Reporter, Technology and Mind & Behavior@tara_dimaio
Tara DiMaio is based in Los Angeles, CA, and covers Technology and Mind & Behavior for The Academic Times. Prior to that, Tara worked on the communications team at The Good Food Institute and was a news and lifestyle reporter for PETA. She published a series on alternative protein that now promotes a research program with over $8 million awarded in grants. Tara has a degree in environmental studies and marketing from The George Washington University.
Instead of letting sewage and runoff water go down the drain, researchers from Stanford University and major universities in Australia have used wastewater to predict the community prevalence of COVID-19 and provide cities with an early warning system if a potential second wave is detected after the peak of an outbreak.
Researchers have developed a novel approach based on machine learning to project the likely progression of disability from multiple sclerosis, relying on the most complete patient history of any prior strategy, by utilizing information from more than 6,600 MS patients across five continents. The team can generate more precise predictions within milliseconds, potentially enabling better therapeutics for a serious and incurable disease.
Family functioning, social support and gender-related pride may curb substance use in transgender teens
When gender minority adolescents, including transgender teens, are exposed to transphobia and other gender-related stressors, they are more likely to use alcohol to cope, but family and social support, as well as gender-related pride, can moderate the use of substances, according to trailblazing longitudinal research from Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
In the proper conditions, space gardens could benefit from their extraterrestrial setting: The first study examining both radiation and light quality in the context of sprout growth has revealed that certain wavelengths of light can counteract the harmful ionizing radiation found in the cosmos, yielding mung bean sprouts with high levels of antioxidants.