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An AI Tool Can Distinguish Between a Conspiracy Theory and a True Conspiracy – It Comes Down to How Easily the Story Falls Apart
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An AI Tool Can Distinguish Between a Conspiracy Theory and a True Conspiracy – It Comes Down to How Easily the Story Falls Apart

The audio on the otherwise shaky body camera footage is unusually clear. As police officers search a handcuffed man who moments before had fired a shot inside a pizza parlor, an officer asks him why he was there. The man says to investigate a pedophile ring. Incredulous, the officer asks again. Another officer chimes in,...

Does the Human Brain Resemble the Universe?
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Does the Human Brain Resemble the Universe?

In their paper published in Frontiers of Physics, Franco Vazza (astrophysicist at the University of Bologna) and Alberto Feletti (neurosurgeon at the University of Verona) investigated the similarities between two of the most challenging and complex systems in nature: the cosmic network of galaxies and the network of neuronal cells in the human brain. Despite the...

Dogs Are Sensitive to Their Owners’ Choice Despite Their Own Preference
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Dogs Are Sensitive to Their Owners’ Choice Despite Their Own Preference

Inspired by work on infants, researchers at the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE ) investigated whether dogs’ behaviors are guided by human displays of preference or by the animals’ own choices. They found that dogs’ looking times, but not fetching behavior, were influenced by the owner’s expression of preference. Although the studies did not demonstrate that...

How Does the Brain Process Fear?
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How Does the Brain Process Fear?

When a frightful creature startles you, your brain may activate its fear-processing circuitry, sending your heart racing to help you escape the threat. It’s also the job of the brain’s fear-processing circuits to help you learn from experience to recognize which situations are truly dangerous and to respond appropriately–so if the scare comes from a...

Shining a Light on the Issue of Wine Fraud
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Shining a Light on the Issue of Wine Fraud

Wine researchers are developing a fast and simple method of authenticating wine – a potential solution against the estimated billions of dollars’ worth of wine fraud globally, but also offering a possible means of building regional branding. The team of scientists were able to identify the geographical origins of wines originating from three wine regions...

If the Glove Fits
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If the Glove Fits

Storage jars form one of the main ceramic types which were produced and abundantly used ever since pottery was invented. The need to collect, store, and distribute agricultural products such as grains, oils and wine in large vessels has littered excavation sites with an abundance of ceramic jar fragments of various designs, sizes and shapes....

Machine Learning Predicts How Long Museum Visitors Will Engage with Exhibits
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Machine Learning Predicts How Long Museum Visitors Will Engage with Exhibits

In a proof-of-concept study, education and artificial intelligence researchers have demonstrated the use of a machine-learning model to predict how long individual museum visitors will engage with a given exhibit. The finding opens the door to a host of new work on improving user engagement with informal learning tools. “Education is an important part of...

Wearable IT Devices: Dyeing Process Gives Textiles Electronic Properties
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Wearable IT Devices: Dyeing Process Gives Textiles Electronic Properties

Computer scientists at Saarland University show how these special textiles can be produced in a comparatively easy way, thus opening up new use cases. “Our goal was to integrate interactive functionalities directly into the fibers of textiles instead of just attaching electronic components to them,” says Jürgen Steimle, computer science professor at Saarland University. In...

Some Planets May Be Better for Life Than Earth
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Some Planets May Be Better for Life Than Earth

Earth is not necessarily the best planet in the universe. Researchers have identified two dozen planets outside our solar system that may have conditions more suitable for life than our own. Some of these orbit stars that may be better than even our sun. A study led by Washington State University scientist Dirk Schulze-Makuch recently...

Bacteria Could Survive Travel Between Earth and Mars When Forming Aggregates
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Bacteria Could Survive Travel Between Earth and Mars When Forming Aggregates

Imagine microscopic life-forms, such as bacteria, transported through space, and landing on another planet. The bacteria finding suitable conditions for its survival could then start multiplying again, sparking life at the other side of the universe. This theory, called “panspermia”, support the possibility that microbes may migrate between planets and distribute life in the universe....