How exactly does Twitter, with its 241 million users tweeting out 500 million messages daily, shape public opinion? That question was tackled by a group of researchers in China, who investigated how opinions evolve on Twitter by gathering about 6 million messages (tweeted over a six month period), which they ran through algorithms and analyzed. Described in the journal Chaos, the work reveals several surprises about how Twitter shapes public opinion, researchers say.
– American Institute of Physics (AIP)|3/11/2014 11:00 AM EDT
Biologists have believed that cancers cells spread through the body in a slow, aimless fashion, resembling a drunk who can't walk three steps in a straight line. They now know that's true in a flat petri dish, but not in the three-dimensional space of an actual body.
– Johns Hopkins University|3/11/2014 10:00 AM EDT
Innovative approach introduces five-to-eight year-olds to the concept of natural selection using a story book, and the children show remarkable comprehension
– Boston University College of Arts and Sciences|3/11/2014 10:00 AM EDT
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons continues to break new ground in patient safety and quality measurement through a new collaboration with the Duke Clinical Research Institute. DCRI will establish a link with STS clinical data and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services claims data.
– Society of Thoracic Surgeons|3/11/2014 10:00 AM EDT
Although many athletes understand the importance of keeping their muscles and bones healthy, it’s also important for them to take care of their skin. Sports equipment, especially protective helmets and pads, creates a warm, moist and dark environment for the germs that can cause skin infections to grow.
– American Academy of Dermatology|3/11/2014 9:45 AM EDT
Computed tomography (CT) scans routinely taken to guide the treatment of pancreatic cancer may provide an important secondary benefit. According to new research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the scans also reflect how well chemotherapy will penetrate the tumor, predicting the effectiveness of treatment.
– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center|3/11/2014 9:30 AM EDT
Your answers on psychological questionnaires, including some of the ones that some employers give their employees, might have a distinct biological signature. New research indeed demonstrates overlap between what workers feel and what their bodies actually manifest.
– Universite de Montreal|3/11/2014 9:30 AM EDT
When it comes to helping young adults avoid serious health problems later in life, assessing their personalities during routine medical exams could prove as useful as recording their family medical histories and smoking habits, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.
– American Psychological Association (APA)|3/11/2014 9:00 AM EDT
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