Scientific Research Suffers As Funding Falls, Faulty Results Could Rise

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Dwindling funds for scientific research could encourage scientists to cheat, a report released Friday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine finds. Additionally, research misconduct is eating up precious funds even as they grow scarcer. The report, "Fostering Integrity in Research," said the funding crunch could hamper progress as scientists skip protocols and arrive at faulty conclusions. Research misconduct, some of which was not detected for years, has led to an increase in the "number and percentage of research articles that are retracted and growing concern about low rates of reproducibility … [raising] questions about how the research enterprise can better ensure that investments in research produce reliable knowledge," Chairman Robert M. Nerem wrote in the report's preface. The U.S. devoted 2.81 percent of gross domestic product to research and development in 2012, with the private sector contributing two-thirds of that.

Big 'Pokémon Go' update adds a storyline, daily quests, and Mew


Pokémon Go is giving players new incentives to keep coming back to the already addictive app: a storyline, daily quests, and an elusive legendary Pokémon. The latest Pokémon Go update adds Field Research and Special Research features which give players more activities to do. The latter adds a bit of a story element to the game for the first time since its launch. Completing research tasks nets players rewards and can lead to an encounter with a legendary Pokémon, including the new Mew. SEE ALSO: 'Ghostbusters World' will be like Pokémon Go, but with ghosts!

Olympics Research Trends – Explore and Visualise the Science behind Human Performance


Visualise and explore the work of 44,579 superstar Researchers from 8,437 Research Institutions in 118 countries on every sport in the Olympics 2016 Research Dashboard by, the world's largest research knowledge graph powered by big data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence. With all eyes set on the Rio Olympics 2016, the world witnesses the greatest display of human strength, endurance, dexterity and performance by participants from across the globe. Everyday over the course of the two weeks, over 11,400 athletes compete for the gold medal in their game. They have undertaken intensive training for months and years to reach the epitome of physical fitness and to optimise their performance, making every millisecond count. Backing the Olympians that make it to the podium in every field, all along through their training there are thousands of researchers around the world who have extensively studied the games to raise the bar for human performance.

'Pokémon Go' Research Tasks Let Players Complete Quests, Catch Mew

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The hype surrounding "Pokémon Go" may have died down significantly since it first arrived back in 2016, but that's not stopping developer Niantic from adding new elements to the AR mobile game. Niantic has announced that it is adding quests called Research, which is also designed to help players catch the mythical Pokémon Mew. "There are two different types of research you can contribute to: Field Research and Special Research," Niantic said in a blog post. "Gather Field Research tasks by spinning nearby PokéStops, which will give you objectives that include discovering and catching certain Pokémon or engaging with battles, among other things. Special Research may be requested by Professor Willow himself, and will take you on a journey to make important discoveries!"

Google is opening new AI-focused research center in Europe


On Thursday, tech giant Google announced that it is opening a new research center in Europe, dedicated to machine learning. The new research center -- which will enable Google to realize its ambitious artificial intelligence (AI) plans by focusing on the development of AI products and research -- will be based in Google Research offices in Zurich, Switzerland. According to the details shared by Emmanuel Mogenet – chief of Google Research for Europe – in a recent blog post, the key focus of the new research group in Europe will be on three AI areas --- machine intelligence, machine perception, and natural language processing and understanding. Mogenet further specified that the main objective of the research group in Europe will be to find new ways in which machine learning infrastructure can be improved, and how the technology can be put it into practical use. In addition, the new AI-focused research group will also work for the advancement of Natural Language Understanding – that is, the capability of machines to understand and process human language – in close collaboration with linguists.