Artificial intelligence can figure out which faces the human brain finds beautiful
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Artificial intelligence can figure out which faces the human brain finds beautiful

HELSINKI, Finland — Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but a new study finds artificial intelligence can figure out which faces will make a person “swipe right.” Researchers from the Universities of Helsinki and Copenhagen say they have successfully taught an AI program to understand subjective notions which make certain faces more……

Selfie-image problem: 9 in 10 young women edit, filter photos before posting them online
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Selfie-image problem: 9 in 10 young women edit, filter photos before posting them online

LONDON — Long before social media appeared and changed the way people consume media, young women already had to deal with society’s unrealistic expectations of feminine beauty. Now, researchers from City, University of London say the age of social media is only making things worse. Their report finds 90 percent of 175 surveyed young women and……

Who is that? 40% of Americans don’t recognize themselves in the mirror due to COVID stress
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Who is that? 40% of Americans don’t recognize themselves in the mirror due to COVID stress

NEW YORK — Who’s that in the mirror? While many people haven’t seen their friends during the coronavirus pandemic, some believe they haven’t even seen themselves recently. Two in five Americans say that they’ve passed a mirror and not recognized their reflection at least once during COVID-19. A national survey of 2,000 American consumers examines the……

Half of Americans picked up some of their nasty old habits during COVID quarantine
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Half of Americans picked up some of their nasty old habits during COVID quarantine

NEW YORK — COVID-19 won’t last forever. With that in mind, many are ready to put their best foot forward after a lost and depressing year. A new study finds two-thirds of Americans are actively trying to improve themselves for the post-pandemic world. A survey of 2,000 people, commissioned by Vagaro and conducted by OnePoll, reveals……

Average woman pops 4,153 pimples in her lifetime — and pandemic is making things worse!
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Average woman pops 4,153 pimples in her lifetime — and pandemic is making things worse!

NEW YORK — When a zit rears its ugly head, do you let nature take its course or start squeezing? For women, a new study finds most take the proactive approach. The average American woman pops a total of 65 pimples annually. That’s 4,153 zits in the average U.S. woman’s adult lifetime! A survey of 2,000……

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Backyard chickens, rabbits, soybeans can meet household protein demand

In 2020, stores sold out of garden seed, coops and rabbit cages. Meat shortages led many to wonder what to eat for protein when supply chains are disrupted and some people turned to gathering eggs, raising animals and growing their own food. A team from Michigan Tech and the University of Alaska assessed backyard protein…

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University of Minnesota Medical School researchers identify target for senolytic drugs

In a study recently published in Nature, University of Minnesota Medical School researchers found that senescent immune cells are the most dangerous type of senescent cell.In a study recently published in Nature, University of Minnesota Medical School researchers found that senescent immune cells are the most dangerous type of senescent cell.

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UNH research estimates 1.4 million children have yearly violence-related medical visits

A national report from the University of New Hampshire shows close to one and a half million children each year visit a doctor, emergency room or medical facility as a result of an assault, abuse, crime or other form of violence. This is four times higher than previous estimates based only on data from U.S….

A PROMPT, low-cost platform speeds up gonorrhea testing and spots antibiotic resistance

A portable, rapid testing platform can detect gonorrhea infections in patient samples in under 15 minutes, far faster than standard-of-care tests that can take hours or days.A portable, rapid testing platform can detect gonorrhea infections in patient samples in under 15 minutes, far faster than standard-of-care tests that can take hours or days.

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Measuring brain blood flow and activity with light

A new, noninvasive method for measuring brain blood flow with light has been developed by biomedical engineers and neurologists at UC Davis and used to detect brain activation. The new method, functional interferometric diffusing wave spectroscopy, or fiDWS, promises to be cheaper than existing technology and could be used for assessing brain injuries, or in…

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Research reveals ancient people had more diverse gut microorganisms

Meradeth Snow, a University of Montana researcher and co-chair of UM’s Department of Anthropology, was part of an international team that used human “paleofeces” to discover that ancient people had far different microorganisms living in their guts than we do in modern times.Meradeth Snow, a University of Montana researcher and co-chair of UM’s Department of…

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Previously unknown letter reveals Einstein’s thinking on bees, birds and physics

Could bees and birds help us understand the principles of physics? Albert Einstein thought so, according to a long-lost letter that reveals he predicted a link between physics and biology seven decades before the evidence emerged.Could bees and birds help us understand the principles of physics? Albert Einstein thought so, according to a long-lost letter…

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Life may have become cellular by using unusual molecules

All modern life is cellular, but how life came to be cellular remains uncertain. New research shows that simple chemical compounds known as hydroxy acids, which were likely common on primitive Earth, spontaneously link together and form structures reminiscent of cells when dried from solution, as may have happened on primitive beaches. The resulting structures…

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Scientists find molecular patterns that may help identify extraterrestrial life

Scientists have begun the search for extraterrestrial life in the Solar System in earnest, but such life may be subtly or profoundly different from Earth-life, and methods based on detecting particular molecules as biosignatures may not work with life with a different evolutionary history. A new study by a joint Japan/US-based team has developed a…

Congestion pricing could shrink car size

Rush hour will likely return when pandemic lockdowns lift, but a new study suggests that congestion pricing–policies that charge tolls for driving during peak hours–could not only cure traffic jams but also convince motorists it is safe to buy smaller, more efficient cars.Rush hour will likely return when pandemic lockdowns lift, but a new study…

WATCH VIDEO: Scientists launch ‘next generation’ human brain imaging lab
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WATCH VIDEO: Scientists launch ‘next generation’ human brain imaging lab

As you read, your brain’s cells are generating electrical currents that emit infinitesimally small magnetic fields. Now, Virginia Tech scientists can measure them using a new brain imaging technique called optically pumped magnetometry.

Optically pumped magnetometry devices are wearable, lightweight headsets that measure brain activity while research volunteers can move around, interact with others, and sit upright. The device, which looks like a hat with wires connected to it, uses quantum sensor chips to measure the strength and originating location of magnetic fields produced by the human brain.

ELLEN QUITS SHOW: ‘Not a Challenge Anymore’
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ELLEN QUITS SHOW: ‘Not a Challenge Anymore’

Ellen DeGeneres is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable face and for many the most beloved. She’s calling it quits. DeGeneres has decided her upcoming season, her 19th on daytime television, will be the last. Her decision is said to have been several years in the making. She told her staff May 11 and will sit down with the grand dame Oprah Winfrey to discuss the news on Ellen‘s May 13 show.

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Introducing the YouTube Shorts Fund

By Amy Singer, Director, Global Partnership Enablement for YouTube Shorts We’re introducing the YouTube Shorts Fund, a $100M fund distributed over the course of 2021-2022. We’ve been rolling out the YouTube Shorts beta to help bring the joy of short-form video to YouTube, and the joy of YouTube to short-form video. It’s now available to everyone in…

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Gas Prices Hit $3 Per Gallon Average, First Time Since 2014

COVID-19 recovery in demand with slow improvement in supplyfuels gasoline prices to their highest level in 2,381 days BOSTON – The national average price of gasoline today has passed the $3 per gallon mark, according to GasBuddy, the travel and navigation app used by more North American drivers to save money on gas. This is a…

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Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Honors Nation’s Law Enforcement During National Police Week

In honor of National Police Week, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland recognizes the service and sacrifice of federal, state, local, and Tribal law enforcement. This year, the week is observed Sunday, May 9 through Saturday, May 15, 2021. “This week is a time to honor our law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice…

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