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Would You Like a QR Code in That Cookie?
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Would You Like a QR Code in That Cookie?

A three-dimensional printing method developed by scientists at Japan's Osaka University can embed edible quick response codes inside food.

Team Uses Digital Cameras, ML to Predict Neurological Disease
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Team Uses Digital Cameras, ML to Predict Neurological Disease

A new machine learning algorithm aims to improve the diagnosis of people with multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.

Counting Steps Can Reduce Disease Risk: Study
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Counting Steps Can Reduce Disease Risk: Study

A new study found that the risk of certain common chronic diseases can be lowered with the use of a wearable activity tracker.

Advanced AI Discovers a Treasure Trove of Gravitational Lenses
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Advanced AI Discovers a Treasure Trove of Gravitational Lenses

Telescope uses machine-learning algorithm to identify a sample of 5,000 candidates of gravitational lenses from tens of millions of galaxy images.

Specific Links Between Exercise, Memory, Mental Health Revealed by Fitness Trackers
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Specific Links Between Exercise, Memory, Mental Health Revealed by Fitness Trackers

Dartmouth College researchers used data from FitBit users to determine that exercise could be optimized to improve mental and cognitive health.

Wegmans Discontinues Self-Checkout App, Citing Losses
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Wegmans Discontinues Self-Checkout App, Citing Losses

Wegmans has discontinued the self-checkout SCAN app it rolled out early in the pandemic to offer contactless shopping, citing losses tied to the app.

Can Smartphones Help Predict Suicide?
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Can Smartphones Help Predict Suicide?

A unique research project is tracking hundreds of people at risk for suicide, using data from smartphones and wearable biosensors to identify periods of high danger...

Amazon Wants to Cocoon You With 'Ambient Intelligence'
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Amazon Wants to Cocoon You With 'Ambient Intelligence'

The company's new smart gadget uses radar to track your breathing while you sleep. It's part of Amazon's plan to weave its products invisibly into your life.

Stealthy Hackers Target Military, Weapons Contractors
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Stealthy Hackers Target Military, Weapons Contractors

Analysts at Securonix discovered the attacks but couldn't attribute the campaign to any known threat actors, despite some similarities to past APT37 (Konni) attacks...

Volvo to Install Laser Sensors on New Cars
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Volvo to Install Laser Sensors on New Cars

Volvo Cars will soon become the first automaker to install laser-based sensors across its entire fleet.

Tool Uncovers Cancer-Driving Structural Variations
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Tool Uncovers Cancer-Driving Structural Variations

Weill Cornell Medicine researchers created the CSVDriver software to identify cancer-generating structural variants from tumor samples via DNA sequence analysis...

New Deepfake Threats Loom, says Microsoft's Chief Science Officer
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New Deepfake Threats Loom, says Microsoft's Chief Science Officer

Microsoft chief science officer Eric Horvitz said the rising capabilities of discriminative and generative artificial intelligence methods are reaching an inflection...

Stuck on the Streets of San Francisco in a Driverless Car
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Stuck on the Streets of San Francisco in a Driverless Car

A reporter and a photographer went for a ride in an experimental autonomous vehicle operated by the General Motors subsidiary Cruise. There were bumps in the road...

Technology Could Help Whales Threatened by Noise Pollution
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Technology Could Help Whales Threatened by Noise Pollution

Researchers have developed software to prevent whale deaths caused by underwater noise pollution interfering with their echolocation.

Engineers Build Battery-Free, Wireless Underwater Camera
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Engineers Build Battery-Free, Wireless Underwater Camera

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have developed a battery-free, wireless underwater camera.

'Papermill Alarm' Software Flags Potentially Fake Papers
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'Papermill Alarm' Software Flags Potentially Fake Papers

Adam Day at U.K.-based data services company Clear Skies developed a software tool that highlights potentially bogus scientific papers.

In India, Debunking Fake News and Running Into the Authorities
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In India, Debunking Fake News and Running Into the Authorities

Independent website Alt News has emerged as a leading debunker of misinformation in India, but highlighting hate speech against minorities has put it on a collision...

Key Element for a Scalable Quantum Computer
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Key Element for a Scalable Quantum Computer

Physicists have taken a step toward realizing a scalable quantum computer by transferring electrons across several micrometers on a quantum chip.

Bring the Laboratory With You
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Bring the Laboratory With You

Microfluidic laboratories on chips proliferate.

'Very Harmful' Lack of Data Blunts U.S. Response to Outbreaks
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'Very Harmful' Lack of Data Blunts U.S. Response to Outbreaks

Major data gaps, the result of decades of underinvestment in public health, have undercut the government response to the coronavirus, and now to monkeypox.
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