Russia could unleash disruptive cyberattacks against the US – but efforts to sow confusion and division are more likely

Russia probably has the means to attack US electrical grids and otherwise create havoc but probably won’t go that far. Instead, watch for disinformation aimed at undermining the US and NATO.

Justin Pelletier, Professor of Practice of Computing Security, Rochester Institute of Technology • conversation
yesterday ~9 min

Cushy running shoes don’t increase leg stiffness

If you're a runner who likes to wear thick, cushiony running shoes, new reasearch is good news: They don't increase leg stiffness.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
yesterday ~6 min

Test uses ‘sloppy beacons’ to detect SARS-CoV-2 variants

A new rapid test that can detect all known COVID-19 variants, including Omicron, could guide treatment and identify high-risk patients, researchers say.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
yesterday ~4 min

Team links social media use to worse physical health

College students who used social media excessively experienced worse physical health and reported visiting the doctor more often.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
yesterday ~5 min

Wordle has been hacked – but that's not going to ruin the fun

This deceptively simple online word guessing game has captured the English-speaking world.

John Dixon, Lecturer, Computer Science, University of Hull • conversation
yesterday ~8 min

Revenge: the neuroscience of why it feels good in the moment, but may be a bad idea in the long run

Thinking about revenge makes the brain’s reward centres light up.

Geoff Beattie, Professor of Psychology, Edge Hill University • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

Everything we see is a mash-up of the brain's last 15 seconds of visual information

The brain is basically a time machine that ensures what we see is stable and continuous

David Whitney, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
yesterday ~6 min

Testing dried blood spots can gauge elephant health

Using dried spots of blood from elephants is a viable way to evaluate their health, research shows.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
yesterday ~6 min

Methane in the atmosphere is at an all-time high – here's what it means for climate change

Recent estimates put atmospheric methane at 1,900 parts per billion – close to triple its pre-industrial average.

Euan Nisbet, Professor of Earth Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London • conversation
yesterday ~8 min

Vibrating atoms make robust qubits, physicists find

The new qubits stay in “superposition” for up to 10 seconds, and could make a promising foundation for quantum computers.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
yesterday ~8 min