Monthly Archives: August 2019

Diversifying AI development teams can lead to better security

This article was written for by Juan Mateos-Garcia, Director of Innovation Mapping, Nesta and Joysy John Director of Education, Nesta. It has been republished in full under a creative commons license. Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems are becoming smarter every day, beating world champions in games like Go, identifying tumours in medical scans better than human radiologists, and increasing the

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In Canada, Ontario students continue to struggle with math

Photo courtesy: Unsplash. In Canada, Ontario students continue to struggle with math, according to a recent report in The Toronto Star. Standardized test results from Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) for the 2018-2019 academic year show that only 58 per cent of third-grade student achieved standard scores, equivalent to an A or B. Literacy results are also declining

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Analysis of 3.5 million books reveals words most often associated with males and females

File photo courtesy: Pixabay. An analysis of 3.5 million English books published between 1908 and 2008 reveals descriptions of men typically refer to behaviour, while descriptions of women refer to appearance. ‘Righteous’, ‘rational’, and ‘brave’ are more often associated with men. The two most-common adjectives assigned to women are ‘beautiful’ and ‘lovely’. Scientists used an algorithm to analyze the dataset

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FDA calls for greater inclusion of male patients in breast cancer clinical trials

On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a draft guidance calling for greater inclusion of men in clinical breast cancer trials. Historically, male participation has either been excluded or limited in breast cancer research, making it difficult to predict long-and-short term outcomes for male patients. “Less than one per cent of all breast cancer cases occur in

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How was math discovered?

This article was written for by Linda Galligan, associate professor, University of Southern Queensland. It has been republished in full under a creative commons license.  If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to How was maths discovered? Who made up the numbers and rules? – Bianca, age 12, Strathfield, Sydney. We are

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