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[Science] How maths could fix the problems with India’s voting machines – AI

[Science] How maths could fix the problems with India’s voting machines – AI

A lady uses an electronic voting machine to make her choice in the Indian electionDIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty By Edd GentThe biggest election in history is under way. Machines have the responsibility of counting the votes in India, but how should the results be checked? A neat statistical test could be the best way to guarantee that everyone can…
[Science] AI that spots inequality could monitor living conditions in cities – AI

[Science] AI that spots inequality could monitor living conditions in cities – AI

Some measures of inequality can be inferred from imagesTangMan Photography/Getty By Donna LuSocial and economic inequality has no easy fix, but now a system that automatically detects signs of inequality from street images could be used to help. Esra Suel and colleagues at Imperial College London trained artificial intelligence to detect inequalities in four UK…
[Science] An interstellar rock may have hit Earth in 2014 but nobody noticed – AI

[Science] An interstellar rock may have hit Earth in 2014 but nobody noticed –...

Some meteors may have travelled a very long wayWilliam Attard McCarthy / Alamy Stock Photo By Leah Crane‘Oumuamua the “interstellar asteroid” may not have been the first interstellar rock we’ve ever seen. A meteor that burned up in Earth’s atmosphere in 2014 may have come from a distant planetary system – and if it did,…
[Science] Dog owners are more likely to get the recommended amount of exercise – AI

[Science] Dog owners are more likely to get the recommended amount of exercise –...

Helping their owner stay fitMitchell Funk/Getty By Sam WongIt may be a dog-eat-dog world, but our furry friends bring at least one important health benefit: getting more exercise. In news that will surprise few dog owners, researchers found that those with pet pooches are much more likely to meet weekly targets for time spent engaging…
[Science] Climate protesters want net zero carbon emissions – is it possible? – AI

[Science] Climate protesters want net zero carbon emissions – is it possible? – AI

Extinction Rebellion protestors in London on 15 AprilDinendra Haria/LNP/Shutterstock By Adam VaughanHundreds of people were arrested this week for taking part in protests organised by Extinction Rebellion, a group demanding that the UK set legally binding targets to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025. The activists may not get their wish, but the Committee on Climate…
[Science] We’ve found the first type of molecule to form after the big bang – AI

[Science] We’ve found the first type of molecule to form after the big bang...

The NGC 7027 nebula – home to some ancient-looking moleculesWilliam B. Latter (SIRTF Science Center/Caltech) and NASA/ESA By Leah CraneIn the beginning, there were no molecules. For hundreds of thousands of years after the big bang, the universe was too hot and full of radiation for atoms to bond together – but now, for the first…
[Science] Viewing media coverage of traumatic events may fuel long-term distress – AI

[Science] Viewing media coverage of traumatic events may fuel long-term distress – AI

Watching coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing seemed to have a lasting effectKelvin Ma/Bloomberg via Getty By Chelsea WhyteWhen something terrible happens in the world, it’s not uncommon to scroll through social media or flip through television channels in search of news coverage. But such media exposure may fuel post-traumatic stress symptoms for as much as…
[Science] We must all work to avoid disputes over the care of very ill children – AI

[Science] We must all work to avoid disputes over the care of very ill...

A memorial to Alfie EvansBeata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty By Mike LinneyModern medicine has the power to enhance and prolong the lives of seriously ill children. This is clearly good news, but sometimes it leads to ethical dilemmas. If health professionals and parents cannot agree on what is in a child’s best interest, the decision may…
[Science] Ancient urine reveals early prehistory of domestic sheep and goats – AI

[Science] Ancient urine reveals early prehistory of domestic sheep and goats – AI

Flock of sheep near Kizilkaya, TurkeyJordan T. Abell By Michael MarshallEarly farmers living in Turkey increased their reliance on domestic sheep and goats over a period of 1000 years. The shift in practices has been revealed by the animals’ urine, which is preserved in the soil as distinctive salts. “For the first time, we can…
[Science] A virus we thought was harmless to humans may worsen cystic fibrosis – AI

[Science] A virus we thought was harmless to humans may worsen cystic fibrosis –...

Some bacteria-targeting viruses may worsen cystic fibrosis HYBRID MEDICAL ANIMATION/SPL By Yvaine YePeople with cystic fibrosis may experience more severe bacterial infections if they carry a certain type of virus – even though the virus actually targets bacteria. The so-called filamentous bacteriophage seems to prevent antibiotics from reaching the bacteria, making infections harder to treat.…

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