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Even Those Cleared of Crimes Can Stay on F.B.I.’s Watch List

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/28/us/even-those-cleared-of-crimes-can-stay-on-fbis-terrorist-watch-list.html New documents have been released by the F.B.I. recently that indicate that the F.B.I. is allowed to keep people on the terrorist watch list even if they have been acquitted of their crimes or if their charges were dropped. These files show, for the first time, some of the criteria for a person to […]

Physarum polycephalum and Networks

As gas prices rise and traffic congestion get worse in the large cities around the world, more and more people turn to public transportation to get from place to place. It goes without saying that being able to optimize these public transit networks is in the best interest of everyone. There are a lot of […]

Why Political Polarization is Holding Us Back but Why It’s Here to Stay

The United States of America’s Congress is a prime example of a network: each congressperson is a node, and each relationship he or she holds with another is an edge. These edges often change their quality, when two congresspeople switch the way they feel about one another, and either decide to work together cooperatively, or […]

Greece resorts to Barter networks

In recent years Europe has been hit by a severe sovereign debt crisis that has tested governments’ abilities to impose austerity measures and the euro-zone’s resolve to support its members. Greece has been hit the hardest by the recent crisis and has been the main focus of the markets and of debate concerning the viability […]

Networks Knowledge Helps Solve Anthrax Killer Mystery

Reference: http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/01/us/anthrax-killer-case/index.html?hpt=hp_c2 In 2001, shortly after the September 11th terrorist attacks, the United States faced another scare: the anthrax killer. Although the number of people physically affected by the anthrax attacks was low (5 people were killed and 17 people were harmed), the method and targets of the attacks were enough cause for scare. As […]

Online Dating with World of Warcraft

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/24/fashion/24avatar.html Many people are familiar with World of Warcraft (WoW) as a massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), where players create their own unique character, battle monsters, join guilds, complete missions, and strengthen their characters with armors, weapons, and level-ups. With a focus on killing monsters, leveling up characters, and obtaining high-quality weapons and armors, […]

The America Invents Act and the rise of NPEs

Link: http://tinyurl.com/3v5qf92 On September 16th, the America Invents Act (AIA) was signed into law to reform the patent process with the aim of decreasing the time it takes to apply for a patent. The AIA effectively ensures that a patent, from the point of its filing to its certification, will be subjected to less scrutiny […]

Music Piracy declining while Spotify rises, thanks to social networking

Spotify, the Swedish-founded music streaming service that was recently launched in the United States, had already been providing tremendous results in its nation that founded it. TorrentFreak, an online blog which reports all news relating to file sharing over the internet, reports that since 2009, the amount of people in Sweden who illegally download music […]

Autonomous Killing and Game Theory

Peter Finn wrote an interesting article for the Washington Post that details a recent military demonstration and the likely future of a highly automated military. During the demonstration, two unmanned autonomous (not human-controlled) aircraft flew over a military base in search of their target – a large orange tarp. They worked together, as programmed, to […]

Graph Theory helps to map functional systems in brains

http://www.indiana.edu/~cortex/networks_nrn.pdf Complex Brain Networks: graph theoretical analysis of structural and functional systems describes the different process of creating maps or graphs of neural networks and the implications of their findings. According to the article, each node of the network is viewed as neural area or a neuron and the edges are view as synaptic connections […]

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