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Ecological networks and their fragility

Ecological networks are networks among the living community that is the world we inhabit.  Different species of animals, plants, fungi, and microbes interact with each other, and the environment in an intricate, complex web.  The nodes are the living species/organisms, and the edges are between two different organisms that have a relationship, such as predator-prey, […]

Social Bacteria- Structuring their Balanced Networks

Bacteria are known for being “selfish” organisms, only concerned with the progression of their individual genetic data. This article introduces a paradigm shift into how bacteria may actually work in “cohesive units”. Research at MIT indicates that certain bacteria may produce chemical compounds that can either destroy or inhibit the growth of bacterial populations in […]

NASA and Nash Equilibriums

Since the final Space Shuttle mission, which launched on July 8, 2011, Americans have been yearning to see their country regain the capability of domestically launching astronauts into space.  With the landing of the NASA Curiosity rover on August 6, 2012, the United States’ appetite for a “Made in America” presence in space was whetted.  […]

Game Theory in Land Use Policy

The logic behind conflicts in land acquisitions in contemporary China: A framework based upon game theory Since the Chinese economic reform that began in 1978, land acquisition has been a source of major controversy. Rapid urbanization has led to reallocation of land from small farmers to the government in order to satisfy increasing land demand. […]

Automatic Imitation: The Anti-Game Theory?

Automatic imitation is a term psychologists use to describe humans’ natural tendency to mimic the behavior and gestures of others using visual cues – a phenomenon that we’ve all experienced as children in a game as simple as Simon Says.  Simon Says, in which a leader give commands that the other players are expected to […]

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September 2012