AI plays ‘Mad Libs’ to learn grammar the way kids do

Advanced AI systems can teach themselves grammar across languages by doing billions of word games similar to Mad Libs, researchers say.

Edmund L. Andrews-Stanford • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence language science-and-technology

Team measures Mars from crust to core

Seismologists used data from NASA's InSight Lander to get measurements deep within Mars. What they learned might clarify planetary formation.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space planets mars earthquakes science-and-technology

Survey: 66% of US adults say they’ll get a COVID-19 vaccine

Health experts expect a COVID-19 vaccine next year, but will the public be ready for one? A new survey digs into who says they'll get it.

Megan Schumann-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 vaccines viruses united-states surveys health-and-medicine

Climate change may exacerbate allergies, autism

"Climate change has worsened respiratory allergic disease and has altered the immune system's tolerance in responding to toxins," says Xue Ming.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change autism ecosystems allergies featured health-and-medicine autoimmune-diseases

Could better ‘oral posture’ spare kids braces?

If lifestyle, not genetics, is shrinking human jaws, perhaps the answer isn't orthodontics, but better "oral posture." Here's what that involves.

Stanford • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: teeth jaws childrens-health health-and-medicine mouth orthodontics

Cold War spy satellite captures threat to marmots

When an American pilot went down over the Soviet Union in the 1960s, the US launched a spy satellite. Its data now helps monitor the bobak marmot.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: conservation agriculture rodents ecosystems satellites earth-and-environment

Will COVID-19 spur new robot ‘friends’ and helpers?

Socially assistive robots interact with people and can do chores, help in health care, and offer emotional support. Will the pandemic make them catch on?

Anne Warde-UC Irvine • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 robots science-and-technology society-and-culture

Non-COVID-19 doctor visits drop during pandemic

Non-COVID-19 doctor visits declined about 40% during the first six weeks or so of the pandemic. Stay-at-home orders likely played a significant role.

Mary Keck-Indiana • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 physicians health-and-medicine laws health-policy

AI methods make COVID-19 forecasting more local

Inspired by artificial intelligence techniques, researchers have developed a new COVID-19 forecasting tool that could give more accurate local info.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence covid-19 data-science algorithms prediction health-and-medicine

Particles from Fukushima meltdown contained plutonium

Almost ten years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, researchers report that the particles from power plants contained plutonium.

Stanford • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: japan natural-disasters tsunamis health-and-medicine radioactivity nuclear-energy plutonium

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