A 3D model of the skeleton of a European polecat. Penis bone (baculum) is highlighted in pink.
Charlotte A. Brassey
Our study used innovative 3D scanning and engineering-inspired computer simulations to understand the evolution of the penis bone in some mammals.
Christchurch Cathedral in New Zealand partially collapsed after a 2011 earthquake.
AP Photo/Mark Baker
Can artificial intelligence accurately simulate people's religious tendencies in the face of disaster and tragedy?
Thousands of animals are used for heart drug tests each year – but research shows that in silico developments are more accurate.
Small differences account for a shooter’s consistency.
A basketball computer program simulates millions of trajectories in search of the ideal shot.
People currently speak 7,000 languages around the globe.
There's little research into origins of the geographic patterns of language diversity. A new model exploring processes that shaped Australia's language diversity provides a template for investigators.
South Korea’s subtly calibrated risk aversion in the face of outrageous North Korean aggression has kept the two countries from war.
An aggressive posture is one thing – but doing something about it is another, as countries factor in the costs and risks of aggression.
Can an algorithmic method for analyzing published research help zero in on reality?
Researchers need to be able to draw conclusions based on previously published studies in their field. A new aggregation method synthesizes prior findings and may help reveal more of the big picture.
Surely no super intelligence would be that cruel.
Looks like paradise – but how did the first people get there?
Global Environment Facility
Researchers ran computer simulations that take into account environmental variability and geographical setting to investigate how early explorers made it to these tiny, remote islands in the Pacific.
The final of the RoboCup simulation, with Gliders2016 (Australia) defeating HELIOS2016 (Japan) 2:1.
We drew inspiration from nature's response to complexity to help program the winning team in this year's RoboCup Simulation League.
Sounds scary ... so should we be worried?
Advances in computing make it possible to model the spread of disease on an individual level, in a population of millions of people.
Millions of people die or suffer from infectious diseases each year. Computer modelling can now help simulate the impact of any spreading disease.
Computers can be our prediction machines.
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Scientists of all kinds turn to computer models to investigate questions they can't get at any other way. Here's how models work and why we can trust them.