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September 2021


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Open Wearables Initiative Highlights Standards in Open Source Algorithms

Open Wearables Initiative Highlights Standards in Open Source Algorithms

A new program of the Open Wearables Initiative is designed to identify open source algorithms that may become de facto industry standards.


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National Task Force Recommends Removing Race from Kidney Function Equation

National Task Force Recommends Removing Race from Kidney Function Equation

A national task force is recommending the use of a new diagnostic equation for measuring kidney function that eliminates race from the algorithm.


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How SNPs Can Be Used to Detect Disease Pathways

How SNPs Can Be Used to Detect Disease Pathways

Researchers have computationally harnessed single-nucleotide polymorphisms to identify disease pathways.


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LLNL Explores Laser Beam Shaping to Improve Metal 3D Printing

LLNL Explores Laser Beam Shaping to Improve Metal 3D Printing

Researchers found that using Bessel beams reduced the likelihood of pore formation and "keyholing" in laser powder bed fusion, a high-power laser printing process.


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Capturing Light: Ergonomic Photodetector for the Trillion-Sensor Era

Capturing Light: Ergonomic Photodetector for the Trillion-Sensor Era

Researchers demonstrated a highly efficient system of photodetectors that can surmount the constraints of conventional light-to-frequency conversion circuits.


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Messy, Incomplete U.S. Data Hobbles Pandemic Response

Messy, Incomplete U.S. Data Hobbles Pandemic Response

The nation's decentralized, underfunded reporting system hampers efforts to combat the coronavirus.


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How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem

How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem

Fires spread with a complexity that scientists can pick apart little by little, thanks to lasers, sensors, and some of the most powerful computers.


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Active Defenders

Active Defenders

How the new self-healing cybersecurity software works.


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'Stalkerware' Apps Are Proliferating. Protect Yourself

'Stalkerware' Apps Are Proliferating. Protect Yourself

These spyware apps record your conversations, location and everything you type, all while camouflaged as a calculator or calendar.


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The Melting Face Emoji Has Already Won Us Over

The Melting Face Emoji Has Already Won Us Over

Of the 37 new emojis approved this year, one stood out as a visual proxy for our collective malaise.


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There's a Multibillion-Dollar Market for Your Phone's Location Data

There's a Multibillion-Dollar Market for Your Phone's Location Data

A huge but little-known industry has cropped up around monetizing people's movements.


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FAA Technology Aims to Speed Takeoffs of Planes Idling on Runways

FAA Technology Aims to Speed Takeoffs of Planes Idling on Runways

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration officials said the agency will deploy new software to more easily estimate when planes can taxi onto a runway and take off.


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Teams Develop Code to Coordinate Robots, Win $535,000 in Space Robotics Challenge

Teams Develop Code to Coordinate Robots, Win $535,000 in Space Robotics Challenge

Seven teams that competed in the NASA Space Robotics Challenge were awarded a total of $535,000.


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When Accidents Happen, Drones Weigh Their Options

When Accidents Happen, Drones Weigh Their Options

New research by scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is focused on gauging unmanned aerial vehicles' ability to recover from malfunctions.


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Risk Assessment Algorithms Can Unfairly Impact Court Decisions

Risk Assessment Algorithms Can Unfairly Impact Court Decisions

A study suggests pretrial risk assessment algorithms increase the likelihood that judges will change their priorities in making pretrial decisions.


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Pandemic Pushes Chinese Tech Giants to Roll Out More Courier Robots

Pandemic Pushes Chinese Tech Giants to Roll Out More Courier Robots

Chinese technology giants Alibaba, Meituan, and JD.com plan to increase their courier robot fleets fourfold to more than 2,000 by next year.


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How AI Completed Beethoven's Unfinished Tenth Symphony

How AI Completed Beethoven's Unfinished Tenth Symphony

Computer scientists, music historians, musicologists, and composers applied artificial intelligence to the task of completing Beethoven's unfinished Tenth Symphony.


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How an 11-Foot-Tall 3D Printer Is Helping to Create a Community

How an 11-Foot-Tall 3D Printer Is Helping to Create a Community

Three-dimensional printing can create nearly any object. A partnership in Mexico is putting that theory to the test, building a village for residents living in poverty.


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Epic Games Believes the Internet is Broken. This is Their Blueprint to Fix It.

Epic Games Believes the Internet is Broken. This is Their Blueprint to Fix It.

Epic CEO Tim Sweeney and other executives detail their plan for the metaverse and how it differs from Facebook's vision


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Why Robots Can't Sew Your T-Shirt

Why Robots Can't Sew Your T-Shirt

Machines can print textiles, cut fabric, and fold clothes, but it's hard to train them to sew as fast and precisely as humans.


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Deep Learning Helps Predict Drug Combinations to Fight COVID-19

Deep Learning Helps Predict Drug Combinations to Fight COVID-19

A research team used deep learning to identify drug combinations that can fight COVID-19.


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AI Technique Could Lead to Ways to Predict Cancer Prognosis, Treatment Response

AI Technique Could Lead to Ways to Predict Cancer Prognosis, Treatment Response

An artificial intelligence technique can determine which neoantigens (cell surface peptides generated by cancer cells) are recognized by the immune system.


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Researchers Discover Vulnerability in Widely-Used Method for Securing Phone Data

Researchers Discover Vulnerability in Widely-Used Method for Securing Phone Data

Researchers demonstrated how an attack on low-end Android phones targetted a standard encryption process.


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The Pandemic is Testing the Limits of Face Recognition

The Pandemic is Testing the Limits of Face Recognition

Government use of face ID systems exploded during the pandemic—but tying it to critical services has left some people locked out at the moment they needed help the most.


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Deep Learning's Diminishing Returns

Deep Learning's Diminishing Returns

The cost of improvement is becoming unsustainable.


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Quantum Computing Hits the Desktop, No Cryo-Cooling Required

Quantum Computing Hits the Desktop, No Cryo-Cooling Required

An Australian-born startup says it has developed a quantum microprocessor that runs happily at room temperature.


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AI Calling ET: How Artificial Intelligence Supports the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

AI Calling ET: How Artificial Intelligence Supports the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Researchers increasingly ask AI whether anybody is out there.


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How Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf Illuminated Google's Misinformation Mess

How Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf Illuminated Google's Misinformation Mess

In U.K. Parliament testimony, Google's chief Internet evangelist gave a frank explanation of why its systems can't always tell good information from bad.


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Simple Make-Up Tips Can Help You Avoid Facial Recognition Software

Simple Make-Up Tips Can Help You Avoid Facial Recognition Software

Researchers at Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev developed artificial intelligence software that can provide makeup advice to foil facial recognition systems.


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Finding the Needles in a Haystack of High-Dimensional Datasets

Finding the Needles in a Haystack of High-Dimensional Datasets

A new algorithm enables the smallest, most relevant subset of features to be selected from high-dimensional datasets.

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