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A Low-Power, Highly Responsive, Reusable Sweat pH Monitor
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A Low-Power, Highly Responsive, Reusable Sweat pH Monitor

National University of Singapore researchers have developed an upgrade to wearable health monitors that can read the pH of wearers' sweat.

Scientists Improve Yield Predictions Based on Seedling Data
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Improve Yield Predictions Based on Seedling Data

Scientists have computationally improved the accuracy of crop yield forecasts according to genetic data from corn seedlings.

How Well Can Computers Connect Symptoms to Diseases?
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How Well Can Computers Connect Symptoms to Diseases?

A new study found that health knowledge graphs perform poorly for diseases with high percentages of very old or young patients, or high percentages of male or female...

Facebook Will Now Remind You When It's Not the Only One Looking at Your Data
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Facebook Will Now Remind You When It's Not the Only One Looking at Your Data

Facebook users will now receive notifications reminding them that third parties have a glimpse into their information, and that controls are available to restrict...

Grindr, OkCupid Spread Personal Details, Study Says
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Grindr, OkCupid Spread Personal Details, Study Says

Online dating services are spreading personal user information in ways that may violate privacy laws in Europe and elsewhere.

Just When You Thought Your Smart Bulbs Were Secure, Think Again.
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Just When You Thought Your Smart Bulbs Were Secure, Think Again.

Light can “jump the air gap.”

Bosch Deploys AI to Prevent Attacks on Car Electronics
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Bosch Deploys AI to Prevent Attacks on Car Electronics

Engineering company Robert Bosch is deploying artificial intelligence to fortify cars' electronic systems against hackers who attempt to feed the systems intentionally...

AI Comes to the Operating Room
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AI Comes to the Operating Room

Surgeons are utilizing artificial intelligence and new imaging methods to diagnose brain tumors faster than pathologists, and with similar accuracy.

Kaiser Permanente Bets on Smartwatches to Lower Costs
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Kaiser Permanente Bets on Smartwatches to Lower Costs

Kaiser Permanente is expanding a program in which patients recovering from a cardiac event wear smartwatches to confirm their adherence to prescribed exercise and...

Facebook Bans 'Deepfake' Videos
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Facebook Bans 'Deepfake' Videos

Facebook has banned doctored videos, or deepfakes, designed to spread misinformation as the 2020 U.S. presidential election approaches.

Demanding the Truth
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Demanding the Truth

The role of social media in stopping fake news.

Baidu Has Trick for Teaching AI the Meaning of Language
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Baidu Has Trick for Teaching AI the Meaning of Language

Chinese technology company Baidu outperformed Microsoft and Google in the General Language Understanding Evaluation, a benchmark for artificial intelligence comprehension...

Researchers Try to Teach Computers to Forecast Traffic Like the Weather
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Researchers Try to Teach Computers to Forecast Traffic Like the Weather

Netherlands-based location/transportation data supplier Here Technologies has pushed researchers to apply big-data techniques to films of traffic in Berlin, Istanbul...

Gym Class Without the Gym? With Technology, It's Catching On
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Gym Class Without the Gym? With Technology, It's Catching On

Wearable fitness trackers are helping make online physical education more popular for students by adding the dimension of accountability.

Tool Uses AI to Flag Fake News for Media Fact-Checkers
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Tool Uses AI to Flag Fake News for Media Fact-Checkers

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence tool that could help social media networks and news organizations screen out fake news.

Many Facial Recognition Systems Are Biased, Says U.S. Study
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Many Facial Recognition Systems Are Biased, Says U.S. Study

A study found most commercial facial recognition algorithms are biased, and falsely identify African-American and Asian faces 10 to 100 times more frequently than...

Multiplication Hits the Speed Limit
From Communications of the ACM

Multiplication Hits the Speed Limit

A problem "around since antiquity" may have been resolved by a new algorithm.

City Incentivizes Car 'Connected' Technology for Study
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City Incentivizes Car 'Connected' Technology for Study

The Columbus, OH, City Council approved a program that will ask 1,300 residents to equip their vehicles with "connected" technology that allows them to communicate...

Princeton Researchers Listen In on the Chemical Conversation of the Human Microbiome
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Princeton Researchers Listen In on the Chemical Conversation of the Human Microbiome

New computer algorithms that can detect biosynthetic gene clusters by analyzing and interpreting metagenomic sequencing data from the tissues or excretions of human...

Neural Network for Elderly Care Could Save Millions
From ACM TechNews

Neural Network for Elderly Care Could Save Millions

Researchers have developed a risk adjustment model to predict how frenquently elderly people will seek treatment from a healthcare center or hospital.
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