Here’s how machine learning can violate your privacy

A data privacy expert explains how machine learning algorithms draw inferences and how that leads to privacy concerns.

Jordan Awan, Assistant Professor of Statistics, Purdue University • conversation
May 23, 2024 ~8 min

Phone cameras can take in more light than the human eye − that’s why low-light events like the northern lights often look better through your phone camera

Phone cameras are an example of what’s called computational photography. Digital tools built into these cameras can enhance your images in real time.

Douglas Goodwin, Visiting Assistant Professor in Media Studies, Scripps College • conversation
May 23, 2024 ~8 min

Scarlett Johansson’s complaint to OpenAI is a new benchmark in the development of machine intelligence

Scarlett Johansson said one of the five voices used for OpenAI’s new product sounded very like her.

David Reid, Professor of AI and Spatial Computing, Liverpool Hope University • conversation
May 23, 2024 ~5 min

We dropped over 8,000 pieces of litter into a fake river to fight plastic pollution

Understanding how plastic pollution moves in rivers is key to effective cleanup strategies.

Daniel Valero, Senior Lecturer in Fluid Mechanics, Imperial College London • conversation
May 23, 2024 ~5 min

Successful city parks make diverse communities feel safe and welcome − this Minnesota park is an example

City parks are like outdoor living rooms: If people feel welcome and relaxed, they will settle in.

Dan Trudeau, Professor of Geography, Macalester College • conversation
May 22, 2024 ~9 min

If Earth gets sick, so do you

How diseases will change as Earth overheats.

Jack Marley, Environment + Energy Editor, UK edition • conversation
May 22, 2024 ~8 min

Dyson spheres: astronomers report potential candidates for alien megastructures – here’s what to make of it

An excess of infrared light from seven stars are intriguing astronomers.

Simon Goodwin, Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Sheffield • conversation
May 22, 2024 ~6 min

Abandoned lead mines are leaving a toxic legacy on Wales’s farmland, wildlife and rivers

New research shows how old lead mines are polluting the environment and surrounding wildlife and farmland with legacy contaminants.

Andrea Sartorius, Research Fellow, Ecotoxicology, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham • conversation
May 22, 2024 ~5 min

US participation in space has benefits at home and abroad − reaping them all will require collaboration

You have the US space program to thank for some of the technology in your phone and laptop.

Cheyenne Black, Graduate Research Assistant in the Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis, University of Oklahoma • conversation
May 22, 2024 ~7 min

More military veterans and active duty service members are dying by suicide than in battle – understanding why can help with prevention

Suicide among military service members in the US is a growing problem. A lack of a sense of belonging and feeling like a burden are key risk factors.

April Smith, Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences, Auburn University • conversation
May 22, 2024 ~6 min