New Microsoft technology scores meetings by tracking employees’ body language and facial expressions for ‘boredom’ and ‘fatigue’

A new Microsoft patent shows how the technology giant might assign meetings scores based on attendees body language and facial expressions in the future.



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The patent for an “insight computing system” would track numerous parameters including the number of people in a meeting, room temperature, time of day, the number of time each participant speaks, and more.

It would also track “speech patterns” that would be able to detect “boredom” or “fatigue”. This would be matched against other tasks such as “texting, checking email, [and] browsing the Internet” as well as being informed by an employee’s schedule.

This tracking could be done via a smartphone, computer, and a range of other electronic devices, which would allow the system to use wi-fi and Bluetooth beacons to count how many people are in a room at one time.

“Because conventional computerized scheduling systems lack real-world context, users

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Stray Dog Caught On Camera Nibbling At Girl’s Unattended Body Inside Hospital, Family Alleges Negligence

A disturbing video showing a stray dog nibbling at the dead body of a girl at a hospital in India has surfaced online recently. The girl’s family is blaming the hospital for negligence.

A 20-second video going viral on social media showed a canine gnawing at a dead body that was left unattended on a stretcher. The body was covered with a white cloth. The incident took place in a government hospital in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday.

Local reports said the girl was a victim of a road accident and her body was allegedly left unattended for over an hour inside the hospital.

“The body of the girl was left unattended for 1.5 hours. It is a matter of negligence on the hospital’s part. No one was there to look after the body,” the girl’s father told Indian news agency ANI.

The chief medical superintendent

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Schertz releases officers’ body, dash camera footage of Black teen’s arrest

Schertz officials released new police camera footage Wednesday that shows what happened before and after the arrest of a Black teen seen in a viral video that prompted accusations of excessive force.

Officials said they had wanted to release the footage of 18-year-old Zekee Rayford’s arrest earlier in the name of transparency. They were only able to release the videos Wednesday after receiving authorization from the Guadalupe County District Attorney’s Office.

On Nov. 2, Rayford allegedly ran a red light at about 11:45 p.m. on Schertz Parkway and did not pull over when signaled by Schertz police officers Frank Chavarria and Megan Fennesy, according to a police report.

Instead, Rayford drove to his home in the 1000 block of Keanna Place, where a security camera there provided the first video of his arrest. It has since been shared on social media and drew criticism from family, civil rights activists, and

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New Mexico county signs contract for deputy body cameras

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M (AP) — Bernalillo County officials announced Wednesday that they have signed a $3.8 million deal with a Georgia company to provide body and vehicle cameras for the sheriff’s department.

The agreement calls for Utility Inc. to supply 363 body cameras for deputies while 148 vehicles will be equipped with front- and rear-facing cameras. The service agreement includes installation, software, training and maintenance for five years.

Sheriff Manuel Gonzales had long dismissed body-worn cameras despite public pressure and the urging of the county commission. After state lawmakers passed a bill in June requiring body-worn cameras for all law enforcement agencies in the state, the sheriff’s department began working to meet the mandate.

“This is a historic step for Bernalillo County and the protection of our deputies and the citizens of the county,” County Manager Julie Morgas Baca said in a statement. “The county is fulfilling the state legal requirement

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Gov. Murphy Signs Body Camera Mandates For All NJ Police Into Law

NEW JERSEY — Citing the need for increased transparency and in the interest of improving interactions with the public, Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Tuesday morning requiring all New Jersey law enforcement to wear body cameras.

Murphy signed one law that requires every uniformed state, county, and municipal patrol law enforcement officer to wear a body worn camera, subject to funding appropriated by the Legislature.

Exceptions are permitted for officers engaged in undercover assignments, meeting with confidential informants, performing administrative or non-uniformed duties, and when directed by a superior officer for a lawful purpose.

“We’ve made it clear that New Jersey will be second-to-none in enacting vital reforms to promote transparency and boost public confidence in law enforcement,” said Murphy. “Body worn cameras are a wise all-around investment in public safety that not only redouble our commitment to transparency and accountability, but also ensure that members of law enforcement are

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Mineral body armor protects some leaf-cutting ants in battle

Leaf-cutting worker ants might look like they’d be helpless against an enemy soldier ant many times their size. But some of the smaller ants have a secret: Their entire body is coated with a thin but tough layer of mineral armor.

It’s the first time that this type of external, whole-body mineralization has been found in an adult insect, researchers report online November 24 in Nature Communications.

“I found rock ants,” evolutionary biologist Hongjie Li recalls telling his colleague, evolutionary biologist Cameron Currie, when the first experimental results of the hard coating came in. “I can still feel the excitement now,” Li says.

The discovery was serendipitous, says Currie, of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, who has been studying leaf-cutting ants for more than 20 years. His lab had been examining interactions between ants and their external microbes, which are thought to play a pivotal role in the ants’ farming

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Even in the Bolivian Amazon, Average Human Body Temperature Is Getting Cooler | Smart News

If you’ve ever taken your temperature and wondered why your body wasn’t hovering at the supposedly normal 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, a new study offers the latest in a growing body of evidence suggesting that oft-repeated figure might no longer be the norm.

Published last month in the journal Science Advances, the study finds the average body temperature among the Tsimane people, who live in the Bolivian Amazon rainforest, has dropped by almost a full degree over the last 16 years.

The dogma of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheitstarted in 1867 when a German doctor named Carl Wunderlich took the temperature of some 25,000 people in Leipzig and arrived at the figure. But several recent studies have suggested that people have cooled off over the last 150 years.

A study published earlier this year compiled hundreds of thousands of temperature readings in Palo Alto, California, and found the average body temperature among

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Activists Demand Body Camera Footage Be Released After Omaha Police Fatally Shoot Black Man

Activists in Omaha, Nebraska, are demanding the release of police body camera footage on Friday, a day after an officer fatally shot a 35-year-old Black man during a traffic stop.

In a statement, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said two officers on Thursday night noticed Kenneth Jones was moving around in the backseat as they walked toward the vehicle, which had four people inside, and that he refused to put his hands outside the car windows or open his door.

One of the officers then broke the car’s window with their flashlight to get the door opened, Schmaderer said, after which Jones was pulled out of the backseat when he refused to get out.

Schmaderer said footage from a police cruiser camera shows officers telling Jones, “Keep your hands where I can see them.” An officer then says, “Watch his right hand,” and later, “He’s got a gun.”

“The officer

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How tissue geometry influences the movement of cells through the body — ScienceDaily

Cells move constantly throughout our bodies, performing myriad operations critical to tissue development, immune responses and general wellbeing. This bustle is guided by chemical cues long studied by scientists interested in cellular migration.

To better understand this phenomenon, a team of biologists and physicists, led by UC Santa Barbara’s Distinguished Professor Denise Montell, investigated the effect that the geometry of the biological environment has on cellular movement. Using mathematical models and fruit flies, the group discovered that the physical space holds a lot of sway over cell migration. Namely, tissue geometry can create a path of least resistance, which guides cellular motion. These insights, published in the journal Science, are a triumph for basic research and could find applications in fields as diverse as oncology, neuroscience and developmental biology.

Directed cell migration is an essential feature of biological processes, both normal and pathological. “Without directional cell migration, embryos would

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Full body health check point, a device aimed to slow the spread of COVID-19

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (KABC) — While the wait continues for a COVID-19 vaccine to be widely distributed, one company is introducing a new tool, a full-body health checkpoint, in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

The coronavirus has forced so many aspects of life to change. Technology firm Multimedia Care is attempting to make life a little easier and allow for safer gatherings.

“First thing you do when you step up is you get your shoes cleaned, and then you’re looking at a thermographic camera. That will take your temperature and it will verify the presence of a mask,” says Seth Rubenstein, Multimedia Care Executive Director.

With the device ideally placed outside of the entrance of a building, individuals step onto the check point’s floor mat. There it sprays the bottoms of their shoes with a cleaning solution.

The checkpoint uses a contactless gel dispenser to distribute

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