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Quantum Sensor Can Detect Electromagnetic Signals of Any Frequency
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Quantum Sensor Can Detect Electromagnetic Signals of Any Frequency

MIT engineers expand the capabilities of these ultrasensitive nanoscale detectors, with potential uses for biological sensing and quantum computing.

Europe's Blockchain: A Solution Struggling to Find a Problem
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Europe's Blockchain: A Solution Struggling to Find a Problem

Decentralizing the chain of trust to a blockchain–also known as a distributed ledger–causes additional privacy and security issues.  

Smart Textiles Sense How Their Users Are Moving
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Smart Textiles Sense How Their Users Are Moving

Researchers have fabricated smart textiles that can sense their wearer's posture and motions.

How Daycare Apps Can Spy on Parents, Children
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How Daycare Apps Can Spy on Parents, Children

German researchers uncovered serious security flaws in 42 European and U.S. daycare applications.

AI-Enhanced System to Track Players for Offside Calls at 2022 World Cup
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AI-Enhanced System to Track Players for Offside Calls at 2022 World Cup

The Federation Internationale de Football Association will use a semi-automated AI system to help referees make offside calls during the 2022 World Cup.

ML Algorithms Help Healthcare Staff Diagnose Alcohol-Associated Hepatitis, Acute Cholangitis
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ML Algorithms Help Healthcare Staff Diagnose Alcohol-Associated Hepatitis, Acute Cholangitis

A study found that machine learning algorithms can help healthcare providers distinguish between acute cholangitis and alcohol-associated hepatitis.

Braking Mid-Air to Prioritize Safety Over Energy or Speed
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Braking Mid-Air to Prioritize Safety Over Energy or Speed

Researchers used computer simulations and motion capture to simulate how birds optimize their landing maneuvers.

The Fight Over Which Uses of AI Europe Should Outlaw
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The Fight Over Which Uses of AI Europe Should Outlaw

A new European Union law will set rules for what the technology can and can't do to people, like whether it's okay to deploy lie detectors at borders.

'Supercookies' Have Privacy Experts Sounding the Alarm
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'Supercookies' Have Privacy Experts Sounding the Alarm

Vodafone is among the German phone companies participating in the TrustPid trial.

Using AI to Fight Food Fraud
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Using AI to Fight Food Fraud

The use of artificial intelligence to test food and beverages to determine whether labels accurately indicate their content.

Toe-Tapping Test for Parkinson's Patients
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Toe-Tapping Test for Parkinson's Patients

A new smart insole can evaluate a Parkinson's disease patient's risk of falling by tracking their foot movements as they tap their toes.

Eavesdropping on Whales in the High Arctic
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Eavesdropping on Whales in the High Arctic

Norwegian researchers used existing underwater fiber-optic cables to listen to whales in the Arctic via the Distributed Acoustic Sensing system.

Hacker Claims to have Stolen 1 Billion Records of Chinese Citizens from Police
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Hacker Claims to have Stolen 1 Billion Records of Chinese Citizens from Police

Anonymous Internet user "ChinaDan" posted on hacker forum Breach Forums last week offering to sell the data for 10 bitcoin, worth about $200,000.

Can Virtual Reality Help Autistic Children Navigate the Real World?
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Can Virtual Reality Help Autistic Children Navigate the Real World?

One company, Floreo, is hoping their tools will lead the way, despite some criticisms from autism self-advocates.

Tech Behind Crypto Could Save Luxury Brands Billions
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Tech Behind Crypto Could Save Luxury Brands Billions

Luxury brands are using blockchain technology to shield their products from counterfeiting.

The Lost Masterpieces Being Revealed
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The Lost Masterpieces Being Revealed

Advanced technologies are revealing previously hidden masterpieces.

Scientists Diagnose Brain Tumors Using AI
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Scientists Diagnose Brain Tumors Using AI

The team named the combination of data from different MRI methods with multiclass machine learning 'radiophysiomics.'

Sweden's Einride to Test Autonomous Trucks on U.S. Roads
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Sweden's Einride to Test Autonomous Trucks on U.S. Roads

Sweden's autonomous-truck startup Einride AB, working in partnership with GE Appliances, will test self-driving freight vehicles on U.S. roadways .

Robotic Lightning Bugs Take Flight
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Robotic Lightning Bugs Take Flight

Fireflies inspired researchers to build flying, light-emitting robots that facilitate motion tracking and communication.

Tech Companies Want More Eyes in the Sky for Wildfire Season
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Tech Companies Want More Eyes in the Sky for Wildfire Season

The growing threat of wildfires in the U.S. has created opportunities for technology companies offering artificial intelligence solutions to help bring them under...
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