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AI Gauges Head Injuries by Classifying Brain Lesions
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AI Gauges Head Injuries by Classifying Brain Lesions

Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that can detect and classify different types of brain lesions, to gauge the impact of a head injury...

App State Creates Pollinator-Tracking App
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App State Creates Pollinator-Tracking App

A new smartphone application tracks bees and other pollinators, as part of a project to monitor the world's pollinator population.

Elderly Home Turns to Wearables for Contact Tracing, Sidestepping Apple-Google Limits
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Elderly Home Turns to Wearables for Contact Tracing, Sidestepping Apple-Google Limits

The Legacy at Town Square senior living facility in Amarillo, TX, recently accelerated contact tracing by having staffers and residents wear high-tech wristbands...

This Robot Can Guess How You're Feeling by the Way You Walk
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This Robot Can Guess How You're Feeling by the Way You Walk

A new algorithm enables a small four-wheeled robot to perform real-time gait analysis in order to determine a walker's emotional state.

COVID-19's YouTube Misinformation Outbreak
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COVID-19's YouTube Misinformation Outbreak

Study finds a quarter of most watched videos with "non-factual" information.

Scientists Develop Tool to Improve Disease Model Accuracy
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Scientists Develop Tool to Improve Disease Model Accuracy

A new embedded discrepancy operator could help scientists deliver more accurate predictions of how diseases such as COVID-19 spread through populations around the...

Meet the Uninfectables
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Meet the Uninfectables

Hospital wards, grocery stores, and food delivery services are turning to robotic devices to better navigate the pandemic.

Apple, Google Start to Win Over Europe to Their Virus-Tracking Technology
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Apple, Google Start to Win Over Europe to Their Virus-Tracking Technology

European nations are considering, or have opted for, technology developed by Apple and Google for smartphone contact-tracing applications to contain the coronavirus...

Risks Overshadow Benefits with Online Voting, Experts Warn
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Risks Overshadow Benefits with Online Voting, Experts Warn

With a handful of U.S. states launching online voting pilots, many experts warn the technology carries more pitfalls than benefits.

AI Technique Detects, Classifies Galaxies in Astronomy Image Data
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AI Technique Detects, Classifies Galaxies in Astronomy Image Data

A new artificial intelligence program can analyze image data to detect and classify galaxies and stars in large datasets from astronomical surveys.

Digital Twinning
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Digital Twinning

Many organizations using the Internet of Things have already implemented Digital Twins.

Researchers Identify Potential Active Substances Against Coronavirus by Running Supercomputer Simulations
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Researchers Identify Potential Active Substances Against Coronavirus by Running Supercomputer Simulations

Researchers used the MOGON II supercomputer to identify several drugs approved for treating hepatitis C viral infection as potential candidates against COVID-19...

Hastily Introduced Fake News Laws Could Damage Efforts to Counter Disinformation, UNESCO Warns
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Hastily Introduced Fake News Laws Could Damage Efforts to Counter Disinformation, UNESCO Warns

Reports warn that legislation to curb disinformation on the coronavirus could damage legitimate journalism's efforts to combat this "disinfodemic."

App Shows Promise in Tracking New Coronavirus Cases, Study Finds
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App Shows Promise in Tracking New Coronavirus Cases, Study Finds

The app, which allows people to record their symptoms, was remarkably effective in predicting infections. The most reliable indicators, researchers found, were...

Intel Confirms Critical New Security Problem for Windows Users
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Intel Confirms Critical New Security Problem for Windows Users

Intel has verified a newly disclosed security flaw in Windows that exposes an apparently critical vulnerability on millions of computers.

This Was Supposed to Be the Year Driverless Cars Went Mainstream
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This Was Supposed to Be the Year Driverless Cars Went Mainstream

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted technology companies' plans to bring autonomous vehicles into the mainstream this year.

Apple, Google Ban Use of Location Tracking in Contact Tracing Apps
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Apple, Google Ban Use of Location Tracking in Contact Tracing Apps

Apple and Google said they would not allow the use of location tracking in apps using their new contact tracing system to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus...

Scientists Make Artificial Skin for Robots
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Scientists Make Artificial Skin for Robots

Scientists worldwide are developing robotic skin to imbue machines with tactile perception, and even allow them to feel pain in some cases.

AI Software Gets Mixed Reviews for Tackling Coronavirus
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AI Software Gets Mixed Reviews for Tackling Coronavirus

Artificial intelligence software used by hospitals to help diagnose and evaluate COVID-19 has drawn mixed reviews.

Singapore Deploys Robot 'Dog' to Encourage Social Distancing
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Singapore Deploys Robot 'Dog' to Encourage Social Distancing

Singapore's government will deploy a robot from Boston Dynamics at a local park as part of a pilot project to encourage social distancing.
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