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.

Can you crochet skin? (Pixabay/Montavius Howard)
Can you crochet skin? (Pixabay/Montavius Howard)Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have designed a new scaffold for tissue engineering by crocheting yarns into a fabric, a method that shows the potential to imitate properties of human skin — or even organs — that are difficult to replicate in a laboratory.

Augmented reality games such as Pokemon GO tap into something beyond normal gameplay enjoyment. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky)
Augmented reality games such as Pokemon GO tap into something beyond normal gameplay enjoyment. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky)Imagination may be the most powerful predictor of whether players care about characters in augmented reality games such as Pokémon GO, new research shows, signaling that nostalgia may be less of a driver of engagement with multimedia franchises in the multibillion-dollar AR gaming industry than some might expect.

Color-changing hydrogel can reveal spoilage in seafood. (Unsplash/Ante Hamersmit)
Color-changing hydrogel can reveal spoilage in seafood. (Unsplash/Ante Hamersmit)A new hydrogel can measure the freshness of seafood by changing color as temperature and ammonia levels fluctuate, much like a chameleon's skin shifts its hue to blend into different environments.

Driving might be more distraction-free thanks to holographic projections directly into a driver's eyes. (Unsplash/Vladimir Proskurovskiy)
Driving might be more distraction-free thanks to holographic projections directly into a driver's eyes. (Unsplash/Vladimir Proskurovskiy)Scientists have introduced the very first augmented reality display that uses point cloud data to project holograms into a driver's field of view, allowing them to see an overlay of information on their windshield without taking their eyes off the road.

Poor diet connected to trauma and PTSD in military vets. (Unsplash/Hamza Nouasria)
Poor diet connected to trauma and PTSD in military vets. (Unsplash/Hamza Nouasria)New research suggests that military veterans living with trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder who suppress their emotions may spark a pattern of unhealthy eating, indicating that close attention to diet quality could potentially provide a framework for more effective therapies.

Algorithm can reliably predict alcohol consumption and sobriety. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Algorithm can reliably predict alcohol consumption and sobriety. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Researchers have created an algorithm that correctly predicts drinking and sobriety among individuals experiencing homelessness four out of five times, using it to develop a smartphone app that delivers personalized intervention messages to people at risk of alcohol misuse.

A new protein-folding machine might dramatically curb food waste. (AP Photo/Steven Groves)
A new protein-folding machine might dramatically curb food waste. (AP Photo/Steven Groves)A new computational model combines artificial intelligence with biology to design and fold proteins in a method that could yield specialized proteins for different applications, such as an edible coating for crops that reduces food waste.

Less than a quarter of adolescents meet targets for recovery after treatment for depression. (Unsplash/Francisco Gonzalez)
Less than a quarter of adolescents meet targets for recovery after treatment for depression. (Unsplash/Francisco Gonzalez)Most teenagers with anxiety or depression do not show meaningful change across the categories of symptoms, daily function and goals after treatment, according to new research from University College London and the Wellcome Trust.

Not only is it the most important meal of the day, breakfast might help you avoid risky behavior. (Unsplash/Rachel Park)
Not only is it the most important meal of the day, breakfast might help you avoid risky behavior. (Unsplash/Rachel Park)New evidence shows that changing the amounts of carbohydrates, proteins and fats in breakfast impacts serotonin levels in the brain and the riskiness of people's behavior.

An octopus-inspired grabber might help astronauts work on satellites. (Pixabay/PIRO4D)
An octopus-inspired grabber might help astronauts work on satellites. (Pixabay/PIRO4D)Researchers have invented a new soft robotic device with eight tentacle arms that allows astronauts to grasp and service objects in space at a low cost and low risk.

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.