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A Scientist's Quest for an Accessible, Unhackable Voting Machine
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A Scientist's Quest for an Accessible, Unhackable Voting Machine

After 19 years of work, Juan Gilbert says he has invented the most secure voting machine.

HoloLens Headsets Connect Patients, Metropolitan Doctors
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HoloLens Headsets Connect Patients, Metropolitan Doctors

Microsoft HoloLens mixed-reality holographic headsets are connecting remote patients in Australia with metropolitan physicians.

Japan Steps Up Push to Get Public Buy-in to Digital IDs
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Japan Steps Up Push to Get Public Buy-in to Digital IDs

Japan's government is urging the public to sign up for digital IDs, warning they could lose access to public health insurance otherwise.

Software Tools Aim to Aid 3D Content Creation for Metaverse
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Software Tools Aim to Aid 3D Content Creation for Metaverse

A set of software tools rolled out by Adobe Inc. aims to facilitate the development three-dimensional digital objects for marketing campaigns, video games, and...

Scientists Using Fitness Trackers, AI to Detect Depression with '80% Accuracy'
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Scientists Using Fitness Trackers, AI to Detect Depression with '80% Accuracy'

Scientists in Singapore are tapping artificial intelligence to detect depression, schizophrenia, and other mental disorders earlier.

Confirming Election Results with Risk-Limiting Audits
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Confirming Election Results with Risk-Limiting Audits

Rice University's Dan Wallach, working with Matthew Bernhard at nonprofit VotingWorks, found risk-limiting audits can be used to confirm election outcomes.

How Can Digital Data Stored as DNA Be Manipulated?
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How Can Digital Data Stored as DNA Be Manipulated?

Researchers leveraged enzymes, artificial neurons, and neural networks to retrieve or manipulate digital data stored as DNA.

Lost Something? Search 91.7 Million Files from the '80s, '90s, 2000s
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Lost Something? Search 91.7 Million Files from the '80s, '90s, 2000s

A new website allows users to sift through 91.7 million computer files from CD-ROM releases and floppy discs dating back to the 1980s.

The Impact of Virtual Meetings
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The Impact of Virtual Meetings

Virtual meetings have mixed effects on employee productivity, creativity, and relationships.

Improving Access to Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
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Improving Access to Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

North Carolina State University researchers aim to make electric vehicles more appealing to drivers by improving access to charging stations via a game theory-based...

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.
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