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Monday, May 24, 2004

From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 24-May-2004
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London
Male susceptibility to disease may play role in evolution of insect societies
A higher male susceptibility to disease has helped shaped the evolution of social insect behavior say two scientists who have proposed a new model for behavioral development among the insects.
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 24-May-2004
Annals of Neurology
Left brain damage may make people more vulnerable to infection
A major immunological difference between the opposite halves of the human brain is now confirmed in a study in the Annals of Neurology. Researchers have found that damage or surgery to the left half of the brain may make a right-handed person more susceptible to being immunocompromised.


American Physical Society
Physics tip sheet #42
Improving communication with time reversal; making more money in noisy markets; and searching for supersymmetry with a celestial particle accelerator.

2) Exploiting Noise to Increase Profits
A. Traulsen et al.
Physical Review Letters (to appear)

The interactions between populations with different ambitions (shoppers and sellers, attackers and defenders, men and women) can lead to intricate and complicated dynamics as competitors struggle to adapt and gain an advantage. Researchers at the Christian-Albrechts University in Germany now find that it's not only beneficial for competitors to adapt, but it can also be helpful for them to adjust the rate at which they adapt. The researchers studied competition in numerical models that included random fluctuations, i.e. statistical noise. They found that flexible competitors who adjust their adaptation rate could improve their prosperity in noisy systems. The researchers suggest that their model may have important economic implications, potentially showing ways that competitors can increase their odds of success in noisy systems such as stock markets
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