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Predicting human crowds with statistical physics
(American Physical Society) A general law of how pedestrians interact in a crowd can be used to create realistic crowds in virtual reality games and to make public spaces safer.

PNAS announces six 2014 Cozzarelli Prize recipients
(Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Editorial Board has selected six papers published by PNAS in 2014 to receive the Cozzarelli Prize.

Disney's computer-assisted authoring tools help to create complex interactive narratives
(Disney Research) Visitors to interactive virtual worlds want the ability to significantly affect the outcome of a story, but authoring these digital experiences is extremely complex. A new platform developed by Disney Research will help fulfill the medium's promise by automating some aspects of the authoring process.

A new tool provides maps of protein interactions for 2,800 diseases
(Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona)) The tool allows researchers to explore how alterations in more than 2,000 proteins affect the diverse biological functions in which these molecules are involved.The Pan-Cancer consortium has included the tool in order to gain a more global view of the causes of tumor development.

New breast cancer test links immune 'hotspots' to better survival
(Institute of Cancer Research) Scientists have developed a new test which can predict the survival chances of women with breast cancer by analyzing images of 'hotspots' where there has been a fierce immune reaction to a tumor. Researchers used statistical software previously used in criminology studies of crime hotspots to track the extent to which the immune system was homing in and attacking breast cancer cells.

Economic models provide insights into global sustainability challenges
(Purdue University) Using models that blend global economics, geography, ecology and environmental sciences is essential to understanding how changes in trade and natural systems in one part of the world affect those in another, a review concludes.

The building blocks of the future defy logic
(University of Malta) Wake up in the morning and stretch; your midsection narrows. Pull on a rubber band and it becomes thinner. One might assume that materials will always stretch and thin. Wrong. Thanks to their peculiar internal geometry, auxetic materials grow wider when stretched. After confounding scientists for decades, University of Malta researchers are now developing mathematical models to explain the unusual behavior of these logic-defying materials, unlocking applications from better skin grafts to new smart materials.

New insight found in black hole collisions
(University of Texas at Dallas) New research by an astrophysicist at The University of Texas at Dallas provides revelations about the most energetic event in the universe -- the merging of two spinning, orbiting black holes into a much larger black hole.

Future vehicles will be virtually tested before the first prototype is built
(Umea University) Future cars and trucks will be tested in a virtual environment long before the first vehicle prototype is built. UMIT Research Lab at Ume University plays a key part when the vehicle manufacturers Scania and Volvo Cars and the simulation companies Algoryx Simulation and Modelon join forces to develop technology for the next generation of vehicle system simulators.

Shopping vouchers could help 1 in 5 pregnant women quit smoking
(University of Cambridge) Financial incentives could help one in five women quit smoking during pregnancy, according to new research published today in the journal Addiction. The study, led by researchers at the University of Cambridge and King's College London, found that only a small number of women 'gamed' the system to receive the incentives whilst continuing to smoke.

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