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A hit-and-run scooter crash nearly killed him. Now he’s fighting for the data that could reveal the rider’s identity.

After being hit by a scooter rider in Chicago in a crash that left blood on a sidewalk, Allyson Medeiros suffered multiple broken bones in his face and was hospitalized. The 32-year-old is working to find the person who hit him. (Courtesy of Allyson Medeiros/GoFundMe) July 10 at 1:32 PM The moments before the crash […]

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Your smartphone could be the key to predicting natural disasters

Wireless communication links, social networks, and smartphones as examples of data-generating sources that can be harnessed for environmental monitoring. Noam David One of the challenges for atmospheric scientists is gathering enough data to understand the complex, planet-wide weather system. As atmospheric changes in one location can have profound effects on the climate in far away […]

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Could Trees Be the New Gravestones?

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Death comes for all of us, but Silicon Valley has, until recently, not come for death. Who can blame them for the hesitation? The death services industry is heavily regulated and fraught with religious and health considerations. The handling of dead bodies doesn’t seem ripe for venture-backed disruption. The gravestone doesn’t […]

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This lifesaving wearable could diagnose strokes more accurately

As the Apple Watch’s ECG-reading tech has made clear, wearable devices have moved well beyond high-tech gimmicks and become genuine lifesavers. The latest demonstration of this is a new device, developed by researchers from the Army Medical University and China Academy of Engineering Physics. Their “hybrid instrument” uses two different light measurement techniques to build […]

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Astronomers are worried SpaceX satellites could soon put an end to stargazing

SpaceX successfully launched 60 satellites last month that will become part of a larger network designed to provide internet to all reaches of the globe. The company’s Starlink constellation of satellites isn’t the only of its kind. Other companies including OneWeb, Samsung, and Boeing have plans to build their own satellite internet clusters. Facebook and […]