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The Brainiacs series offers a monthly snapshot of the range of research underway at NYU, exploring its impact on health, society, and our understanding of the world around us.

“Our findings offer a possible ‘origin story’ for how Sphinx-like formations can come about from erosion,” explains Leif Ristroph, an associate professor at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and the senior author of the study, which appears in the journal Physical Review Fluids.

“Our laboratory experiments showed that surprisingly Sphinx-like shapes can, in fact, come from materials being eroded by fast flows.”

Maternity-related employment gaps may cause job candidates to be unfairly screened out of positions for which they are otherwise qualified, according to new research from NYU Tandon School of Engineering. 

A research team led by Siddharth Garg, Institute Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, examined bias in Large Language Models (LLMs)—advanced AI systems trained to understand and generate human language—when used in hiring processes. 

Conventional wisdom suggests that searching online to evaluate the veracity of misinformation would reduce belief in it. But a new study authored by Zeve Sanderson, founding executive director of NYU's Center for Social Media and Politics, and a team of researchers shows the opposite occurs: Searching to evaluate the truthfulness of false news articles actually increases the probability of believing misinformation.

The findings, which appear in the journal Nature, offer insights into the impact of search engines’ output on their users—a relatively under-studied area.