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'Earable' Uses Sonar to Reconstruct Facial Expressions
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'Earable' Uses Sonar to Reconstruct Facial Expressions

Cornell University researchers have developed a wearable earphone device that can reconstruct the wearer's face using sonar.

Data Scientists Identify Lakes, Reservoirs Around the World
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Data Scientists Identify Lakes, Reservoirs Around the World

Data scientists led an interdisciplinary team that developed a first-of-its kind comprehensive global dataset of the Earth's lakes and reservoirs.

What to Do Now About Tomorrow's Code-Cracking Computers
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What to Do Now About Tomorrow's Code-Cracking Computers

A future-proof way to encrypt sensitive data is now available. Put it to use.

In Ukraine War, a Race to Acquire Smarter, Deadlier Drones
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In Ukraine War, a Race to Acquire Smarter, Deadlier Drones

Drones are in high demand among both Ukrainians and Russians as the war continues.

How Companies Subtly Trick Users Online with 'Dark Patterns'
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How Companies Subtly Trick Users Online with 'Dark Patterns'

So far this year, there have been multiple lawsuits filed against prominent tech companies for their alleged use of dark patterns to deceive users.

Computer Model Predicts Whether a Pesticide Will Harm Bees
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Computer Model Predicts Whether a Pesticide Will Harm Bees

Oregon State University researchers trained a machine learning model to forecast whether new herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides would harm honey bees.

The Webb Space Telescope's Profound Data Challenges
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The Webb Space Telescope's Profound Data Challenges

The James Webb Space Telescope's data-collecting operations present a number of challenges, including dependence on a reliable communications subsystem.

A Health Monitoring Wearable That Operates Without a Battery
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A Health Monitoring Wearable That Operates Without a Battery

University of California, Irvine researchers have developed a self-powered, wireless wearable device that can monitor a user's pulse.

In a Post-Roe World, the Future of Digital Privacy Looks Even Grimmer
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In a Post-Roe World, the Future of Digital Privacy Looks Even Grimmer

The sheer amount of tech tools and knowledge required to discreetly seek an abortion underlines how wide open we are to surveillance.

Scientists Jack Into Subjects' Brains, Find That They Can Identify Deepfakes Subconsciously
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Scientists Jack Into Subjects' Brains, Find That They Can Identify Deepfakes Subconsciously

Okay, that's weird.

Imaging Technique Visualizes Gene Expression in Brains of Live Mice in Real Time
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Imaging Technique Visualizes Gene Expression in Brains of Live Mice in Real Time

An international team of researchers has created a method for visualizing mRNA molecules in the brains of live mice in real time.

Am I Getting Sick?
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Am I Getting Sick?

The future of over-the-counter at-home medical tests is trending toward multiple-malady detection.

Researchers Defeat Facial Recognition Systems with Universal Face Mask
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Researchers Defeat Facial Recognition Systems with Universal Face Mask

Researchers have found that facial recognition systems may be thwarted by fabric face masks bearing adversarial patterns.

A 'Wise Counsel' for Synthetic Biology
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A 'Wise Counsel' for Synthetic Biology

Researchers have developed a modular software application for optimizing biological systems, which they said does not require computational skills to use.

Quantum Sensor Can Detect Electromagnetic Signals of Any Frequency
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Quantum Sensor Can Detect Electromagnetic Signals of Any Frequency

MIT engineers expand the capabilities of these ultrasensitive nanoscale detectors, with potential uses for biological sensing and quantum computing.

Europe's Blockchain: A Solution Struggling to Find a Problem
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Europe's Blockchain: A Solution Struggling to Find a Problem

Decentralizing the chain of trust to a blockchain–also known as a distributed ledger–causes additional privacy and security issues.  

Smart Textiles Sense How Their Users Are Moving
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Smart Textiles Sense How Their Users Are Moving

Researchers have fabricated smart textiles that can sense their wearer's posture and motions.

How Daycare Apps Can Spy on Parents, Children
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How Daycare Apps Can Spy on Parents, Children

German researchers uncovered serious security flaws in 42 European and U.S. daycare applications.

AI-Enhanced System to Track Players for Offside Calls at 2022 World Cup
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AI-Enhanced System to Track Players for Offside Calls at 2022 World Cup

The Federation Internationale de Football Association will use a semi-automated AI system to help referees make offside calls during the 2022 World Cup.

ML Algorithms Help Healthcare Staff Diagnose Alcohol-Associated Hepatitis, Acute Cholangitis
From ACM TechNews

ML Algorithms Help Healthcare Staff Diagnose Alcohol-Associated Hepatitis, Acute Cholangitis

A study found that machine learning algorithms can help healthcare providers distinguish between acute cholangitis and alcohol-associated hepatitis.
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