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  Study finds why parasites can be good for society

Photo of article Ants are tough, loyal and hard workers, all working towards a common goal. New research from Germany, France and the United Kingdom suggests that political and economic theorists could learn lessons by examining how ant colonies allocate food resources. Current political systems use legislation and regulations to ensure that resources are not overexploited. The findings, presented in the journal The American Naturalist, show how ant colonies reap rewards when an external 'parasite' enters the picture, effectively helping curb resource overexploitation by resident queens. More female offspring with queen potential is the result, which in turn gives colony efficiency and fitness (or health) a big boost.

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Published: 13 February 2012

  High-end summer school fosters pan-European scientific cooperation

Photo of article This week 200 students and experts are meeting at a European summer school for advanced computer architecture in the Italian medieval town of Fiuggi from 10 July to 16 July. The aim is to build up networks and promote international contacts among scientists from both academia and industry, and to disseminate advanced scientific knowledge. Forging stronger ties and building solid cooperation is important for both researchers and industrialists, say the partners of the HIPEAC ('High performance and embedded architecture and compilation') project, which is organising the event. HIPEAC is backed with EUR 4.8 million under the 'Information and communication technologies' (ICT) Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). What sets this summer school apart from others is its broad scope, ranging from low level technological issues to sophisticated compilation techniques. So students, regardless if they are at either the entry or advanced level, receive the information to meet their needs.

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Published: 14 July 2011

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