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Oceans Predicted To Become a Source of Harmful CFCs
News   Mar 16, 2021

The world’s oceans are a vast repository for gases including ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs. However, as atmospheric concentrations of CFC-11 drop, the global ocean should reverse its longtime role as a sink for CFC-11 and become a source of the chemical by the middle of the next century.

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Quickly Calculating Drug–Target Binding Affinity With Machine Learning
News   Mar 16, 2021

The new technique, DeepBAR, quickly calculates the binding affinities between drug candidates and their targets.

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A Glint in the Eye May Help Beat Current Deepfakes
News   Mar 15, 2021

Computer scientists have developed a deepfake identification tool that automatically identifies deepfake photos by analyzing light reflections in the eyes.

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Indoor Cannabis Cultivation Leaves a Large Carbon Footprint, Study Finds
News   Mar 15, 2021

Across North America, the rising tide of cannabis legalization has upped the demand for domestic cultivation operations that can provide a consistent product year-round. But what’s been the environmental cost of this boom in indoor, energy-demanding farming? A heavy one, according to one new study.

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Computational Guide Improves Cellular Conversion Efficiency
News   Mar 15, 2021

Researchers have developed a computer-guided design tool called IRENE, which increases the efficiency of cell conversions by predicting highly effective combinations of cell type-specific transcription factors. By combining IRENE with a genomic integration system the team demonstrated their approach to generate higher numbers of natural killer cells used in immune therapies, and melanocytes used in skin grafts, than other methods.

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Computation Paves the Way for Cleaner Water
News   Mar 15, 2021

A research group has developed an algorithm to minimize or maximize the affinity of a given solute to the surface. The findings of the research show that computational methods can contribute in significant ways to next-generation membrane systems for sustainable water treatment.

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Alexa and Arrythmia: AI System Monitors Heart Through Home Assistants
News   Mar 12, 2021

Researchers have developed a new skill for a smart speaker that allows monitoring of heartbeats without physical contact. The system sends inaudible sounds from the speaker out into a room and, based on the way the sounds are reflected back to the speaker, it can identify and monitor regular and irregular heartbeats.

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Combining Environmental and Public Health Data Could Help Allergy Sufferers
News   Mar 11, 2021

New research, that brings healthcare data together with ground-breaking ecological techniques, could set a roadmap for refining pollen forecasts in the future.

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Getting Polygenic Risk Scores Into the Clinic
News   Mar 10, 2021

Polygenic risk scores represent a new approach for assessing a person's inherited risk for certain diseases such as Type 2 diabetes or coronary heart disease. A set of new guidelines for reporting polygenic risk scores in a consistent way, and the launch of an open database for these scores could make the data more useful in clinical care.

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Bitcoin's Jawdropping Energy Consumption Rivals London's, Could Impact Global Security
News   Mar 10, 2021

Bitcoin mining could have severe environmental and economic impacts that risk spilling over into other industries and may even affect global security, argues a new commentary focused on the blockchain-based cryptocurrency's soaring price.

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