An optical sensor that can detect individual molecules promises early detection of diseases and environmental contamination.
Oct. 22, 2020 • ~5 min
Tags: engineering chemistry covid-19 photonics sars-cov-2 quick-reads research-brief sensors biochemistry biomedical-research biomedical-engineering biosensors biological-sensor
Artificial brains are far in the future, but computer chips that work like brains could keep computers advancing when today's silicon transistor chips reach their limit.
Oct. 5, 2020 • ~5 min
Tags: neurons quick-reads research-brief computers biomimicry transistors future-of-computers computer-chip moores-law
The gender gap in computing performance has dramatically narrowed, but a confidence gap remains.
Sept. 28, 2020 • ~4 min
Tags: computing computer-science employment women stem bias quick-reads research-brief technology sexism careers confidence workplace workforce men performance gender-gap young-women
A survey of over a thousand scientists reveals that their goal when communicating about their work is to help the rest of us make evidence-based decisions that draw on scientific findings.
Sept. 21, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: science-communication quick-reads research-brief evidence-based evidence-based-medicine science-of-science-communication public-engagement science-advice communication-skills evidence-based-policy evidence-based-healthcare
Hurricane Harvey destroyed the fishing infrastructure of Aransas Bay and reduced fishing by 80% over the following year. This removed humans from the trophic cascade and whole food webs changed.
Sept. 15, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: environment fish ecology hurricane fishing food-webs research-brief marine-biology ecosystems texas cyclones gulf-coast trophic-cascade oyster-reefs
Bricks turn out to be useful for storing electricity thanks to their porousness and red pigment.
Aug. 11, 2020 • ~5 min
Tags: chemistry innovation energy nanotechnology electricity research-brief buildings energy-storage
The stress of having children do distance learning at home during the pandemic is linked to an increase in alcohol consumption among parents, a new survey finds.
July 29, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: covid-19 stress quick-reads research-brief k-12-education distance-learning k-12-online-learning pandemic-school-closures
Understanding others' emotions is a crucial social skill. Counter to concerns about screen time stunting kids' development, one study suggests they're getting better at recognizing emotion on screen.
June 2, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: emotion child-development research-brief emotions screen-time adolescents adolescence smart-phones screens ipad tablet-computing tablets screentime videochat
The scientific community is churning out vast quantities of research about the coronavirus pandemic – far too much for researchers to absorb. An AI system aims to do the heavy lifting for them.
May 12, 2020 • ~5 min
Tags: machine-learning artificial-intelligence covid-19 coronavirus science new-coronavirus research-brief research biomedical-research scientific-inquiry search
A team of physicists, virologists and computer scientists are seeking to develop a coronavirus diagnostic tool that could deliver rapid results.
May 7, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: innovation covid-19 coronavirus lasers covid-19-testing research-brief invention medical-test
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