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Research News

Behavioral economics helps boost fuel and carbon efficiency of airline captains

June 20, 2016—Interventions rooted in behavioral economics can significantly and safely boost the use of fuel- and carbon-efficient flight practices in the airline industry, according to economists at the University of Chicago and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

UChicago and Argonne team up to tackle ‘troubled waters’

June 20, 2016—The Golden Age of Water—characterized by clean, abundant and cheap water—is ending, according to Seth Darling, a nanoscientist at Argonne National Laboratory and a fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering.

Mussel shells much thinner than 50 years ago

June 17, 2016—California mussel shells collected off the coast of Washington state in the 1970s are, on average, 32 percent thicker than modern specimens, according to a new study published by UChicago biologists.

Scientists discuss: Does man or machine have the upper hand?

June 15, 2016—“The arrival of strong artificial intelligence has been inevitable for decades; the variable is when—not if,” said Nathan, the genius inventor in the film Ex Machina.

Gravitational waves detected from second pair of colliding black holes

June 15, 2016—At 9:38:53 CST on Dec. 25, 2015, scientists observed gravitational waves—ripples in the fabric of spacetime—for the second time.