Strengthening trust in machine-learning models

Associate Professor Tamara Broderick and colleagues build a “taxonomy of trust” to identify where in data analysis processes confidence in its results might break down.

Madeleine Turner | MIT Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems • mit
March 28, 2023 ~9 min

Body language books get it wrong: the truth about reading nonverbal cues

Why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover: the limitations of reading body language.

Geoff Beattie, Professor of Psychology, Edge Hill University • conversation
March 28, 2023 ~7 min

Climate doomism is bad storytelling – hope is much more effective at triggering action

Frightening headlines alone are unlikely to inspire people to change their behaviour.

Anastasia Denisova, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, University of Westminster • conversation
March 28, 2023 ~7 min

Tumor model clarifies how bone cancer defies chemo

An upgraded model shows how the body's immune response can make tumor cells more resistant to chemotherapy.

Silvia Cernea Clark-Rice • futurity
March 28, 2023 ~6 min

Fuel cell prototype runs on blood sugar

A fuel cell under the skin that converts blood sugar into electrical energy may sound like science fiction. Could it one day treat diabetes?

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
March 28, 2023 ~5 min

Why people feel ‘himpathy’ for sexual harassers

Employees' intuitive moral values may give rise to feelings of sympathy toward alleged sexual harassers and anger toward accusing victims.

Keith Kobland - Syracuse U. • futurity
March 28, 2023 ~5 min

Method gauges of small releases from methane deposits

A new method monitors when deep sea methane deposits convert to gas and rise toward the seafloor in amounts that were previously too small to detect.

Juan Siliezar-Brown • futurity
March 28, 2023 ~7 min

Room-temperature superconductors could revolutionize electronics – an electrical engineer explains the materials' potential

Superconductors make highly efficient electronics, but the ultralow temperatures and ultrahigh pressures make them costly and difficult to use. Room-temperature superconductors promise to change that.

Massoud Pedram, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Southern California • conversation
March 28, 2023 ~8 min

What is xylazine? A medical toxicologist explains how it increases overdose risk, and why Narcan can still save a life

Xylazine, or tranq, is increasingly being mixed with drugs like fentanyl or heroin and can be difficult to detect. Most people who use drugs are unable to tell if they have been exposed to it.

Kavita Babu, Professor of Emergency Medicine, UMass Chan Medical School • conversation
March 28, 2023 ~4 min

A shortage of native seeds is slowing land restoration across the US, which is crucial for tackling climate change and extinctions

Native plants help damaged landscapes by stabilizing soil, fighting invasive species and sheltering pollinators. Two horticulture experts explain what they’re doing to help develop new seed sources.

John Campanelli, PhD Student in Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, University of Connecticut • conversation
March 28, 2023 ~9 min