In this episode:
00:45 A flexible, wearable, fabric microphone
Inspired by the ear, a team of researchers have developed an acoustic fibre that can be woven into fabrics to create a sensitive microphone. This fabric microphone is capable of detecting human speech and heartbeats, and the team think it could be used to develop new, wearable sensors for long-term health monitoring.
Research article: Yan et al.
News and Views: A smart sensor that can be woven into everyday life
08:38 Research Highlights
How a shark’s posture lets you know if it’s asleep, and the desert dust that helps cirrus clouds form.
Research Highlight: The secrets of shark sleep
Research Highlight: Wispy clouds are born of dust in the wind
11:31 How AI helped Togo target financial aid
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the government of Togo needed to distribute financial aid to the citizens most in need of assistance. It would have been impossible to run a nationwide survey to find out people’s financial situations, so they turned to machine learning to discover how best to distribute aid.
Research article: Aiken et al.
19:02 Briefing Chat
We discuss some highlights from the Nature Briefing. Using machine learning to find meteorite fragments in a desert, and using radiocarbon dating to detect forged paintings.