Tara DiMaio

Tara DiMaio

Reporter, Technology and Mind & Behavior

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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.

The feeling of disgust toward meat is stronger than self-control when it comes to reducing meat consumption. (Shutterstock)
The feeling of disgust toward meat is stronger than self-control when it comes to reducing meat consumption. (Shutterstock) A feeling of disgust about meat can be a powerful predictor of how much meat a person eats — even more so than self-control — and may offer a way to reduce meat consumption on a global scale, according to new research on the psychology of eating behaviors.

A new time-saving AI method for reading chest X-rays during intubation has life-saving potential.  Above, a doctor examines chest X-rays in an intensive care unit. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
A new time-saving AI method for reading chest X-rays during intubation has life-saving potential.  Above, a doctor examines chest X-rays in an intensive care unit. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) A new artificial intelligence method rapidly and accurately estimates where a medical device such as a life support tube should be placed, allowing patients to receive near-instant care while easing the workload of busy radiologists and other health care workers.

Electric vehicles charge outside a dealership in Colorado. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new software that may now make finding a charging station much easier. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Electric vehicles charge outside a dealership in Colorado. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new software that may now make finding a charging station much easier. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have invented the first software that predicts the battery charge of electric vehicles in the different climatic and geographical conditions that impact their energy use, determining the best place for charging stations — including sites on the ground for terrestrial vehicles or vertiports for electric jets and other aircraft to take off and land.

American interest in gut health is growing, with more people taking dietary probiotic supplements, like kombucha, than ever before. (Unsplash/Tyler Nix)
American interest in gut health is growing, with more people taking dietary probiotic supplements, like kombucha, than ever before. (Unsplash/Tyler Nix) Americans took far more prebiotics and probiotics in 2018 than in preceding years, and this marked increase in the use of supplements and other products was likely motivated by a growing public interest in gut microbiome health, according to researchers with the National Institutes of Health.

Peer and staff support contribute to teens' mental health. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Peer and staff support contribute to teens' mental health. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston) Schools with significant class engagement and more disciplinary structure may protect students from the downstream effects of sexual harassment, such as depression, substance use and even suicide, according to trailblazing research from University of Virginia investigators inspired by the #MeToo movement.

The pandemic affected the dreaming lives of adolescents. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
The pandemic affected the dreaming lives of adolescents. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) The coronavirus pandemic had a strong effect on the dreams of secondary school students during the spring lockdown of 2020 — especially those who reported emotional distress, according to a study that examined dreaming among adolescents in three European countries in granular detail.

Guys with wide faces may find the deck stacked against them.(Pexels/Cottonbro)
Guys with wide faces may find the deck stacked against them.(Pexels/Cottonbro) Consulting clients may prefer to work with male professionals who have relatively small faces, often perceived as conveying trustworthiness, instead of males with relatively wide faces, according to new research that advances our understanding of how photographs may influence business relationships in the era of remote work.

Now there's an AI that can text like you do. (Unsplash/Isabell Winter)
Now there's an AI that can text like you do. (Unsplash/Isabell Winter) A new artificial intelligence model realistically predicts how humans type on touchscreens — even making typos and correcting them — in a simulation that could inform typing aids for people with motor impairments or other disabilities.

An impossibly small bit of engineering and "shaping" has now been automated. Above, a single strand of ribonucleic acid. (Shutterstock)
An impossibly small bit of engineering and "shaping" has now been automated. Above, a single strand of ribonucleic acid. (Shutterstock) Scientists can now automate the most challenging parts of designing shapes from RNA at the nanolevel, a method known as RNA origami. The inventors of that technique have released new software that substantially accelerates and improves the process and could one day yield custom structures for use in personalized medicine.

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.