3 Smart Things: What You Might Not Know About Attention

3 Smart Things: What You Might Not Know About Attention

The phenomenon is due to a shrinking “useful field of view,” the feature of visual attention that helps us recognize at a glance what’s important to focus on. Studies show that kids have a similarly limited field of view, hindering their ability to register the complete visual world around them.

Bid Adieu to the A380, the World's Jumbo-est Passenger Jet

Bid Adieu to the A380, the World's Jumbo-est Passenger Jet

It even produced a study called “Trailer truck trajectory optimization: the transportation of components for the Airbus A380.” That’s just to build the thing—actually flying it required rejiggering airport infrastructure .

Twitter Still Can't Keep Up With Its Flood of Junk Accounts, Study Finds

Twitter Still Can't Keep Up With Its Flood of Junk Accounts, Study Finds

Flooding the Zone In an 16-month study of 1.5 billion tweets, Zubair Shafiq, a computer science professor at the University of Iowa, and his graduate student Shehroze Farooqi, identified more than 167,000 apps using Twitter's API to automate bot accounts that spread tens of millions of tweets pushing spam, links to malware, and astroturfing campaigns.

A Controversial Fertility Treatment Gets Its First Big Test

A Controversial Fertility Treatment Gets Its First Big Test

The fertility tech firm is collaborating with the Institute of Life to conduct the first known human trial of the procedure, called mitochondrial replacement therapy, for treating infertility.

Robots Will Take Jobs From Men, the Young, and Minorities

Robots Will Take Jobs From Men, the Young, and Minorities

The study estimates only one in four jobs is likely to be greatly changed by automation over the next two decades, and history suggests that new technology will also create new jobs.

For Women Job Seekers, Networking Like a Man Isn't Enough

For Women Job Seekers, Networking Like a Man Isn't Enough

“Quite frankly, most of the jobs are still male-dominated and therefore the kind of private information that's so important to help women get ahead isn't as important to men's advancement,” says Northwestern University data scientist Brian Uzzi, the lead author on the study.

Antibiotics Are Failing Us. Crispr Is Our Glimmer of Hope

Antibiotics Are Failing Us. Crispr Is Our Glimmer of Hope

Earlier this month, Janssen Pharmaceuticals—a division of Johnson & Johnson—announced an $818 million deal with a small Crispr startup called Locus Biosciences to develop a radical new way to rid the body of disease-causing bacteria, without causing resistance.

Scientist collects rubbish to rid rivers of plastics

Scientist collects rubbish to rid rivers of plastics

It’s seen as someone else’s problem because you don’t see it or see what you’ve done.” Dr Valois will also be sorting the plastic rubbish to figure out the major sources and types in the hope of coming up with some ways of intervening before it gets into waterways.

Screens Might Be as Bad for Mental Health as … Potatoes

Screens Might Be as Bad for Mental Health as … Potatoes

If they’re pessimists, they tend to find negative ones." LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Internet Addiction In the latest issue of Nature Human Behavior , Przybylski and coauthor Amy Orben use a novel statistical method to show why scientists studying these colossal data sets have been getting such different results and why most of the associations researchers have found, positive and negative, are very small—and probably not worth freaking out about.

Forget the Blood of Teens. This Pill Promises to Extend Life for a Nickel a Pop

Forget the Blood of Teens. This Pill Promises to Extend Life for a Nickel a Pop

Rather than trying to develop a wildly expensive, highly speculative therapy that will likely only benefit the billionaire-demigod set, Barzilai wants to convince the FDA to put its seal of approval on an antiaging drug for the rest of us: A cheap, generic, demonstrably safe pharmaceutical that has already shown, in a host of preliminary studies, that it may be able to help stave off many of the worst parts of growing old.

The Exaggerated Promise of So-Called Unbiased Data Mining

The Exaggerated Promise of So-Called Unbiased Data Mining

The Exaggerated Promise of So-Called Unbiased Data Mining Getty Images Nobel laureate Richard Feynman once asked his Caltech students to calculate the probability that, if he walked outside the classroom, the first car in the parking lot would have a specific license plate, say 6ZNA74.

Your Old Tweets Give Away More Location Data Than You Think

Your Old Tweets Give Away More Location Data Than You Think

"If you're not aware of the problem, you're never going to go remove that data." Jason Polakis, University of Illinois at Chicago To predict which cluster might correspond to a user’s home, the researchers directed LPAuditor to look for locations where people spent the longest time span tweeting over the weekend.

2018 Had the Biggest Box Office Ever. Thanks, Black Panther

2018 Had the Biggest Box Office Ever. Thanks, Black Panther

Ticket Masters The box office reached an all-time high in 2018 , earning nearly $12 billion in revenue in the United States alone—and eclipsing a previous record set in 2016.

One Species Loves Our Climate-Wrecking Ways: Fire Ants!

One Species Loves Our Climate-Wrecking Ways: Fire Ants!

With human-driven climate change not only heating up the world but exacerbating hurricanes and wildfires, fire ants are primed to reap their rewards. Fire ant colonies with multiple queens are denser—400 to 500 mounds an acre, instead of 40—and take more of a toll on the species around them.

NASA's New Horizons Probe Prepares To Make History—Again

NASA's New Horizons Probe Prepares To Make History—Again

NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI Stern and his team discovered the object in 2014 using the Hubble Space Telescope, while searching the sky for places New Horizons could visit after its brief encounter with Pluto.

Amnesty Report Finds, Yes, Twitter Is Toxic for Women

Amnesty Report Finds, Yes, Twitter Is Toxic for Women

“We have the data to back up what women have long been telling us—that Twitter is a place where racism, misogyny and homophobia are allowed to flourish basically unchecked.”The study looked at 778 women journalists and politicians in the US and UK, and found that 7.1 percent of tweets sent to them last year were abusive or problematic.

The Next Mass Extinction Might Be About Survival of the Laziest

The Next Mass Extinction Might Be About Survival of the Laziest

In a new study of shellfish from the past 5 million years, scientists found that species with a greater chill factor are less likely to fizzle out—a phenomenon they dub survival of the laziest.It’s well known that high-strung, type A behavior is bad for your health.

50 Years Later, We Still Don't Grasp the Mother of All Demos

50 Years Later, We Still Don't Grasp the Mother of All Demos

He, Rulifson, and fellow Augmented Research Center engineer Bill Paxton demonstrated how the team used the hypertext system to collaborate."What we’re saying, we need a research subject group to give them these tools, put them to work with them, study them and improve them," Engelbart said during the demo.

What Causes Hangovers, and How Can I Avoid Them?

What Causes Hangovers, and How Can I Avoid Them?

As far as I can tell, no one has done rigorous tests.In 2012, hangover research experienced what felt at the time like a breakthrough. It’ll help slow the progress of the alcohol through your guts, and maybe even dilute the booze’s effect on your GI tract.

Apple’s Newest Watch Features Will Transform Heart Health

Apple’s Newest Watch Features Will Transform Heart Health

"At the same time, those of us who work in this field are looking at each other saying: Do you see the can of worms we might be opening here?"AppleWhat he means is that even if the Apple Watch's heart-monitoring features are accurate, it's not obvious that screening for AFib in millions of undiagnosed people will do more good than harm.

Shark survival tale

Shark survival tale

Warrick Lyon, a NIWA fisheries technician, says the study is heading to the Pacific to test survival rates for sharks treated differently – such as those where hooks are not removed and where long pieces of monofilament fishing line are left attached.

Treasure found on Northland beach

Treasure found on Northland beach

A data transmitting tag that was attached to a mako shark recovered from Ninety Mile Beach (upper) compared to a new tag (lower).

Kaikōura earthquake provides world-first insight into submarine canyons

Kaikōura earthquake provides world-first insight into submarine canyons

“This study unequivocally demonstrates that earthquake-triggered canyon flushing is the primary process that carves out submarine canyons and delivers coastal sediment to the deep ocean,” says NIWA marine geologist Dr Joshu Mountjoy.

Climate Change Might Double the Cost of a Beer

Climate Change Might Double the Cost of a Beer

American tipplers will see beer prices rise up to $1.94 under the extreme events, the study said, and barley farmers will export more to other nations.Davis, who has published several papers on climate change and the Chinese economy, says many extreme drought and heat events will force farmers to feed barley to livestock instead of selling it to domestic breweries.

A Tale of Two Paths to the World in 2050

A Tale of Two Paths to the World in 2050

© Carlton Ward Jr. Today, 26 years after my first visit, the Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve is 11,500 acres of beautifully restored, healthy and functioning native Central Florida habitat and a testament to the power and potential of both nature and people to change, to reimagine, rethink, restore and adjust from a business-as-usual mindset to a world of wider possibilities.

Google-Funded Study Finds Cash Beats Typical Development Aid

Google-Funded Study Finds Cash Beats Typical Development Aid

It’s a contrarian idea that questions conventional thinking about international aid, it has low overhead, it’s easily scalable using mobile phones, and it’s measurable.Faye, the GiveDirectly cofounder, called the study “the first ever A/B test for USAID.” Zeitlin, the Georgetown professor and coauthor of the study, says this research aligns with Silicon Valley’s interest in disruptive ideas because it questions the effectiveness of traditional aid programs.A recent cash-transfer study showed early gains disappearing over time.

Just a Few Pieces of Plastic Can Kill Sea Turtles

Just a Few Pieces of Plastic Can Kill Sea Turtles

In some areas with high levels of plastic pollution, like the Mediterranean and the southern Atlantic Ocean, turtles are unable to avoid the debris, while in other areas it is less of a problem.“We know individual turtles are dying, but we don’t know yet whether enough turtles are dying to cause population decline, and that’s where we’re heading to now,” Dr. Hamann said.Jennifer Lynch, a research biologist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Hawaii, took issue with the way the study measured vulnerability to plastic.In her own research, she has seen animals that aren’t harmed after swallowing 300 pieces of plastic, so she doesn’t believe that 14 pieces pose such a high risk of death.

Hurricane Florence Is Going to Slow Down. That’s Not Good.

Hurricane Florence Is Going to Slow Down. That’s Not Good.

“The large amount of rain that is going to come out of a tropical storm or hurricane anyway fell in the same place over a long period of time.”To analyze the changes in translation speeds, James Kossin, a climate scientist with the National Centers for Environmental Information at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, tapped into a global data set on past tropical storms.

Here's How to Make the Sahara Desert Green Again

Here's How to Make the Sahara Desert Green Again

But this study is among the first to model how wind and solar farms would affect the Sahara, all while considering how growing green plants and trees would respond to these changes, said Li, who started the study while a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland.

Warming oceans are changing the world's rainfall | John Abraham

Warming oceans are changing the world's rainfall | John Abraham

A new study finds that warming in the Atlantic Ocean is changing rain patterns in the Amazon Previous researchers who have looked at the Amazon and its changing precipitation have found that the southern part of the rainforest has experienced a long-term increase in rainfall.

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