"I think people have said stupid things to one another for a long time. What's changed is our ability to record and share it and our ability to react to those recordings," said Clifford Lampe, professor of information. "Having a recording of your own and being aware of what happens when somebody is recording you and how easy that is to share, is an essential literacy that people need to develop."
Mini-organs grown in the lab by robots could be the next "secret weapon" in the fight against disease, say Jennifer Harder, assistant professor of internal medicine-nephrology, and colleagues, who developed a system to automate the production of organoids from human stem cells, using liquid-handling robots that, unlike humans, don't "get tired and make mistakes."
Daily Mail (U.K.)
International research led by Juliette Becker, doctoral student in astronomy, describes the discovery of a small, rocky space object with an extraordinary orbit that she says bolsters the case for a ninth planet.
Gary Freed, professor of health management and policy, and pediatrics and communicable diseases, commented on research that shows prescription drug use is down for children and teens.
National Public Radio
"A majority of the emissions are actually related to the electricity, and they haven't eliminated that. Aluminum is very electricity-intensive," said Greg Keoleian, professor of environment and sustainability, and civil and environmental engineering, on new technology that can remove carbon dioxide emissions from the high-temperature smelting process that goes into making aluminum.
The Washington Post
"Our intuitive and emotional reactions are wired for millennia and millennia. When there's a fire in the cave, you run," said Steven Katz, professor of internal medicine, and health management and policy, who understands that cancer patients want to take immediate action, but that making a deliberate decision and even getting a second opinion may be warranted.
The New York Times
Louise O'Brien, research associate professor of neurology, and obstetrics and gynecology, commented on new research that suggests that pregnant women who nap regularly may reduce their baby's risk of low birth weight.
"A transit system that integrates trains, buses and on-demand (connected and autonomous vehicles) is the best scenario for energy consumption. But such a system requires proactive planning, rather than a default to the car-oriented policies inherited from an earlier era," said Jonathan Levine, professor of urban and regional planning.
"As a physician, my interest is in the safety of my patient and those around him. So this feels like it would be negligent not to discuss this with a patient and his or her family," said Donovan Maust, assistant professor of psychiatry, on addressing gun safety with an older patient whose mental competence may be fading.
Los Angeles Times
"Of course parents worry about these devices reinforcing negative behaviors, whether it's being sassy or teasing a virtual assistant. But I think there are bigger questions surrounding things like kids' cognitive development — the way they consume information and build knowledge," said Jenny Radesky, assistant professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases, about the effect of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.