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Pocket-Sized Device Tests Blood Samples for Genetic Conditions
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Pocket-Sized Device Tests Blood Samples for Genetic Conditions

A new smartphone-powered DNA detector can identify DNA in blood, urine, and other samples, on the spot.

Data Visualization's Breakthrough Moment in the COVID-19 Crisis
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Data Visualization's Breakthrough Moment in the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis has spurred data visualization researchers and professionals to apply their expertise to combat the pandemic.

'This is Certainly Different': Astronauts on Controlling the Dragon Spacecraft Via Touchscreen
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'This is Certainly Different': Astronauts on Controlling the Dragon Spacecraft Via Touchscreen

The astronauts manning SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) later this month will control the capsule using a touchscreen...

AI Can Search Satellite Data to Find Plastic Floating in the Sea
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AI Can Search Satellite Data to Find Plastic Floating in the Sea

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system that can identify sea plastic in satellite imagery.

Study of 17-Year Cicada Choruses Reveals Dependence on Light Levels
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Study of 17-Year Cicada Choruses Reveals Dependence on Light Levels

The Kansan brood  of 17-year cicadas are very sensitive to the local sound and light environment.

Interactive Tool Helps People See Why Staying Home Matters During a Pandemic
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Interactive Tool Helps People See Why Staying Home Matters During a Pandemic

Researchers have developed an interactive simulation to raise awareness of the importance of social distancing during a pandemic.

The Evolution of Brick and Mortar
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The Evolution of Brick and Mortar

New technologies are transforming the future of in-person retail.

Footstep Sensors Identify People by Gait
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Footstep Sensors Identify People by Gait

Researchers have developed sensors that analyze footsteps by measuring minute floor vibrations.

Electronic Skin Powered by Sweat Can Monitor Health, Serve as Human-Machine Interface
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Electronic Skin Powered by Sweat Can Monitor Health, Serve as Human-Machine Interface

California Institute of Technology's Wei Gao has developed a perspiration-powered electronic skin twith embedded sensors to monitor the wearer’s vital signs.

Australian Researchers Tap Cloud to Save the Tasmanian Devil
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Australian Researchers Tap Cloud to Save the Tasmanian Devil

Researchers in Australia have partnered with Amazon Web Services on using cloud-based services to process, analyze, and categorize genomic data to protect endangered...

AI Accelerates Blood Flow MRI
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AI Accelerates Blood Flow MRI

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence program that could greatly accelerate dynamic magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) of blood flow.

Device Simulates Feel of Walls, Solid Objects in VR
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Device Simulates Feel of Walls, Solid Objects in VR

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have created a device to help simulate the feel of objects in virtual reality.

Companies' Use of Thermal Cameras to Speed Return to Work Sparks Worries About Civil Liberties
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Companies' Use of Thermal Cameras to Speed Return to Work Sparks Worries About Civil Liberties

Thermal imaging may be used to identify those suspected of having the coronavirus, but civil liberties experts warn such systems will monitor some who may not know...

CaixaBank Uses Hybrid of Conventional, Quantum Computers to Classify Risk
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CaixaBank Uses Hybrid of Conventional, Quantum Computers to Classify Risk

CaixaBank in Spain has created a machine learning algorithm to calculate customer credit risk using quantum computing technology.

Quantum Entanglement Offers Precision for GPS, Imaging, More
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Quantum Entanglement Offers Precision for GPS, Imaging, More

Researchers combined two techniques—radio frequency (RF) photonics sensing and quantum metrology—to give sensor networks a never-before-achieved level of precision...

Sensors Woven Into a Shirt Can Monitor Vital Signs
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Sensors Woven Into a Shirt Can Monitor Vital Signs

Researchers have developed a method of incorporating electronic sensors into stretchy fabrics to create clothes that monitor vital signs.

Robot Helping Hospitals Remotely Treat Coronavirus
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Robot Helping Hospitals Remotely Treat Coronavirus

A robot is being used at Brigham and Women's Hospital of Harvard University to handle remote triage of patients suspected of having COVID-19.

Connecticut City Testing Drone That Detects Fevers, Coughs
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Connecticut City Testing Drone That Detects Fevers, Coughs

A "pandemic drone" is being tested by police in Westport, CT,

AI Can Distinguish Between Bots, Humans Based on Twitter Activity
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AI Can Distinguish Between Bots, Humans Based on Twitter Activity

Researchers trained an artificial intelligence system to detect Twitter bots based on differences in the patterns of Tweeting activity of real and fake accounts...

Belgian Port to Test Virus Bracelets Amid Tech Tracing Fears
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Belgian Port to Test Virus Bracelets Amid Tech Tracing Fears

Teams of workers at the Belgian port of Antwerp are preparing to test a bracelet designed to help contain the coronavirus pandemic by enforcing social distancing...
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