Beth Newhart

Beth Newhart

Reporter, Technology and Mind & Behavior

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Beth Newhart, based in Chicago, covers Mind & Behavior and Technology for The Academics Times. Beth is a journalist with experience covering culture, business, tech, finance, food, beverage and more. Her work has been featured in international publications, including BeverageDaily, DairyReporter, Crain Communications and Time Out Group. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Loyola University Chicago.

A new technique can detect COVID-19 lung damage with nearly complete accuracy. (AP Image/Sacramento Bee)
A new technique can detect COVID-19 lung damage with nearly complete accuracy. (AP Image/Sacramento Bee)Biomedical researchers in Turkey have developed a model for a diagnostic system based on a deep-learning algorithm that can automatically detect lesions in the lungs of patients with COVID-19-related pneumonia through their CT scans with 93.26% accuracy, which can potentially help clinicians diagnose and evaluate pneumonia resulting from the coronavirus.

Nostalgia might help when it comes to certain memories for Alzheimer's patients. (AP Photo/File)
Nostalgia might help when it comes to certain memories for Alzheimer's patients. (AP Photo/File)People with Alzheimer’s disease progressively lose their ability to voluntarily retrieve personal memories, but a new Danish study using a novel testing method that mimicked real-life scenarios showed that Alzheimer’s patients were able to involuntarily recall memories with the help of videos and music connected to their youth.

A hyperactive hippocampus may hamper older adults. (Pixabay/B0red)
A hyperactive hippocampus may hamper older adults. (Pixabay/B0red)A “noisy” or overactive hippocampal region in the brains of people over 60 has been proven to contribute to a decline in their spatial memory as they age, explaining why it can be difficult for older adults to get acquainted in unfamiliar settings like new cities, a novel virtual reality study found.

Keto diets may have benefits beyond the waistline. (Pixabay/Zuzyusa)
Keto diets may have benefits beyond the waistline. (Pixabay/Zuzyusa)A low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet has positive effects on adults with epilepsy, according to a new study that determined ketosis can lessen symptoms of psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and depression and in turn decrease the frequency of epileptic seizures.

Google search might not always help. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Google search might not always help. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)In a Google search for cancer supplement advice, only about one-quarter of the results considered relevant by Google algorithms were vetted by a team of nutrition professionals as actually containing high-quality information, suggesting that people using the search engine may be facing a flood of misinformation.

Gardening is good for your mental health. (Unsplash/NeONBRAND)
Gardening is good for your mental health. (Unsplash/NeONBRAND)A British horticulture study demonstrated for the first time that tending to a home garden multiple times per week specifically can improve well-being and reduce stress, as well as offer physical benefits, with its authors arguing that domestic gardens should accordingly be given greater prominence in urban planning debates.

A brain-computer interface might control new wheelchairs. (Pixabay/Kevin Phillips)
A brain-computer interface might control new wheelchairs. (Pixabay/Kevin Phillips)A Portuguese study has shown for the first time that it is possible to achieve a highly reliable and nearly 100% accurate brain–computer interface system for use in brain-controlled wheelchairs, without imposing a high mental workload on the user.

A combo of books and video teach words best. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
A combo of books and video teach words best. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)Preschool-aged children were able to pick up more new vocabulary words through a combination of learning tools like physical books and digital screens rather than just one medium, according to a new study that showed kids learn best through repeated exposure to different media.

Kids judge adults by their voices. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
Kids judge adults by their voices. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)Eight- to 10-year-olds judge adults’ competency in their occupations based on whether their voice sounds more masculine or more feminine, new research in the U.K. found, evidence that children in this age group are already influenced by gender stereotypes.

Brits don't mind contact tracing, as long as they know it's happening. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Brits don't mind contact tracing, as long as they know it's happening. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)A majority of U.K. adults reported that they are willing to have their privacy slightly compromised through mobile apps used for tracking and tracing community spread of COVID-19 and via “immunity passports,” according to an ongoing international study that spans nine countries, though signups for a tracking app launched by the British government in September have lagged.

Sleepers can answer questions while in REM sleep. (Pixabay/Olya Adamovich)
Sleepers can answer questions while in REM sleep. (Pixabay/Olya Adamovich)A new collaborative international study has shown for the first time that people having lucid dreams during rapid eye movement sleep have the capability to perceive simple questions and provide answers through signals such as eye movements and facial muscle contractions, proving that two-way communication during sleep is possible.

Baboons are capable of reasoning equal to human children. (Pixabay/Herbert Aust)
Baboons are capable of reasoning equal to human children. (Pixabay/Herbert Aust)New research has shown for the first time that animals are capable of the deductive aspects of a form of reasoning by exclusion through a decision-making task completed by primates, indicating that verbal language is not a prerequisite for this type of logic.