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Using Minecraft to Unboggle the Robot Mind

A human can make intuitive choices about what actions to take in order to achieve a goal. Robots have a far more difficult time choosing from of a universe of possible actions. Researchers at Brown, including David Abel, a doctoral student student in Computer Science, are developing an algorithm that can learn that skill from a video game environment.

Martian glass: Window Into Possible Past Life?

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Brown University researchers, including Kevin Cannon, doctoral student in Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, have found large deposits of glass formed by impactors on the surface of Mars. On Earth, impact glasses have been shown to sometimes preserve signatures of ancient life. That makes these deposits potentially interesting places to look for signs of past life on the Red Planet.

Medicare Advantage copays are high for hospital, nursing care


A new study of the out-of-pocket costs seniors face for a long hospital stay followed by skilled nursing care found that Medicare Advantage plan holders, even if they had incomes just above the poverty level, typically had copays hundreds of dollars greater than the hospital deductible under traditional Medicare. The findings follow federal efforts to limit out-of-pocket costs in Medicare Advantage plans.

Brown, RIPR to host Paw Sox stadium panel

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A panel of experts will come together for “A Providence Stadium: Strike Out or Home Run?” – a discussion about the proposed relocation of the Pawtucket Red Sox to a new stadium in downtown Providence – on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at 6 p.m. at Brown University.

Martian glass:Window into possible past life?


Brown University researchers have found large deposits of glass formed by impactors on the surface of Mars. On Earth, impact glasses have been shown to sometimes preserve signatures of ancient life. That makes these deposits potentially interesting places to look for signs of past life on the Red Planet.

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