New techniques could help identify students at risk for dropping out of online courses
MOOCs—massive open online courses—grant huge numbers of people access to world-class educational resources, but they also suffer high rates of attrition.
Atmospheric mysteries unraveling: New findings may be key to explaining mercury, much more
It's been difficult to explain patterns of toxic mercury in some parts of the world, such as why there's so much of the toxin deposited into ecosystems from the air in the southeastern United States, even ...
Understanding the softness in Earth's lithosphere
Yale researchers have proposed a new model to explain the drop in elastic stiffness in the middle of the Earth's continental lithosphere.
Ants have different 'standards' when it comes to choosing a home
Ants use collective decision-making to select the best option when choosing a new home. Until now, the exact way in which they do this has puzzled researchers. A new study, led by the University of Bristol ...
Discovery in plant growth mechanisms opens new research path
New findings reported this week by plant molecular biologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are deepening scientists' views of a cell surface regulator, FERONIA receptor kinase from the model ...
Team develops vision system that improves object recognition
A research group at Disney Research Pittsburgh has developed a computer vision system that, much like humans, can continuously improve its ability to recognize objects by picking up hints while watching videos.
Current mobile contracts damaging the environment, research finds
Research published today in the journal the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment has called for an overhaul of the way mobile devices are manufactured and contracted, in order to stop the harmfu ...
Researchers use wave theories to explain bird flock size properties
New study examines undergraduate understanding and misconceptions of climate change
The human brain is a factory—new perceptions and experiences are passed along a mental assembly line, shaped by prior knowledge and molded and connected to form conclusions, which then drive actions. This ...
Algorithm accounts for uncertainty to enable more accurate modeling
A notable error source in modeling physical systems is parametric uncertainty, where the values of model parameters that characterize the system are not known exactly due to limited data or incomplete knowledge. ...
3-D printer churns out handheld underground water model
Cutting-edge three dimensional printing technology has produced a plastic model representing the land surface and underground water systems across 3.5 million hectares of the La Grange groundwater allocation ...
How computers are learning to make human software work more efficiently
Computer scientists have a history of borrowing ideas from nature, such as evolution. When it comes to optimising computer programs, a very interesting evolutionary-based approach has emerged over the past ...
Sharing economy gets a wake-up call with Uber ruling
Silicon Valley has created a new breed of American worker: neither employee nor contractor, indispensable to the company but free to work as much or as little as they please - with no real boss.
NASA: International satellite studying oceans stops working
NASA says an international satellite studying the world's oceans has stopped working after four years.