New flu tracker uses Google search data better than Google.

A team of Harvard statisticians has come up with a new way to track the flu virus using Internet search data. The system uses a method that has been used before, tracking searchers for key words and phrases, but has coupled it with additional data to improve its accuracy. The new model, ARGO (AutoRegression with Google search data), was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and was built on Google Flu Trends, which was Google’s flu tracking model that emerged in 200...
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Magnetic 3D printing from Northeastern could help newborns

Researchers at Northeastern University are developing patient-specific 3D printed medical devices for newborns. Anything to do with babies tugs at the heartstrings of most anyone, so the idea of patient-specific catheters made to offer greater support to premature newborns is exponentially inspiring. Their innovative designs are different indeed in that they use magnetic fields to mold 3D printed material into customized devices and products. Meant to be more durable, as well as lightweight, Nor...
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Seasonal paradox – why MS symptoms may improve as days get shorter

A new approach regarding Melatonin for MS Symptom Seasonal Variations Harvard-affiliated researchers from the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at BWH wanted to understand why symptoms of multiple sclerosis change with the seasons, improving as the days get shorter. They have found an explanation that could lead to a deeper understanding of the disease and more targeted treatment options for patients. Multiple sclerosis is a disease that affects the central nervous system, includin...
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Robot That Builds Its Own Children

Scientists at the University of Cambridge in England have created a mother robot that not only constructs its own children but mimics the process of natural selection to improve their capabilities with each generation. It's a robotic version of nature's survival of the fittest. The mother robot analyzes the performance of each of the “children” it creates, and incorporates preferential traits into the next generation. The Mother robot makes each child better than the last. "As the mother creates...
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Genetic Mutations Clue to Breast Cancer Relapse

Scientists have discovered a genetic clue to why some breast cancers relapse, which could lead to better treatment. The latest research on breast cancer was presented at the European Cancer Congress (ECC) in Vienna by Rd. Lucy Yates, leader of the team from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute at the University of Cambridge, Xinhua. The research team has found genetic mutations as clues to breast cancer relapse, which could tell whether breast cancer is likely to relapse after treatment. ...
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