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ML Helps Determine Health of Soybean Fields
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ML Helps Determine Health of Soybean Fields

Ohio State University researchers combined machine learning and flying drones into a tool for assessing the health of crop fields.

Using AI to Predict Bone Fractures in Cancer Patients
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Using AI to Predict Bone Fractures in Cancer Patients

Ohio State University researchers used artificial intelligence to predict how cancer could elevate the probability of spinal fractures by creating digital twins...

SpaceX Satellite Signals Used Like GPS to Pinpoint Location on Earth
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SpaceX Satellite Signals Used Like GPS to Pinpoint Location on Earth

Researchers have developed a method for locating a position on Earth using signals broadcast by SpaceX's Starlink Internet service satellites.

ML Method to Analyze Complex Scientific Data of Proteins
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ML Method to Analyze Complex Scientific Data of Proteins

A new machine learning process enables faster analysis of nuclear magnetic resonance data than conventional methods, with comparable accuracy.

Scientists Harness Chaos to Protect Devices From Hackers
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Scientists Harness Chaos to Protect Devices From Hackers

A new version of physically unclonable functions could prevent even the most sophisticated hackers from accessing electronic devices.

A Pursuit of Better Testing to Sort Out the Complexities of ADHD
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A Pursuit of Better Testing to Sort Out the Complexities of ADHD

Computer simulation could help identify symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children, according to Ohio State University (OSU) researchers. ...

'Liking' an Article Online May Mean Less Time Spent Reading It
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'Liking' an Article Online May Mean Less Time Spent Reading It

Ohio State University researchers suggest that when people are offered the option to "like" an online article, they spend less time actually reading it.

Using Your Phone's Microphone to Track Possible Covid-19 Exposure
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Using Your Phone's Microphone to Track Possible Covid-19 Exposure

Researchers have proposed a Covid-19 tracking system that would rely on signals sent and received from cellphone microphones and speakers.

Study Uses AI to Estimate Unexploded Bombs From Vietnam War
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Study Uses AI to Estimate Unexploded Bombs From Vietnam War

Researchers at The Ohio State University (OSU) used artificial intelligence to find unexploded Vietnam War-era bombs in Cambodia.

Scientists Develop 'Backpack' Computers to Track Wild Animals in Hard-to-Reach Habitats
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Scientists Develop 'Backpack' Computers to Track Wild Animals in Hard-to-Reach Habitats

A team of collaborated on the development of wireless attachable "backpack" computers that can be used to track tiny animals in hard-to-reach habitats. 

Some Mobile Phone Apps May Contain Hidden Behaviors That Users Never See
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Some Mobile Phone Apps May Contain Hidden Behaviors That Users Never See

Cybersecurity researchers have found that many mobile phone applications allow others to access private data or block user-provided content through "backdoor secrets...

Simplifying How Scientists Share Data
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Simplifying How Scientists Share Data

Researchers have developed an open-source data-management system that will help scientists share data with each other.

One Big Reason Why Women Drop Out of Doctoral STEM Programs
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One Big Reason Why Women Drop Out of Doctoral STEM Programs

Researchers have found that the fewer women who enter a doctoral program at the same time, the less likely any one of them will graduate within six years.
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