Experts: Here’s what to expect from 2019 fire season

"In California, we face the real risk that every fire season will be among the most destructive, or even the most destructive, on record."

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
June 18, 2019 ~2 min

Machine learning says ‘sound words’ predict psychosis

Two variables—including more frequent use of words related to sound—can predict whether an at-risk person will later develop psychosis with 93% accuracy.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
June 17, 2019 ~6 min

Algorithm predicts patient survival in intensive care

A new algorithm that predicts patient survival in the intensive care unit could prevent overtreatment.

Cecilie Krabbe-Copenhagen • futurity
May 28, 2019 ~4 min

Better power law predicts quakes, wealth, blood vessels

Adjustments to the power law affect estimations of earthquakes, capillaries, megacities, and solar flares.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
April 30, 2019 ~6 min

Rain on other side of the planet foreshadows California heat

Scientists can predict heatwaves in California by looking for rain half a world away.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
April 18, 2019 ~3 min

Building a ‘robot scientist’ could start with a worm

Scientists used an algorithm called "Sir Isaac" to predict the motion of a roundworm escaping a laser zap. Could it work for more complex organisms?

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
March 28, 2019 ~5 min

How a Serengeti park road could alter lives

Would a road bisecting Serengeti National Park reduce poverty and aid conservation, or facilitate poaching and disrupt animal migration?

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
March 22, 2019 ~4 min

Free ‘Drought Eye’ maps depict thermal stress

The free public website Drought Eye shows locations across the continental US where drought conditions may be occurring.

Tim Lucas-Duke • futurity
March 5, 2019 ~4 min

Machine learning lets old building use less heat

Researchers trained amachine learning model with data on forecasts and actual weather conditions. The result is an old building that's "smarter" about heat.

Melanie Lefkowitz-Cornell • futurity
Feb. 5, 2019 ~4 min

New tsunami warnings could get more people to safety

"During the Tōhoku earthquake, a lot of people escaped to higher ground, like the roof, but they didn't go high enough."

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
Jan. 22, 2019 ~2 min