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Food insecurity common across US higher education campuses says American Psychological Association

Food insecurity common across US higher education campuses

Summary:Many university and college students across the US report lacking access to a reliable supply of nutritious food, a concept known as food insecurity, which can affect their ability to learn, according to new research.

Many university and college students across the U.S. report lacking access to a reliable supply of nutritious food, a concept known… Read More

Employees are less upset at being replaced by robots than by other people says study

Employees less upset at being replaced by robots

Summary:Generally speaking, most people find the idea of workers being replaced by robots or software worse than if the jobs are taken over by other workers. But when their own jobs are at stake, people would rather prefer to be replaced by robots than by another employee, according to a new study.

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Enhancing the AI quality requires moving beyond the quantitative

Enhancing the quality of AI requires moving beyond the quantitative

Summary:Artificial Intelligence engineers should enlist ideas and expertise from a broad range of social science disciplines, including those embracing qualitative methods, in order to reduce the potential harm of their creations and to better serve society as a whole, a pair of researchers has concluded.

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It’s not you, it’s the network says a research by Santa Fe Institute

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Summary:The result of the 2016 US presidential election was, for many, a surprise lesson in social perception bias — peoples’ tendency to assume that others think as we do, and to underestimate the size and influence of a minority party. Many psychologists attribute the source of these biases to faulty cognitive processes like ‘wishful… Read More

American Psychological Association | Why stress & anxiety aren’t always bad

Why stress & anxiety aren't always bad

Summary:People generally think of stress and anxiety as negative concepts, but while both stress and anxiety can reach unhealthy levels, psychologists have long known that both are unavoidable — and that they often play a helpful, not harmful, role in our daily lives.

People generally think of stress and anxiety as negative concepts, but while both… Read More

Brain inspiring a new type of AI

The brain inspires a new type of artificial intelligence

Summary:Using advanced experiments on neuronal cultures and large scale simulations, scientists have demonstrated a new type of ultrafast artificial intelligence algorithms — based on the very slow brain dynamics — which outperform learning rates achieved to date by state-of-the-art learning algorithms. In an article in Scientific Reports,… Read More

Back-to-back low snow years will become more common says American Geophysical Union

Back-to-back low snow years will become more common

Summary:Consecutive low snow years may become six times more common across the Western United States over the latter half of this century, leading to ecological and economic challenges such as expanded fire seasons and poor snow conditions at ski resorts, according to a new study.

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Rsearchers pondering as to why humans in Africa fled to mountains during the last ice age

Why humans in Africa fled to the mountains during the last ice age

Summary:People in Ethiopia did not live in low valleys during the last ice age. Instead they lived high up in the inhospitable Bale Mountains where they had enough water, built tools out of obsidian and relied mainly on giant mole rats for nourishment.Researchers provides the first evidence that our African ancestors had already settled in the mountains during… Read More

Study says that migration can promote or inhibit cooperation between individuals

Migration can promote or inhibit cooperation between individuals

Summary:A new mathematical analysis suggests that migration can generate patterns in the spatial distribution of individuals that promote cooperation and allow populations to thrive, in spite of the threat of exploitation.

A new mathematical analysis suggests that migration can generate patterns in the spatial distribution of individuals that promote… Read More

University of Birmingham study shows impact of largescale tree death on carbon storage

University of Birmingham study shows impact of largescale tree death on carbon storage

Summary:Largescale ‘disturbances’, including fires, harvesting, windstorms and insect outbreaks, which kill large patches of forest, are responsible for more than a tenth of tree death worldwide, according to new research.

Largescale ‘disturbances’, including fires, harvesting, windstorms and insect outbreaks, which… Read More

Study shows that Icebergs delay Southern Hemisphere future warming

Icebergs delay Southern Hemisphere future

Summary:Future warming can accelerate the disintegration of the West Antarctic ice sheet. A large fraction of the ice will enter the Southern Ocean in form of icebergs, which melt and provide a cooling and freshening effect to the warmer and denser ocean water. This process will increase the formation of sea-ice and shift winds and ocean currents. The overall… Read More