Study explains why the brain can robustly recognize images, even without color

The findings also reveal why identifying objects in black-and-white images is more difficult for individuals who were born blind and had their sight restored.

Anne Trafton | MIT News • mit
May 23, 2024 ~9 min

Can hugging a cow ease depression and anxiety?

Cow cuddling—or cow hugging as it’s sometimes called—may be an effective form of animal-assisted therapy, researchers report.

Robert Polner-NYU • futurity
May 23, 2024 ~4 min

Tiniest ocean microplastics may have evaded detection

The tiniest, most abundant microplastics in ocean waters from the Caribbean to the Arctic aren't being detected by standard surveys.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
May 23, 2024 ~7 min

Saltmarshes do store carbon, but their climate impact may have been overestimated

Climate policy has been based on a global average for salt marshes’ ability to capture carbon, but outside the tropics marshes accumulate less carbon.

Ed Garrett, Lecturer, Physical Geography, University of York • conversation
May 23, 2024 ~5 min

Hurricane forecast points to a dangerous 2024 Atlantic season, with La Niña and a persistently warm ocean teaming up to power fierce storms

NOAA expects an extraordinarily busy hurricane season, with 17-25 named storms and 8-13 hurricanes. An atmospheric scientist explains what that means.

Jhordanne Jones, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Climate and Weather Extremes, Purdue University • conversation
May 23, 2024 ~8 min

Here’s how machine learning can violate your privacy

A data privacy expert explains how machine learning algorithms draw inferences and how that leads to privacy concerns.

Jordan Awan, Assistant Professor of Statistics, Purdue University • conversation
May 23, 2024 ~8 min

Phone cameras can take in more light than the human eye − that’s why low-light events like the northern lights often look better through your phone camera

Phone cameras are an example of what’s called computational photography. Digital tools built into these cameras can enhance your images in real time.

Douglas Goodwin, Visiting Assistant Professor in Media Studies, Scripps College • conversation
May 23, 2024 ~8 min

Scarlett Johansson’s complaint to OpenAI is a new benchmark in the development of machine intelligence

Scarlett Johansson said one of the five voices used for OpenAI’s new product sounded very like her.

David Reid, Professor of AI and Spatial Computing, Liverpool Hope University • conversation
May 23, 2024 ~5 min

We dropped over 8,000 pieces of litter into a fake river to fight plastic pollution

Understanding how plastic pollution moves in rivers is key to effective cleanup strategies.

Daniel Valero, Senior Lecturer in Fluid Mechanics, Imperial College London • conversation
May 23, 2024 ~5 min

Turning up the heat on next-generation semiconductors

Research sheds light on the properties of novel materials that could be used in electronics operating in extremely hot environments.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
May 23, 2024 ~9 min