AI Can Help Us Know What Viruses Are Up To In The Oceans And In Our Guts

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Viruses are a mysterious and poorly understood force in microbial ecosystems. Researchers know they can infect, kill and manipulate human and bacterial cells in nearly every environment, from the oceans to your gut. But scientists don’t yet have a full picture of how viruses affect their surrounding environments in large part because of their extraordinary diversity and ability to rapidly evolve.Communities of microbes are difficult to study in a laboratory setting. Many microbes are challengi ...read more

Florence Nightingale Overcame The Limits Set On Victorian Women

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For nearly 200 years, Florence Nightingale’s name has been synonymous with gentle compassion and mercy.In the mid-19th century, Nightingale became perhaps the most celebrated woman of her era – second only to Queen Victoria – for instituting sanitation practices that sharply cut death rates among British soldiers fighting in the Crimean War. A handsome bronze statue in London’s Waterloo Place has immortalized Nightingale as a slight, graceful figure carrying a lamp, the embodiment of sel ...read more

Giant Chips Boost Supercomputing Capabilities

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The ability to simulate the way matter behaves on the atomic scale is revolutionizing materials science and everything related to it. This approach is producing new materials with exotic properties, resilient alloys for nuclear power and a new understanding of protein folding, to name just a few applications.These advances are largely the result of ever more powerful computing machines, which aim to make simulations bigger, faster and longer. That’s the goal but the reality is more nuanced. Mo ...read more

AI Chatbots Are Intruding Into Online Communities

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A parent asked a question in a private Facebook group in April 2024: Does anyone with a child who is both gifted and disabled have any experience with New York City public schools? The parent received a seemingly helpful answer that laid out some characteristics of a specific school, beginning with the context that “I have a child who is also 2e,” meaning twice exceptional.On a Facebook group for swapping unwanted items near Boston, a user looking for specific items received an offer of a ...read more

Self-Diagnosing Isn’t Always Bad, But You Should Still Seek a Medical Professional

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Calling Dr. Google! Calling Dr. Google! That’s what most of us do when we’re worried about a symptom. But is it a good idea to diagnose yourself? Probably not as bad as you think, but you do need to take some precautions.You shouldn’t feel guilty about your visits to Dr. Google. Even the pros do it. Matthew Adkins is a family practice physician and member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) board of directors. He freely admits that when he himself has a new symptom, he ofte ...read more

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