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Naked Scientists NewsFLASH episode

Sun, 18th Sep 2011

Solving Scientific Problems with Computer Games

A white Suncom TAC-2 (Totally Accurate Controller™). (c) Archyx @ wikipedia

In this NewsFlash, we hear how computer gamers can help to solve scientific puzzles, why you not be as good as you think you are, and how the brain takes control of the immune system.  Plus, how a new CT scanning facillity offers super-fast 3D x-ray vision!

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In this edition of Naked Scientists NewsFLASH

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  • 00:30 - Computers gamers solve protein puzzle

    Online computer gaming is sometimes viewed as a mere pastime without much outward benefit, but new research reveals how gamers playing an online game called Foldit have managed to crack the 3-dimensional structure of an important protein produced by the Mason-Pfizer Monkey virus...

  • 04:07 - Overconfidence is the human norm

    Humans have evolved to develop an over-inflated sense of our own abilities, scientists have discovered. This bullish belief in ourselves is biologically beneficial, so long as there is uncertainty in the abilities of others, and the wins are worth it...

 

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