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Behind the Global Efforts to Make a Privacy-first Coronavirus Tracking App
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Behind the Global Efforts to Make a Privacy-first Coronavirus Tracking App

The hope is that smartphone tracking — combined with widespread testing — can help create a framework for cities to let people resume their lives.

Covid-19: The Race to Create Privacy-focused Contact Tracing Tools
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Covid-19: The Race to Create Privacy-focused Contact Tracing Tools

As authorities seek technological solutions to the pandemic, experts fear the consequences for civil liberties.

How Are You Feeling? Surveys Aim to Detect COVID-19 Hot Spots Early
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How Are You Feeling? Surveys Aim to Detect COVID-19 Hot Spots Early

More than 2 million Britons and 150,000 Israelis have completed health surveys to trace COVID-19 outbreaks and send resources where they can do the most good.

Study Uses AI to Estimate Unexploded Bombs From Vietnam War
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Study Uses AI to Estimate Unexploded Bombs From Vietnam War

Researchers at The Ohio State University (OSU) used artificial intelligence to find unexploded Vietnam War-era bombs in Cambodia.

That Chatbot May Be Chatty, but Is It Engaging?
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That Chatbot May Be Chatty, but Is It Engaging?

Researchers have developed a technique for evaluating chatbots' conversational skills based on whether their dialogues are genuinely interesting to the user.

Wearable Strain Sensor Using Light Transmittance Helps Measure Physical Signals Better
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Wearable Strain Sensor Using Light Transmittance Helps Measure Physical Signals Better

A new wearable strain sensor can complete sensitive, stable, and continuous measurements of physical signals.

CNNs Catch Animals in the Wild
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CNNs Catch Animals in the Wild

Researchers are using convolutional neural networks to identify the few frames of interest among massive amounts of visual information.

Soil Sifters
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Soil Sifters

Algorithms and supercomputers help tease out how soil microbes affect global climate.

Washington State Signs Facial Recognition Curbs Into Law; Critics Want Ban
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Washington State Signs Facial Recognition Curbs Into Law; Critics Want Ban

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed the first U.S. state law curbing law enforcement's use of facial recognition technology.

'Smart' Devices Help Reduce Adverse Outcomes of Common Heart Condition
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'Smart' Devices Help Reduce Adverse Outcomes of Common Heart Condition

Researchers have found that mobile health devices can help screen for and detect atrial fibrillation.

Study: Fake Russian Twitter Accounts Politicized Discourse About Vaccines
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Study: Fake Russian Twitter Accounts Politicized Discourse About Vaccines

Fraudulent Twitter accounts created by the Russian Internet Research Agency may have contributed to politicizing Americans’ views on vaccines.

Restrictions Are Slowing Coronavirus Infections, Data Suggest
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Restrictions Are Slowing Coronavirus Infections, Data Suggest

Data suggests that mass business closures and social-distancing edicts imposed to fight the coronavirus pandemic are helping reduce the numbers of fevers recorded...

Waymo Gamifies Self-Driving Car Data and Wants Everyone Involved
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Waymo Gamifies Self-Driving Car Data and Wants Everyone Involved

Waymo has expanded its Open Dataset and invited researchers to tackle one of five challenges related to the data.

Mapping the Social Network of Coronavirus
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Mapping the Social Network of Coronavirus

Analysts in Northeastern University's Network Science Institute are predictively modeling the coronavirus pandemic by incorporating social networks.

Combined Social Distancing Measures Prove Effective in Reducing Spread of COVID-19
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Combined Social Distancing Measures Prove Effective in Reducing Spread of COVID-19

Researchers have confirmed through computer modeling that social distancing measures can reduce the number of cases of COVID-19.

3D View of Methane Tracks Sources, Movement Around the Globe
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3D View of Methane Tracks Sources, Movement Around the Globe

A new three-dimensional view of methane concentrations worldwide combines datasets from emissions inventories and simulations of wetland sources into a high-resolution...

Big Data Helps Taiwan Fight Coronavirus
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Big Data Helps Taiwan Fight Coronavirus

Taiwan has largely controlled the propagation of the  coronavirus, which an international team of researchers credit mainly to the emergency deployment of big data...

Machine Learning Technique Sharpens Prediction of Material's Mechanical Properties
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Machine Learning Technique Sharpens Prediction of Material's Mechanical Properties

Scientists utilized machine learning to improve the accuracy of material testing.

Researchers Use 3D Printing, Sensors to Create Models for Hydropower Testing
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Researchers Use 3D Printing, Sensors to Create Models for Hydropower Testing

Researchers are using three-dimensional printers and sensors to create fake fish to help test the environmental impact of hydroelectric dams on fish populations...

System Trains Driverless Cars in Simulation Before They Hit the Road
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System Trains Driverless Cars in Simulation Before They Hit the Road

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have created a simulation system to train driverless cars prior to their deployment on actual streets.
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