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Study shows default choices matter, especially for poorer, less educated individuals

(Carnegie Mellon University) Researchers took advantage of a resulting federal lawsuit against a fraudulent company to test default choice architecture when the optimal choice was clear: end the subscriptions.

Study shows default choices matter, especially for poorer, less educated individuals

Between 2000 and 2007, the telemarketing firm Suntasia charged hundreds of thousands of customers an average of $239 each for essentially worthless subscriptions. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, Indiana University and U.S....Show More Summary

Medidata president Glen de Vries gives $10 million to endow Carnegie Mellon deanship

(Carnegie Mellon University) Carnegie Mellon University alumnus Glen de Vries, co-founder and president of Medidata, has donated $10 million to endow the chair of the dean of CMU's Mellon College of Science (MCS). The gift by de Vries,...Show More Summary

Selecting sounds: How the brain knows what to listen to

(Carnegie Mellon University) How is it that we are able -- without any noticeable effort -- to listen to a friend talk in a crowded café or follow the melody of a violin within an orchestra?A team led by scientists at Carnegie Mellon...Show More Summary

New EEG System Achieves Higher Signal Resolution Than Ever Before

Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new electroencephalography (EEG) system capable of recording brain signals at an unprecedented spatial resolution. The so-called “super-Nyquist density” EEG was compared to four different conventional “Nyquist density” EEGs when tried on 14 volunteers. The new system was able to record a lot more data from the visual […]

CMU receives $7.5m in federal BRAIN initiative funding

(Carnegie Mellon University) Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University's Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, Molecular Biosensor and Imaging Center (MBIC) and Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) have received close...Show More Summary

Advances to brain-interface technology provide clearer insight into visual system

(Carnegie Mellon University) Carnegie Mellon University engineers and cognitive neuroscientists have demonstrated that a new high-density EEG can capture the brain's neural activity at a higher spatial resolution than ever before. This...Show More Summary

Trump to nominate economics professor to Federal Reserve

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is going to nominate Marvin Goodfriend, a Carnegie Mellon University economics professor, for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board, the latest step in the administration's effort to put its stamp...Show More Summary

ASLR behavior in Windows 10 is a feature : Microsoft

We recently reported about an ASLR flaw that was discovered by a security researcher named Will Dormann of Carnegie Mellon University. He said : Both EMET and Windows Defender Exploit Guard enable system-wide ASLR without also enabling system-wide bottom-up ASLR. Show More Summary

New technique reduces side-effects, improves delivery of chemotherapy nanodrugs

(Carnegie Mellon University) Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a new method for delivering chemotherapy nanodrugs that increases the drugs' bioavailability and reduces side-effects. Their study, published online in...Show More Summary

Year in Architecture 2017: Transformations

Sorrells Engineering and Science Library at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, transformed a Brutalist space into something completely different. The remodeled concrete envelope includes bamboo “interventions” that define zones of active and collaborative engagement. Show More Summary

CMU and KMITL announce research & education collaboration

(Carnegie Mellon University) Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), a leading engineering university in Thailand, today announced a long-term collaboration to significantly expand research and education in the areas of information, computing, and autonomous technologies.

New tool can help job searchers better position themselves in market

(Carnegie Mellon University) A novel method, developed by an economist at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, has been created to evaluate a worker's skillset and determine its impact on wages.

Michael J. Tarr named 2017 AAAS Fellow

(Carnegie Mellon University) Tarr is being recognized for outstanding contributions to research on face, object and scene perception, on computational and artificial vision systems and on the nature of perceptual expertise.

CMU software assembles RNA transcripts more accurately

Computational biologists at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a more accurate computational method for reconstructing the full-length nucleotide sequences of the RNA products in cells, called transcripts, that transform information from a gene into proteins or other gene products.

CMU receives $1.9 million NIH grant to study alcohol's effects in young adults

(Carnegie Mellon University) It will be the first to evaluate how lab-based findings translate to risk processes outside of the laboratory by assessing drinking experiences in daily life using surveys sent to participants' smartphon...

Brain research is underserved by statistics, says Carnegie Mellon's Rob Kass

(Carnegie Mellon University) The federal government launched the BRAIN Initiative in 2013 to ignite the development and application of new technologies needed for major advances toward understanding the brain. Carnegie Mellon University's...Show More Summary

Transistor breakthrough brings liquid computers closer to reality

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

In an effort to make computers and other electronics more human-friendly, mechanical engineers Carmel Majidi and James Wissman of the Soft Machines Lab at Carnegie Mellon University are developing a fluidic transistor out of a metal alloy of indium and gallium that is liquid at room temperature. Show More Summary

Algorithms analyze brainscans to identify people with suicidal thoughts

last monthHumor / odd : Boing Boing

In a small-scale study, researchers have shown that algorithms can analyze brainscans to determine whether an individual has suicidal thoughts. During the study, the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University scientists mentioned words like "death," "trouble," and "carefree" to individuals undergoing fMRI scans of their brains. Show More Summary

Energy-efficient vertical farm to fight food poverty

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Vertical farming has been suggested as a way to bring fresher food to urban dwellers while reducing the carbon footprint needed to grow and transport them, but a group of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) students sees it as a way to improve basic nutrition in impoverished areas. Show More Summary

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