New tech keeps phone batteries from going boom

New technology can keep lithium batteries like those in our phones from heating up, failing, or exploding, researchers report.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
July 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: safety batteries mobile-devices featured science-and-technology

Try this app to avoid ticks this summer

With summer's arrival, avoiding ticks and the Lyme disease they spread is super important. A phone app can give you the facts you need to know.

Kim Ward-Michigan State • futurity
June 14, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: insects apps ticks lyme-disease mobile-devices parasites featured health-and-medicine citizen-scientists

App snaps a pic of the eyelid to spot anemia

An app in development could help doctors diagnose anemia by using images of a patient's eyelid to get a count of their hemoglobin.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
May 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: blood apps hemoglobin eyes algorithms mobile-devices featured health-and-medicine anemia

‘Racetrack memory’ could speed up digital data storage

Racetrack memory could be a new frontier in mass data storage, allowing for more computer power and smaller, faster, and more energy efficient memory.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
May 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: physics computers mobile-devices science-and-technology

Wi-Fi peeks into buildings to check social distancing

A new system can give college administrators insight into how many people are getting together inside buildings. That could boost social distancing efforts.

National University of Singapore • futurity
April 8, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: covid-19 internet wifi mobile-devices social-lives health-and-medicine

Smartphone video makes super accurate 3D face models

A new technique uses regular smartphones to make 3D face models that are accurate to the millimeter, researchers say.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
April 7, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence cameras faces mobile-devices featured science-and-technology imaging-technology

4 challenges schools face in moving education online

With many schools closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, students are getting more learning via the internet. But not everyone has equal internet access.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
March 27, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: education covid-19 parents internet rural-communities computers mobile-devices society-and-culture

Instead of social distancing, try distant socializing

As you stay at home to help with social distancing to fight COVID-19's spread, you need to try to keep in touch with friends and family, an expert says.

Stanford • futurity
March 20, 2020 ~1 min

Tags: social-media covid-19 internet emotions families mobile-devices featured social-lives health-and-medicine

‘Surfing attacks’ could let hackers read your texts

Surfing attacks use ultrasonic waves to control your phone from afar. They could let hackers make calls or read texts, all without you knowing.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
Feb. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: privacy security hackers mobile-devices featured science-and-technology voice-technology ultrasound

Classroom tech beats lectures at boosting creativity

Lecture-based learning is no match for activity-based learning that takes advantage of tech for boosting student creativity, a new study finds.

Brian Consiglio-Missouri • futurity
Feb. 25, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: education higher-education learning mobile-devices society-and-culture college-students creativity

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