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Application of machine learning can optimize hurricane track forecast

When a hurricane approaches, providing a few extra hours’ notice can be the difference between life and death. Now, Penn State researchers report that applying a machine learning technique to a group of possible storm paths could help...
5-Aug-2020 11:30 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Climate change-influenced refugee crisis may lead to long-term settlement issues

While many models suggest that climate change will prompt a substantial number of people to leave their homes, not all research so clearly finds this is the case. Investigating cases where computer models seemed to indicate only limited impacts of...
30-Jul-2020 12:40 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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About nine family members to suffer grief from every COVID-19 fatality

Deaths from COVID-19 will have a ripple effect causing impacts on the mental health and health of surviving family members. But the extent of that impact has been hard to assess until now. Every death from COVID-19 will impact approximately nine...
15-Jul-2020 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Design method may boost semiconductor performance by better handling heat

Finding ways to manage the flow of heat in silicon could boost the performance of semiconductors, but, so far, discovering the right design has remained elusive. Now, a team of Penn State researchers report that a fabrication technique may offer a...
23-Jun-2020 11:35 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Political ‘Oil Spill’: Polarization Is Growing Stronger — and Getting Stickier

Experts have documented that political polarization is intensifying in the United States. However, a Penn State sociologist now suggests that this separation isn’t just more intense, but it is also growing broader, coagulating into an ideological...
10-Jun-2020 11:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Penn State's supercomputer takes on COVID-19 — and its aftermath

Penn State researchers will need the power of supercomputers not just to investigate possible treatments and therapies for the novel coronavirus, but also to explore ways to help the world recover socially, economically and psychologically.
20-May-2020 1:45 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Audience size and comments may affect enjoyment of social television

The presence of a large audience boosts enjoyment, but it takes just a few haters to ruin a TV show or movie, according to a study of social television, the practice of simultaneously watching television programs while seeing the social media...
5-Mar-2020 8:50 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Designing plastic to break down in the ocean is possible, but is it practical?

In a study, the researchers used a machine learning algorithm to classify more than 110 types of plastics, including commercial and lab-made varieties, to better understand how they might degrade in the ocean.
3-Mar-2020 8:30 AM EST Add to Favorites

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