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Every action that involves a computer generates some kind of data, from a text message to an Amazon order to a Facebook Like...These are our digital footprints, crumbs of behaviours we leave while making our way through cyberspace. And they are key to answering many of the questions that behavioural scientists have had for centuries.
With worries about the decline of Earth’s habitability in the not-too-distant future – due to environmental degradation, lack of resources, and climate change – individuals and institutions are exploring the modern frontiers of space technology that could soon transform humankind into the “Invaders from Earth.”
You probably know that ingesting too much sugar is not good for your body. However, did you know that more than harming your health, sweets can be more addictive than cocaine? Exactly, sugar addiction is real. It makes someone dependent by “hijacking” the brain’s reward pathways. Recent neurochemical and behavioral evidences show how sugar acts in the organism, transforming a something pleasurable into dependency.
In the human body, statistically self-similar models are most commonly applied to branching structures in the lung and in networks of blood vessels. The latter application has had particular importance in medical studies of cancer, as there is evidence that understanding the fractal geometry of tumor vasculature may aid in identification and targeted treatment of cancers.
When a flowering plant is unable to pollinate with a plant of the same species, it begins to reproduce with itself, a process known as selfing. While selfing assures reproduction for the plant and a high crop yield, the long term negative consequences outweigh short term benefits.
One of the biggest challenges in the development of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) is the performance of the batteries themselves. The future of lithium-ion batteries rests on the balance of high performance and low manufacturing cost.
Students across the world are increasingly turning towards ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) drugs such as Adderall or Dexedrine to give themselves an extra boost to get the scores they desire; however, students often make these choices without considering how these “study” drugs really work and the adverse effects that might occur with extended usage.
In the age of the Internet, security and privacy have become extremely prevalent issues. To ensure the protection of information and communications, all eyes have turned to the promising field of quantum cryptology.
Digital humanities is a new and exciting field that combines traditional disciplines of the humanities with computing. Dr. Algee-Hewitt of the Stanford Literary Lab discusses what exactly this up-and-coming field is and its exciting future.