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Racism could ruin the metaverse if tech doesn’t improve diversity now

The tech industry’s disappointing track record on issues of diversity could have serious consequences when the metaverse comes along. For years, tens of millions of people of color have endured unwelcome experiences on social media platforms built by mostly white and male tech CEOS, including harassment and hate speech. Many users have also had their …

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Why An 18th Century Paint Pigment May One Day Help Recycle Your Cell Phone

The pigment Prussian Blue has been used by artists since the 18th century to create affordable blue paints. These days, the pigment’s main purpose is to treat heavy metal poisoning and radioactive waste cleanup, but recently researchers from Japan suggested that it could perhaps also be used to recycle old electronic waste. Hokusai’s print The …

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Scientists warn of misleading nutrition advice on TikTok

Research supports the Mediterranean diet as a healthy eating pattern that helps to prevent heart disease and other health conditions. But a new study reveals that people browsing the popular social media platform TikTok for information about the diet are likely to find advice that is not particularly aligned with the Mediterranean diet nor healthyful. …

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WIMI Hologram Academy: The Application of Virtual Reality Technology in Power Grid Fault Monitoring

HONG KONG, June 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WIMI Hologram Academy, working in partnership with the Holographic Science Innovation Center, has written a new technical article describing their exploration of the application of Virtual Reality technology in power grid fault monitoring. This article follows below: The application of Virtual Reality technology in power grid fault …

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Meta takes another subtle step toward a much-hyped metaverse

Meta Platforms Inc. took another took subtle step toward its reinvention when it changed its stock ticker symbol this week to “META” from “FB.” The Facebook parent company META, -4.69% has spent the last few months shifting investors’ focus onto its long-term strategy, notably its push toward the metaverse, a much-hyped network of virtual reality …

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Alzheimer’s Could Be Treated With AI-Designed Music Used as a Digital Drug

Head to Spotify or YouTube and pull up one of your favorite songs from when you were in high school—any will do—then hit play. As the song starts, all of the sounds you hear—the notes, vocals, instrumentation—travel through your ears, where it hits your ear drums and gets processed by the brain stem. From there, …

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Machine learning helps determine health of soybean fields

Using a combination of drones and machine learning techniques, researchers from The Ohio State University have recently developed a novel method for determining health crop and used it to create a new tool that may aid future farmers. Published in the journal Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, the study investigates using neural networks to help …

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The New Generation of AI Apps Could Make Writers and Artists Obsolete

For decades we’ve been warned that artificial intelligence is coming for our jobs. Sci-fi books and movies going all the way back to Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano A cartooning world where workers have been replaced by machines (or in some instances, just one machine). More recently, these ideas have moved from the annals of novels …

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AI Machine Learning Reveals How the Brain’s Anatomy Changes With Autism

We’ve come a long way in our understanding of autism since it was first used as a clinical description in 1943. Scientists have identified some of the genes that seem to play a role, and have developed therapies that can improve an autistic individual’s quality of life. Despite these crowning achievements, modern science has only …

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