A 4G network on the Moon is bad news for radio astronomy

Radio telescopes are incredibly sensitive to phone network interference.

Emma Alexander, PhD Candidate in Astrophysics, University of Manchester • conversation
Oct. 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: nasa moon spacex satellites space-junk 4g nokia radio-astronomy radio-telescope mobile-phone-network

Fotini Christia named director of the Sociotechnical Systems Research Center

Political science professor will spearhead the Institute’s interdisciplinary center that studies high-impact, complex societal challenges.

Terri Park | MIT Schwarzman College of Computing • mit
Oct. 14, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: data networks research school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences faculty technology-and-society idss political-science administration mit-schwarzman-college-of-computing

How brains do what they do is more complex than what anatomy on its own suggests

A bioengineer explains how a clearer picture of brain structure and function may fine-tune the ways brain surgery attempts to correct structure and medication tries to correct function.

Salvatore Domenic Morgera, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering, Tau Beta Pi Eminent Engineer, University of South Florida • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~11 min

Tags:  bioengineering  brain  neuroscience  cognition  electricity  neurons  fmri  neural-networks  cognitive-skills  wireless  near-field-communication  neural-processing  cognitive-function  nerve-signal  neural-circuitry  neural-circuits  neural-signals

AI could help solve the privacy problems it has created

Artificial intelligence insatiable data needs has encouraged the mass collection of personal data, placing privacy at risk. But AI can help solve the very problem it creates.

Aryya Gangopadhyay, Professor, Information Systems, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
June 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: machine-learning artificial-intelligence data privacy data-security data-collection deep-neural-networks

Coronavirus has revealed the power of social networks in a crisis

The community networks that social platforms host go much deeper than the technology. They have enabled a shift in the way we communicate with each other – especially in a crisis.

Jon Chamberlain, Lecturer in Computer Science, University of Essex • conversation
May 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: coronavirus social-networks facebook communities

A connection between ancestry and the molecular makeup of cancer

A new study takes the most comprehensive look to date at the connection between the ancestry and the molecular makeup of cancer.

Rob Levy • harvard
May 11, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: cancer basic-research health-medicine tumors broad-institute human-genome-project ancestry nci-cancer-genome-analysis-network

Examining the social impact of Covid-19

Survey from the Saxe Lab aims to measure the toll of social isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Julie Pryor | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
April 21, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: mental-health covid-19 psychology pandemic wellbeing social-networks research community school-of-science technology-and-society brain-and-cognitive-sciences mcgovern-institute

Green zones: a mathematical proposal for how to exit from the COVID-19 lockdown

One practical exit strategy from lockdown would be identifying green zones, and progressively joining them together once it is safe to do so. 

Bary S. R. Pradelski, Associate Member, Oxford-Man Institute, University of Oxford • conversation
April 17, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus herd-immunity modelling networks interdisciplinarity lockdown

Green zones: a mathematic proposal for how to exit from the COVID-19 lockdown

One practical exit strategy from lockdown would be identifying green zones, and progressively joining them together once it is safe to do so. 

Bary S. R. Pradelski, Associate Member, Oxford-Man Institute, University of Oxford • conversation
April 17, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus herd-immunity modelling networks interdisciplinarity lockdown

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