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A New Human Height Inheritance Model
News   Mar 26, 2021

Scientists have proposed a new human height inheritance model that accounts for the interaction between sex, genes and the environment that influence adult human height.

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Widespread Food Preservative May Harm the Immune System
News   Mar 25, 2021

A food preservative used to prolong the shelf life of Pop-Tarts, Rice Krispies Treats, Cheez-Its and almost 1,250 other popular processed foods may harm the immune system, according to a new study.

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Bacteria Calculate Mathematically Optimal Solutions
News   Mar 25, 2021

Scientists calculated the efficiency of the sensory network that bacteria use to move towards food and found it to be optimal from an information theory standpoint. This work may lead to a better understanding of bacterial behavior and their sensory networks.

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Supercomputer Aids Understanding of How Coronavirus Variants Escape Immunity
News   Mar 24, 2021

A research paper has discussed the UK and South African variants of COVID-19 in detail and presents a computational analysis of the structure of the spike glycoprotein bound to the ACE2 receptor where the mutations have been introduced. The paper outlines the reason why these variants bind better to human cells.

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Why Do Humanoid Robot Faces Creep Us Out So Much?
News   Mar 23, 2021

Researchers from at Osaka University used motion capture cameras to compare the expressions of android and human faces. They found that the mechanical facial movements of the robots, especially in the upper regions, did not fully reproduce the curved flow lines seen in the faces of actual people. This research may lead to more lifelike and expressive artificial faces.

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Virtual Reality Could Reduce Pain for People With Nerve Injuries
News   Mar 22, 2021

People with nerve injuries often have a dysfunctional pain suppression system, making them particularly prone to discomfort. Researchers have uncovered that virtual reality (VR) can reduce types of pain typically seen in patients with nerve injuries - and that VR can boost the dysfunctional pain suppression system.

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Artificial "Neuron" Could Improve Network Hardware
News   Mar 19, 2021

Researchers have developed a new artificial neuron device, which could reduce the computing power and hardware needed in the training of neural networks to perform tasks. The device can run neural network computations using 100 to 1000 times less energy and area than existing CMOS-based hardware.

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New Intervention Could Cut Spread of Misinformation on Social Media
News   Mar 18, 2021

Stopping the spread of political misinformation on social media may seem like an impossible task. But a new study co-authored by MIT scholars finds that most people who share false news stories online do so unintentionally, and that their sharing habits can be modified through reminders about accuracy.

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Over 2000 Microphones Help Discover How Hummingbirds Hum
News   Mar 17, 2021

The hummingbird is named after the sound it makes when it hovers in front of flowers to feed. Researchers observed hummingbirds using 12 high-speed cameras, 6 pressure plates and 2176 microphones and discovered that their soft and complex feathered wings generate sound in a fashion similar to how the simpler wings of insects do. The new insights could help make devices like fans and drones quieter.

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World Class Supercomputer To Support COVID-19 Recovery
News   Mar 16, 2021

A new £3.8 million supercomputer commissioned by the N8 Research Partnership (N8) is being used by researchers to better understand COVID-19 and how to recover from the pandemic. It will also support research projects of the SARS-CoV-2 UK strain, energy storage and supply and therapeutic drug design.

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