Facebook 'viable method' for implementing critical care ultrasound curriculum

Critical care ultrasound (CCUS) is an important skill for all critical care physicians to understand. However, currently there is no standard approach to how to teach CCUS. Researchers aimed to investigate the feasibility of implementing a CCUS curriculum via a social platform in order to evaluate the impact it has on fellow’s self-perceived competency. Results found that utilizing a social media platform, like Facebook, provides benefits such as spaced learning, active participation, and an informal and personal learning environment.
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Infrared sensor as new method for drug discovery

Using an infrared sensor, biophysicists have succeeded in analyzing quickly and easily which active agents affect the structure of proteins and how long that effect lasts. Researchers have performed time-resolved measurements of the changes to the structure of protein scaffolds, which were triggered by the active agents. Their methods might help develop drugs with little side effects in a quick and targeted manner.
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Apple's redesigned MacBook Pro keyboard uses new method for repelling dust, reports iFixit

  1. Apple’s redesigned MacBook Pro keyboard uses new method for repelling dust, reports iFixit  The Verge
  2. 2018 MacBook Pro Features ‘Fastest SSD Ever’ in a Laptop According to Benchmarks  Mac Rumors
  3. How much quieter are the new MacBook Pro keyboards? Hear for yourself  TechCrunch
  4. 2018 MacBook Pro Benchmarked: This Is the Fastest SSD Ever  Laptop Mag
  5. New MacBook Pro’s Keyboard Is Not Absolutely Awful  PCMag
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New method makes weather forecasts right as rain

Meteorologists have known for some time that rainfall forecasts have flaws, as failure to take into account factors such as evaporation can affect their accuracy. Now, researchers have developed a system that improves the precision of forecasts by accounting for evaporation in rainfall estimates, particularly for locations 30 miles or more from the nearest National Weather Service radar.
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Novel method for investigating pore geometry in rocks

In a fusion of mathematics and earth science, researchers have proposed a novel method for characterizing pore geometry in rock, based on persistence diagram analysis and a newly proposed parameter, the distance parameter H. The method represents heterogeneity and differences in rock type more effectively than the conventional method based on velocity distribution, without requiring costly numerical flow simulations, and the results are relatively stable with small changes in pore space.
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New method enables high quality speech separation

Researchers have developed a novel audio-visual model for isolating and enhancing the speech of desired speakers in a video. The team’s deep network-based model incorporates both visual and auditory signals in order to isolate and enhance any speaker in any video, even in challenging real-world scenarios, such as video conferencing, where multiple participants oftentimes talk at once, and noisy bars, which could contain a variety of background noise, music, and competing conversations.
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AI-based method could speed development of specialized nanoparticles

Researchers have used a computational neural network, a form of artificial intelligence, to ‘learn’ how a nanoparticle’s structure affects the way it scatters light, based on thousands of examples. The approach may help physicists tackle research problems in ways that could be orders of magnitude faster than existing methods.
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