news 2013



Results 1 - 10 of 10.

Event - Psychology - 03.12.2013
Eye movements boost our memory
Researchers from Lund University in Sweden have shown for the first time that our eye movements actively help us remember events. Where we focus our gaze can actively affect how successful we are in retrieving the right memory. WATCH VIDEO STORY The unique study used eye tracking technology to record three different scenarios.

Life Sciences - Event - 16.10.2013
Schizophrenia linked to abnormal brain waves
Neuroscientists discover neurological hyperactivity that produces disordered thinking. Schizophrenia patients usually suffer from a breakdown of organized thought, often accompanied by delusions or hallucinations. For the first time, MIT neuroscientists have observed the neural activity that appears to produce this disordered thinking.

Physics - Event - 08.10.2013
Scientists Celebrate Role in Higgs Discovery That Led to Nobel Prize
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences today awarded the Nobel Prize in physics to theorists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert to recognize their work developing the theory of what is now known as the Higgs field, which gives elementary particles mass. Thousands of scientists from around the world played a significant role in discovering the particle that proves the existence of the Higgs field, the Higgs boson.

Computer Science - Event - 27.08.2013
Crowdsourcing creates a database of surfaces
Crowdsourcing creates a database of surfaces
Computer graphics are moving off the movie screen and into everyday life. Home remodeling specialists, for example, may soon be able to to show you how your kitchen would look with marble countertops or stainless steel appliances. To do this, computers have to be able to recognize and simulate common materials; so Cornell researchers have drawn on uniquely human skills to build a database of surfaces computers can work with.

Event - Social Sciences - 22.08.2013
In the Face of Trauma, Distance Helps People Find Clarity, Study Shows
AUSTIN, Texas — In the wake of tragedies such as the Sandy Hook school shooting, the Boston Marathon bombing and the devastating explosion in the Texas town of West, people are often left asking, "Why did this happen?" According to new research from The University of Texas at Austin, the best way to make sense of tragedy is to turn away from detailed reports in the news and social media and adopt a more simplified understanding of the event.

Health - Event - 09.07.2013
Link between low vitamin D blood levels and heart disease varies by race
Link between low vitamin D blood levels and heart disease varies by race
Low vitamin D blood levels are linked to greater risk of heart disease in whites and Chinese, but not in blacks and Hispanics, according to a study appearing this week in JAMA, a journal published by the American Medical Association. Growing evidence has suggested that low blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin are associated with higher risk of developing coronary heart disease among whites.

Event - Health - 06.06.2013
Researchers solve 20-year puzzle of how heart regulates its beat
A 20-year puzzle as to how the heart regulates contraction appears to have been solved by researchers from the University of Bristol. The findings, published in the journal Biophysics, paves the way to improving our understanding of what goes wrong when the heart fails. When the heart beats (contracts), the contractile machinery is switched on by an increase in calcium within the cell.

Event - 23.04.2013
Evidence shows fish collaboration on hunting prey
Our results emphasise the importance of a more general evolutionary view of cognition Fish have the ability to communicate with each other while hunting their prey in ways that were previously known only for humans, great apes, and ravens, according to new research. A study led by Alexander Vail, a Gates Cambridge Scholar at the University of Cambridge's Department of Zoology, found that groupers and coral trout perform a pointing signal to indicate the location of hidden prey to cooperative hunting partners including moray eels, octopuses and Napoleon wrasses.

Event - Social Sciences - 08.02.2013
Female athletes overcome adversity
Female athletes overcome adversity
Elite female athletes often feel a sense of isolation and pressure to tackle personal and professional adversity on their own—even while struggling with issues such as bullying, eating disorders, depression and sexual abuse, according to research from the University of Alberta. Researchers at the U of A ed high-performance elite female athletes to better understand the types of adversity they face, and more important, how they overcome it, learn from it and grow.

Event - Economics - 22.01.2013
Rumours abound: Scientists analyse global Twitter gossip around Higgs boson discovery
A model of the spread of gossip on Twitter prior to the Higgs boson discovery announcement has been developed by University of Birmingham computer scientists, according to research published on the online repository, ArXiv. For the first time scientists have been able to analyse the dynamics of social media on a global scale before, during and after the announcement of a major scientific discovery.