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    Our Changing Language

    Teaching machines African-American English to expand study of dialects

    For the past 30 years, computer science researchers have been teaching their machines to read, for example, assigning back issues of the Wall Street Journal, so computers can learn the English they... More

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    Keeping it Natural

    Untreated lawns help bee populations thrive

    Declining populations of pollinators is a major concern to ecologists because bees, butterflies and other insects play a critical role in supporting healthy ecosystems. Now a new study from urban... More

  • UMass Amherst Professor Brian Levine in the staircase of the Information and Computer Science building.

    Navigating Cybersecurity

    Networking expert sees many sides of Internet privacy

    Brian Levine wants to have a conversation with you about security and privacy. A network security expert and UMass Amherst professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS), Levine... More

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    Alien Species

    Documenting the risk of invasives worldwide

    A new study by UMass Amherst biogeographer Bethany Bradley and Regan Early at the University of Exeter, U.K reveals that one sixth of the world’s lands are “highly vulnerable” to invasion by alien... More

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    STEMing the Tide

    Researcher discovers remedies to prevent attrition of girls and women from STEM

    Nilanjana (Buju) Dasgupta was drawn to the study of social inequality because of an interest in investigating its causes, and designing effective remedies using rigorous scientific methods. In... More

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    Green by Design

    Scientists engineer new bacteria that spins out tiny, sustainable nanowires

    A group of researchers led by UMass Amherst microbiologist Derek Lovley have genetically designed a new strain of bacteria that spins out extremely thin and highly conductive wires made up solely of... More