Understanding antibodies to avoid pandemics

Structural biologist Pamela Björkman shared insights into pandemic viruses as part of the Department of Biology’s IAP seminar series.

Saima Sidik | Department of Biology • mit
Jan. 19, 2021 ~5 min

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Instagram's redesign shifts toward shopping – here's how that can be harmful

Instagram's Shop button signals the growing commodification of human interactions on social media.

Nazanin Andalibi, Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan • conversation
Dec. 28, 2020 ~9 min

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Thousands of ocean fishing boats could be using forced labor – we used AI and satellite data to find them

Forced labor is a widespread problem in fisheries on the high seas. Between 2012 and 2018, an estimated 100,000 people may have been victims of forced labor on thousands of different boats.

Gavin McDonald, Senior Project Researcher, University of California Santa Barbara • conversation
Dec. 21, 2020 ~8 min

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Making smart thermostats more efficient

A smart thermostat quickly learns to optimize building microclimates for both energy consumption and user preference.

Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems • mit
Dec. 18, 2020 ~6 min

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What children can teach governments about making graphs

There have been some shockingly bad graphs circulating during the pandemic.

Maria Dunbar, PhD candidate in Statistics, University of Zürich • conversation
Dec. 18, 2020 ~9 min

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Seasonal changes in UV may increase spread of COVID-19

Seasonal changes in UV may alter the spread of COVID but not as much as social distancing.

Leah Burrows • harvard
Dec. 16, 2020 ~5 min

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Making data-informed Covid-19 testing plans

A new web-friendly modeling tool helps organizations build tailored Covid-19 testing strategies that can save money and reduce coronavirus spread.

Scott Murray | Institute for Data, Systems, and Society • mit
Dec. 15, 2020 ~7 min

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It takes a lot of energy for machines to learn – here's why AI is so power-hungry

Training neural networks burns through a lot of energy. As the AI field grows, it's working to keep its carbon foot print from growing with it.

Kate Saenko, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Boston University • conversation
Dec. 14, 2020 ~8 min

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