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Submission + - US wants inventive ways to get R&D out of college labs and onto the streets (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "The federal government funded some $135 billion in research and development (R&D) for all manner of science and technology and is now looking for a way to get a faster return on such investments.
Or at least that was the focus of a congressional Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation hearing this week looking for ways to improve collaboration between commercial concerns and nonprofit organizations, including universities, in addition to promoting the utilization of inventions arising from federally supported research and development."

Submission + - Prisoners' Dilemma: New Result (edge.org) 1

dabrowsa writes: Bill Press and Freeman Dyson have proven a new result in the iterated prisoners' dilemma game. Using undergrad linear algebra they show that a single player can force the average payoff to the other player (within a limited range). An application is that the first player can simulate an evolutionary fitness landscape. Down-to-earth example: a player rich enough to be able to afford temporary losses can extort cooperation from a poor player. Sounds like capitalism, doesn't it?

The paper is at http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/05/16/1206569109.abstract

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