Why you should turn off your camera during Zoom meetings

It's not just to hide clutter anymore—leaving your camera off during your next virtual meeting could help save the planet, too.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
Jan. 15, 2021 ~7 min

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How does Wi-Fi work? An electrical engineer explains

Wi-Fi has become a fundamental part of modern digital life, but its foundation is the same as the technology that allowed your great-grandparents to listen to their favorite radio programs.

Bhaskar Krishnamachari, Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California • conversation
Jan. 12, 2021 ~5 min

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Many people may stick with virtual mental health care

A new study suggests that more than half of people receiving mental health care will want to keep getting care virtually after the pandemic subsides.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Jan. 11, 2021 ~8 min

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With tweaks, social media could boost creativity

Changing the algorithms social media companies use to suggest who to follow could inspire creativity and new perspectives, researchers say.

Bob Marcotte-U. Rochester • futurity
Dec. 31, 2020 ~8 min

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Getting COVID-19 vaccines to rural Americans is harder than it looks – but there are ways to lift the barriers

The vaccines' cold storage requirements and shipment rules put small, rural communities at a disadvantage, but that's only part of a long-running challenge.

Pamela Stewart Fahs, Professor of Rural Nursing, Binghamton University, State University of New York • conversation
Dec. 28, 2020 ~8 min

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Why getting COVID-19 vaccines to rural Americans is harder than it looks, and how to lift the barriers

The vaccines' cold storage requirements and shipment rules put small, rural communities at a disadvantage, but that's only part of a long-running challenge.

Pamela Stewart Fahs, Professor of Rural Nursing, Binghamton University, State University of New York • conversation
Dec. 28, 2020 ~8 min

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Goldenrod honey: misinformation is causing a biological invasion of this Canadian weed

Our study is the first to research the impact of online misinformation on biological invasions.

Johannes M H Knops, Professor & Head of Department Health and Environmental Sciences, Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University • conversation
Dec. 23, 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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OneWeb satellite company launches into new era

The broadband network owned by UK taxpayers and an Indian conglomerate sends up 36 new satellites.

bbcnews
Dec. 18, 2020 ~4 min

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First reviews can set products up for success or failure

The first review a product gets online can sway how many reviews it gets for the next few years as well as the tone of those reviews, researchers report.

Alisson Clark-Florida • futurity
Dec. 17, 2020 ~4 min

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