Twitter moods match money moves

Can Twitter predict the stock market? So one PhD student believes. The BBC reports that Timm Sprenger of the Technical University of Munich found that buying and selling in response to an analysis of 250,000 tweets over six months would have produced a 15% return. Sprenger looked at comments that had been marked with the […]

New Nanoparticle Technology Shown to Kill Drug Resistant Bacteria

The current practical use of antibiotics to treat infection has created drug-resistant mutations in common bacteria. Amoxicillin and other types of commonly-used antibiotics–which work by affecting the DNA of microorganisms, thereby blocking their ability to multiply–have grown increasingly less effective in the last few decades as their use has become more widespread. In a recent […]

Fighting fire with… electricity?

Harvard researchers believe firefighters could one day control and even extinguish fires using a gun that fires electricity. The project, funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Department of Energy, investigated what’s said to be a 200-year-old observation that electricity can affect a flame’s shape, a point that hasn’t previously been the […]