Tara DiMaio

Tara DiMaio

Reporter, Technology and Mind & Behavior

Tara DiMaio is based in Los Angeles, CA, and covers Technology and Mind & Behavior for The Academic Times. Prior to that, Tara worked on the communications team at The Good Food Institute and was a news and lifestyle reporter for PETA. She published a series on alternative protein that now promotes a research program with over $8 million awarded in grants. Tara has a degree in environmental studies and marketing from The George Washington University.

Daily pot use can have some distinctly non-therapeutic effects, according to a new study.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Daily pot use can have some distinctly non-therapeutic effects, according to a new study.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)People who use marijuana daily could be more likely to see hallucinations and have other psychotic experiences earlier in life, according to new research that strengthens our understanding of genetic vulnerabilities, environmental factors and the risk of schizophrenia among cannabis consumers.

Posture can affect memory, according to this study. (Unsplash/Michal Parzuchowski)
Posture can affect memory, according to this study. (Unsplash/Michal Parzuchowski)People who cross their hands behind their back when learning new sentences are less likely to remember action verbs, nouns and sentences, but their memory of visual verbs is not influenced, according to new research from scientists in Spain, France and Italy.

It turns out that if you give kids more vegetables, they'll eat more vegetables. (AP Photo/Cheyanne Mumphrey)
It turns out that if you give kids more vegetables, they'll eat more vegetables. (AP Photo/Cheyanne Mumphrey)Persuading kids to eat more vegetables may be surprisingly simple yet somewhat counterintuitive, according to new research from The Pennsylvania State University: Doubling the portion sizes of broccoli and corn led preschool children to eat 68% more vegetables, but adding butter and salt did not change the amount consumed.

New research shows a strong link between the language used and the popularity of certain TED Talks. (Unsplash/Melyna Valle)
New research shows a strong link between the language used and the popularity of certain TED Talks. (Unsplash/Melyna Valle)New research on thousands of TED Talks shows that people who speak with more "I" statements, positive emotion words like "love" and social words like "mate" get higher view counts and are seen as more popular and authentic.

Nanosensor incorporating gold and sugar could protect against E. coli infections. (CDC/Janice Carr)
Nanosensor incorporating gold and sugar could protect against E. coli infections. (CDC/Janice Carr)A reusable sensor built with tiny gold particles and a common sugar can identify a wide range of concentrations of the bacterium Escherichia coli at low cost, which could potentially protect millions of people from bacteria in food or sewage water.

Detecting counterfeit electronics could become easier. (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh)
Detecting counterfeit electronics could become easier. (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh)Researchers at the University of Florida have invented a new way to detect recycled and counterfeit electronic parts that makes supply chains more secure, protects consumer safety and runs at almost zero cost.

A new smart window can go from clear to hazy and is fully self-powered. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A new smart window can go from clear to hazy and is fully self-powered. (AP Photo/David Goldman)Researchers have developed a fully self-powered smart window that can instantly change from transparent to hazy and last for days without being charged.

A robotic protein lab could solve many of humanity's problems. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A robotic protein lab could solve many of humanity's problems. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Scientists in Wisconsin have invented fully automated robots driven by artificial intelligence that search for millions of protein sequences, making the long process of protein engineering much faster.

AI may help make clinical trials more reflective of the general population. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
AI may help make clinical trials more reflective of the general population. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)A group of researchers at Stanford University has developed a way to make clinical trials more inclusive, using a program that combines artificial intelligence with real-world data.

Children living in European tourism hot spots don't see tourists as a good thing. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
Children living in European tourism hot spots don't see tourists as a good thing. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)Children who live in popular travel destinations in Europe view local residents as less powerful than tourists and see the tourism industry as having a negative impact on family life, new research shows.

We tend to bond better with bots that we perceive to be female. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
We tend to bond better with bots that we perceive to be female. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Female bots are perceived to have more positive human qualities, such as warmth, experience and emotion, than male bots, and this greater humanness leads consumers to prefer female artificial intelligence, a new study has found.

A certain kind of algae combined with a certain kind of light could be a future fuel source. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
A certain kind of algae combined with a certain kind of light could be a future fuel source. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Different colors and wavelengths of light increase the growth of a common type of microalgae, which could significantly lower the cost of producing biofuel and biodiesel on a large scale, researchers have found.