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August 2019


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Wearable Motion Sensors Could Monitor Baby In Utero

Wearable Motion Sensors Could Monitor Baby In Utero

Researchers at the Stevens Institute of Technology have developed a technique that could allow expectant parents to hear their baby's heartbeat continuously at home with a device that is potentially more accurate than conventional…


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Sydney's $600M Smart Motorway Project to Be Put to the Test

Sydney's $600M Smart Motorway Project to Be Put to the Test

Australia's New South Wales government will soon initiate trials for the $600-million (US$404-million) M4 Smart Motorway project.


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Two Fraudsters, One Passport – Computers Detect Fraudulent Identity Photos

Two Fraudsters, One Passport – Computers Detect Fraudulent Identity Photos

Researchers at the University of Lincoln found that computers are more accurate than humans at detecting photos that have undergone face morphing, a digital manipulation which merges the images of two people into one face.


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Waiting-Room Anxiety Eased With Apps That Give Updates

Waiting-Room Anxiety Eased With Apps That Give Updates

Startups and large healthcare organizations are developing tools designed to give parents frequent updates on what is happening to their children during surgeries or hospital stays.


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Google Maps for Tissues

Google Maps for Tissues

Researchers at the Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine in Germany have developed software to help make sense of vast datasets generated by modern light microscopy of biological tissues.


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WhatsApp Flaws Could Allow Hackers to Alter Messages

WhatsApp Flaws Could Allow Hackers to Alter Messages

Cybersecurity firm Check Point Software Technologies found three potential ways to alter conversations in Facebook's WhatsApp messaging app.


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IBM, Other Companies Launch New Blockchain Network for Supply Management

IBM, Other Companies Launch New Blockchain Network for Supply Management

IBM and a number of other multinational corporations have jointly developed a new blockchain network, with the goal of improving manual and cumbersome supply chain management.


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People With Autism Are Hot Hires for AI Jobs

People With Autism Are Hot Hires for AI Jobs

Ernst & Young and other companies are recruiting people with autism for artificial intelligence jobs through neurodiversity hiring programs.


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Visa to Test Advanced AI to Prevent Fraud

Visa to Test Advanced AI to Prevent Fraud

Visa is launching a platform to help its engineers quickly test artificial intelligence algorithms designed to detect and prevent credit card fraud.


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'Typically, If You Think of a Coder, It's a White Male'

'Typically, If You Think of a Coder, It's a White Male'

The nonprofit Girls Who Code is collaborating with U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) on legislation whose overarching goal is to help close the gender gap in computer science by gauging the effectiveness of federal programs in boosting…


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NHS to Set Up National AI Lab

NHS to Set Up National AI Lab

The U.K. National Health Service is launching a national AI laboratory to enhance the care of patients and facilitate research.


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Most People Would Rather Lose Their Job to a Robot Than Another Human

Most People Would Rather Lose Their Job to a Robot Than Another Human

Most people would prefer to lose their job to a robot than to another person, but at the same time would rather see a co-worker replaced by a human than a robot, according to a poll conducted at the Technical University of Munich…


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FDA Seeks Virtual Heart to Test Medical Devices

FDA Seeks Virtual Heart to Test Medical Devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working with French software company Dassault Systemes to develop a virtual model of the human heart for evaluating new medical devices and treatments.


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Facial Recognition Coming to a Supermarket Near You

Facial Recognition Coming to a Supermarket Near You

Rapid advancements of AI and facial recognition technologies, combined with a dramatic decline in costs, means that these systems are now viable for use by supermarkets and other shops as a way to prevent theft.


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Apple, Eli Lilly, Evidation Present First Results From Digital Alzheimer's Study

Apple, Eli Lilly, Evidation Present First Results From Digital Alzheimer's Study

A 12-week study by drugmaker Eli Lilly, Apple, and Evidation Health found consumer devices and mobile apps could potentially help identify people with mild cognitive impairment or mild dementia associated with Alzheimer's disease…


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Boost in High School Students Taking Advanced Computer Science Could Change Face of Tech

Boost in High School Students Taking Advanced Computer Science Could Change Face of Tech

Data from the College Board shows that more girls and minority high school students are taking the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles course.


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Russian Hackers Infiltrating Companies via Office Printer

Russian Hackers Infiltrating Companies via Office Printer

Microsoft warns hackers associated with Russian spy agencies are exploiting Internet-of-Things devices to infiltrate corporate networks.


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'Blood Pressure Video Selfies' Could Be Used to Monitor Patients

'Blood Pressure Video Selfies' Could Be Used to Monitor Patients

A new study has found that two-minute-long smartphone videos of patients' faces can be used to take blood-pressure readings of those individuals that are 96% accurate.


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Switzerland Strives to Be Global Leader in Opening Skies for Drones

Switzerland Strives to Be Global Leader in Opening Skies for Drones

The Swiss government is working to develop a system to handle ever-increasing aerial drone traffic, with the goal of allowing such unmanned aircraft to operate in more of the country's airspace.


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Users Can Sue Facebook Over Facial Recognition Software, Court Rules

Users Can Sue Facebook Over Facial Recognition Software, Court Rules

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that Illinois-based Facebook users can sue the social network for using facial recognition software.


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Instead of Practicing, This AI Mastered Chess by Reading About It

Instead of Practicing, This AI Mastered Chess by Reading About It

A new chess algorithm evaluates the quality of chess moves by analyzing the reactions of expert commentators.


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Google Reveals Fistful of Flaws in Apple's iMessage App

Google Reveals Fistful of Flaws in Apple's iMessage App

Google researchers have disclosed six vulnerabilities in Apple's iMessage app that could make devices using it exploitable.


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Robot Racism? Yes, Says Study Showing Humans' Biases Extend to Robots

Robot Racism? Yes, Says Study Showing Humans' Biases Extend to Robots

The results of a recent study suggest people ascribe racial characteristics to humanoid robots, and apply race-based prejudices to machines.


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Accenture Pushes Deeper Into Quantum Computing

Accenture Pushes Deeper Into Quantum Computing

The Accenture professional services firm is expanding its quantum computing consulting practice, reflecting growing corporate interest in the technology.


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Robot, Heal Thyself: Scientists Develop Self-Repairing Machines

Robot, Heal Thyself: Scientists Develop Self-Repairing Machines

EU project creates robotic hands that can sense and fix damage without human intervention.


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Nigerian School Girls Learn Technology During Summer Break

Nigerian School Girls Learn Technology During Summer Break

Nigerian technologist Chinenye Udeh has launched a program that aims to boost gender parity in the technology industry in her home country, where women make up less than 20% of the technology sector.


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Machine Vision Can Spot Unknown Links Between Classic Artworks

Machine Vision Can Spot Unknown Links Between Classic Artworks

A new machine vision system can analyze the poses of human subjects in fine art paintings throughout history, then identify other paintings that contain people in similar poses.


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Computer Model May Help to More Accurately Predict Volcano Eruptions

Computer Model May Help to More Accurately Predict Volcano Eruptions

Scientists at the GFZ German Research Center in Potsdam, Germany, have developed a computer model which they say boosts the accuracy of volcanic eruption prediction.


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'Robot Tail' Could Help Reduce Risk of Falling for Elderly

'Robot Tail' Could Help Reduce Risk of Falling for Elderly

Researchers at Keio University in Japan have developed a prototype robot tail to enhance human balance and help make seniors less susceptible to falls.


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How Jaywalking Could Jam Up the Era of Self-Driving Cars

How Jaywalking Could Jam Up the Era of Self-Driving Cars

Jaywalking could neutralize self-driving automobiles' purported benefit of reducing traffic congestion, and researchers are considering potential solutions.