Nick Gallagher

Nick Gallagher

Reporter, Mind & Behavior and Technology

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Nick Gallagher, based in Brooklyn, New York, covers Mind & Behavior and Technology for The Academic Times. Prior to that, Nick wrote articles for the Brooklyn Eagle, Brooklyn Magazine and Popula, among other outlets. He is a graduate of the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

Floodwaters cover large areas northwest of Sydney, Australia, March 24, 2021. A new AI system can now tell us where to expect the next natural disaster. (AP Photo/Lukas Coch)
Floodwaters cover large areas northwest of Sydney, Australia, March 24, 2021. A new AI system can now tell us where to expect the next natural disaster. (AP Photo/Lukas Coch) Researchers have introduced an artificial intelligence system that can generate detailed, customized maps that may help governments predict how natural disasters will impact their communities.

It’s not just the winter blues, your birth month may be to blame. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
It’s not just the winter blues, your birth month may be to blame. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis) A study of nearly 2 million patient records in Taiwan and more than 1.5 million records from over two dozen other countries offered new insights into birth season and psychological health, finding that people born during winter months may be more prone to developing certain mental disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar I and depression, and providing psychiatrists important clues about the mechanisms that could lead to those disorders.

Your art preferences may be scientifically predictable. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Your art preferences may be scientifically predictable. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) A team of California Institute of Technology researchers used a neural network model to predict how people will evaluate different works of art, offering new insight into the potential universality of certain aesthetic principles.

Greater attention to methodology could help scientists move their fields forward. (Unsplash/ThisisEngineering RAEng)
Greater attention to methodology could help scientists move their fields forward. (Unsplash/ThisisEngineering RAEng) New findings suggest that scientists who put more effort toward exploring the best methodologies for their work may be more likely to test hypotheses that push their field forward.

Married people might be better-rested than single folks. (Pexels/Ketut Subiyanto)
Married people might be better-rested than single folks. (Pexels/Ketut Subiyanto) Married people experience longer durations of a deep sleep stage known as rapid eye movement (REM) sleep that helps form memories and regulate emotions, offering new clues about the potential health implications of marital status.

We still can't see dark matter, but we can simulate where it is. (Shutterstock)
We still can't see dark matter, but we can simulate where it is. (Shutterstock) Researchers have developed a neural network that can generate highly detailed cosmological simulations of dark matter by scaling up massive low-resolution images at speeds a thousand times faster than previous models, allowing scientists to better understand how the universe evolved.

A new system lets you pick colors over and over. (Unsplash/Robert Katzki)
A new system lets you pick colors over and over. (Unsplash/Robert Katzki) A new system uses ultraviolet light to reprint colors and designs onto objects, allowing artists and developers to quickly preview their creations and test new ideas on tangible items rather than through a digital interface alone.

Pictured is a conceptual Oblique Detonation Wave Engine-powered hypersonic aircraft. (Composite: Daniel A. Rosato, Background: NASA)
Pictured is a conceptual Oblique Detonation Wave Engine-powered hypersonic aircraft. (Composite: Daniel A. Rosato, Background: NASA)
Researchers are developing a new hypersonic engine based on detonations, which are explosions that send waves at rates faster than the speed of sound, with the ultimate aim of producing a propulsion system for the interplanetary planes and rockets of the future that harnesses the same type of energy emitted by supernovas.

People suffering from chronic pain may go to great lengths to avoid potentially painful situations.  (Unsplash/Adrian Swancar)
People suffering from chronic pain may go to great lengths to avoid potentially painful situations.  (Unsplash/Adrian Swancar) For the first time, researchers observed people avoiding certain body movements due to conditioned pain responses — a phenomenon known as generalized avoidance — extending our understanding of a fundamental principle in behavioral psychology and potentially informing future treatments of chronic pain.

In this March 11, 2020, photo, a laboratory technician prepares COVID-19 patient samples for semi-automatic testing at Northwell Health Labs, in Lake Success, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
In this March 11, 2020, photo, a laboratory technician prepares COVID-19 patient samples for semi-automatic testing at Northwell Health Labs, in Lake Success, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) An international team has created a digital system for logging and categorizing new COVID-19 genome sequence data that, at the time of writing, was over 3,000 times faster than its closest competitor, allowing researchers to identify and target potentially dangerous viral strains more efficiently as they emerge in real time.

The researchers were inspired by echolocation techniques already found in nature. (Unsplash/Courtnie Tosana)
The researchers were inspired by echolocation techniques already found in nature. (Unsplash/Courtnie Tosana) Researchers at the University of Glasgow have developed a system that, after being trained, can create a three-dimensional image of a room, along with the moving objects or people within it, with nothing but a single sensor that sends and receives acoustic and radio waves as they bounce around the space.

People who give help to others for a living might need it themselves. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
People who give help to others for a living might need it themselves. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru) Australian welfare support workers, a category including home health aides, nursing aides, and similar occupations that often involve caring for elderly patients and people with disabilities, are roughly 50% more likely to die by suicide than workers in other industries, in line with findings of elevated suicide rates in health care-related sectors such as social work and nursing.