uniloc and NetAnchor are tra...

Flow of potassium into cells implicated in schizophrenia

...tutes of Health and European colleagues report on threads of converging evidence in the May, 2009 issue of the journal Nature Medicine . "The end game in linking genes with complex disorders like schizophrenia requires that we not only demonstrate statistical association, but also show how a gene ver...

Brain music

...elaxed state. "Strain comes with an emergency response job, so we are interested in finding ways to help these workers remain at the top of their game when working and get quality rest when they go off a shift," said S&T Program Manager Robert Burns. "Our goal is to find new ways to help first respon...

K-State using Second Life island to help high school students learn earth science

... would want to see, not high school kids," Totten said. Totten has presented the work at Tulane University, the International Conference on Digital game and Intelligent Toy Enhanced Learning, and the Education Grantmakers Conference. She said that Second Life is being used to teach other science dis...

Physical activity may strengthen children's ability to pay attention

...m of exercise for most children. We currently have an ongoing project that is looking at treadmill walking at the same intensity relative to a Wii Fit game which is a way in which kids really do exercise." Still, given the preliminary study's positive outcomes on the flanker task, ERP data and academi...

Study assesses impact of fish stocking on aquatic insects

... help scientists and wildlife managers understand the impact of past actions and future decisions. Since 2000, the California Department of Fish and game has reduced the number of wilderness lakes it stocks by about half because non-native fish feed on declining species like the Sierra Nevada yellow-leg...

This grass is still greener

... CLEMSON, SCIn areas of the U.S. where golfers can enjoy the game year-round, winter temperatures, foot and equipment traffic, and frost can wreak havoc on healthy greens and present challenges for course managers an...

Study links seabird deaths to soap-like foam produced by red-tide algae

...0 birds were stranded alive and 207 were found dead during this event. Kudela teamed up with researchers from the California Department of Fish and game (CDFG), Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), and Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML)--all members of the Central and Northern Califor...

Mass media often failing in its coverage of global warming, says climate researcher

...said. "Well, you know what guys, that's just how it is," he said. "And if you think that you have a higher calling and you're not going to play the game because they don't give you the time to tell the whole story, then all it means is that you've passed the buck to others who know the topic less well....

The law of the weakest

...rchical relationships form a cyclical motion. "The game can help describe the diversity of species," expla... "The background is a branch of mathematics called game theory, and in this case evolutionary game theory. It helps analyze systems that involve mult...

Defectors take the car, cooperators go by bus

...ages (and costs) of personal transport. Szilagyi points out that the simulation reveals some of the characteristics of the well-known "game theory" game Chicken Dilemma. "The simulation shows that it is quite possible to achieve a situation when the majority of people prefer mass transportation," he sa...

NEC Foundation of America awards grant to NJIT

...opedic Disabilities at NJIT has developed a prototype of the Hands-Up video game software, with the support of the U.S. Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. "The game will improve neuro-plasticity through intensive and repetitive training," s...

New insights into a leading poultry disease and its risks to human health

...d, was responsible for causing disease. Without the plasmid, APEC becomes docile, losing its disease-causing strength. Plasmids, in an evolutionary game of high-stakes poker, are swapped freely among bacteria in order to gain the upper hand---or in the case of pathogenic E. coli , to outwit its compet...

Why you can't hurry love

... have developed a mathematical model of the mating game to help explain why courtship is often protracted....onth in the Journal of Theoretical Biology , uses game theory to analyse how males and females behave str...rtship encounter of unspecified duration, with the game ending when one or other party quits or the female...

Practice as well as sleep may help birds learn new songs

...und. Sleep is well known to have a role in a broad range of learning processes studied in humans, including acquiring complex skills such as video game playing and learning new speech dialects. However, the neural mechanisms involved in the nighttime consolidation of learning are not well understood. ...
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