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Article ID: 709385

How online neighborhood reviews could aid urban planning

University at Buffalo

Every day, people share a huge amount of info in online neighborhood reviews. They talk about whether neighbors are friendly, how well buses run, and much more. A new study shows how we can sort through this vast trove of digital data to improve cities and people’s quality of life.

11-Mar-2019 10:05 AM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Article ID: 709016

Global Analysis of Billions of Wikipedia Searches Reveals Treasure Trove of Biodiversity Secret


An international team of researchers from the University of Oxford, the University of Birmingham and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have found that the way in which people use the internet is closely tied to patterns and rhythms in the natural world.

4-Mar-2019 10:55 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


Article ID: 708405

Pottery reveals America’s first social media networks

Washington University in St. Louis

Long before Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and even MySpace, early Mississippian Mound cultures in America’s southern Appalachian Mountains shared artistic trends and technologies across regional networks that functioned in similar ways as modern social media, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis.

20-Feb-2019 2:05 PM EST

Article ID: 708354

Health-Related Google Searches Double in the Week Before ER Visits

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Patients were found to often be willing to share their Google search histories with medical researchers, revealing that many do searches on their health concerns long before deciding to go to the hospital.

20-Feb-2019 8:05 AM EST

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