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10 Bits: The Data News Hotlist

by Morgan Stevens

This week’s list of top data news highlights covers July 16, 2022 to July 22, 2022 and includes articles on creating an augmented reality version of Stonehenge and using an AI system to detect pancreatic cancer.

1. Improving Cross-Border Access to Evidence

The United States and United Kingdom have finalized the Data Access Agreement. The agreement will give law enforcement agencies easier access to electronic data that telecommunications providers hold in both countries to combat serious crimes. 

2. Identifying Sepsis

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have created an AI system that can detect early signs of sepsis. The team tested the system by monitoring approximately 591,000 patients across 5 hospitals. The system identified 6,877 patients with sepsis. In this cohort, patients whose sepsis was confirmed within three hours saw lower rates of mortality and organ failure and had shorter hospital stays.

3. Launching a Supercomputer

Israel’s Meteorological Service has announced plans to get a supercomputer to improve weather forecasting. Meteorologists will use the supercomputer to create better models and forecasts that take into account the effects of climate change. 

4. Monitoring Traffic Conditions

The Virginia Department of Transportation has announced plans to use an AI system to predict traffic conditions in the northern part of the state. Officials will use the system to inform commuters of potential disruptions in close to real time. 

5. Traveling on an Autonomous Bus

Officials in Tallinn, Estonia have started testing an autonomous bus to transport residents around the city. Passengers can ride the bus on a 1.8 kilometer route around the city for free. 

6. Detecting Pancreatic Cancer

Researchers at Mayo Clinic, a U.S.-based medical center, have created machine learning models that can detect signs of pancreatic cancer in pre-diagnostic computer topography (CT) scans earlier than current methods. The team trained the models with CT scans from healthy patients and patients who developed pancreatic cancer. 

7. Displaying Data on Toxic Gas

Officials in Kalamazoo, Michigan have launched a data dashboard to provide real-time data on levels of hydrogen sulfide gas around the city. The city is collecting data on the toxic gas with sensors and smart manhole covers placed around the city. 

8. Personalizing Email Searches

Google has updated the machine learning models behind the search function in Gmail. The updated models will provide more personalized search results based on users’ historical activity and intent. 

9. Recreating Stonehenge

National Geographic has created an augmented reality version of Stonehenge for Instagram users. The team created the model by using a drone to take over 7,000 images of the site. 

10. Predicting Sepsis Risks

Researchers at the University of Florida and University of Washington have created an AI system that can predict a patient’s chance of developing sepsis within 12 hours of hospital admission. The team trained the system with health data from patients admitted with suspected cases of sepsis and patients with a high risk of developing sepsis. 

Image credit: Flickr user Andy Powell

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