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3D-Printed Heart Helps Save Life of Baby Girl with Rare Condition
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3D-Printed Heart Helps Save Life of Baby Girl with Rare Condition

U.K. surgeons saved the life of a baby girl with a rare heart condition using a three-dimensionally-printed model of her heart.

E-Nose Sniffs Out the Good Whiskey
From ACM TechNews

E-Nose Sniffs Out the Good Whiskey

New research describes an electronic nose that can analyze whiskies and identify a whiskey’s brand with over 95% accuracy after a single whiff.

IRS Allows Taxpayers to Forgo Facial Recognition Amid Blowback
From ACM TechNews

IRS Allows Taxpayers to Forgo Facial Recognition Amid Blowback

The Internal Revenue Service has walked back a requirement for taxpayers to use facial recognition to access their online accounts.

Algorithmic Hiring Needs a Human Face
From Communications of the ACM

Algorithmic Hiring Needs a Human Face

Artificial intelligence may be an unstoppable force, but in the recruitment market it has met an immovable object: humans. Something has to give.

China Is About to Regulate AI—and the World Is Watching
From ACM News

China Is About to Regulate AI—and the World Is Watching

Sweeping rules will cover algorithms that set prices, control search results, recommend videos, and filter content.

Texas Sues Meta's Facebook over Facial-Recognition Practices
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Texas Sues Meta's Facebook over Facial-Recognition Practices

The Texas Attorney General's Office has filed suit against Facebook for allegedly violating state law with its facial recognition technology.

AI Can Erase Tattoos from Photos to Help Face Recognition Systems
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AI Can Erase Tattoos from Photos to Help Face Recognition Systems

Researchers trained an algorithm to remove facial tattoos from images, in order to improve facial recognition systems.

Health Researchers Use AI to Better Predict Hepatitis C Treatment Outcomes
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Health Researchers Use AI to Better Predict Hepatitis C Treatment Outcomes

Algorithms developed by University of Florida Health researchers employ artificial intelligence to forecast outcomes from treatments for hepatitis C.

Digital Technology Fans Firefighting
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Digital Technology Fans Firefighting

New tools help firefighters identify the dynamics and characteristics of a fire—and respond more effectively.

Crypto Scammers’ New Target: Dating Apps
From ACM News

Crypto Scammers’ New Target: Dating Apps

"Everything was a lie," said one woman lured into a recent scam.

The C.D.C. Isn't Publishing Large Portions of the COVID Data It Collects
From ACM News

The C.D.C. Isn't Publishing Large Portions of the COVID Data It Collects

The agency has withheld critical data on boosters, hospitalizations and, until recently, wastewater analyses.

Clearly, This Heart Beats Strong
From ACM TechNews

Clearly, This Heart Beats Strong

Researchers at Rice University and Japan's Waseda University have developed a model that simulates the flow of blood through the heart.

Smartwatch Measures Key Stress Hormone
From ACM TechNews

Smartwatch Measures Key Stress Hormone

A new smartwatch can measure cortisol levels in perspiration.

Smartphone App Can Vibrate Single Drop of Blood to Determine How Well It Clots
From ACM TechNews

Smartphone App Can Vibrate Single Drop of Blood to Determine How Well It Clots

A new test uses a single drop of blood and a smartphone's vibration motor and camera to determine whether blood clots too easily, or not at all.

Computer Models Show How Crop Production Increases Soil Nitrous Oxide Emissions
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Computer Models Show How Crop Production Increases Soil Nitrous Oxide Emissions

Scientists used computer models to determine the growth of emissions of greenhouse gas nitrous oxide over the last century by U.S. crop production.

Wearable Sensors for COVID-19 Mitigation
From ACM TechNews

Wearable Sensors for COVID-19 Mitigation

Researchers have demonstrated the potential of digital contact tracing technology in mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic by modeling wearable sensor deployments.

Trying On Smart Clothes
From ACM News

Trying On Smart Clothes

Smart clothing is coming into fashion.

Remote Sensing Technology Reduces Urban Air Pollution
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Remote Sensing Technology Reduces Urban Air Pollution

Researchers found that a city’s use of a remote emissions sensing system could significantly improve that city’s air quality.

Computer Model Shows Best Ways to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
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Computer Model Shows Best Ways to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

A new computational model is the first to simulate numerous variables impacting COVID-19 transmission, in an effort to slow the spread of variants.

'Full Self-Driving' Clips Show Teslas on Train Tracks and Fighting for Control
From ACM News

'Full Self-Driving' Clips Show Teslas on Train Tracks and Fighting for Control

The Washington Post verified Full Self-Driving footage posted by beta testers and had it reviewed by a panel of experts.
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