Science Nation - Cooperative Robots

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Learning a language can be difficult for some, but for babies it seems quite easy. With support from the National Science Foundation, linguist Jeffrey Heinz and mechanical engineer Bert Tanner have taken some cues from the way humans learn to put words and thoughts together, and are teaching language to robots. This innovative collaboration began a few years ago at a meeting at the University of Delaware. One goal for this project is to design cooperative robots that can operate autonomously...

Science Nation - Babies and Learning

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Are we pre-wired to know right from wrong or are we blank slates who learn solely by our exposure to the environment? The question isn't new, but by studying the behavior of newborns, psychologist Karen Wynn of Yale University believes she can get us closer to the answer. With support from the National Science Foundation, she is investigating the role an infant's social preferences play in how they learn from other people. Wynn and her team put on puppet shows for infants, with characters...

Nasal vaccine against whooping cough

submitted by: COMED2010
Despite large coverage with efficacious vaccines, whooping cough is still a major cause of global childhood morbidity and mortality. In an effort to solve this problem, the Child-Innovac programme has developed a new vaccine designed to be given as a single dose at birth in order to protect young children, under 6 months of age, which is the most vulnerable age group and not sufficiently protected by the current vaccines. The new vaccine is based on a novel concept of nasal administration of...

Preterm Birth Rates Improve in Most States

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Following three decades of increases, in 2008 the nation saw the first two-year decline in the preterm birth rate on the 2010 March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card. Overall, the United States received a ā€œDā€ on the report card.

Ants Marching

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You might have noticed them: a plague of ants found in many gardens in the San Diego area. They seem pervasive, and they are ā€“ part of a supercolony that stretches from here to Ukiah 100 miles north of San Francisco.

http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/newsrel/events/05-09AntsMarching.asp