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Your Contacts Aren't Safe With Popular Messaging Apps, Warn Researchers
News   Sep 16, 2020

Researchers from the Technical University of Darmstadt and the University of Würzburg show that popular mobile messengers expose personal data via discovery services that allow users to find contacts based on phone numbers from their address book.

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NIH Awards Seven Contracts Worth up to $22 Million to COVID-19 Digital Health Solutions
News   Sep 16, 2020

The National Institutes of Health has awarded seven contracts to companies and academic institutions to develop digital health solutions that help address the COVID-19 pandemic. The work could lead to user-friendly tools such as smartphone apps, wearable devices, and software that can identify and trace contacts of infected individuals.

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Smartphone Data Used To Predict Brain Connectivity Linked to Anxiety
News   Sep 15, 2020

Information on social activity, screen time and location from smartphones can predict connectivity between regions of the brain that are responsible for emotion, according to a study from Dartmouth College.

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Virtual Reality Helps Train Members of the Public on How To Prevent Opioid Overdoses
News   Sep 15, 2020

A group of interdisciplinary researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Department of Public Heath developed a virtual reality immersive video training aimed at training members of the public in how to save people overdosing on opioids.

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Brain Wave "Tug of War" Determines How Information Flows Through the Brain
News   Sep 11, 2020

In a new study, neuroscientists explore how the brain processes information through a hierarchy of regions in the cortex, exposing a "tug of war" that exists between brain wave frequency bands in different regions.

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Glove-Like Device Mimics the Sense of Touch
News   Sep 10, 2020

What if you could touch a loved one during a video call - particularly in today's social distancing era of COVID-19 - or pick up and handle a virtual tool in a video game? Pending user tests and funding to commercialise the new technology, these ideas could become reality in a couple of years after UNSW Sydney engineers developed a new haptic device which recreates the sense of touch.

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A Novel Tool for Predicting Order and Disorder in Proteins
News   Sep 10, 2020

In their new paper, researchers have used machine learning together with experimental NMR data for hundreds of proteins to build a new bioinformatics tool called ODiNPred. This bioinformatics program can help other researchers making the best possible predictions of which regions of their proteins are rigid and which are likely to be flexible.

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Artificial Intelligence Identifies DNA Activation Code
News   Sep 10, 2020

With the help of artificial intelligence, researchers at the University of California San Diego have identified a DNA activation code that’s used at least as frequently as the TATA box in humans.

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Fighting Poachers With Rhino Prints and Technology
News   Sep 10, 2020

Interactive software that “reads” and analyzes footprints left by black rhinoceroses can be used to monitor the movements of the animals in the wild, giving conservationists a new way to keep watch on the endangered species and help keep it safe from poachers.

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Robotic Testing Platform Helps To Scale Up COVID-19 Testing Capacity
News   Sep 10, 2020

An Imperial team has repurposed robotic technology normally used for synthetic biology research to help with testing for COVID-19.

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