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
Your genes could determine whether the coronavirus puts you in the hospital – and we're starting to unravel which ones matter
Researchers from Oregon Health and Science University found that variations in genes that code for parts of the cellular alarm system might play a role in how well people fight off COVID-19.
May 5, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: genetics covid-19 coronavirus immune-system biology genes t-cells immune-cells disease viruses research-brief white-blood-cells immune cells computational-biology
Lightweight, flexible materials can be used to make health-monitoring wearable devices, but powering the devices is a challenge. Using fuel cells instead of batteries could make the difference.
April 22, 2020 • ~4 min
Tags: health robots research-brief carbon-nanotubes biofuel prosthetics nanotubes fuel-cells nanomaterials biomedical-devices wearables
Pedestrians are wary of autonomous cars, but they trust traffic lights. Researchers suggest driverless cars could communicate directly with the signals to make their own actions more predictable.
April 21, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: robotics driverless-cars trust research-brief autonomous-vehicles traffic-lights pedestrians self-driving-vehicles
We're measuring online conversation to track the social and mental health issues surfacing during the coronavirus pandemic
America's news reports and social media chatter open a window into the nation's psyche. An AI-based text analysis of these words shows that the coronavirus is driving up familiar social ills.
April 20, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: social-media artificial-intelligence mental-health covid-19 coronavirus depression big-data pandemic social-distancing alcoholism new-coronavirus research-brief domestic-violence drug-addiction
In a rapidly warming world, temperature increases are a challenge to mental well-being. A group of economists quantified the relationship.
March 25, 2020 • ~4 min
Tags: climate-change mental-health climate global-warming research-brief weather emotions negative-emotions hot-weather
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