Most straight couples now meet online

"When it comes to single people looking for romantic partners, the online dating technology is only a good thing, in my view."

Alex Shashkevich-Stanford | Aug. 22, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture algorithms internet love mobile-devices relationships trends

Being an omnivore is actually quite odd

Examining one million animal species going back 800 million years shows that omnivores are rare, and that the first animal likely ate meat.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona | Aug. 22, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology evolution food meat

How will self-driving cars deal with motion sickness?

What good will self-driving cars be if your ride makes you feel motion sick? Now, researchers are figuring out how to give future riders a smoother trip.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan | Aug. 21, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine motion nausea self-driving-cars transportation vehicles

‘Skeletons’ are key to quick object recognition

The skeletal shapes of objects—picture a stick figure—is a key tool to help us in object recognition.

Carol Clark-Emory | Aug. 21, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology artificial-intelligence shapes visual-perception

‘Wizard of Oz’ experiment shows promise for smart sinks

A fake autonomous sink (with a researcher hidden behind a wall controlling things) proves there's potential for "smart sinks" to save water.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford | Aug. 21, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured conservation design water

Wearable sensor detects what your sweat is saying

A cheap way to print sweat sensors onto rolls of plastic is another step toward replacing blood draws with wearables.

Kara Manke-UC Berkeley | Aug. 20, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine medical-devices microfluidic sensors skin wearable-devices

How big data and unfair algorithms change our lives

The digital trails we leave behind and algorithms that use our data have major effects on our lives. This podcast episode digs into issues of fairness and privacy.

ETH Zurich | Aug. 20, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology society-and-culture algorithms bias internet machine-learning mobile-devices privacy security

What ethical rules should guide using CRISPR in people?

News that a scientist had used CRISPR on two twin girls shook the scientific world. In this podcast, experts explain the ethical issues around CRISPR.

ETH Zurich | Aug. 20, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine babies ethics genetic-engineering

Brain maps look alike for podcasts and reading

Brain maps offer evidence that podcasts, audiobooks, and reading fire up our brains in very similar ways.

Yasmin Anwar-UC Berkeley | Aug. 20, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology brains hearing languages maps reading sounds speech

Can eating insects catch on despite the ick factor?

It's possible to overcome a grossed-out reaction to the idea of eating insects, say the guests on this podcast episode. Here's why that matters.

ETH Zurich | Aug. 19, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured food insects sustainability

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