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: research artificial-intelligence science biomedical-research coronavirus machine-learning scientific-inquiry search new-coronavirus covid-19 research-brief
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 lasers invention coronavirus medical-test covid-19 research-brief covid-19-testing
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 biology disease immune-system cells genes coronavirus immune-cells viruses computational-biology white-blood-cells immune t-cells covid-19 research-brief
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: carbon-nanotubes biofuel prosthetics health robots nanotubes fuel-cells nanomaterials biomedical-devices wearables research-brief
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 autonomous-vehicles trust driverless-cars traffic-lights pedestrians self-driving-vehicles research-brief
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: artificial-intelligence social-media mental-health depression domestic-violence pandemic big-data coronavirus alcoholism drug-addiction new-coronavirus covid-19 research-brief social-distancing
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 weather climate emotions global-warming negative-emotions hot-weather research-brief
Newborn babies weigh less today – possibly due to the increased popularity of cesarean sections and induced labor
The decline in US birth weight is somewhat of a puzzle for public health researchers.
March 11, 2020 • ~4 min
Tags: children demography pregnancy birth parenting obstetrics babies caesarean-section parents cesarean-section mothers research-brief
Insect populations are falling as what they eat becomes more like iceberg lettuce and less like kale.
March 9, 2020 • ~5 min
Tags: climate-change carbon-dioxide-co2 carbon biology nutrients insects plants entomology kansas bugs grasshoppers food-webs prairies research-brief
Modern tomatoes are very different from their wild ancestors – and we found missing links in their evolution
Through genetic detective work, scientists have identified missing links in the tomato’s evolution from a wild blueberry-sized fruit in South America to the larger modern tomato of today.
Jan. 30, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: agriculture genetics evolution crops tomato latin-america genomics plant-breeding domestication global-perspectives research-brief
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