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Innovation - Computer Science - 19.07.2024
AI boosts individual creativity - at the expense of less varied content
Stories written with the assistance of artificial intelligence (AI) have been deemed to be more creative, better written and more enjoyable, according to new research from UCL and the University of Exeter. The study, published in Science Advances , found that AI enhanced creativity by boosting the novelty of story ideas as well as the 'usefulness' of stories, which describes their ability to engage the target audience and their publication potential.

Innovation - 18.07.2024
Deeper down the rabbit hole
Deeper down the rabbit hole
Research team studies how technology conspiracy beliefs emerge and foster a conspiracy mindset As technology proliferates, misinformation and conspiracy theories seem to flourish. Conspiracy beliefs specifically about technology include popular commercial technologies, such as Amazon Echo and Google Search, as well as non-profit technologies designed to support health, such as contact tracing apps.

Physics - Innovation - 17.07.2024
The magnet trick: New invention makes vibrations disappear
The magnet trick: New invention makes vibrations disappear
TU Wien (Vienna) has patented a completely new method of dampening vibrations. This is an important step for precision devices such as high-performance astronomical telescopes. When everything shakes, precision is usually impossible - everybody who has ever tried to take a photo with shaky hands or make handwritten notes on a bumpy bus journey knows that.

Health - Innovation - 17.07.2024
A hydrogel implant to treat endometriosis
Researchers from ETH Zurich and Empa have developed a hydrogel implant that can help prevent endometriosis, a condition that affects a great many women. This innovation also acts as a contraceptive. Hydrogels have a variety of use cases, including contact lenses, delivering doses of medication within the body, moisturisers, water storage in soil, cleaning polluted water and as gelling and thickening agents.

Environment - Innovation - 16.07.2024
New CMU Tool Monitors Wildlife Conservation in Low-Resource Languages
Activists on the front lines of wildlife conservation routinely monitor news articles for information about infrastructure projects that could threaten at-risk animals. But that monitoring required more staff time than organizations on the ground could spare. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University helped ease this burden by working with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for Nature to develop a tool that monitors and identifies media articles related to environmental conservation.

Innovation - Social Sciences - 15.07.2024
AI Chatbots have shown they have an ’empathy gap’ that children are likely to miss
New study proposes a framework for "Child Safe AI" following recent incidents which revealed that many children see chatbots as quasi-human and trustworthy. When not designed with children's needs in mind, Artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots have an "empathy gap" that puts young users at particular risk of distress or harm, according to a study.

Computer Science - Innovation - 12.07.2024
AI in Lie Detection: Social Harmony at Risk?
Artificial intelligence can detect lies much better than humans. This also has an impact on social interaction, as a recently published study shows. Humans are bad at recognizing lies. As studies consistently demonstrate, their judgments are barely better than chance. This inability could be one of the reasons why most people refrain from accusing others of dishonesty.

Health - Innovation - 11.07.2024
Advanced technology could give us ’personalised’ hip replacements
'Personalised' hip replacement surgery might be just what the doctor ordered for people with hip arthritis - according to new research. Using advanced technology from other industries such as automotive and manufacturing, researchers are driving medical advancement. The result is tailored hip replacements, as each person moves their hips in slightly different ways.

Physics - Innovation - 10.07.2024
X-Ray Diffraction: Introducing a new era in threat detection
X-Ray Diffraction: Introducing a new era in threat detection
In collaboration with Smiths Detection, CEA-Leti developed an innovative detection module for small-angle X-ray diffraction.

Astronomy / Space - Innovation - 09.07.2024
Lunar soils simulated by AI and immersive technologies to improve autonomous driving of planetary rovers
Researchers Marcos Fernández (left) and Jesús Gimeno in front of one of the lunar soil simulations.

Computer Science - Innovation - 09.07.2024
Navigating the labyrinth: How AI tackles complex data sampling
Navigating the labyrinth: How AI tackles complex data sampling
Researchers at EPFL have made a breakthrough in understanding how neural network-based generative models perform against traditional data sampling techniques in complex systems, unveiling both challenges and opportunities for AI's future in data generation. The world of artificial intelligence (AI) has recently seen significant advancements in generative models, a type of machine-learning algorithms that "learn" patterns from set of data in order to generate new, similar sets of data.

Innovation - Computer Science - 05.07.2024
Less highlighting may mean more learning
Less highlighting may mean more learning
If you scroll through the average student's digital textbook or reading, you will probably see multi-coloured streaks scattered everywhere. However, new research reveals that excessive highlighting may do more harm than good. Researchers at Waterloo excel at creating new technologies, investigating human-technology interactions, and exploring how to mitigate harm.

Environment - Innovation - 04.07.2024
Cutting-edge technology detects nanoplastics in water - instantly
A McGill-led research team has developed the first real-time, on-site technology capable of detecting and deciphering nanoplastics from all'other particles in water, a capacity akin to being able to find a needle in a haystack within milliseconds. Microplastic pieces are between 1 micrometre and 5 millimetres, roughly equivalent to a grain of rice.

Psychology - Innovation - 02.07.2024
Is AI conscious? Most people say yes
Two-thirds of people surveyed think that artificial intelligence (AI) tools like ChatGPT have some degree of consciousness and can have subjective experiences such as feelings and memories, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. Large language models (LLMs) like ChatGPT often display a conversational style when outputting content.

Health - Innovation - 01.07.2024
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Monitoring using consumer wearable devices was found to have clinical value for comparing response to two treatments for atrial fibrillation and heart failure Monitoring of heart rate and physical activity using consumer wearable devices was found to have clinical value for comparing the response to two treatments for atrial fibrillation and heart failure.

Health - Innovation - 01.07.2024
Detachable cardiac pacing lead may improve safety for cardiac patients
The minimally invasive, 3d-printable device offers safer application and removal, along with improved bioelectronic performance. In 2012, Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died of post-surgery complications at the age of 82 following what should have been a routine heart surgery. Armstrong had undergone bypass surgery, the most common open-heart operation in the United States, and a surgery where the overall chance of death has dropped to almost zero.

Environment - Innovation - 26.06.2024
Technology presented for measuring carbon in media, advertising and generative AI
Developed by a UC3M spin-off, the company Hiili Measuring energy consumption derived from digital activity from a scientific point of view is the challenge faced by Hiili, S.L. , a compa

Innovation - 25.06.2024
Innovative thermostat increases your comfort in heat and cold
Innovative thermostat increases your comfort in heat and cold
The innovative thermostat BRYS, developed by industrial designer Lenneke Kuijer with her Veni grant, is designed to help residents keep their homes up to nine degrees cooler in the summer heat. BRYS also helps train our bodies to stay comfortable at temperatures between 17 and 28 degrees Celsius. Summers are getting longer and hotter, even in the Netherlands.

Innovation - Computer Science - 25.06.2024
Effectiveness of large language models in political microtargeting assessed in new study
Researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) have published a new study of the effectiveness of AI tools like ChatGPT in targeting specific demographics with tailored political messaging. Recent advancements in large language models (LLMs) have raised the prospect of scalable, automated, and fine-grained political microtargeting on a scale previously unseen.

Health - Innovation - 18.06.2024
Painless patch for continuous health monitoring
Painless patch for continuous health monitoring
Researchers develop a painless patch for continuous health monitoring. Researchers at two Ontario universities have developed a pain-free, wearable sensor that can continuously monitor levels of blood sugar, lactates and other critical health indicators for weeks at a time, sending results to a smartphone or other device.
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