‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ may actually be good for you

By animal crossing new horizons, animalcrossingnewhorizons, ea, electronic arts, electronicarts, emotional health, engadget, gaming, mental health, News, nintendo, oxford, oxford university, oxforduniversity, plants vs zombies, plants vs zombies battle for neighborville, plantsvszombies, study, well-being, wellbeing

If you’re one of the many gamers who has plowed hundreds of hours into Animal Crossing: New Horizons this year, that could have made a positive impact on your well-being. Oxford University researchers used data from the Nintendo Switch smash h…

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Fitbit’s in-app study will determine if wearables can detect COVID-19

By coronavirus, covid-19, engadget, fitbit, fitness trackers, gear, health, medicine, News, science, smartwatch, study, tomorrow, wearable, wearables

Fitbit is venturing beyond its research partnerships to launch an infectious disease study of its own that’s very easy to join. The device maker has introduced a study inside its app that will help determine if smartwatches and fitness tracker…

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YouTube’s tweaks to recommend fewer conspiracy videos seem to be working

By algorithm, av, berkeley, conspiracy, conspiracy theories, engadget, entertainment, google, Internet, longitudinal study, politics, Research, Streaming, streaming video, study, video, youtube, youtube algorithm

One of the most important aspects of YouTube is its recommendation engine, as the vast majority of views and watch time come from suggested content, rather than direct traffic. The platform does a good job of determining which videos would be …

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Volocopter is researching the best air taxis routes in Southeast Asia

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Volocopter is preparing for a feasibility study that will determine the best cities and routes for air taxis in Southeast Asia and evaluate different air taxi use cases. This next step is part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) necessary f…

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Searchmetrics report: How Amazon and Google help each other

By advertising, adwords, Amazon, digital, Ecommerce, google, Industry, marketing, report, Research, retail, search, searchenginewatch, SearchMetrics, SEO, study

Searchmetrics take a detailed look at how Amazon uses a combination of organic and paid listings to vie for shoppers’ clicks, which strategies Google follows in the battle for product search, and how Amazon continues to fight back.

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Researchers create bone-inspired 3D-printed building materials

By 3d-printing, architecture, bio-inspired, biomimicry, bone, buildings, case western reserve university, Construction, cornell university, design, durable, engadget, material, purdue university, study, tomorrow

You may not think of your bones as buildings, but researchers do. A team from Cornell University, Purdue University and Case Western Reserve University believes that by studying the internal structure of bones, they may be able to 3D-print str…

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Yext researches what American customers are looking for throughout the year

By Analytics, data, Industry, insight, marketing, News, report, Research, retail, search, searchenginewatch, study, Yext

Yext’s analysis of the year’s search behavior shows consumers look to go to the doctor’s office in January, the dealership in May, the mall in December, and more.

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Study: Americans believe social networks make the news worse

By engadget, facebook, fake news, gear, google, Internet, News, pew, pew research center, social media, Social network, social networking, study, survey, Twitter

You’re not alone if you think social networks are degrading the quality of news. A Pew study indicates that 62 percent of American adults believe social media companies have “too much control” over news, and 55 percent believe these companies have c…

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Researchers are using drones to study the Amazon rainforest’s health

By amazon rainforest, amazonas state research support foundation, amazonas state university, amazonia, biodiversity, Climate Change, deforestation, drone, Drones, ecosystem, engadget, fire, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, green, harvard university, rainforest, Research, study, vocs

Researchers from Harvard University are using drones to better understand the Amazon rainforest. With drone-based sensors, the researchers hope to determine the unique "fingerprint" of different rainforest ecosystems. That could help…

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Americans consume an alarming amount of microplastics

By air, americans, Canada, consume, diet, engadget, food, green, health, medicine, microplastic, particles, plastic, Research, study, tomorrow, university of victoria, water

Americans consume tens of thousands of microplastic particles every year — and that’s just from the food we eat. Microplastics are also found in the air we breathe and the water we drink. Thanks to a study published in the journal Environmental Scie…

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Parents may be able to spot ear infections with a paper cone and an app

By app, diagnosis, ear infections, eardrum, engadget, fda, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, health app, medicine, seattle childrens research institute, smartphone, study, university of washington

Researchers are working on a smartphone app that could help diagnose ear infections. As NPR reports, the app uses the phone’s microphone, its speaker and a small paper cone. In its current form, the app sends short, sound pulses through a funnel and…

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Researchers find Twitter is good for amplifying lies

By context, engadget, factchecking, false, gear, Headlines, Internet, media, media matters, misinformation, news outlets, politics, presidenttrump, study, trump, tweets, Twitter

When it comes to spreading President Trump’s false and misleading remarks, Twitter is a perfect storm. A study by Media Matters found that when tweeting about Trump’s statements, major news outlets include false information 30 percent of the time. An…

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Meal kits might be better for the planet than a trip to the store

By Blue Apron, carbon dioxide, Delivery, Emissions, engadget, food and drink, food waste, foodanddrink, gear, green, HelloFresh, last mile, meal delivery, meal kits, packaging, shipping, study, tomorrow, Transportation, university of michigan

It turns out the meal kits you can have delivered to your door by services like Blue Apron, HelloFresh and even Walmart might be more than convenient. They could be better for the environment, too. It’s a bit counter intuitive given all the packaging…

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Study says 37 percent of Americans have faced ‘severe’ online harassment

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It might be premature to claim the internet is becoming more civil. A YouGov study commissioned by the Anti-Defamation League indicates that 37 percent of Americans dealt with "severe" online harassment and hate speech in 2018, or m…

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Google Ads conversion rates by industry: How do you compare?

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See how your Google Ads conversion rates stack up against industry averages. Data based on 14,197 US accounts, representing over $200 million in spend.

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Most Americans believe algorithms will always be biased

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If you’re convinced that many algorithms are biased, you’re not the only one. Pew has conducted a survey indicating that 58 percent of American adults believe algorithms and other programming will always contain some kind of human bias. That figure…

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Intel studies how to make people accept self-driving cars

By autonomousvehicles, engadget, experiment, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, intel, Mobile, ridehailing, robots, selfdrivingcar, services, study, tomorrow, Transportation

It’s natural to fear what you don’t understand. For example, according to a AAA study, 78 percent of drivers are afraid to ride in a self-driving car. That’s completely understandable. It’s tough to give up control of a few tons of metal flying down…

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Alphabet starts collecting health info to better predict disease

By alphabet, baseline, disease, engadget, gear, google, health, illness, medicine, projectbaseline, Research, science, smartwatch, study, studywatch, verily, wearables

It didn’t take long for Alphabet’s Verily to get its watch-based health study off the ground. The life sciences company has launched its 4-year research initiative, Baseline, to potentially spot early signs of diseases before obvious symptoms appear….

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Implants enable richer communication for people with paralysis

By brain-computerinterface, braincomputerinterface, engadget, medicine, Mobile, personal computing, personalcomputing, science, study

John Scalzi’s science fiction novel Lock In predicts a near future where people with complete body paralysis can live meaningful, authentic lives thanks to (fictional) advances in brain-computer interfaces. A new study by researchers at Stanford Univ…

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