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Weird World: Science & Society
September 28, 2020

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Future Autonomous Machines May Build Trust Through Emotion

Research has extended the state-of-the-art in autonomy by providing a more complete picture of how actions and nonverbal signals contribute to promoting cooperation. Researchers suggested guidelines ...

COVID-19 Lockdown Caused 50 Percent Global Reduction in Human-Linked Earth Vibrations

The lack of human activity during lockdown caused human-linked vibrations in the Earth to drop by an average of 50 percent between March and May ...

Teleportation in Live Musical Performance

A new study explains for the first time how quantum supercomputers could be helpful in the world of making and performing ...

Wearable-Tech Glove Translates Sign Language Into Speech in Real Time

Bioengineers have designed a glove-like device that can translate American Sign Language into English speech in real time though a smartphone app. The system includes a pair of gloves with thin, ...
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Atheists Are More Likely to Sleep Better Than Catholics and Baptists, Study Finds

A new study of sleep, religious affiliation, and perceptions of heaven found that atheists and agnostics are significantly more likely to be better sleepers than Catholics and ...

When Will Scientists Learn to Use Fewer Acronyms?

Researchers have analyzed 24 million scientific article titles and 18 million abstracts between 1950 and 2019, looking for trends in acronym use. Despite repeated calls for scientists to reduce their ...

Engaging Undergrads Remotely With an Escape Room Game

Researchers describe an alternative way to engage students: a virtual game, modeled on an escape room, in which teams solve chemistry problems to progress and ...

What Violin Synchronization Can Teach Us About Better Networking in Complex Times

A new study suggests by using a model of violin synchronization in a network of violin players, there are ways to drown out distractions and miscommunications that could be used as a model for human ...

Evolutionary Theory of Economic Decisions

When survival over generations is the end game, researchers say it makes sense to undervalue long shots that could be profitable and overestimate the likelihood of rare bad ...

Distorted Passage of Time During the COVID-19 Lockdown

A survey conducted in the U.K. suggests that social and physical distancing measures put in place during the Covid-19 pandemic significantly impacted people's perception of how quickly time ...

Researchers Foresee Linguistic Issues During Space Travel

Interstellar space travelers arriving on another planet could face problems communicating with previous and subsequent arrivals, their spoken language having changed in isolation along the ...

What Can Maritime Shipping Learn from Brain Network Science?

Researchers show how network science computational theories used for brain analysis can help us to understand global shipping networks and their impact on the world ...

Acute Stress May Slow Down the Spread of Fears

Psychologists find that we are less likely to amplify fears in social exchange if we are ...

Anxious About Public Speaking? Your Smart Speaker Could Help

Researchers have developed a public-speaking tutor on the Amazon Alexa platform. The tutor enables users to engage in cognitive restructuring exercise -- a psychological technique that helps anxious ...

Monty Python's Silly Walk: A Gait Analysis and Wake-Up Call to Peer Review Inefficiencies

Fifty years ago, Monty Python's famous sketch, 'The Ministry of Silly Walks,' first aired. The sketch pokes fun at the inefficiency of government bureaucracy. It opens with the ...

Automated System Can Rewrite Outdated Sentences in Wikipedia Articles

A new system could be used to automatically update factual inconsistencies in Wikipedia articles, reducing time and effort spent by human editors who now do the task ...

Breathing May Change Your Mind About Free Will

Is free will just an illusion? For decades, a signal from the brain called the 'readiness potential' has been interpreted to mean that free will may be an illusion. Backed by signals from ...

Of Ants and Men: Ant Behavior Might Mirror Political Polarization

Division of labor and political polarization may be driven by the same processes, say computational biologists. They found that two forces -- ''social influence,'' the tendency of ...

Debunking Previous Studies That Say Tropical Fish Are Behaving Oddly

Biologists help debunk previous studies that say tropical fish are behaving oddly as oceans gets more acidic due to climate ...

Smart Intersections Could Cut Autonomous Car Congestion

Researchers have developed a first-of-its-kind model to control traffic and intersections in order to increase autonomous car capacity on urban streets of the future, reduce congestion and minimize ...

Atmospheric River Storms Create $1 Billion-a-Year Flood Damage

Researchers found that flooding has caused nearly $51 billion in damages to western states in the last 40 years. More than 84 percent of these damages were caused by atmospheric rivers (ARs), long ...

Some Hyper-Realistic Masks More Believable Than Human Faces, Study Suggests

Researchers asked participants to look at pairs of photographs and decide which showed a normal face and which showed a person wearing a mask. Surprisingly, participants made the wrong call in one in ...

Estimating the Environmental Impact of Bitcoin Mining

As an alternative to government-issued money, the cryptocurrency Bitcoin offers relative anonymity, no sales tax and freedom from bank and government interference. But some people argue that these ...

Environmental Cost of Cryptocurrency Mines

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Monero -- the names of digital-based 'cryptocurrencies' are being heard more and more frequently. But despite having no physical representation, could these ...

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