Can artificial intelligence read your mind?
A new AI system called Semantic Decoder can translate a person’s brain activity into text. Though it can’t decode word-for-word, this non-invasive method provides a summary of the patient’s thoughts. The findings from this new research, published in Nature Neuroscience, show that this technology is accurate about half of the time. So while there’s still progress to be made, this is a huge step in communication technology (University of Texas at Austin).
How moms can protect their newborn babies
Infants born via C-section aren’t exposed to certain bacteria present in the vaginal canal, which increases their risk of immune and metabolic diseases. Researchers in a novel study, published in mBio, swabbed newborns with their mother’s vaginal fluid in a process called ‘vaginal seeding.’ Their results show that this method safely introduces babies to maternal bacteria and strengthens their immune system (Rutgers University).
Are you doing the best exercise for your health?
Research in The American Journal of Medicine breaks down the best strategy for people with type two diabetes. It shows that consistent aerobic exercise, like cycling or walking, helps manage blood glucose. Similarly, resistant movements, such as weightlifting or body weight training, benefits insulin sensitivity. Researchers also note that exercising later in the day is best for people with type 2 diabetes (Rutgers University).
Will the rising heat wipe out our wheat crops?
Scientists at Tufts University predict that extreme weather patterns could threaten grain production. The researchers say massive droughts caused by record-breaking heat may become more apparent due to climate change. If these droughts were to occur at the same time in the U.S. and China, for example, it would have disastrous consequences on global food production. These findings are published in npj Climate and Atmospheric Science.