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Listening in to the Lab: Machine Sounds Can Give Away Information
News   Feb 26, 2019

Lab instruments are important tools throughout research and health care. But what if those instruments are leaking valuable information? When it comes to biosecurity, this could be a very real threat. Researchers found that by simply recording the sounds of a common lab instrument, the team members could reconstruct what a researcher was doing with that instrument.

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Snails: Right-handed or Left-handed?
News   Feb 26, 2019

Snails, like humans, can be right-handed or left-handed and the swirl etched into the shell of a snail can reveal a lot about them, down to their genetic makeup.

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Could Blockchain Make Clinical Trials More Trustworthy?
News   Feb 25, 2019

Researchers have created a proof-of-concept method for ensuring the integrity of clinical trials data with blockchain. The system creates an immutable audit trail that makes it easy to spot any tampering with results—such as making the treatment look more effective or diminishing side effects.

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The Big Role Played by “Small” Proteins
News   Feb 25, 2019

Scientists reveal the role of mysterious small proteins utilizing a novel bioinformatics tool.

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Computer Simulations Point Way to Reducing Lung Damage for Kids in Intensive Care
News   Feb 25, 2019

Changing the ventilation settings for children on life support can reduce the risk of damage to their lungs, researchers at the University of Warwick and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have found on computer simulated patients.

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Securing the Internet of Things
News   Feb 25, 2019

At Silicon Valley’s premier chip-design conference, integrated circuit designers unveil technology that they say is 10 times more reliable than current methods of producing unclonable digital fingerprints for Internet of Things devices.

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Putting Data Privacy in the Hands of Users
News   Feb 22, 2019

A new platform ensures that web services adhere to users’ preferences on how their data are stored and shared in the cloud. In a paper being presented at this week’s USENIX Networked Systems Design and Implementation conference, the researchers behind the platform, called Riverbed, show how it forces data center servers to only use data in ways that users explicitly approve.

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New Insights Into Alcohol and Tobacco Use
News   Feb 22, 2019

A recent study using data from 1.2 million people has discovered several genes associated with an increased use of alcohol and tobacco.

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Fruit Fly Wings May Help Genetic Medicine Take Off
News   Feb 22, 2019

How do fruit flies grow their wings? Scientists discovered a surprising answer that could one day help diagnose and treat human genetic diseases.

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Genetic Predictors of Learning and Education: A Cautionary Tale
News   Feb 21, 2019

Researchers warn that--as the predictive power of genes tied to learning and educational outcomes increases and access to genetic data expands--researchers, educators, and policymakers must be cautious in how they use such data, interpret related findings, and, in the not-too-distant future, apply genetics-informed student interventions.

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