04 July 2019: Machine learning in materials science, and sand’s sustainability


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This week, using an algorithm to find properties in materials science, and the global consequences of sand-mining.

In this episode:

00:47 Predicting properties

A word-association algorithm is reading millions of abstracts to discover new properties of materials.

Research article: Tshitoyan et al.; News and Views: Text mining facilitates materials discovery

08:28 Research Highlights

Tiny robot-jellyfish, and genome mutation hot-spots.

Research Article:Multi-functional soft-bodied jellyfish-like swimming; Research Highlight:How DNA ‘hotspots’ snarl the search for cancer genes

10:48 Sand under strain

Researchers warn that the mining of sand is unsustainable.

Comment:Time is running out for sand

15:44 News Chat

The results of a bullying survey, and the spread of microbial disease through opioid use.

News: Germany’s prestigious Max Planck Society conducts huge bullying survey; News: The US opioid epidemic is driving a spike in infectious diseases

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