Simply thinking of your partner can help you manage stress
- To establish the amount of stress that each participant felt, the researchers assessed their blood pressure, heart rate, and heart rate variability before, during, and at the end of the experiment.
- The people in the first group had their romantic partners sitting quietly with them while they completed the stressful task.
- The people in the second group received the instruction to simply imagine receiving support from their partners while completing the task.
- When the participants submerged their foot in the cold water, the researchers found that those who either had their partner close by or imagined their partner being next to them had a lower blood pressure — indicative of their reaction to stress — than the individuals who thought about their day while taking part in this task.
How the Internet of Things will transform consumerism, enterprises, and governments over the next five years
- BI Intelligence Take the Internet of Things (IoT), for example, which now receives not only daily tech news coverage with each new device launch, but also hefty investments from global organizations ushering in worldwide adoption.
- By 2023, consumers, companies, and governments will install more than 40 billion IoT devices globally.
- Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has forecasted the start of the IoT's global proliferation in The IoT Forecast Book 2018— and the next five years will be transformational for consumers, enterprises, and governments.
- People, companies, and organizations all over the world are racing to adopt the latest IoT solutions and prevent growing pains amidst a technological transformation.
- The IoT Forecast Book 2018 from Business Insider Intelligence is a detailed three-part slide deck outlining the most important trends impacting consumer, enterprise, and government IoT — and the key drivers propelling each segment forward.
These are the biggest regulatory roadblocks holding up the global drone industry
- This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service.
- Companies in a variety of industries are now looking to use drones to cut costs, boost efficiencies, and create new revenue streams and business values, such as last-mile retail deliveries.
- But regulatory roadblocks are still holding back widespread commercial drone use in most large, developed markets.
- That makes laws and regulations arguably the chief determining factor in the development of the commercial drone industry worldwide.
- This new report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, will give a high-level overview of commercial drone regulations around the world.
- In addition, we show how regulatory changes will impact the industry and allow for new enterprise use cases in the next few years.
What bioRxiv’s first 30,000 preprints reveal about biologists
- It also found that there were a total of 1.1 million downloads last October alone — a record high, says Richard Abdill and Ran Blekhman, bioinformatics researchers at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
- Two-thirds of the preprints posted on bioRxiv in or before 2016 were later published in peer-reviewed journals, most within six months of their initial posting to the site.
- The journals that have published the most studies that were first posted as preprints, at more than 700 each, are Scientific Reports, eLife and PLoS ONE (see ‘The impact factor’).
- Preprint websites also help researchers to communicate ideas that might not be picked up by peer-reviewed journals, says Marina Picciotto, a neuroscientist at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Neuroscience, one of the top 20 journals in terms of the number of preprints published.
Google releases dataset to train more sophisticated question-answering systems
- That’s because there’s a dearth of high-quality datasets for question and answering — that is, a corpus of queries asked by people seeking information and the corresponding answers.
- Tom Kwiatkowski and Michael Collins, research scientists at Google AI Language, claim it’s the first to “replicate the end-to-end process” in which people find answers to questions.
- To coincide with the release of the dataset, Google launched a challenge that seeks to spur development of a question-answering system capable of “comprehend[ing] an entire Wikipedia article that may or may not contain the answer to the question.” Such a system, Kwiatkowski and Collins contend, would have to be able to decide whether any part of the Wikipedia page contained the information needed to infer the answer, requiring a “deeper level” of language understanding than most systems demonstrate.
T-Mobile is outpacing the rest of the Big Four US carriers on value, loyalty, and satisfaction — here's what consumers say is most important when selecting a mobile provider
- Although competition in the US wireless carrier market remains fierce, the price war among the Big Four US carriers — Verizon, AT&T;, T-Mobile, and Sprint — began to cool over the past year.
- In an attempt to avoid further competition on price, carriers began shifting their focus to adding value to their mobile plans with new offerings to differentiate from the competition.
- All of this means fostering loyalty and winning over new subscribers is more important than ever for the Big Four, making it crucial for these mobile carriers to understand consumer sentiment around their services.
- In this report, Business Insider Intelligence uses consumer survey data from our proprietary panel, collected during 2017 and 2018, to evaluate which features are most important to consumers when selecting a mobile provider, as well as to determine which features would convince them to switch to the competition.
Verily's smartwatch earns FDA clearance for an EKG feature
- At first blush, adding EKG functionality appears a way for Verily to tap into growing interest for EKG tech in consumer wearables alongside players like Apple, which announced the latest product in its Watch line had an FDA-cleared EKG app in September 2018, and French wearable maker Withings, which launched an EKG-embedded wearable earlier this year.
- But Verily primarily operates in a different market than vendors like Apple, Fitbit, and Withings, which still focus on generating revenue from consumer sales; Verily hasn't commercialized its healthcare initiatives, and instead is focused on forging research partnerships with health firms.
- If Google were to launch an EKG-equipped smartwatch, it could likely find its niche in a global wearable market that's forecast to grow about 12% annually from 123 million units in 2018 to 190 million units in 2022, per IDC.
CareerBuilder acquires Textkernel to bolster job-finding tools with AI
- Startups like Eightfold and Vervoe tap machine learning algorithms to assess would-be employees’ skills, while ZipRecruiter and Indeed use them to match businesses with job seekers they might otherwise pass over.
- Today, as part of what the company is calling an “additional investment,” it has announced the acquisition of Textkernel, a Netherlands-based startup developing AI-driven sourcing, lead generation, and labor market statistics analysis tools.
- The forthcoming Talent Discovery companion app, which was originally announced in September 2018, will leverage data collected from the more than 2.3 million listings in CareerBuilder’s database to generate job descriptions, and to surface candidates who are most likely to respond to offers based on various signals.
- It’ll join the other AI-forward offerings in the company’s growing portfolio, including a tool announced late last year that lets job seekers automatically apply to openings with targeted employers by submitting a CV.
January Prize Spotlight: Jeff Bezanson, Steven L. Brunton, Jack Dongarra, Stefan Karpinski, and Viral B. Shah
- The three of them will receive their prize and give their talk, “Solving the Two Language Problem in Scientific Computing and Machine Learning with Julia,” on February 28, 2019.
- The 2019 award recognizes Bezanson, Karpinski, and Shah for the development of Julia, an innovative environment for the creation of high-performance tools that enable the analysis and solution of computational science problems.
- Julia allows researchers to write high-level code in an intuitive syntax and produce code with the speed of production programming languages.
- A: Julia is the result of our research into programming language design, compilers, numerical analysis, distributed and parallel computing, and applied mathematics.
- We have been passionate about bringing the power of modern programming language design and implementation to bear in the area of numerical computing for a long time.
Oolong tea extract may stave off breast cancer
- With these aims in mind, scientists have investigated the potential benefits of green tea for breast cancer and found that certain compounds have anti-cancer effects.
- Huang and team examined the effect of oolong tea extract on six breast cancer cell lines, which included ER-positive, PR-positive, HER2-positive, and triple-negative breast cancer cells.
- Additionally, the scientists examined annual cancer registry data from China and the Fujian province and found that people in the latter area were 35 percent less likely to have breast cancer and 38 percent less likely to die from it compared with the national average.
- They also noted that people who consumed large amounts of oolong tea on a regular basis were 25 percent less likely to develop breast cancer compared with the average incidence in the Fujian province and 50 percent less likely compared with the national average.