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    Visual perception of summary statistics not following mathematical rules

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Cognitive psychologists of the Higher School of Economics have experimentally demonstrated that people are capable of estimating the mean size of visible objects and their approximate number simultaneously, showing for the first time that these two cog… [...]

    Nancy Rose appointed head of MIT Department of Economics

    Original @ MIT News – Economics Distinguished scholar and MacVicar Faculty Fellow is also an accomplished public servant. [...]

    How spatial navigation correlates with language

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Cognitive neuroscientists from the Higher School of Economics and Aarhus University experimentally demonstrate how spatial navigation impacts language comprehension. The results of the study have been published in NeuroImage. [...]

    Study speeds transformation of biofuel waste into useful chemicals

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories A Sandia National Laboratories-led team has demonstrated faster, more efficient ways to turn discarded plant matter into chemicals worth billions. The team’s findings could help transform the economics of making fuels and other products from domestical… [...]

    Has protecting marine species become a job for statisticians?

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Fishermen have no way of separating the fish they catch when they cast their nets at sea. Protected species and fish with no market value—the hammerhead shark, for example—end up being trapped and dying for no reason. In an attempt to minimize this incidental fishing, statisticians from the University of Geneva (UNIGE, Switzerland), Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada) and the Australian National University (Canberra) have devised a new statistical method for predicting bycatches more accurately in the future. The technique, which is explained in full in the journal Annals of Applied Statistics, can also be applied to other research fields, including health economics, medicine and educational science. [...]

    Has protecting marine species become a job for statisticians?

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Fishermen have no way of separating the fish they catch when they cast their nets at sea. Protected species and fish with no market value—the hammerhead shark, for example—end up being trapped and dying for no reason. In an attempt to minimize this incidental fishing, statisticians from the University of Geneva (UNIGE, Switzerland), Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada) and the Australian National University (Canberra) have devised a new statistical method for predicting bycatches more accurately in the future. The technique, which is explained in full in the journal Annals of Applied Statistics, can also be applied to other research fields, including health economics, medicine and educational science. [...]

    Strong current of energy runs through MIT

    Original @ MIT News – Energy Research, education, and student activities help create a robust community focused on fueling the world’s future. [...]

    What mitigates the consequences of recession for companies?

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Experts of the Higher School of Economics (HSE) have demonstrated that companies with foreign ownership have an easier time overcoming the consequences of economic recessions. The results of the study were presented in the paper “Lean against the wind:… [...]

    Daydreaming means you’re smart and creative

    Original @ KurzweilAI » News Daydreaming during meetings or class might actually be a sign that you’re smart and creative, according to a Georgia Institute of Technology study. “People with efficient brains may have too much brain capacity to stop their minds from wandering,” said Eric Schumacher, an associate psychology professor who co-authored a research paper published in the journal [...] [...]

    Ensuring the survival of elephants in Laos: A matter of economics

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Asian elephant populations in Laos, which are under a process of commodification, have dropped by half in the last 30 years. According to researchers from CNRS and the French Beauval Nature association for conservation and research, the dynamics of ele… [...]