Religious life was converting to tech before COVID

The pandemic has made livestreamed worship services the new normal, but research finds an existing and growing role for technology in religious life.

Eric Ferreri-Duke • futurity
Oct. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 religion mobile-devices featured society-and-culture social-lives

Phones in class don’t actually hamper learning

New research bucks findings from other studies in finding that phones in class doesn't make it harder for college students to learn.

Charlotte Aabo - U. Copenhagen • futurity
Oct. 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: education internet learning mobile-devices featured society-and-culture

5G may lead to less accurate weather forecasts

5G wireless networks will improve phone service and make communications a whole lot faster. But 5G could also screw up weather forecasts, researchers say.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Sept. 25, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: internet phones weather satellites mobile-devices science-and-technology

How women use tech to improve their sex lives

A new study offers an unprecedented look at the sex lives of women around the world and how they use "sex tech" to find partners and educate themselves.

Mary Keck-Indiana • futurity
Sept. 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: gender sex mobile-devices featured health-and-medicine

Plant-based device could charge cars in minutes

A new green supercapacitor is flexible, lightweight, and cost-effective. It could charge your devices way faster, too, researchers say.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
Sept. 9, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability electricity materials-science mobile-devices science-and-technology earth-and-environment supercapacitor

Will a TikTok ban make using the app a crime?

With a potential TikTok ban looming in the US, what happens if you use the app after the ban? It could put you at legal risk, experts say.

Jessica Colarossi-Boston University • futurity
Aug. 28, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: china government apps mobile-devices featured society-and-culture laws us-presidents

Can the US government really ban TikTok?

President Trump wants to ban TikTok, the popular video app, due to security concerns. But can the government totally ban an app like that?

Roger Dunaway-Tulane • futurity
Aug. 24, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: business china government apps mobile-devices featured society-and-culture

Students who get homework answers online do worse on tests

The ease with which students can find answers to homework assignments online is hurting their retention and their grades, a new study finds.

Megan Schumann-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 18, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: education mobile-devices featured society-and-culture college-students

Tweets sheds light on COVID-19 ‘long-haulers’

Millions of tweets reveal some of the symptoms COVID-19 long-haulers, people who remain sick long after diagnosis, are facing.

Noelle Toumey Reetz-Georgia State • futurity
Aug. 18, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: social-media covid-19 internet twitter mobile-devices health-and-medicine

New tech keeps phone batteries from going boom

New technology can keep lithium batteries like those in our phones from heating up, failing, or exploding, researchers report.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
July 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: safety batteries mobile-devices featured science-and-technology

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