Truncated immune system receptors may regulate cellular activity

Unexpected findings in chemokine receptors once believed to be non-functional open up new fields of scientific inquiry.

Michaela Jarvis | MIT Media Lab • mit
yesterday ~7 min

Tags: cancer covid-19 viruses research cells proteins media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning school-of-science koch-institute

3 things drive our social media ‘non-click’ decisions

Why do we click on some social media posts but not on others? Researchers did a deep dive to get to the bottom of what they call the "non-click" decision.

Laurel Thomas-Michigan • futurity
Oct. 27, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: social-media facebook society-and-culture decisions

A wearable sensor to help ALS patients communicate

Researchers have designed a skin-like device that can measure small facial movements in patients who have lost the ability to speak.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: research assistive-technology media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning national-science-foundation-nsf amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-als

People want data privacy but don't always know what they're getting

Differential privacy lets people to share data anonymously, but people need to know more about it to make informed decisions.

Rachel Cummings, Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology • conversation
Oct. 21, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: social-media data data-privacy privacy online-privacy census census-bureau differential-privacy

“Film Your Hospital” – the anatomy of a COVID-19 conspiracy theory

It's not just bots which spread misinformation on social media.

Wasim Ahmed, Lecturer in Digital Business, Newcastle University • conversation
Oct. 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: social-media covid-19 twitter conspiracy-theories covid-19-myths coronavirus-insights social-media-platforms twitter-bots

In a battle of AI versus AI, researchers are preparing for the coming wave of deepfake propaganda

Fake videos generated with sophisticated AI tools are a looming threat. Researchers are racing to build tools that can detect them, tools that are crucial for journalists to counter disinformation.

Matthew Wright, Professor of Computing Security, Rochester Institute of Technology • conversation
Oct. 9, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: social-media artificial-intelligence deep-learning journalism deepfakes video disinformation fake-video fact-checking

Steak-umm brand tweets are well done and rare

New research explains the unlikely success of the Steak-umm Twitter account during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Oct. 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: social-media marketing twitter meat featured society-and-culture

Spider home invasion season: why the media may be to blame for your arachnophobia

An Italian study revealed how a murder mystery novel and a medical rarity were used to whip up media hysteria about spiders.

Mike Jeffries, Associate Professor, Ecology, Northumbria University, Newcastle • conversation
Oct. 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: media spiders phobias arachnophobia spider-bite arachnids hysteria

Sir David Attenborough breaks Jennifer Aniston's Instagram record

The broadcaster gains a million followers within five hours of joining the platform.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Sept. 25, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: social-media environment instagram david-attenborough

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