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Algorithm That Predicts Deadly Infections Is Often Flawed
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Algorithm That Predicts Deadly Infections Is Often Flawed

An algorithm designed to forecast sepsis infections is significantly lacking in accuracy.

Quantum Data Link Established Between 2 Distant Chinese Cities
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Quantum Data Link Established Between 2 Distant Chinese Cities

Researchers created a secure quantum link extending 511 kilometers (almost 320 miles) between two Chinese cities.

Data Breaches: Most Victims Unaware When Shown Evidence of Multiple Compromised Accounts
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Data Breaches: Most Victims Unaware When Shown Evidence of Multiple Compromised Accounts

Most data breach victims do not realize their personal data has been exposed, according to a new study.

Israeli Researchers Develop Electronic Nose to Detect Diseases, Poisons
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Israeli Researchers Develop Electronic Nose to Detect Diseases, Poisons

An artificial nose can distinguish between different types of bacteria, viruses, and poisonous gases .

A New Use for Excess Datacenter Heat
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A New Use for Excess Datacenter Heat

An innovative use for excess heat, which takes the data center's remote location into account.

NHS Gets £36-million Boost for AI Technologies
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NHS Gets £36-million Boost for AI Technologies

The AI in Health and Care Award will distribute £140 million over 3 years, with the next round of applications set to open late this month.

AI Creates False Documents That Fake Out Hackers
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AI Creates False Documents That Fake Out Hackers

The algorithm hides sensitive information in a sea of decoys.

To Stop the Ransomware Pandemic, Start with the Basics
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To Stop the Ransomware Pandemic, Start with the Basics

That will help stop other sorts of cyber-mischief, too.

Researchers Identify Best Strategy to Reduce Human-Bear Conflict
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Researchers Identify Best Strategy to Reduce Human-Bear Conflict

Researchers have developed a computer model to determine the most effective ways to reduce conflict between people and bears.

Newly Discovered Vigilante Malware Outs Software Pirates, Blocks Them
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Newly Discovered Vigilante Malware Outs Software Pirates, Blocks Them

SophosLabs researcher Andrew Brandt has discovered malware that identifies and blocks software pirates.

Can AI Predict How Sick You'll Get From COVID? San Diego Scientists Think So
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Can AI Predict How Sick You'll Get From COVID? San Diego Scientists Think So

Researchers used artificial intelligence to determine why COVID-19 symptoms can vary among patients.

Science Denial, Partisanship on Social Media Indicate Where COVID-19 Strikes Next
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Science Denial, Partisanship on Social Media Indicate Where COVID-19 Strikes Next

A machine learning-assisted social media analysis could help predict where COVID-19 will emerge based on anti-science views and political ideology.

We Investigated Whether Digital Contact Tracing Actually Worked in the U.S.
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We Investigated Whether Digital Contact Tracing Actually Worked in the U.S.

A year ago, engineers built apps to track potential virus exposure. Our research shows the impact has been mixed—but there's still potential.

Algorithm that Predicts Deadly Infections is Often Flawed
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Algorithm that Predicts Deadly Infections is Often Flawed

A study found that a system used to identify cases of sepsis missed most instances and frequently issued false alarms.

Autonomous Walking Excavator Can Build Walls, Dig Trenches
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Autonomous Walking Excavator Can Build Walls, Dig Trenches

A walking construction vehicle can operate autonomously on rough terrain, thanks to a team of Swiss-German engineers.

Amazon Brings Cashierless Tech to Full-Size Grocery Store
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Amazon Brings Cashierless Tech to Full-Size Grocery Store

Amazon deployed its Just Walk Out cashierless retail system in its newest Seattle-based Amazon Fresh physical grocery outlet, its first use in a full-size store...

Underwater Robot Offers Insight into Mid-Ocean 'Twilight Zone'
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Underwater Robot Offers Insight into Mid-Ocean 'Twilight Zone'

Scientists used the underwater robot Mesobot to capture high-resolution images of slow-moving organisms in the mid-ocean "twilight zone" region.

Smart Tires Hit the Road
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Smart Tires Hit the Road

Tire manufacturers Goodyear Tire & Rubber and Bridgestone are launching new smart tire features for last-mile delivery vehicles.

Clearing the Way Toward Robust Quantum Computing
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Clearing the Way Toward Robust Quantum Computing

A technique developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology removes common errors in the operation of a two-quantum bit (qubit).

New 50-pound British Banknote Honors Computer Pioneer Alan Turing
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New 50-pound British Banknote Honors Computer Pioneer Alan Turing

The choice of Turing for the new 50-pound note is an important symbol of diversity.
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