Facial recognition, social media and location tracking give law enforcement a leg up in a monumental investigation.
yesterday • ~9 min
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The scent of sickness: 5 questions answered about using dogs – and mice and ferrets – to detect disease
Scientists are experimenting with using dogs to sniff out people infected with COVID-19. But dogs aren't the only animals with a nose for disease.
Jan. 13, 2021 • ~8 min
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Instagram's Shop button signals the growing commodification of human interactions on social media.
Dec. 28, 2020 • ~9 min
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Manufacturers will increasingly track the products they sell to make recycling them more profitable.
Nov. 9, 2020 • ~7 min
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A digital ID will only work if people are allowed to keep control of their data.
Sept. 10, 2020 • ~7 min
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COVID-19 clues in a community's sewage: 4 questions answered about watching wastewater for coronavirus
Sewage surveillance is one technique that can alert authorities to the presence of a pathogen in the community. An environmental engineer explains the state of the science when it comes to SARS-CoV-2.
Aug. 31, 2020 • ~8 min
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Avoiding drones' prying eyes can be as complicated as donning a high-tech hoodie and as simple as ducking under a tree.
July 28, 2020 • ~7 min
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The massive increase in internet-connected devices will create an informal surveillance network that could be used to target protestors and activists.
July 24, 2020 • ~6 min
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Trust in the confidentiality of contact tracing broke down during the AIDS epidemic. Today, it's faltering again.
July 16, 2020 • ~10 min
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