Feb 01

Who's Going To Win The Super Bowl? Athlete Biological Clocks Might Help Tell Us

Posted by: Administrator in Sports |

http://www.science20.com/news_articles/whos_going_to_win_the_super_bowl_athlete_biological_clocks_might_help_tell_us-152735

Biological clocks may matter more than deflated balls.

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Feb 01

Are Women Better Than Men At Fighting Off Flu? (Video)

Posted by: Administrator in News |

http://cbsloc.al/1yY2fVI

When it comes to getting the flu, it seems like anyone could be at risk, but according to a study from Stanford University, men might be at a particular disadvantage. “What the study found was that in men there was a lower immune response to the influenze vaccine than there was in women,” said Dr. Michael Angarone with Northwestern Hospital. Possibly because of testosterone, which may suppress a man’s reaction to the flu shot while other research says estrogen may give women stronger immune systems.

 

Feb 01

Auto Loan Surge Fuels Fears Of Another Subprime Crisis

Posted by: Administrator in Business & Economy |

http://www.npr.org/2015/01/23/379353315/auto-loan-surge-fuels-fears-of-another-subprime-crisis

Economist Mark Zandi of Moody's Analytics says more people like Westervelt are taking out auto loans. "We're seeing a lot more lending and a lot more lending to people with lower credit scores — so-called subprime auto lending," Zandi says. He says the auto boom is one reason the economy is doing better — but it has come at a cost. The number of subprime borrowers missing payments is at its highest level since 2008. Chris Kukla of the Center for Responsible Lending says the increase in auto lending has clear echoes of the subprime mortgage boom of the mid-2000s. It's driven by investors seeking higher returns. "Americans are borrowing more to buy a car and so in order to make it more 'affordable,' they have to stretch out those loan terms," Kukla says.

 

Feb 01

Can Intelligence Analysts Predict The Future?

Posted by: Administrator in Science & Technology |

http://www.popsci.com/can-intelligence-analysts-predict-future

Intelligence agencies, the spies and spooks and analysts grouped under three letter acronyms, exist in part to answer a difficult question that dates back to antiquity: Is it possible to predict the future, and, if so, how do we do it? A study published this month in the Journal of Experimental Psychology answers the question at least in part: Prediction is a skill, but it takes a special environment to develop that skill.

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Feb 01

Will super-intelligent machines kill us all? (View 2 clips)

Posted by: Administrator in Science & Technology |

http://bcove.me/whzzulv8

A fictional story goes that scientists turn on an artificially intelligent machine and the first question they ask is: "Is there a god". The machine responds "There is now". Channel 4 News interviews Alex Garland, writer and director of Ex Machina - a film about artificial intelligence (see video, below).

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Jan 31

A model that can predict the unpredictable New England Patriots

Posted by: Administrator in Sports |

https://gigaom.com/2015/01/30/a-model-that-can-predict-the-unpredictable-new-england-patriots/

Richard ShermanIt's said that familiarity breeds contempt in personal relationships. In the NFL, it might also breed predictability. Although the New England Patriots and their coach Bill Belichick are often called unpredictable, it turns out that machine learning models are actually pretty good at guessing what they'll do.

Alex Tellez, who works for machine learning startup H2O, built a model he says can predict with about 75 percent accuracy whether the Patriots will run the ball or pass it on any given play. He used 13 years of data - all available on NFL.com - that includes 194 games and 14,547 plays. He considered a dozen variables for each play, including things such as time, score and opposing team.

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Jan 31

100 years of stock market gains and losses, visualized

Posted by: Administrator in Business & Economy |

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/01/29/100-years-of-stock-market-gains-and-losses-visualized/

Are there good and bad days to play the stock market? Unfortunately no one can predict this for the future, but we can analyze what happened in the past.

Seth Kadish, a data scientist who runs the blog Vizual Statistix, used roughly 100 years of data – from Jul. 30, 1914 to Jan. 26, 2015 – to chart the daily percentage change in closing price for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. He then binned this data together by day of the year and created the heat map below.

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Jan 31

Technology making hidden cameras harder to detect (Video)

Posted by: Administrator in Science & Technology |

http://bit.ly/1zInJZz

Technology is making cameras smaller and easily available for anyone to purchase. Wireless capabilities can also make them even more difficult to detect. Some of these cameras are incredibly covert, from watches to smoke detectors and even a charger. Most times people purchase them as an additional security measure.

 

FOX 32 News Chicago
Jan 31

Why NFL Teams Should Reconsider Giving Coaches The Heave-Ho

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http://www.npr.org/2015/01/23/379282762/why-nfl-teams-should-reconsider-giving-coaches-the-heave-ho

The New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons all fired their head coaches after the season. Buffalo's walked away. The San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos mutually parted ways with their coaches - whatever that means. Not to mention Oakland, which canned its head coach just a few weeks into the season. Now, this might seem like a good way to get a fresh start, but there is some new research casting doubt on whether it's the smartest move. Michael Roach is an economist at Middle Tennessee State University. He recently analyzed all football teams between 1995 and 2012, and he measured the effect of a change in head coach. And he finds, on average, that teams do worse after changing their head coach.

 

Jan 31

Here's Why Sleeping Now Will Help Your Future Memories

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http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/21590/20150123/heres-why-sleeping-now-will-help-your-future-memories.htm

Are you getting enough rest? A new study conducted by researchers at the Baylor University Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory found that getting good sleep when you're young can help you keep your memory in shape for later.

Sleeping Pleasant dreams? Adequate rest as a child will help cognitive abilities flourish as an adult.

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