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New App Turns Smartphones Into Worldwide Seismic Network

MyShake Android app crowdsources ground shaking from smartphone accelerometers.

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The Future of Gaming: Create Your Own Character in Just Four Minutes

Want to see the future of gaming? Look in the mirror.

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UCLA professor creates video games that redefine art

Eddo Stern straddles the world of fine art and game design to ask fundamental questions about what is real.

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Can Games Help Train Future Doctors and Nurses?

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Kaizen, a Web-based gaming platform developed by UAB physicians, promotes learning through a mix of education, entertainment and competition.

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Planning for a Disease Outbreak? There’s a Game for That

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Computer scientists and statisticians at Colorado State University are turning disease outbreak planning exercises into a game. They’re creating powerful new software that can predict, simulate and analyze a major disease outbreak – all in the form of an intuitive, multiplayer game.

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Game Changing Innovation Is Rooted in Diverse Experiences and Knowledge

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What spurs creativity? A Columbia sociologist studied the teams behind 12,422 video games released worldwide from 1979, when the gaming industry started, to 2009, and found the most innovative teams were built around diverse experiences and knowledge.

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Put Your Game Face On

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The dark, cold days of winter offer a great time for family or friends to bond over board games, which provide surprising benefits beyond the activity itself, according to Kansas State University's Elizabeth Brunscheen-Cartagena.

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Using Artificial Intelligence and Evolution to Take Gaming to the Next Level

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You have a new video game and have spent weeks trying to defend yourself against your arch enemy. You finally found his weakness and how to stop him, and are joyfully exacting revenge. But one day you play and that game plan doesn’t work anymore. So what happened?

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Wired for Gaming: Brain Differences in Compulsive Video Game Players

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Brain scans from nearly 200 adolescent boys provide evidence that the brains of compulsive video game players are wired differently. Chronic video game play is associated with hyperconnectivity between several pairs of brain networks. Some of the changes are predicted to help game players respond to new information. Other changes are associated with distractibility and poor impulse control. The new findings, a collaborative effort between the University of Utah School of Medicine, and Chung-Ang University in South Korea, were published online in Addiction Biology on Dec. 21, 2015.

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The Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting Is Now Accepting Submissions

The deadline for this round of proposals is January 15, 2016. Candidates will be notified of decisions by the end of February 2016. The Institute pays a competitive rate--and covers expenses--for investigative reporting that advances social and economic justice. All stories are published in In These Times magazine and on InTheseTimes.com.

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Top Stories 11 Dec 2015; New Forensic Science Breakthroughs, Breast Cancer Treatment Difference by Age, Racial Disparities in Dialysis, and More...

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Playing 3-D Video Games Can Boost Memory Formation

Playing three-dimensional video games – besides being lots of fun – can boost the formation of memories, according to University of California, Irvine neurobiologists. Along with adding to the trove of research that shows these games can improve eye-hand coordination and reaction time, this finding shows the potential for novel virtual approaches to helping people who lose memory as they age or suffer from dementia.

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Parents Influence Children’s Play of Violent Video Games, According to Iowa State Study

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Parents who are anxious and emotional can impact their children's violent video game play, according to new research from Iowa State University. Warm and restrictive parents successfully limited children’s play. However, anxious parents had the opposite effect.

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Video Game Warnings Fall Far Short in Rating Tobacco Content

Video games are not adequately rated for tobacco content, according to a new UC San Francisco study that found video gamers are being widely exposed to tobacco imagery.

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APA Review Confirms Link Between Playing Violent Video Games and Aggression

Violent video game play is linked to increased aggression in players but insufficient evidence exists about whether the link extends to criminal violence or delinquency, according to a new American Psychological Association task force report.

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The Fear You Experience Playing Video Games Is Real, and You Enjoy It, IU Study Finds

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With the advent of video games, a frequently asked question has been whether we get as engrossed in them emotionally as we do when we see a scary movie. The answer is yes and in new ways, according to new research by faculty in Indiana University's Media School.

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UofL Physicians Launches Interactive Game to Raise Awareness of Academic Medicine

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The Academic Physician Precision Challenge is a fun, interactive game to raise awareness of academic medicine. Users test their knowledge of anatomy by placing 11 organs in the correct spot. Correct answers unlock medical advancement or discovery factoids and all players are ranked from surgeon to high school biology student at the end of the game..

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Secrets of Innovation Revealed in Study of Global Video Game Industry

From the adventures of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider to the apocalyptic drama of Fallout - new research from the University of Warwick has revealed the secret to how some of the world’s most iconic video games were created.

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Gamers Needed: New Ghost Map Hyperspace Added to Verigames Site

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There's a new game for serious gamers to explore on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Verigames site (https://verigames.com/). Ghost Map Hyperspace, developed by Raytheon BBN Technologies, is the newest addition to a series of games being developed under DARPA sponsorship that empower gamers to do the work of software verification experts simply by playing games.

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WFU Expert Suggests Playing Games with Kids Good for Many Reasons

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