Insects can be the ultimate teaching tool for kids

Io moth caterpillars can be a common sight across eastern North America. (Renatto Mora/Unsplash/) Akito Y. Kawahara is an associate professor and curator of insects at the Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida. Megan Ennes is an assistant curator of museum education at the University of Florida. Amanda Markee is a researcher at […]

Minuscule migrations | EurekAlert! Science News

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — Cells move constantly throughout our bodies, performing myriad operations critical to tissue development, immune responses and general wellbeing. This bustle is guided by chemical cues long studied by scientists interested in cellular migration. To better understand this phenomenon, a team of biologists and physicists, led by UC Santa Barbara’s Distinguished […]

Physicists built an ‘anti-laser’ to charge your phone from across a room

Scientists have figured out a way to perfectly beam energy across any room, thanks to a sci-fi like device they call an “anti-laser.” The idea is simple: Just like a laser emits light particles, or photons, one after another in a neat and orderly row, an anti-laser sucks up photons one after another in reverse […]

A medicinal plant has evolved camouflage in heavily picked areas

Fritillaria plants should be simple to spot. The usually bright green plants often stand alone amid the jumbled scree that tops the Himalayan and Hengduan mountains in southwestern China — easy pickings for traditional Chinese medicine herbalists, who’ve ground the bulbs of wild Fritillaria into a popular cough-treating powder for more than 2,000 years. The […]

An Extraordinary Winter in the Polar North

The winter of 2019–2020 in the Northern Hemisphere was one of extremes. The massive region of cold polar air encircled by stratospheric winds, known as the stratospheric polar vortex, was particularly strong, keeping the frigid air whirling above the polar region and leading to a very mild winter in many regions farther south. […]

How well a mask works depends on how well it fits

At this time last year, it would have been unthinkable to see near-universal face mask wearing across North America. But that’s now the norm, especially in big cities. The change was rapid and swift and now, months into this new behavior, there’s still no standard for what makes a good mask, although we can tell […]

Coaching sales agents? Use AI and human coaches

Researchers from Temple University, Sichuan University, and Fudan University published a new paper in the Journal of Marketing that explores the growing use of AI to coach sales agents to determine if there are any caveats that inhibit the effective use of this technology. The study forthcoming, in the the Journal of Marketing, is titled […]

Collaborative AI effort unraveling SARS-CoV-2 mysteries wins Gordon Bell Special Prize

The latent space learned by the AI model provides a means to understand the conformational changes in the spike protein complex with the ACE2 receptor. Credit: Image produced by Anda Trifan, Argonne/University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC); John Stone, UIUC; Lorenzo Casalino and Rommie Amaro, University of California San Diego; Alex Brace and Arvind […]