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Evacuating Virtual Buildings
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Evacuating Virtual Buildings

Researchers in the Netherlands are studying how virtual reality and augmented reality could help explain the behavior of pedestrians.

You Can't Hide Your Smiling Eyes
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You Can't Hide Your Smiling Eyes

New software can determine whether your smile is real or faked.

Algorithm Quickly Simulates Roll of Loaded Dice
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Algorithm Quickly Simulates Roll of Loaded Dice

Researchers have created an algorithm to produce random numbers with the best mix of speed, accuracy, and low memory currently available.

Arizona Sues Google Over Allegations It Illegally Tracked Android Smartphone Users' Locations
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Arizona Sues Google Over Allegations It Illegally Tracked Android Smartphone Users' Locations

Arizona has filed a lawsuit against Google for allegedly monitoring the locations of Android smartphone users even when such features purportedly were disabled,...

Supercomputer Model Simulations Reveal Cause of Neanderthal Extinction
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Supercomputer Model Simulations Reveal Cause of Neanderthal Extinction

Supercomputer models determined that competition between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens was likely responsible for the former's extinction in Eurasia.

Cellphone Data Helps Track Mobility Patterns During Social Distancing
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Cellphone Data Helps Track Mobility Patterns During Social Distancing

Researchers in Colorado used cellphone data to estimate how much Colorado residents have changed their behavior since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Technology Aids 911 Centers During COVID-19 Crisis
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Technology Aids 911 Centers During COVID-19 Crisis

Dispatchers and first responders are using technology like live video streams, text messaging, and crowdsourced data to help 911 centers during the COVID-19 pandemic...

China’s Virus Apps May Outlast the Outbreak, Stirring Privacy Fears
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China’s Virus Apps May Outlast the Outbreak, Stirring Privacy Fears

With the disease there mostly under control, officials are looking for new uses for the government software that's now on many phones.

Scanning the Skies for Danger
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Scanning the Skies for Danger

Finding dangerous asteroids by reverse-engineering their orbits.

Wearable Sensor Tracks Vitamin C Levels in Sweat
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Wearable Sensor Tracks Vitamin C Levels in Sweat

Researchers developed a new wearable sensor that monitors vitamin C levels in perspiration.

Smartphone App to Help Assess Anemia by Taking Picture of a Person's Eyelid
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Smartphone App to Help Assess Anemia by Taking Picture of a Person's Eyelid

New software allows medical staff to obtain a patient’s hemoglobin count in real time by capturing an image of the patient's inner eyelid with a smartphone.

Yoshua Bengio and Collaborators Unveil the Name of Their COVID-19 Tracing Application, Launch a White Paper
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Yoshua Bengio and Collaborators Unveil the Name of Their COVID-19 Tracing Application, Launch a White Paper

Bengio was co-recipient of the 2018 A.M. Turing Prize, considered the "Nobel Prize of Computer Science." In 2020, he was elected by his peers to The Royal Society...

Hiring from the Autism Spectrum
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Hiring from the Autism Spectrum

Companies increasingly are looking to hire people who are on the autism spectrum to fill IT roles.

Engineers Develop Low-Cost, High-Accuracy System for Flexible Medical Robots
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Engineers Develop Low-Cost, High-Accuracy System for Flexible Medical Robots

Roboticists developed a low-cost system to track the location of flexible surgical robots operating inside the human body.

Comedy Club Performances Provide Insights on How Robots, Humans Connect via Humor
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Comedy Club Performances Provide Insights on How Robots, Humans Connect via Humor

Two studies evaluated a robot comedian's performance at comedy clubs to gather data to enable more effective robot-human interplay through humor.

Pandemic Spike in AI Learning--and What It Means For Schools
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Pandemic Spike in AI Learning--and What It Means For Schools

The learning platform edX has seen its enrollments increase tenfold while its computer science offerings increase ninefold over the past few months, fueled by the...

Coding for Covid-19: Contest Calls on Developers to Help Fight the Pandemic
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Coding for Covid-19: Contest Calls on Developers to Help Fight the Pandemic

One track in this year's IBM Call for Code challenge focused on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Algorithm Helps Analyze Images to Improve Health Care, Manufacturing
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Algorithm Helps Analyze Images to Improve Health Care, Manufacturing

A new algorithm makes it easier for humans to recognize and analyze patterns that appear in both natural and manufactured systems.

Seeing the Universe Through New Lenses
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Seeing the Universe Through New Lenses

An international team of researchers found 335 new gravitational lensing candidates in the data collected for a U.S. Department of Energy-supported telescope project...

Geometry Points to Coronavirus Drug Target Candidates
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Geometry Points to Coronavirus Drug Target Candidates

A new study incorporates a mathematical model that predicts protein sites on viruses that might be particularly susceptible to disabling treatments.
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