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