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Article ID: 709431

Following the Crowd: New Study Shows How to Improve Group Consensus

University of Notre Dame

New research from the University of Notre Dame has found a way to improve the accuracy of crowd-sourcing sites.

11-Mar-2019 3:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 708859

Making Flight Safer With the “Internet of Airplanes”

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute computer scientists Stacy Patterson and Carlos Varela have teamed up to develop a prototype framework, the “Virtual Sky” platform, to fuse and analyze flight sensor data correctly, reliably, and quickly. Virtual Sky would serve as a model extension of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Next Generation Air Transportation System, a sweeping modernization of the National Airspace System that includes greater use of computer and satellite systems in air traffic elements like communication, navigation, weather, information management, and tracking.

28-Feb-2019 10:05 AM EST

Article ID: 708757

Microbiologist Gets Creative Using Instagram

Florida Atlantic University

Hunter Hines has turned to Instagram to engage audiences in scientific exchange across the world and has come up with the right formula for success. He is encouraging other scientists to follow suit. His Instagram account @microbialecology currently has 55,000 followers and at the end of 2018, his account received more than 1.4 million views in a single week. The authors share their experience and knowledge about using social media in microbiology outreach at a global scale.

27-Feb-2019 9:00 AM EST

Article ID: 708487

National Day of Unplugging: 5 Reasons to Digital Detox

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Ping! Swoosh! Chirp! In an “always on” world — where we’re constantly bombarded with emails, social media notifications, and other distractions — do you sometimes want to go where nobody knows your name? There may not be an app for that but thousands of people around the country have found something close: Sundown on March 1 kicks off the National Day of Unplugging, a 24-hour global respite from technology.

21-Feb-2019 2:05 PM EST

Pop Culture

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    13-Feb-2019 2:00 PM EST

Article ID: 707711

In Disasters, Twitter Influencers Get Out-Tweeted

University of Vermont

A first-of-its-kind study on Twitter use during 5 of the costliest U.S. natural disasters offers potentially life-saving insights. The research, in PLOS ONE, finds that Twitter users with small networks (100-200 followers) increase activity more than those with larger networks in these situations. It also finds that each disaster type (hurricanes, tornadoes, floods) has a unique pattern of social media use.

7-Feb-2019 11:30 AM EST
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    6-Feb-2019 2:00 PM EST

Article ID: 707332

Unfamiliar words, not blue text, slows reading of hyperlinks


Hyperlinks slow down reading speed only when the linked word is unfamiliar, an effect that is independent of link color, according to new research published in the open-access journal PLOS One by Gemma Fitzsimmons, Mark Weal, and Dennis Drieghe of the University of Southampton in the UK. The effect is likely due to the reader’s perception that the unfamiliar word may carry special importance in the sentence when formatted as a hyperlink.

31-Jan-2019 11:45 AM EST

Article ID: 706100

Why people make up their minds sooner than they realize

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

In the era of Google and Facebook, people may believe that exchanging ever-more information will foster better-informed opinions and perspectives when the reality is people are making snap judgments without even begin aware of it.

7-Jan-2019 3:05 PM EST

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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    21-Dec-2018 11:00 AM EST

Article ID: 705707

Millions of Google Searches For Sexual Harassment, Assault Since #MeToo

JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

An estimated 40 to 54 million Google searches for sexual harassment and assault were recorded in the United States in the eight months after public accusations against film producer Harvey Weinstein and the ensuing #MeToo movement. Searches related to reporting and preventing such actions also were up based on the results of a study that monitored and analyzed search activity.

19-Dec-2018 2:05 PM EST

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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