Cricket ‘singing’ has been the same for 300 million years

Crickets, katydids, and grasshoppers have been singing the same tune for more than 300 million years, a new study shows.

Adam Russell-TAMU • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: evolution insects fossils communication sound science-and-technology

Political leaders’ views on COVID-19 risk are highly infectious in a polarized nation – we see the same with climate change

Research and a recent campaign rally show how political leaders' rhetoric can shape risk perceptions among their loyal followers.

Wanyun Shao, Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Alabama • conversation
Oct. 13, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  climate-change  covid-19  coronavirus  social-science  pandemic  donald-trump  social-distancing  communication  denial  face-mask  political-leadership  conservative

Political leaders' attitudes toward COVID-19 risk are highly infectious in a polarized nation – just like climate change denial

Research and a recent campaign rally show how political leaders' rhetoric can shape risk perceptions among their loyal followers.

Wanyun Shao, Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Alabama • conversation
Oct. 13, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  climate-change  covid-19  coronavirus  social-science  pandemic  donald-trump  social-distancing  communication  denial  face-mask  political-leadership  conservative

Square Kilometre Array project frets about satellite interference

There are worries that satellite mega-constellations could interfere with the Square Kilometre Array.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Oct. 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: astronomy broadband space-exploration spacex oneweb communications-satellites

Less scatterbrained scatterplots

Large datasets are difficult to depict as scatterplots — but that may change with a new CSAIL project for creating interactive visualizations.

Adam Conner-Simons | MIT CSAIL • mit
Oct. 7, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: data data-visualization research design electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail science-communications mit-schwarzman-college-of-computing

Care for others drives use of chatbots for mental health

Wanting to help others motivates people to use chatbots for mental health services more than seeking help for themselves after a shooting, researchers say.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Oct. 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence mental-health communication emotions health-and-medicine

Some bees are born curious while others are more single-minded – new research hints at how the hive picks which flowers to feast on

New research suggests individual bees are born with one of two learning styles – either curious or focused. Their genetic tendency has implications for how the hive works together.

Chelsea Cook, Assistant Professor in Biology, Marquette University • conversation
Oct. 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: genetics insects bees biology food colonies communication group-dynamics drones queen-bees information curiosity foraging nectar

Scientists don't share their findings for fun – they want their research to make a difference

A survey of over a thousand scientists reveals that their goal when communicating about their work is to help the rest of us make evidence-based decisions that draw on scientific findings.

John C. Besley, Ellis N. Brandt Professor of Public Relations, Michigan State University • conversation
Sept. 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-communication quick-reads research-brief evidence-based evidence-based-medicine science-of-science-communication public-engagement science-advice communication-skills evidence-based-policy evidence-based-healthcare

To connect with others, call instead of texting

Phone calls may beat texting if you want to connect with other people. The voice itself seems to be integral to bonding, researchers say.

Molly Dannenmaier-UT Austin • futurity
Sept. 14, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: communication society-and-culture social-lives texting voice

Why our screens leave us hungry for more nutritious forms of social interaction

Social media is the refined sugar of human communication.

mc schraefel, Professor of Computer Science and Human Performance, University of Southampton • conversation
Sept. 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: social-media psychology communication social-interaction human-nature zoom-meetings

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