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Integrating Medical Imaging, Cancer Biology with Deep Neural Networks
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Integrating Medical Imaging, Cancer Biology with Deep Neural Networks

Deep neural networks can replicate reported associations between gene expression, histology, and computed tomography-derived image features of lung cancer, and...

This System Helps Robots Better Navigate Emergency Rooms
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This System Helps Robots Better Navigate Emergency Rooms

A new navigation system aims to improve the ability of robots to navigate busy clinical environments, especially hospital emergency departments.

Smart Finger Ring with Integrated RFID Chip
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Smart Finger Ring with Integrated RFID Chip

Researchers have developed a three-dimensionally printed smart finger ring that potentially could replace house keys, wallets, health insurance cards, and more....

Biden Administration Will Prioritize Cybersecurity in Distribution of $1 Billion in Federal IT Funding
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Biden Administration Will Prioritize Cybersecurity in Distribution of $1 Billion in Federal IT Funding

The Biden administration will prioritize cybersecurity in the distribution of $1 billion in technology modernization funds signed into law by Congress in March....

Election Security: A Scientific View
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Election Security: A Scientific View

Barbara Simons and the issues with Internet voting.

Learning on the Fly: Computational Model Demonstrates Similarity in How Humans, Insects Learn
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Learning on the Fly: Computational Model Demonstrates Similarity in How Humans, Insects Learn

A new computational model shows similarities in the way insects and mammals learn.

Online Cheating Charges Upend Dartmouth Medical School
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Online Cheating Charges Upend Dartmouth Medical School

The university accused 17 students of cheating on remote exams, raising questions about data mining and sowing mistrust on campus.

Spotify Urged to Rule Out 'Invasive' Voice Recognition Tech
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Spotify Urged to Rule Out 'Invasive' Voice Recognition Tech

Musicians and human rights groups have called on Spotify to estop use of a recently developed speech recognition tool it developed for suggesting songs.

60% of School Apps Are Sharing Kids' Data with 3rd Parties
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60% of School Apps Are Sharing Kids' Data with 3rd Parties

A study analyzing 73 "utility" apps for school districts found that nearly two-thirds of them share some student data with third-party marketing companies.

'Intelligent' Shoe Helps Blind People Avoid Obstacles
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'Intelligent' Shoe Helps Blind People Avoid Obstacles

Computer scientists have designed a shoe with ultrasonic sensors that can detect obstacles and emit vibrations to warn blind and visually impaired wearers.

Fertility Apps Collect, Share Intimate Data Without Users' Knowledge or Permission
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Fertility Apps Collect, Share Intimate Data Without Users' Knowledge or Permission

Many top-rated fertility apps collect and share personal information without the knowledge or permission of users, according to a new study.

An Uncrackable Combination of Invisible Ink, AI
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An Uncrackable Combination of Invisible Ink, AI

Researchers printed encoded data using a carbon nanoparticle-based ink that can be read only by an artificial intelligence model when exposed to ultraviolet light...

An Artificial Neural Network Joins the Fight Against Receding Glaciers
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An Artificial Neural Network Joins the Fight Against Receding Glaciers

An artificial neural network can autonomously recognize and quantify the edges of glaciers in satellite images with far greater reliability than humans.

Clues on How Networks Such as Twitter Are Organized to Respond to Viral News
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Clues on How Networks Such as Twitter Are Organized to Respond to Viral News

A thesis defended at Spain's Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) analyses the structural patterns of complex systems such as social networks.

How Much Does It Itch?
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How Much Does It Itch?

A soft, wearable sensor developed by Northwestern University scientists can measure the itchiness suffered by children with atopic dermatitis (eczema).

ML Approach Brings Digital Photos Back to Life
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ML Approach Brings Digital Photos Back to Life

A machine learning technique developed by researchers at Texas A&M University enables users to produce novel views of a scene from a single photo.

Ancient Australian 'Superhighways' Suggested by Massive Supercomputing Study
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Ancient Australian 'Superhighways' Suggested by Massive Supercomputing Study

A multi-institutional team of researchers used supercomputers to plot the most likely migration routes of ancient humans across Australia.

Automated Technique to Discover Simulation Configurations for Behaviors Hard to Test
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Automated Technique to Discover Simulation Configurations for Behaviors Hard to Test

Researchers at Japan's National Institute of Informatics designed a technique to search for simulation models that evaluate specific behaviors of automated driving...

The Doctor Will Hear You Soon
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The Doctor Will Hear You Soon

The vocal biomarker community is getting louder.  

Breakthrough U.S. Army Technology is Game Changer for Deepfake Detection
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Breakthrough U.S. Army Technology is Game Changer for Deepfake Detection

Researchers have developed a deepfake detection method for supporting mission-essential tasks.
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