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As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets
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As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets

Many countries scrambling to contain the coronavirus pandemic are deploying digital surveillance to control their populations.

Wearable Strain Sensor Using Light Transmittance Helps Measure Physical Signals Better
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Wearable Strain Sensor Using Light Transmittance Helps Measure Physical Signals Better

A new wearable strain sensor can complete sensitive, stable, and continuous measurements of physical signals.

Research by University of Chicago Ph.D. Student, EPiQC Wins IBM Q Best Paper
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Research by University of Chicago Ph.D. Student, EPiQC Wins IBM Q Best Paper

A new approach for using a quantum computer to realize a near-term "killer app" was awarded the $2,500 first prize in the 2019 IBM Q Best Paper Award competition...

Robots Use Light Beams to Zap Hospital Viruses
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Robots Use Light Beams to Zap Hospital Viruses

A robotic system uses eight UV-C ultraviolet-light-emitting bulbs to destroy bacteria, viruses, and other harmful microbes.

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...

Soil Sifters
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Soil Sifters

Algorithms and supercomputers help tease out how soil microbes affect global climate.

Washington State Signs Facial Recognition Curbs Into Law; Critics Want Ban
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Washington State Signs Facial Recognition Curbs Into Law; Critics Want Ban

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed the first U.S. state law curbing law enforcement's use of facial recognition technology.

'Smart' Devices Help Reduce Adverse Outcomes of Common Heart Condition
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'Smart' Devices Help Reduce Adverse Outcomes of Common Heart Condition

Researchers have found that mobile health devices can help screen for and detect atrial fibrillation.

Study: Fake Russian Twitter Accounts Politicized Discourse About Vaccines
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Study: Fake Russian Twitter Accounts Politicized Discourse About Vaccines

Fraudulent Twitter accounts created by the Russian Internet Research Agency may have contributed to politicizing Americans’ views on vaccines.

Restrictions Are Slowing Coronavirus Infections, Data Suggest
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Restrictions Are Slowing Coronavirus Infections, Data Suggest

Data suggests that mass business closures and social-distancing edicts imposed to fight the coronavirus pandemic are helping reduce the numbers of fevers recorded...

With Medical Equipment in Short Supply, 3D Printing Steps Up in Coronavirus Crisis
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With Medical Equipment in Short Supply, 3D Printing Steps Up in Coronavirus Crisis

A shortage of medical equipment is spurring healthcare providers to turn to three-dimensional (3D) printing as a temporary solution during the coronavirus pandemic...

ACM Prize in Computing Awarded to AlphaGo Developer
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ACM Prize in Computing Awarded to AlphaGo Developer

David Silver Recognized for Breakthrough Advances in Computer Game-Playing

Army Scientists Create Innovative Quantum Sensor
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Army Scientists Create Innovative Quantum Sensor

U.S. Army researchers have developed a quantum sensor that could give soldiers a way to detect communication signals over the entire radio frequency spectrum.

Waymo Gamifies Self-Driving Car Data and Wants Everyone Involved
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Waymo Gamifies Self-Driving Car Data and Wants Everyone Involved

Waymo has expanded its Open Dataset and invited researchers to tackle one of five challenges related to the data.

Mapping the Social Network of Coronavirus
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Mapping the Social Network of Coronavirus

Analysts in Northeastern University's Network Science Institute are predictively modeling the coronavirus pandemic by incorporating social networks.

A Vector for Skulduggery
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A Vector for Skulduggery

Dark patterns have been migrating to smartphone apps.

Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf Tests Positive For COVID-19
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Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf Tests Positive For COVID-19

Tech pioneer Vinton G. Cerf, one of the co-creators of the modern Internet, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a tweet Cerf sent out Monday morning....

Researchers Develop Faster Way to Replace Bad Data With Accurate Information
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Researchers Develop Faster Way to Replace Bad Data With Accurate Information

A new model could be used to quickly displace false information on social networks and the Internet of Things (IoT) and replace it with accurate information.

Your Laptop Can Help Fight COVID-19 With Folding@Home Project
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Your Laptop Can Help Fight COVID-19 With Folding@Home Project

Think of it as a telecommuter supercomputer.
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