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Google grant USC election cyberattacks
The USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy wants to help prepare state and local officials for foreseeable threats — regardless of source, origin, party or candidate targeted. (Illustration/Suzanne Boretz)

Google grant supports USC’s effort to protect elections from cyberattacks

The USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy will launch a training program in all 50 states to prepare election officials for digital attacks.

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antibiotic-resistant genes in recycled wastewater
As water shortages continue to increase, researchers are searching for ways to improve wastewater recycling. (Photo/Daria Shevtsova, Pexels)

Researchers discover antibiotic-resistant genes in recycled Southern California wastewater

A team led by USC Viterbi’s Adam Smith has found that purified water returned to Southern California aquifers often becomes contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a realization that could have major implications on the global water supply.

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Schol-AR augmented reality app
The creators of the Schol-AR app aim to enrich scientific publications using augmented reality, which can show information that is less prone to misinterpretation and better represent complex scientific concepts. (Image/Courtesy of Tyler Ard and Arthur Toga)

Augmented reality app adds interactive enhancements to scientific posters, presentations

A new smartphone app created by USC scientists uses augmented reality to visualize scientific data via 3D models and video.

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USC research virtual human hand model
PhD candidate Bohan Wang and USC Viterbi Professor Jernej Barbic, from left, have developed a human hand model that could benefit areas like virtual reality, prosthetics and robotics. (Photo/Haotian Mai)

Through special effects and MRI scans, scientists develop realistic virtual human hand

Due to their complex musculoskeletal systems, animating human hands has been one of the biggest challenges in computer graphics. Now, a team of USC researchers has cracked the code.