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Raising cryptography's standards
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Calculating encryption schemes' theoretical security guarantees eases comparison, improvement.

Tweet much to gain popularity is an inefficient strategy
(FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology) The imbalanced structure of Twitter, where some users have many followers and the large majority barely has several dozen followers, means that messages from the more influential have much more impact. Less popular users can compensate for this by increasing their activity and their tweets, but the outcome is costly and inefficient. This was confirmed by an analysis of the social network performed by researchers from the Technical University of Madrid.

Harnessing error-prone chips
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) A new system would allow programmers to easily trade computational accuracy for energy savings.

Navigation and location can occur without external cues
(PLOS) Researchers from the University of Queensland have identified the amount of information the brain needs in order to navigate and accurately estimate location.

Greater inequality within UK, USA than some developing countries, trade 'footprint' shows
(University of Sydney) Researchers at the University of Sydney's School of Physics have created an inequality footprint demonstrating the link that each country's domestic economic activity has to income distribution elsewhere in the world.

Griffith scientists propose existence and interaction of parallel worlds
(Griffith University) Griffith University academics are challenging the foundations of quantum science with a radical new theory on parallel universes.In a paper published in the journal Physical Review X, Professor Howard Wiseman and Dr. Michael Hall from Griffith's Centre for Quantum Dynamics, and Dr. Dirk-Andre Deckert from the University of California, propose that parallel universes really exist, and that they interact. They show that such an interaction could explain everything that is bizarre about quantum mechanics

Same votes, different voting districts would alter election results in NC
(Duke University) Researchers have developed a mathematical model that shows how changes in congressional voting districts affect election outcomes. Focusing on the last election, they show the outcome of the 2012 US House of Representatives elections in North Carolina would have been very different had the state's congressional districts been drawn with only the legal requirements of redistricting in mind. The researchers hope the study will bolster calls for redistricting reform in 2016.

Projecting a robot's intentions
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) A new spin on virtual reality helps engineers read robots' minds.

Research team identifies 33 genes that contribute to autism risk
(Carnegie Mellon University) The list of genes identified with autism spectrum disorder by deep DNA sequencing has expanded from nine to 33, according to a new study by an international research team led by the Autism Sequencing Consortium, including Carnegie Mellon University's Kathryn Roeder and the University of Pittsburgh's Bernie Devlin.Published today in Nature, the study examined data on several types of rare, genetic differences in more than 14,000 DNA samples from parents, affected children and unrelated individuals.

New and updated resource on STEM education, workforce
(National Science Foundation) It just became a lot easier for educators, students, parents, policymakers and business leaders to learn more about national trends in education and jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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