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Comment author: morganism 25 April 2017 11:35:19PM 0 points [-]

Swarms of Autonomous Aerial Vehicles Test New Dogfighting Skills

http://www.news.gatech.edu/2017/04/21/swarms-autonomous-aerial-vehicles-test-new-dogfighting-skills

“Right now, we’re more interested in the research questions about autonomous coordination among the vehicles and the tactical behavior of the groups of vehicles,” Pippin explained. “We are focusing our efforts on how these vehicles cooperate and want to understand what it means for them to operate as a team.”

“Both teams were trying to solve the same problem of flying a large swarm in a meaningful mission, and we came up with solutions that were similar in some ways and different in others,” said Charles Pippin, a senior research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. “By comparing how well each approach worked in the air, we were able to compare strategies and tactics on platforms capable of the same flight dynamics.”

Comment author: morganism 24 April 2017 11:10:08PM 2 points [-]

"Unfortunately, there is evidence that roughly half of all published empirical psychology articles contain at least one inconsistent p-value, and around one in eight articles contain a grossly inconsistent p-value that makes a non-significant result seem significant, or vice versa. Often these reporting errors are in line with the researchers’ expectations, which means these errors introduce systematic bias "

If you are unfamiliar with R you can also make use of the point-and-click web app at http://statcheck.io. Here you can easily upload an article and download the statcheck results in a csv file.

Comment author: morganism 24 April 2017 09:39:39PM 0 points [-]

Malaria infections up in the US, mostly due to travel

"The study showed that malaria hospitalizations were more common in the U.S. than hospitalizations for many other travel-associated diseases. For example, during the same period, dengue fever, which is common in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and throughout Latin America, and has caused small, local outbreaks in south Florida and Texas, generated, on average, 259 hospitalizations a year compared with 1,489 for malaria.

According to the study, malaria hospitalizations are quite common in the U.S., and the associated burden from these cases is substantial. The researchers found that the average cost per patient was about $25,800 and that the total bill for treating malaria patients in the U.S. from 2000 to 2014 was about $555 million."

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/b-mst041917.php

Comment author: morganism 24 April 2017 07:30:36PM 0 points [-]

Artemisia annua dried leaf tablets treated malaria resistant to ACT and i.v. artesunate

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0944711317300570

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/wpi-pwd042417.php

" After five days of treatment with tablets made from only the dried and powered leaves of Artemisia , all 18 patients fully recovered. Laboratory tests showed they had no parasites remaining in their blood. (Weathers noted more than 100 other drug-resistant patients also have been successfully treated with DLA tablets.)

Comment author: Sandi 22 April 2017 03:11:04AM 1 point [-]

The SSC article about omega-6 surplus causing criminality brought to my attention the physiological aspect of mental health, and health in general. Up until now, I prioritized mind over body. I've been ignoring the whole "eat well" thing because 1) it's hard, 2) I didn't know how important it was and 3) there's a LOT of bullshit literature. But since I want to live a long life and I don't want my stomach screwing with my head, the reasonable thing to do would be to read up. I need book (or any other format, really) recommendations on nutrition 101. Something practical, the do's and don'ts of food and research citations to back it up. On a broader note, I want to learn more about biodeterminism, also from a practical perspective. There might be conditions in my environment causing me issues that I don't even know of. It goes beyond nutrition.

Comment author: morganism 24 April 2017 07:27:33PM 1 point [-]

You Can’t Trust What You Read About Nutrition

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/you-cant-trust-what-you-read-about-nutrition/

"Some populations today thrive on very few vegetables, while others subsist almost entirely on plant foods. The takeaway, Archer said, is that our bodies are adaptable and pretty good at telling us what we need, if we can learn to listen."

Comment author: morganism 23 April 2017 11:37:22PM 0 points [-]

I wonder if they were taking drugs for depression, because

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-39641123

"Two were shown to prevent both a form of dementia and prion disease by stopping brain cells dying"

"Both were very highly protective and prevented memory deficits, paralysis and dysfunction of brain cells." (in mice)

The best known drug of the pair is trazodone, which is already taken by patients with depression.

The other, DBM, is being tested in cancer patients.

https://academic.oup.com/brain/article/doi/10.1093/brain/awx074/3737867/Repurposed-drugs-targeting-eIF2-P-mediated

Comment author: morganism 23 April 2017 11:27:34PM 0 points [-]

A new birth control method for men

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/male-contraceptive-block-drug-companies-examples-female-pill-injection-india-startup-big-pharma-a7665511.html

"Guha’s technique for impairing male fertility relies on a polymer gel that’s injected into the sperm-carrying tubes in the scrotum."

Comment author: morganism 15 April 2017 08:13:11PM 0 points [-]

sorta related:

Race and Wrongful Convictions in the United States. UC Irvine: National Registry of Exonerations.

African-Americans are only 13% of the American population but a majority of innocent defendants wrongfully convicted of crimes and later exonerated. They constitute 47% of the 1,900 exonerations listed in the National Registry of Exonerations (as of October 2016), and the great majority of more than 1,800 additional innocent defendants who were framed and convicted of crimes in 15 large-scale police scandals and later cleared in “group exonerations”.

pdf: www.law.umich.edu/special/exoneration/Documents/RaceandWrongful_Convictions.pdf

Comment author: morganism 21 April 2017 10:33:20PM 0 points [-]

Sorta related again, being charged for the "services" of the courts, and sometimes reparations, plus 12% interest. Ouch

https://psmag.com/legal-financial-obligations-are-the-new-debtors-prison-5e9c4f0fab83

"Today, in Washington state (where Harris conducted her research), you can be charged not only for victim’s restitution, but for bench warrants, clerks, court-appointed attorneys, lab analyses, juries, drug funds, incarcerations, emergency responses, extraditions, convictions, collections, drug and alcohol assessments and treatments, supervisions, house arrests, and, of course, interest. These charges are levied even on minors and, in some cases, defendants found innocent."

Comment author: morganism 21 April 2017 10:26:18PM 0 points [-]

This looks like a great database conversion tool.

https://flowheater.net/en/about

"The aim of FlowHeater is to offer a simple and uniform way to transfer data from one place to another, providing a simple graphical user interface to define the modifications specific to each data target. No programming knowledge is required to use FlowHeater.."

The Fitter automatically undertakes many necessary modifications according to changes of data environment and there is no need to worry about such conversions, this is especially useful when the data source and target are for different locales. (e.g. German date formats are converted to American date formats).

Of course, FlowHeater can also cope with the most diverse conversions of character encoding, which can also be combined in any way desired. e.g. the TextFileAdapter reads codepage 10000 (Macintosh, western European) and everything must be converted to codepage 20773 (IBM mainframe EBCDIC) . Admittedly such a requirement might only arise on rare occasions, but FlowHeater makes this really simple to achieve. Naturally FlowHeater supports all the more commonly encountered codepage groups, including those for MS-DOS, UNIX, Unicode (utf7, utf8, utf16, utf32), and so on.

Comment author: morganism 16 April 2017 08:56:27PM 0 points [-]

kickstarting as a funding method of scientific research.

" In Bollen’s system, scientists no longer have to apply; instead, they all receive an equal share of the funding budget annually—some €30,000 in the Netherlands, and $100,000 in the United States—but they have to donate a fixed percentage to other scientists whose work they respect and find important. “Our system is not based on committees’ judgments, but on the wisdom of the crowd,”

Bollen and his colleagues have tested their idea in computer simulations. If scientists allocated 50% of their money to colleagues they cite in their papers, research funds would roughly be distributed the way funding agencies currently do, they showed in a paper last year—but at much lower overhead costs."

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/04/new-system-scientists-never-have-write-grant-application-again

and an article

http://johnhawks.net/weblog/topics/metascience/funding/bollen-grant-money-allocation-2017.html

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