The new model, created by computational social scientist Ivan Smirnov of HSE University, predicts the academic success of Russian high school students with an accuracy of 94%. The model generates its predictions based on users' distinctive vocabulary and speech patterns, and the predictions have strongly correlated with students' Unified State Exam (USE) scores.
A peace sign from Martin Luther King, Jr, becomes a rude gesture; dolphins in Venice's Grand Canal - manipulated or mis-used images posted as truth. Australian researchers say image editing software is so common and easy to use, it has the power to re-imagine history. Even the White House is doing it and deadline-driven journalists lack the tools to tell the difference, especially when images come from social media.
Virtual worlds may reflect social and economic behavior in the real world, according to a study published October 21, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Andres M. Belaza and colleagues from Ghent University, Belgium.
When looking at media reports in three cities, half of victims were covered in the news, but a disproportionate amount of attention was given to less common circumstances and victims.
Russia uses Facebook and other social media to polarize Americans, particularly those at the extreme ends of the political spectrum. A unique study that enrolled 1,500 Facebook users found that they are less likely to share content when they learn that it is part of a foreign propaganda campaign.
A new study suggests that engaging, high-quality media programming could help Democrats and Republicans see eye to eye when it comes to climate change.
Wearable electronics are getting smaller, more comfortable and increasingly capable of interfacing with the human body. To achieve a truly seamless integration, electronics could someday be printed directly on people's skin. As a step toward this goal, researchers reporting in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces have safely placed wearable circuits directly onto the surface of human skin to monitor health indicators, such as temperature, blood oxygen, heart rate and blood pressure.
Study of UK, US, Ireland, Mexico and Spain suggests "Wuhan lab" myth is seen as reliable by between a fifth and a third of populations. Older people and those who are good with numbers are better at spotting fake coronavirus news, according to research. People who rate coronavirus conspiracy theories as more reliable say they are much less likely to get vaccinated.
Limiting the hours of television advertising for foods and beverages high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) could make a meaningful contribution to reducing childhood obesity, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Oliver Mytton of the University of Cambridge, UK, and colleagues.
Cambridge research shows a 'pre-bunk' game can reduce susceptibility to fake news for up to three months after just one play. Latest findings come as new Go Viral! game is launched in partnership with the UK Government to fight the spread of COVID-19 false information. * The games let users play the role of a fake news producer so they can understand how misinformation is circulated online.