Researchers discover what’s behind a sense of direction

Using virtual reality experiments, Harvard neuroscientists have decoded how fruit fly brains integrate visual cues for navigation. Study also sheds light on a form of short-term memory known as unsupervised learning.

Kevin Jiang | Nov. 20, 2019 | harvard
~9 mins   

Tags: science-technology basic-research blavatnik-institute-at-harvard-medical-school fruit-flies harvard-medical-school head-direction-neurons sense-of-direction

What happens to the brain when jazz musicians improvise?

Jazz improvisation may get musicians into a flow state and improve cognitive flexibility, researchers report.

Jennifer Rainey Marquez-Georgia State | Nov. 20, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology brains cognition music

System uses video from 3 phones to find shooters

A new system can locate shooters through video and audio from 3 smartphones, which could help protect human rights workers and journalists.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon | Nov. 20, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology guns machine-learning mobile-devices sounds video violence weapons

Is DDT a cause of Indian immigrant diabetes risk?

Prior exposure to DDT pollution may explain the higher rate of diabetes among immigrants to the United States from India, say researchers.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis | Nov. 20, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment health-and-medicine diabetes immigration india pollution united-states

Kids are healthier after green school bus makeovers

"Kids are more susceptible to air pollution than adults, yet they're breathing in bus fumes twice a day, every school day."

Jennifer Rainey Marquez-Georgia State | Nov. 20, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment health-and-medicine childrens-health pollution sustainability vehicles

New take on same-sex behavior in animals asks ‘why not?’

Same-sex behavior in animals is not only "not costly" from a natural selection perspective, but it also may have important benefits.

Kevin Dennehy-Yale | Nov. 20, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology evolution mating sexes

Taking a moonshot at a rare childhood cancer

Team of researchers including MIT Professor Angela Koehler obtains $5.8 million grant to study fusion-positive alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma.

Bendta Schroeder | Koch Institute | Nov. 20, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: koch-institute broad-institute biological-engineering school-of-engineering cancer medicine grants research national-institutes-of-health-nih funding biology

Phoenix cluster is cooler than expected

With increasingly advanced data, Michael McDonald and colleagues study a galaxy cluster bursting with new stars.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science | Nov. 20, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: school-of-science kavli-institute physics astronomy astrophysics black-holes space astronomy-and-planetary-science research

Wind more effective than cold air at cooling rooms naturally

The effectiveness of non-mechanical, low-energy methods for moderating temperature and humidity has been evaluated in a series of experiments by researchers from the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News | Nov. 20, 2019 | cambridge
~5 mins   

Tags: heating cooling cities sustainability sustainable-earth climate-change engineering

Two things seem to ease catatonia in Down syndrome

Among patients with Down syndrome, lorazepam and electroconvulsive therapy both resulted in reduced behavioral symptoms of catatonia over time.

Brian Consiglio-Missouri | Nov. 20, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine down-syndrome

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