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Physical differences between males and females in species are common, but there remains much to learn about the genetic mechanisms behind these differences. New research by scientists at Indiana University finds that the “master gene” that regulates these differences plays a complex role in matching the right physical trait to the right sex. The study, […]

Indiana University researchers will study the reasons Americans are confused about energy use in daily tasks. The IU team will then develop an online tool designed to correct those misperceptions. Given the growing challenges of climate change, energy conservation strategies are sorely needed to stabilize carbon dioxide concentration. Although individual behaviors may be less important […]

Failure can be a critical step in learning well. That’s what associate professor Adam Maltese and visiting assistant professor Amber Simpson with the IU School of Education and Alice Anderson with the Science Museum of Minnesota will study with help from a National Science Foundation grant. The project, “Maker: Studying the Role of Failure in […]

Scientists who study a molecule known to play a role in certain types of cancers and neurodegenerative disorders have a powerful new tool to study this compound due to research conducted at Indiana University. The study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows how the extreme growth experienced by […]

IU Bloomington is hosting the largest Chinese arts and culture festival ever mounted in the Midwest — the inaugural Global Arts and Humanities Festival, “China Remixed: Arts and Humanities in Contemporary Chinese Culture.” The 2017 festival is sponsored by the IU Bloomington Arts and Humanities Council with support from various units and departments across campus. Most […]

Can machines learn to think like children? An interdisciplinary team of cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, and computer scientists at Indiana University Bloomington has received the campus’s inaugural Emerging Areas of Research funding award to explore that question. Called “Learning: Brains, Machines and Children,” the first Emerging Areas of Research initiative is led by Linda Smith, Distinguished […]

The Observatory on Social Media at Indiana University has launched a powerful new tool in the fight against fake news. The tool, called Hoaxy, visualizes how claims in the news — and fact checks of those claims — spread online through social networks. The tool is built upon earlier work at IU led by Filippo […]

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Since 2000, state-level political committees in Indiana have taken in nearly $1 billion in contributions to run campaigns and influence elections. A new reporting project by student journalists in The Media School at Indiana University raises questions about the quality of official data and the state’s enforcement of rules and statutory limitations. Students working under […]

A stunning image of an insect’s brain and nerve cord captured by three Indiana University scientists will be on display at the National Institutes of Health early next year. Eduardo Zattara, Armin Moczek, and Jim Powers of the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Biology are among the winners of the Federation […]

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As part of a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, Indiana University has received over $670,000 to establish “HomeSHARE,” the first networked system of smart homes designed to advance research on older adults. The funds from the NSF’s Computing Research Infrastructure Program will support the installation of high-tech sensors and other equipment in […]