AI is killing choice and chance – which means changing what it means to be human

By letting machines recommend movies and decide whom to hire, humans are losing their unpredictable nature – and possibly the ability to make everyday judgments, as well.

Dan Feldman, Senior Research Fellow, Applied Ethics Center, University of Massachusetts Boston • conversation
Feb. 24, 2021 ~7 min

Preterm babies may struggle with school later

Babies born early may go on to struggle with math and English language arts, and also with chronic absenteeism and suspension from school.

Beth Duff-Brown-Stanford • futurity
Feb. 23, 2021 ~6 min

Toward a disease-sniffing device that rivals a dog’s nose

Trained dogs can detect cancer and other diseases by smell. A miniaturized detector can analyze trace molecules to mimic the process.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 17, 2021 ~7 min

Humpback whales change up their songs like DJs

Humpback whales don't learn songs from other whales. But what they're doing is "actually more impressive," says Eduardo Mercado.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
Feb. 15, 2021 ~6 min

Machine-learning model helps determine protein structures

New technique reveals many possible conformations that a protein may take.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 4, 2021 ~7 min

Why your kids know when you’re trying to put on a brave face

Rather than putting on a 'brave face', parents might be better putting on a 'brave voice' to conceal their emotions.

Paddy Ross, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Durham University • conversation
Feb. 2, 2021 ~6 min

Happiness: why learning, not rewards, may be the key – new research

Receiving a pay raise will make you feel happier only if it was bigger than what you had expected. Why? Because it helps you learn.

Robb Rutledge, Assistant Professor in Psychology, Yale University • conversation
Feb. 1, 2021 ~7 min

Touchscreens may make toddlers more distractible – new three-year study

Young children may find it harder to control their attention if they use touchscreens regularly.

Tim J. Smith, Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London • conversation
Feb. 1, 2021 ~7 min

Brain connectivity reveals ADHD in kids with 99% accuracy

Researchers have found that specific communication between brain regions is an accurate way to see if a child has ADHD, which is usually tricky to diagnose.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
Jan. 29, 2021 ~7 min

Robust artificial intelligence tools to predict future cancer

Researchers created a risk-assessment algorithm that shows consistent performance across datasets from US, Europe, and Asia.

Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL • mit
Jan. 28, 2021 ~12 min