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Global Threat Identification Methods Sought in Challenge

(Oxfam East Africa, Wikimedia Commons)

24 July 2015. A new challenge on InnoCentive is seeking techniques for identifying climatic events in one region that have direct or indirect impacts elsewhere in the world. The competition has a total purse of $30,000 and deadline for submissions of 17 September 2015.

InnoCentive in Waltham, Massachusetts conducts . . . → Read More: Global Threat Identification Methods Sought in Challenge

Mobile App Data Provided for Chronic Pain Study

Manage My Pain app home screen (Google Play)

21 May 2015. Data collected by a mobile app designed to help individuals manage their pain are being provided to a research lab at York University to reveal patterns in painful experiences by the app’s users. York’s Human Pain Mechanisms Lab in Toronto, Ontario, Canada will . . . → Read More: Mobile App Data Provided for Chronic Pain Study

Robot for Reaching Children With Autism Demonstrated

Milo, humanoid robot for teaching children with autism (A. Kotok)

4 March 2015. Milo, a humanoid robot designed to engage and build social skills in children with autism spectrum disorder, was shown today at a press conference in Washington, D.C. The demonstration also reported on early research findings that suggest Milo can reach some . . . → Read More: Robot for Reaching Children With Autism Demonstrated

NIH Grant Funding Stress-Obesity Control System

Sherry Pagoto (Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School)

2 February 2015. A team from University of Massachusetts Medical School and Worcester Polytechnic Institute are creating a smartphone app combined with a cloud-based data store to help people who overeat due to stress control their eating. The system known as the RELAX Application Suite is funded . . . → Read More: NIH Grant Funding Stress-Obesity Control System

Behavioral App Developer Lands $20 Million in Venture Funds

Ginger.io screen (play.google.com)

13 January 2015. Ginger.io, a company in San Francisco developing smartphone apps for monitoring mental state and wellness, raised $20 million in its second venture financing cycle. The new funding was led by first-round investors Khosla Ventures and True Ventures, with participation by undisclosed new investors.

Ginger.io, a spin-off from human . . . → Read More: Behavioral App Developer Lands $20 Million in Venture Funds

PBS to Air Documentary on Vaccine Attitudes and Disease

Paul Offit, left, and Sonya Pemberton (A. Kotok)

4 September 2014. Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) will air a documentary next week on the changing public attitudes toward vaccines and their effects on the growing occurrence of communicable diseases in the U.S. The show, Vaccines — Calling the Shots premieres on PBS as part of . . . → Read More: PBS to Air Documentary on Vaccine Attitudes and Disease

Humanoid Robots Help Children with Autism Learn Interaction

Maja Mataric´(University of Southern California)

29 August 2014. Engineers and computer scientists at University of Southern California in Los Angeles show how commercial humanoid robots can help children with autism spectrum disorder learn basic social behavior. The team from the lab of Maja Mataric´, director of USC’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center, presented its . . . → Read More: Humanoid Robots Help Children with Autism Learn Interaction

Medications, Phone Calls Boost Smoking Cessation Rates

(National Institute of Mental Health)

20 August 2014. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston found a combination of free medications and repeated automated telephone calls sharply cuts smoking rates among discharged patients, compared to patients receiving the standard counseling before leaving the hospital. The findings of the team led by Nancy Rigotti, director . . . → Read More: Medications, Phone Calls Boost Smoking Cessation Rates

Text Messages Help Young Adults Reduce Binge Drinking

(Highway Patrol Images/Flickr)

11 July 2014. Medical researchers at University of Pittsburgh show mobile phone text messages can provide feedback to young adults with a history of alcohol abuse that cuts their binge drinking. Findings from the team led by emergency medicine professor Brian Suffoletto were published online earlier this week in the journal . . . → Read More: Text Messages Help Young Adults Reduce Binge Drinking

Virtual Reality System Developed to Track Crowd Moves

Grand Central Terminal (Sracer357/Wikimedia Commons)

8 July 2014. A psychology research group at Brown University in Providence is using virtual reality to detect and document patterns of autonomous individuals taking part in crowds. The system developed by Brown’s Virtual Environment Navigation lab was described last week by its director William Warren in a keynote . . . → Read More: Virtual Reality System Developed to Track Crowd Moves