Symptoms pop up earlier for kids of people with dementia

People with dementia who had a parent with the condition tend to develop symptoms years earlier, and even sooner if both parents had it.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University | Oct. 23, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology aging alzheimers-disease brains dementia memory parents prediction

Educational programs promote and guide interactions that foster children’s literacy development

Harvard Graduate School of Education researchers Joe Blatt and Meredith Rowe conducted a study that developed learning apps to create foundations for literacy in young children.

Liz Mineo | Oct. 22, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology childrens-language-development graduate-school-of-education joe-blatt literacy meredith-rowe reach-every-reader

Stealthy tool detects malware in JavaScript

A new tool called VisibleV8 can protect you against malware in JavaScript programs on your favorite sites.

Matt Shipman-NC State | Oct. 22, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology hackers internet malware security software

In ‘Why Trust Science?’ Naomi Oreskes explains why the process of proof is worth trusting

Harvard Professor Naomi Oreskes, author of "Why Trust Science?," discusses the five pillars necessary for science to be considered trustworthy, the evidentiary value of self-reporting, and her Red State Pledge.

Jill Radsken | Oct. 22, 2019 | harvard
~13 mins   

Tags: science-technology merchants-of-doubt climate-change fas history-of-science jill-radsken naomi-oreskes red-state-pledge why-trust-science

‘Waves’ from the tropics slowed Arctic sea ice melt

"...in the near future, we should keep an eye on the tropics if we want to better predict conditions in the Arctic."

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara | Oct. 22, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment science-and-technology arctic climate-change oceans sea-ice weather

Framework would make AI decisions less murky

"We think this is a significant step toward achieving fully transparent AI."

Matt Shipman-NC State | Oct. 22, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology society-and-culture artificial-intelligence decisions

Pushy robots learn the fundamentals of object manipulation

Systems “learn” from novel dataset that captures how pushed objects move, to improve their physical interactions with new objects.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office | Oct. 21, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research computer-science-and-technology algorithms robots robotics data machine-learning computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail mechanical-engineering electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs school-of-engineering

New CRISPR genome-editing system can target disease-causing genetic variations

Researchers have created a system called prime editing, a new CRISPR genome-editing approach that has the potential to correct up to 89 percent of known disease-causing genetic variations.

Karen Zusi | Oct. 21, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology

Man controls 2 prosthetic arms with his thoughts

"For everything we envision people needing or wanting to do to become independent... they really need two hands working together."

Chanapa Tantibanchachai-Johns Hopkins | Oct. 21, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine science-and-technology implants medical-devices paralysis prostheses spinal-cord-injuries

Cell stiffness may indicate whether tumors will invade

Study shows tumors with softer, larger cells at their periphery are more likely to spread; may suggest new route for cancer therapy.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 21, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: biological-engineering biology cancer drug-delivery disease mechanical-engineering research school-of-engineering medicine health-sciences-and-technology

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