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Researchers Turn to Wearable Tech in Race to Track Covid-19
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Researchers Turn to Wearable Tech in Race to Track Covid-19

Researchers are using wearable technologies that monitor fluctuations in biomarkers to collect real-time patient data, to try to track the spread of Covid-19.

Angling for Underwater Wi-Fi
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Angling for Underwater Wi-Fi

A new underwater Wi-Fi system could enable divers to transmit footage from underwater to the surface instantly by sending data through light beams.

Electronic Nose Sniffs Out Perfectly Ripe Peaches for Harvest
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Electronic Nose Sniffs Out Perfectly Ripe Peaches for Harvest

Researchers have developed an electronic nose system to sniff out the ripest peaches for harvest.

Signal Downloads Are Way Up Since the Protests Began
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Signal Downloads Are Way Up Since the Protests Began

Organizers and demonstrators say they feel safer communicating with end-to-end encryption.

Billions of Smart Home Devices Open to Attack
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Billions of Smart Home Devices Open to Attack

A newly discovered vulnerability in the Universal Plug and Play networking protocol could expose billions of smart home devices to cyberattack.

Younger People, Users of Niche Social Media Platforms More Likely to Share Covid-19 Disinformation
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Younger People, Users of Niche Social Media Platforms More Likely to Share Covid-19 Disinformation

More than half of respondents to the study who shared disinformation were 39 or younger.

Don’t Kid Yourself: Online Lectures Are Here to Stay
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Don’t Kid Yourself: Online Lectures Are Here to Stay

The economic forces are too powerful for virtual instruction to go away after the pandemic. The important question is who will benefit financially, a Cornell economist...

The Epic Battle Against Coronavirus Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories
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The Epic Battle Against Coronavirus Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories

Scientists worldwide are scrambling to track and counter the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic.

NYU Report Calls on Social Media Titans to Stop Outsourcing Content Moderation
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NYU Report Calls on Social Media Titans to Stop Outsourcing Content Moderation

The report says big social media companies need to use more of their own employees to make calls about which posts and photos should be removed.

In Virus-Hit South Korea, AI Monitors Lonely Elders
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In Virus-Hit South Korea, AI Monitors Lonely Elders

SK Telecom operates an artificial intelligence-powered network of voice-enabled "smart" speakers to monitor thousands of seniors during the coronavirus pandemic...

Nearly All Google Chrome Security Bugs Involve Memory Flaws
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Nearly All Google Chrome Security Bugs Involve Memory Flaws

Google researchers have found that the vast majority of security bugs found in the Chrome browser are related to memory management.

Fake News Gets Shared More When It is Angry, Anxiety-Inducing
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Fake News Gets Shared More When It is Angry, Anxiety-Inducing

Researchers in China have found that fake news may go viral more quickly when it uses words associated with anger.

Publishers Sue Internet Archive Over Free E-Books
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Publishers Sue Internet Archive Over Free E-Books

Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette,  and Wiley accused the nonprofit of piracy for making over 1 million books free online.

Multifunction E-Glasses Track the Brain, Eyes, and More
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Multifunction E-Glasses Track the Brain, Eyes, and More

Researchers have developed prototype multifunctional e-glasses equipped with flexible electrodes near the ears and eyes.

Miss Your Office? Some Companies Are Building Virtual Replicas
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Miss Your Office? Some Companies Are Building Virtual Replicas

Some employers are building virtual reproductions of their offices as online simulations for workers in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.

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,...

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...

Australian Researchers Record World's Fastest Internet Speed from Single Optical Chip
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Australian Researchers Record World's Fastest Internet Speed from Single Optical Chip

Researchers in Australia recorded the world's fastest Internet data speed from a single optical chip: 44.2 terabits per second.  

Scanning the Skies for Danger
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Scanning the Skies for Danger

Finding dangerous asteroids by reverse-engineering their orbits.
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