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In the Face of Neurotechnology Advances, Chile Passes 'Neuro Rights' Law
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In the Face of Neurotechnology Advances, Chile Passes 'Neuro Rights' Law

Chile has become the first country to pass a "neuro rights" law that establishes the rights of individuals to personal identity, free will, and mental privacy. ...

Smartphone Motion Sensors Could Be Used to Listen to Phone Conversations
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Smartphone Motion Sensors Could Be Used to Listen to Phone Conversations

Smartphone accelerometers could be used to eavesdrop on phone conversations, according to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers.

DeepMind AI Can Accurately Predict if it Will Rain in Next 90 Minutes
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DeepMind AI Can Accurately Predict if it Will Rain in Next 90 Minutes

Artificial intelligence can forecast extremely short-term rainfall more accurately than current models.

Lack of Access to Computer Science Resources, Not Lack of Interest, Negatively Impacts Students from Underrepresented Groups
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Lack of Access to Computer Science Resources, Not Lack of Interest, Negatively Impacts Students from Underrepresented Groups

A Gallup study found that at U.S. public and private schools that offer computer science classes, 68% of students are interested in them.

Open Wearables Initiative Highlights Standards in Open Source Algorithms
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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.

LLNL Explores Laser Beam Shaping to Improve Metal 3D Printing
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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...

How SNPs Can Be Used to Detect Disease Pathways
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How SNPs Can Be Used to Detect Disease Pathways

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

National Task Force Recommends Removing Race from Kidney Function Equation
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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.

Capturing Light: Ergonomic Photodetector for the Trillion-Sensor Era
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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.

Messy, Incomplete U.S. Data Hobbles Pandemic Response
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Messy, Incomplete U.S. Data Hobbles Pandemic Response

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

How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem
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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.

Active Defenders
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Active Defenders

How the new self-healing cybersecurity software works.

Research Finds Security Flaws in Apps for Popular Smart Home Devices
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Research Finds Security Flaws in Apps for Popular Smart Home Devices

Researchers discovered "critical cryptographic flaws" in the smartphone companion apps of 16 popular smart home devices.

'Stalkerware' Apps Are Proliferating. Protect Yourself
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'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.

FAA Technology Aims to Speed Takeoffs of Planes Idling on Runways
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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....

The Melting Face Emoji Has Already Won Us Over
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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.

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

When Accidents Happen, Drones Weigh Their Options
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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...

Risk Assessment Algorithms Can Unfairly Impact Court Decisions
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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.

Pandemic Pushes Chinese Tech Giants to Roll Out More Courier Robots
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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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