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Facial recognition successfully used to diagnose rare genetic diseases

Facial recognition successfully used to diagnose rare genetic diseases

Researchers have successfully used facial recognition technology to detect a rare genetic disease called DiGeorge syndrome in patients. This breakthrough could prove to be a new diagnostic tool for doctors who often have trouble diagnosing the disease due to its many symptoms. The condition is estimated to affect one in 3000 to 6000 kids, and causes defects like heart problems and cleft palate.

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Norway wants to create a tunnel for ships to pass through

Norway wants to create a tunnel for ships to pass through

Elon Musk's Boring Company wants to drill underground to alleviate traffic congestion. Norway wants to drill through hills for ships. Yes, big ships carrying cargo, tourists, or fish. And, no, it's not because Norway has traffic congestion problem. The Stad Ship Tunnel, as it is being called, is meant to give ships, crew, and passengers a safer, and perhaps more scenic, route avoid the treacherous old route that the Stad peninsula is notorious for.

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Instagram will start blurring ‘sensitive’ photos in feeds

Instagram will start blurring ‘sensitive’ photos in feeds

Instagram has announced that it will start blurring photos determined to be ‘sensitive’ in nature so that they don’t appear as-in in users’ feeds. This move is designed to make Instagram a ‘safe environment’ for users who may not want to see the sensitive content, though that content itself isn’t in violation of the company’s rules. The same blurring effect will be applied to videos that Instagram decides are sensitive in nature.

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Facebook is testing new ‘conversational’ comment designs

Facebook is testing new ‘conversational’ comment designs

Anyone who uses a messaging app like Messenger will be familiar with the bubble-like style used to encapsulate messages. Such a style may one day be the default design of comments found on Facebook, at least judging by screenshots of a new test that has surfaced. The social network is currently testing multiple new styles for comments on Facebook, indicating that some big changes are in users' futures.

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Scientists reconstruct face of man who died 700 years ago in Cambridge

Scientists reconstruct face of man who died 700 years ago in Cambridge

Researchers have reconstructed the face of a man who died in Cambridge during medieval times, giving moderns viewers an opportunity to see what someone looked like 700 years ago. Not surprisingly, the man shown in the reconstructed image looks no different than a modern man. According to the researchers, this man’s skeleton shows a lot of ‘wear and tear’ indicative of having lived a hard working-class life. He died at an age somewhere north of 40.

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US, UK ban consumer gadgets on flights from several countries

US, UK ban consumer gadgets on flights from several countries

Passengers flying to the U.S. from one of eight particular countries will not be able to bring most of their gadgets on the plane as carry-on items. Such is the nature of a temporary ban imposed by the U.S. government that took effect today; why the ban is in place hasn’t been clearly stated. Statements from officials have been somewhat scattered, with one indicating that nine airlines are covered by this ban, and another indicating that ten airlines are covered.

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Nature made this frog fluorescent, and it’s one of a kind

Nature made this frog fluorescent, and it’s one of a kind

Researchers have discovered the first amphibian ever with natural fluorescence: a small frog that glows bright green under ultraviolet light. It’s not common to find any critter with such a feature, but this is a first as far as frogs are concerned, making the polka dot tree frog (for now, at least) one-of-a-kind. Why the frog possesses this ability is unknown.

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This Google algorithm shrinks JPEGs without ruining their quality

This Google algorithm shrinks JPEGs without ruining their quality

JPEG files are, by their nature, lossy and of lesser quality than things like TIFF. However, even JPEGs can have excellent quality…if you’re not picky about file size. Problems start when you require both a certain level of quality, a certain resolution, and a certain maximum file size. Compressing a photo to reduce its file size is simple, but maintaining its high quality at the same time is tricky. Thusly enters Google’s new Guetzli tool.

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Netflix is ditching its star ratings and replacing them with thumbs

Netflix is ditching its star ratings and replacing them with thumbs

Netflix’s star ratings will soon be a thing of the past, with the video streaming company planning to soon introduce new thumbs-up and thumbs-down ratings instead. Once those thumbs arrive, you’ll no longer see the stars. Rather, users will be encouraged to give content a thumbs rating which will, depending on whether it is up or down, result in finding similar content or hiding the unwanted show altogether.

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T-Mobile ‘ghost calls’ are disrupting a 911 call center in Dallas

T-Mobile ‘ghost calls’ are disrupting a 911 call center in Dallas

It seems a 911 call center in Dallas has had persistent troubles with 'ghost calls' from T-Mobile, and that problem may have led to at least two deaths as backlogs prevented legitimate calls from getting through. The problem is said to have been ongoing since November 2016, with an attempted fix in January proving ineffective. A bug of some sort is responsible for the so-called ghost calls, but no solid solutions appear present.

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Netflix may optimize some videos for mobile devices

Netflix may optimize some videos for mobile devices

Many SVOD subscribers, particularly young ones, watch content using their mobile devices: a phone and/or a tablet, namely. These devices are convenient, but are also troublesome when it comes to certain kinds of content, particularly scenes in movies and TV shows where the image is very wide-angle or the action is filmed from a distance. To deal with this problem, Netflix may one day offer mobile-optimized versions of some shows, presenting different cuts that get up close to the action.

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GoPro is laying off a bunch of employees (again)

GoPro is laying off a bunch of employees (again)

GoPro revealed in its latest quarterly financial report that it is eliminating about 270 positions within the company, something resulting from a mixture of layoffs and the removal of open positions. If this sounds familiar, that’s because it is: the company made a similar announcement last year, that time saying it would be giving about 200 positions the axe. The layoffs are part of a cost-cutting maneuver.

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