Posts Tagged ‘Chapel Hill’

Conservatives’ Trust In Science Has Fallen Dramatically Since Mid-1970s

March 29th, 2012 03:12 admin View Comments

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An anonymous reader writes “While trust in science remained stable among people who self-identified as moderates and liberals in the United States between 1974 and 2010, trust in science fell among self-identified conservatives by more than 25 percent during the same period, according to a study by the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. ‘Over the last several decades, there’s been an effort among those who define themselves as conservatives to clearly identify what it means to be a conservative,’ said the study’s lead author. ‘For whatever reason, this appears to involve opposing science and universities and what is perceived as the “liberal culture.” So, self-identified conservatives seem to lump these groups together and rally around the notion that what makes “us” conservatives is that we don’t agree with “them.”‘”

Source: Conservatives’ Trust In Science Has Fallen Dramatically Since Mid-1970s

ReadWriteWeb Meetup: North America

November 14th, 2011 11:00 admin View Comments

rww_150.gifOn November 15, 2011, there will be a ReadWriteWeb Meetup near you! If you don’t see a Meetup near you, be sure to add your city to the list.

There are several meetups planned already in North America. Here are a few that caught our attention.

The Official ReadWriteWeb Meetup in Portland in October was a huge success, so the Worldwide Meetup should be just as good. Be sure to RSVP soon.

St. Louis is hosting another killer ReadWriteWeb meetup. Their location is the Drunken Fish CWE. Let us know if you are planning on attending to see Joe Brockmeier, David Strom, Alicia Eler and Scott Fulton in person. More on the St. Louis Meetup.

Boston’s meetup is meeting at Meadhall and will host startup founders, PR folks, entrepreneurs and students, among others. ReadWriteWeb writers Dan Rowinski and John Paul Titlow will be on hand to impress. RSVP on the Boston Meetup page. Read more on the Boston Meetup.

Located near DC? Then you can’t miss the Vienna meetup, held at the Dolly Madison Library. Be sure to corner ReadWriteWeb webmaster extraordinaire, Jared Smith, for his opinions on the weather (not kidding).

In Montreal the Meetup will be held at 4020 St-Ambroise, suite 147. RSVP here.

Other meetups of note in North America include Chicago at Thai Spoon on Harrison and Wabash, Cleveland at Bier Market and Framingham, MA at 492 Old Conneticut Path.

Other North American Meetups:

Winnipeg – Canada
Ottawa – Canada
New York
Austin, TX
Blue Springs, MO
Chesterfield, MO
Chapel Hill, NC
Indianapolis, IN
Irvine, CA
San Francisco, GA
Palo Alto, CA
Orange, CA
Seattle, WA
Albuquerque, NM
Towson, MD

Source: ReadWriteWeb Meetup: North America

Chapel Hill Computational Linguists Crack Skype Calls

May 26th, 2011 05:21 admin View Comments


mikejuk writes “You might think of linguistics as being interesting but not really useful. Now computational linguistics [PDF of original paper] has been used to crack Skype encryption and reconstruct what is being said in a VoIP call. What is surprising is that though they are encrypted, the frames that make up a Skype call contain clues about what phonemes are being spoken.”

Source: Chapel Hill Computational Linguists Crack Skype Calls

Encrypted VoIP Meets Traffic Analysis

March 15th, 2011 03:22 admin View Comments


Der_Yak writes “Researchers from MIT, Google, UNC Chapel Hill, and Johns Hopkins published a recent paper that presents a method for detecting spoken phrases in encrypted VoIP traffic that has been encoded using variable bitrate codecs. They claim an average accuracy of 50% and as high as 90% for specific phrases.”

Source: Encrypted VoIP Meets Traffic Analysis

Scientists Stack Up New Genes For Height

September 30th, 2010 09:12 admin View Comments

An anonymous reader writes “An international team of researchers, including a number from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill schools of medicine and public health, have discovered hundreds of genes that influence human height. Their findings confirm that the combination of a large number of genes in any given individual, rather than a simple “tall” gene or “short” gene, helps to determine a person’s stature. It also points the way to future studies exploring how these genes combine into biological pathways to impact human growth.”

Source: Scientists Stack Up New Genes For Height

NSF Gives Supercomputer Time For 3D Model of Spill

May 26th, 2010 05:43 admin View Comments

CWmike writes “Scientists have embarked on a crash effort to use one the world’s largest supercomputers to create 3D models to simulate how BP’s massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill will affect coastal areas. Acting within 24 hours of receiving a request from researchers, the National Science Foundation late last week made an emergency allocation of 1 million compute hours on a supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center to study how BP’s gusher will affect coastlines. The computer model they are working on ‘has the potential to advise and undergird many emergency management decisions that may be made along the way, particularly if a hurricane comes through the area,’ said Rick Luettich, a professor of marine sciences and head of the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, who is one of the researchers on this project. Meanwhile, geographic information systems vendor ESRI has added a social spin to GIS mapping of the BP oil spill.”

Source: NSF Gives Supercomputer Time For 3D Model of Spill