Mind and matter: Modeling the human brain with machine learning

Researchers from Japan construct a human brain model using a machine learning-based optimization of required user information

Effect of physician-delivered COVID-19 public health messages on adults’ knowledge, beliefs, practices related to COVID-19

What The Study Did: In this randomized clinical trial, a physician messaging campaign was effective in increasing COVID-19 knowledge, information-seeking and self-reported protective behaviors among diverse groups. Authors: Esther Duflo, Ph.D., of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, is…

Direct flights save lives! New airline routes can increase kidney sharing by more than 7%

INFORMS Journal Management Science Study Key Takeaways: Lack of direct airline routes limit the flexibility of organ transplantation policies. A new airline route can increase the number of kidneys shared between different regions by more than 7% while also decreasing…

Spread of misinformation about face masks, COVID-19 by automated software on Facebook

What The Study Did: Researchers analyzed conversations on public Facebook groups to explore automated misinformation. Authors: John W. Ayers, Ph.D., M.A., of the University of California, San Diego, in LaJolla, is the corresponding author. To access the embargoed study: Visit…

Real-world flight data shows continued need for social distancing

REYKJAVIK, Iceland 26 May 2021 – Current vaccination programmes alone will have a limited effect in stopping the second wave of COVID infections in the US, according to a study conducted by scientists from Reykjavik University, University of Lyon, University…

Finnish biodiversity information management inspires globally

FinBIF, which is coordinated and developed by the Finnish Museum of Natural History Luomus of the University of Helsinki: digitises natural history specimens and produces digital DNA barcodes collects born-digital observation records of professionals and amateurs alike integrates data collated…

New research shows ridesharing services reduce sexual assault

Research Study Key Takeaways: Ridesharing can reduce a passenger’s risk of being a target of sexual assault by providing a more reliable and timely transportation option for traveling to a safer place. The entry of Uber into a city contributes…

Socioeconomic, racial inequities in breast cancer screening during pandemic in Washington state

What The Study Did: Researchers used clinical data to examine differences in breast cancer screenings before and during the COVID-19 pandemic overall and among sociodemographic groups. Data included completed screening mammograms within a large statewide nonprofit community health care system…

Consumer views on using digital data for COVID-19 control

What The Study Did: This study looked at the use of consumer digital information for COVID-19 control U.S. adults consider to be acceptable and the factors associated with higher or lower approval of using this information. Authors: David Grande, M.D.,…

What happens in the brain when we imagine the future?

Research from University of Pennsylvania neuroscientist Joseph Kable finds that two sub-networks are at work, one focused on creating the new event, another on evaluating whether that event is positive or negative

A new theory for what’s happening in the brain when something looks familiar

This novel concept from University of Pennsylvania neuroscientist Nicole Rust brings the field one step closer to understanding how memory functions. Long-term, it could have implications for treating memory-impairing diseases like Alzheimer’s

Blockchain as ‘TechQuity’: How tech solutions have the power to help the homeless

AUSTIN, Texas — For people experiencing homelessness, missing proof of identity can be a major barrier to receiving critical services, from housing to food assistance to health care. Physical documents such as driver’s licenses are highly susceptible to loss, theft…

A Franco-Australian laboratory working towards better collaboration between humans and AI

A new laboratory has been created by the CNRS in Australia, in cooperation with three major Australian universities, IMT Atlantique and Naval Group, the European leader in naval defence. Its main objective: to develop new ways for humans to work…

Evaluating the impact and effectiveness of burglar alarms

AN INNOVATIVE and fast-paced research project led by the University of Huddersfield has been awarded a coveted grant from the UK’s Home Office to look at the effectiveness of burglar alarms in reducing residential burglary. The three-month project is being…

NYU Tandon announces 2021 S&K scholarship recipients

BROOKLYN, New York, Wednesday, March 31, 2021 – As part of its ongoing commitment to addressing the need for developing cybersecurity experts now nearing 3.5 million worldwide , the NYU Tandon School of Engineering has awarded the 2021 S&K Scholarships…

New research finds seating assignments on airplanes can reduce the spread of COVID-19

> CATONSVILLE, MD, March 24, 2021 – COVID-19 has been shown to spread on airplanes by infected passengers, so minimizing the risk of secondary infections aboard aircraft may save lives. New research in the INFORMS journal Service Science uses two…

Study of 630,000 patients unveils COVID-19 outcome disparities across racial/ethnic lines

Researchers examined EHRs of patients tested for SARS-CoV-2 and found stark disparities in COVID-19 outcomes — odds of infection, hospitalization, and in-hospital mortality — between White and non-White minority racial and ethnic groups

March/April 2021 Annals of Family Medicine Tip Sheet

Study Reveals New Hope for Men With Common Urinary Issues A new systematic review of evidence recommends the use of behavioral self-management treatments for common urinary issues experienced by upwards of 70 percent of older men. Common symptoms include trouble…

Assessing regulatory fairness through machine learning

The perils of machine learning – using computers to identify and analyze data patterns, such as in facial recognition software – have made headlines lately. Yet the technology also holds promise to help enforce federal regulations, including those related to…