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September 2022


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Deepfake Audio Has a Tell

Deepfake Audio Has a Tell

Researchers at the University of Florida can detect audio deepfakes by measuring acoustic and fluid dynamic distinctions between organic and synthetic voice samples.


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Face Recognition for Pigs Could Improve Welfare on Farms

Face Recognition for Pigs Could Improve Welfare on Farms

Wenhao Zhang and colleagues at the U.K.'s University of the West of England have developed a facial recognition system for pigs.


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Implantable Sensor Sniffs Out Possible Signals of Osteoarthritis

Implantable Sensor Sniffs Out Possible Signals of Osteoarthritis

A new flexible biosensor performs continuous, wireless monitoring of nitric oxide, a biomarker associated with inflammation, in rabbits.


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Cleveland Wants to Use AI to Fight Illegal Dumping

Cleveland Wants to Use AI to Fight Illegal Dumping

The city intends to deploy smart cameras outfitted with the new technology on two corridors known for being dumping hotspots.


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The Robots Are Here, And Making You Fries

The Robots Are Here, And Making You Fries

Meet Flippy, Sippy and Chippy, the newest technology stepping in to address a protracted labor crunch in food service.


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Electric Vehicles Could Rescue the Power Grid

Electric Vehicles Could Rescue the Power Grid

By 2035, the batteries in California's zero-emission cars could power every home in the state for three days.


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Researchers Combine Data Science, ML Techniques to Improve Traditional MRI Image Reconstruction

Researchers Combine Data Science, ML Techniques to Improve Traditional MRI Image Reconstruction

Researchers leveraged data science tools and machine learning to speed up the process of magnetic resonance imaging reconstruction.


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Photon Bursts Boost Quantum-Sensor Performance

Photon Bursts Boost Quantum-Sensor Performance

The University of Chicago's Aashish Clerk and colleagues found a seemingly unwanted quantum effect may help improve the sensitivity of quantum sensors by up to 100-fold.


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Genomics Study Identifies Unique Set of Proteins That Restores Hearing in Zebrafish

Genomics Study Identifies Unique Set of Proteins That Restores Hearing in Zebrafish

Researchers used genomic techniques and computational-based machine learning to identify a network of proteins that enable zebrafish to regenerate hair cells to restore their hearing.


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Crops for a Changing Planet

Crops for a Changing Planet

An Oak Ridge team links plant performance and genetics, seeking a food-biofuel balance in a changing climate.


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Social Media Companies Still Boost Election Fraud Claims, Report Says

Social Media Companies Still Boost Election Fraud Claims, Report Says

The report argues the companies fuel false conspiracies about election fraud despite promises to combat them.


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Open Source Hardware?

Open Source Hardware?

Hardware design starts to see the attraction of open source.


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This Ad's for You (Not Your Neighbor)

This Ad's for You (Not Your Neighbor)

Data mining plus streaming can target political ads household by household, mostly unregulated.


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Clearview AI, Used by Police to Find Criminals, Is Now in Public Defenders' Hands

Clearview AI, Used by Police to Find Criminals, Is Now in Public Defenders' Hands

After a Florida man was accused of vehicular homicide, his lawyer used Clearview AI's facial recognition software to prove his innocence.


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Engineers Develop Wearable to Monitor Tumor Size

Engineers Develop Wearable to Monitor Tumor Size

Stanford University engineers have designed a wearable device that can measure the size, and changes in size, of tumors.


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Mars Rover, Drone Prototypes Brave Iceland Winds

Mars Rover, Drone Prototypes Brave Iceland Winds

This summer, prototype rovers and drones designed to operate on Mars were tested in high winds and other harsh environmental conditions in Iceland.


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Nike Sneaker-Cleaning Robot Looks Like Car Wash for Shoes

Nike Sneaker-Cleaning Robot Looks Like Car Wash for Shoes

Nike's Bot Initiated Longevity Lab (BILL) robot-powered system deep-cleans and repairs sneakers.


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From Analog to Digital

From Analog to Digital

Researchers at the University of Missouri are using artificial intelligence to perform anatomical studies virtually, rather than through actual dissection.


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Walmart Rolls Out AR to Try on Clothing Virtually

Walmart Rolls Out AR to Try on Clothing Virtually

Walmart has launched a new augmented reality feature that allows shoppers to virtually try on clothes.


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NASA Webb Space Telescope Data Could Be Misinterpreted

NASA Webb Space Telescope Data Could Be Misinterpreted

Scientists warn of a possible disconnect between the power of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's James Webb Space Telescope and current datasets.


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AI-Powered 'Smart Bin' Sorts Recycling

AI-Powered 'Smart Bin' Sorts Recycling

A prototype "smart bin" can sort recyclable materials automatically through a combination of artificial intelligence, robotics, and machine vision.


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TikTok Search Results Riddled with Misinformation

TikTok Search Results Riddled with Misinformation

Researchers at false online claims reports monitor NewsGuard said searches on prominent news topics on TikTok are likely to produce results rife with misinformation.


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Scams Are Showing Up at the Top of Online Searches

Scams Are Showing Up at the Top of Online Searches

Searchers, beware: That Google, Bing, or DuckDuckGo ad might be 'malvertising'—phishing campaigns and malware hiding behind legit-looking links.


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Justice Department Forms National Network of Prosecutors Focused on Crypto Crime

Justice Department Forms National Network of Prosecutors Focused on Crypto Crime

New effort is part of trend toward putting more resources to target illegal activities involving digital currencies.


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Biden Issues New Order to Block Chinese Investment in Technology in the U.S.

Biden Issues New Order to Block Chinese Investment in Technology in the U.S.

The move reflects growing unease about China's ability to access the personal information that Americans hand over to mobile apps and other services.


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California Governor Signs Sweeping Children's Online Safety Bill

California Governor Signs Sweeping Children's Online Safety Bill

The bill could require many social media sites, games and other online services used by children to install protections for minors.


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CISA Floats Plan to Partner with Local Universities for '311' Cyberattack Triage Service

CISA Floats Plan to Partner with Local Universities for '311' Cyberattack Triage Service

CISA director Jen Easterly lauded the idea and compared it to an effort by Craigslist founder Craig Newmark to create a "cyber civil defense" force.


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AI Supports Displaced Peoples, Refugees in Ukraine and Beyond

AI Supports Displaced Peoples, Refugees in Ukraine and Beyond

Artificial intelligence is playing a growing role in refugee relief and resettlement programs.


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Decoding Canine Cognition

Decoding Canine Cognition

Emory University researchers have decoded visual images from a dog's brain.


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Simulation Aids Search for the Origin of Cosmic Rays

Simulation Aids Search for the Origin of Cosmic Rays

An international research team has developed a computer simulation of the propagation of cosmic rays, to help in the search for their sources.