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Rates of Anxiety, Depression Among College Students Continue to Soar, App-Based Research Shows
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Rates of Anxiety, Depression Among College Students Continue to Soar, App-Based Research Shows

A four-year study by Dartmouth College researchers uncovered higher rates of anxiety and depression among college students since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic...

Could Your Smart Watch Alert You to Risk of Sudden Death?
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Could Your Smart Watch Alert You to Risk of Sudden Death?

A new algorithm could eventually enable everyday wearables to alert users to potentially fatal changes in heart rhythm.

IBM Partners with U.K. on $300 Million Quantum Computing Research Initiative
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IBM Partners with U.K. on $300 Million Quantum Computing Research Initiative

A five-year, $297.5-million partnership between IBM and the U.K. government will research quantum computing and artificial intelligence in the quest for sustainable...

New York's Vaccine Passport Could Cost Taxpayers $17 Million
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New York's Vaccine Passport Could Cost Taxpayers $17 Million

The state's contract with IBM details a Phase 2 of the Excelsior Pass, which could include uses that some advocates say raise privacy concerns.

Scientists Can Predict How Well a Stroke Survivor Will Recover Language Skills Using Computer Simulations of the Brain
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Scientists Can Predict How Well a Stroke Survivor Will Recover Language Skills Using Computer Simulations of the Brain

Scientists used computer simulations of the brain to predict the extent to which bilingual Hispanic stroke survivors will recover language skills.

Keeping a Closer Eye on Seabirds with Drones
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Keeping a Closer Eye on Seabirds with Drones

A new study found using drones and artificial intelligence to monitor seabird colonies can less expensive, labor-intensive, and error-prone than on-the-ground surveillance...

The Criminals Thought the Devices Were Secure. But the Seller Was the F.B.I.
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The Criminals Thought the Devices Were Secure. But the Seller Was the F.B.I.

Global law enforcement officials revealed a three-year operation in which they said they had intercepted over 20 million messages. Hundreds of arrests were made...

Algorithm Could Help Enable Next-Generation Deep Brain Stimulation Devices
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Algorithm Could Help Enable Next-Generation Deep Brain Stimulation Devices

Brown University bioengineers have developed an algorithm that could clear a path to more adaptive deep brain stimulation technology.

EU COVID-19 'Digital Pass' Gateway System Goes Live
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EU COVID-19 'Digital Pass' Gateway System Goes Live

The gateway system for the EU's "digital pass" for verifying COVID-19 vaccination or test status went live June 1.

Amazon's Ring Will Ask Police to Publicly Request User Videos
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Amazon's Ring Will Ask Police to Publicly Request User Videos

Amazon subsidiary and Internet-connected doorbell maker Ring said police departments must make future requests for home security video from its doorbells and cameras...

Smart Bike Predicts Cars' Trajectories, Honks to Warn of Impending Crash
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Smart Bike Predicts Cars' Trajectories, Honks to Warn of Impending Crash

Engineers at the University of Minnesota have designed a prototype smart bicycle which they say can protect itself from collisions.

Controlling Insulin Production with a Smartwatch
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Controlling Insulin Production with a Smartwatch

A commercial smartwatch's green light-emitting diode can trigger an implanted molecular switch to regulate insulin production, thanks to researchers at ETH Zurich...

TikTok Gave Itself Permission to Collect Biometric Information on U.S. Users
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TikTok Gave Itself Permission to Collect Biometric Information on U.S. Users

TikTok has revised its U.S. privacy policy to say it is permitted it to "collect biometric identifiers and biometric information" from users' content, including...

Thousands Descend on Miami to Glorify Bitcoin
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Thousands Descend on Miami to Glorify Bitcoin

It was the largest Bitcoin event in the world and the first major in-person crypto conference since the pandemic started. The jargon, the liquor, and the millionaire...

The Robot Smiled Back
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The Robot Smiled Back

Columbia Engineering researchers have developed an autonomous robot whose face can mimic the expressions of nearby humans.

Like a Spellchecker for Developers: Automated Detection of Security Vulnerabilities in Cloud Applications
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Like a Spellchecker for Developers: Automated Detection of Security Vulnerabilities in Cloud Applications

CodeShield software can detect and patch security bugs in cloud applications by automatically analyzing vulnerabilities in the program code.

How Apps and VR Therapy Can Help OCD Patients
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How Apps and VR Therapy Can Help OCD Patients

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is often misunderstood. Here's what it is, and how those with OCD can use technology to help navigate uncertainty.

U.K. Has a Plan for a New 'Pandemic Radar' System
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U.K. Has a Plan for a New 'Pandemic Radar' System

Disease surveillance schemes to catch the next rising virus already exist—they're just not communicating with each other.

Want Your Nails Done? Let a Robot Do It.
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Want Your Nails Done? Let a Robot Do It.

Start-ups are using technology to take a robotic approach to manicures, offering a simple way to provide foolproof nail polish.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong with VR?
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What Could Possibly Go Wrong with VR?

Researchers hope to inform design and experiential improvements to virtual reality technology by analyzing YouTube videos of accidents that occur while using the...
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