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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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'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.

AI System Rapidly Predicts How Two Proteins Will Attach
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AI System Rapidly Predicts How Two Proteins Will Attach

An artificial intelligence model can forecast the binding configuration of two proteins.

Satellite Images Show Biggest Methane Leaks Come From Russia, U.S.
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Satellite Images Show Biggest Methane Leaks Come From Russia, U.S.

A multinational team determined that methane "ultra-emitter" sites account for about a tenth of the oil and gas industry's global methane emissions.

High-Speed Drones Revolutionizing How We Watch Winter Sports
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High-Speed Drones Revolutionizing How We Watch Winter Sports

Custom-built, high-speed racing drones are being used to film the Natural Selection Tour, the first time such technology has been used in live broadcast.

Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere
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Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere

The activities of tens of thousands of bubbles in foamy flows can be simulated computationally.

How Do You Teach a Goldfish to Drive? First, You Need a Vehicle
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How Do You Teach a Goldfish to Drive? First, You Need a Vehicle

Researchers are teaching animals how to drive, in order to understand how experience affects learning and how brains adapt to change.

Where a Thousand Digital Eyes Keep Watch Over the Elderly
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Where a Thousand Digital Eyes Keep Watch Over the Elderly

Over 1,000 sensors line the streets of the Itami suburb of Osaka, Japan, as part of an effort to track elderly people with dementia.

As Automakers Add Technology to Cars, Software Bugs Follow
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As Automakers Add Technology to Cars, Software Bugs Follow

As automakers add technology to cars, software bugs follow.

Technique Improves AI Ability to Understand 3D Space Using 2D Images
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Technique Improves AI Ability to Understand 3D Space Using 2D Images

A new technique uses two-dimensional images to improve the ability of artificial intelligence programs to identify three-dimensional objects.
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