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Submission + - Racism Rampant in Mississippi (thedmonline.com)

samazon writes: Last night on the campus of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) students watching the election began shouting racial epithets and offensive political chants. As a resident of the red state with a variety of acquaintances on both sides of the fence, I saw some pretty offensive things on Facebook, but you would think that the younger and arguably better-informed students of Ole Miss would at least realize that shouting racial slurs across campus might come back to bite them in a job interview (or class the next morning).

Submission + - NCSoft Closes Paragon Studios (cityofheroes.com) 1

samazon writes: Earlier today, City of Heroes community manager Andy Belford announced that NCSoft is shutting down Paragon Studios. Over 7,500 individuals were viewing the official CoH forums as of 3:00 PM EST, and this thread from Belford, AKA Zwilinger, notes that "In a realignment of company focus and publishing support, NCsoft has made the decision to close Paragon Studios. Effective immediately, all development on City of Heroes will cease and we will begin preparations to sunset the world’s first, and best, Super Hero MMORPG before the end of the year."

A petition has already been created to save City of Heroes.

Submission + - Etsy Hacker Grants Support Female Programmers (etsy.com)

samazon writes: Online retail shop Etsy announced a living-expenses grant program for women interested in attending the free Hacker School 3-month programming course. The program is hosted in various New York locations (NYU and Spotify have both hosted sessions) and not only is Etsy offering $5,000 grants to ten women who are accepted into the program, they're also hosting the summer course, and have offered enough space to double the class size to 40 students.

Submission + - Artificial Neural Networks Demonstrate the Evolution of Human Intelligence (royalsocietypublishing.org)

samazon writes: Ph.D. students at Trinity College in Dublin have constructed an artificial neural network model to demonstrate the Machiavellian intelligence theory — that human intelligence evolved based on the need for social teamwork and indexing a variety of social relationships and statuses. (Abstract) The experiment described in detail here involved programming a base group of 50 simulated "brains" which were required to participate one of two classical game theory dilemmas — the Prisoner's Dilemma or the Snowdrift game. Upon completion of either game, each "brain" produced "offspring" asexually, with "brains" that made more advantageous choices during the games programmed to have a better chance to reproduce. A potential random mutation during each generation changed the "brain's structure, number of neurons, or the strengths of the connections between those neurons," simulating the evolution of the social brain. After 50,000 generations, the model showed that as cooperation increased, so did the intelligence of the programmed brains.

Submission + - Scientists Develop Reliable Mobile Tool for Diagnosing Autism (nature.com)

samazon writes: Harvard researchers using a series of machine-learning algorithms have determined that the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, used to diagnose autism, can be condensed to an eight question survey without compromising accuracy (abstract). The approach will make it significantly easier to diagnose autism at an early stage, when behavioral treatments can be most effective. In addition, the survey is ideal for use in a mobile platform to add to the expanding list of apps geared toward people with autism and their families.

Submission + - Copper-Graphene Nanocomposite Cools Electronics Faster & Cheaper (ncsu.edu)

samazon writes: North Carolina State University researcher Jag Kasichainula has developed a "heat spreader" to cool electronics more efficiently using a copper-graphene composite, which is attached using an indium-graphene interface film. According to Kasichainula, the technique will cool 25% faster than pure copper and will cost less to produce than the copper plate heat spreaders currently used by most electronics. Better performance at a lower cost? Let's hope so.

Submission + - USGS Implies Connection Between Seismic Activity and Fracking (seismosoc.org)

samazon writes: According to a recently proposed abstract by the United States Geological Survey, hydraulic fracturing, or more specifically the disposal of fracking wastewater, may be directly correlated to the increase in seismic activity in the midwest. Results of the paper will be presented on April 18th, but the language of the abstract seems to imply that there is a connection. After years of controversy regarding hydrofracking including ground water contamination and disclosure of chemical solutions, the results of the study, if conclusive, could influence the cost of natural gas due to increased regulations on wastewater disposal.

Submission + - Prototype Battery Made from Organic Byproducts (scientificamerican.com)

samazon writes: "Researchers Grzegorz Milczarek from Poznan University of Technology in Poland and Olle Inganäs from Linköping University in Sweden, have combined a polymer with a waste material from the paper and pulp industry to create a new kind of battery cathode, which today are mostly made from nonrenewable metals such as lithium or cobalt. Specifically, Milczarek and Inganäs used lignin, an organic substance binding the cells, fibers and vessels that make up wood."

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