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Waiting-Room Anxiety Eased With Apps That Give Updates
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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...

WhatsApp Flaws Could Allow Hackers to Alter Messages
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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.

FDA Seeks Virtual Heart to Test Medical Devices
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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...

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

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

Switzerland Strives to Be Global Leader in Opening Skies for Drones
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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...

Google Reveals Fistful of Flaws in Apple's iMessage App
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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.

In Search of a CRISPR Kill Switch
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In Search of a CRISPR Kill Switch

The benefits of genetic engineering tool CRISPR have been widely discussed. But what if something goes wrong?

And Now, a Bicycle Built for None
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And Now, a Bicycle Built for None

Researchers from Tsinghua University in China have developed a self-driving bicycle.

FaceApp Lets You 'Age' a Photo by Decades. Does It Also Violate Your Privacy?
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FaceApp Lets You 'Age' a Photo by Decades. Does It Also Violate Your Privacy?

Russia-based Wireless Lab's FaceApp recently saw a significant boost in popularity as celebrities used the app's age filter to provide realistic glimpses of what...

Artificial Skin Can Sense 1,000 Times Faster Than Human Nerves
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Artificial Skin Can Sense 1,000 Times Faster Than Human Nerves

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have developed artificial skin containing physical sensors that can detect pressure, bending, and temperature...

Robots Have a Hard Time Grasping "Adversarial Objects"
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Robots Have a Hard Time Grasping "Adversarial Objects"

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have extended the concept of adversarial images to robot grasping, using physical objects designed to be...

German Scientists Pull Off Autonomous Aircraft Landing
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German Scientists Pull Off Autonomous Aircraft Landing

C2Land is an automated landing system that uses GPS for flight control, but does not require any ground-based antennas.

Coding for Disaster
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Coding for Disaster

At a U.N. hackathon, open source developers strive to mitigate the impact of natural disasters.

Waze Data Can Help Predict Car Crashes, Cut Response Time
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Waze Data Can Help Predict Car Crashes, Cut Response Time

City leaders, academic researchers, and the U.S. Department of Transportation are working to predict car crashes and reduce emergency response times using data...

Lennon or McCartney? Machine Learning Tries to Crack Disputed Beatles Authorship
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Lennon or McCartney? Machine Learning Tries to Crack Disputed Beatles Authorship

Researchers used machine learning to ascertain the authorship of disputed Beatles songs.

Code in Chinese Surveillance App Analyzed
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Code in Chinese Surveillance App Analyzed

Travelers entering China from Kyrgyzstan must install an app on their phones, and researchers have analyzed how the app works.

Best Algorithms to Make Solar Power Storage Profitable
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Best Algorithms to Make Solar Power Storage Profitable

Scientists have identified optimal types of solar power storage management algorithms.

China's Big Brother Casinos Can Spot Who's Most Likely to Lose Big
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China's Big Brother Casinos Can Spot Who's Most Likely to Lose Big

Some of the world's biggest casino operators in the Chinese territory of Macao are using technology to identify which of their customers are likely to lose the...

Walmart Turns to VR to Pick Middle Managers
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Walmart Turns to VR to Pick Middle Managers

Virtual reality training is becoming more common in a range of industries.
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