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Hackers see rewarding targets in health care companies

February 6, 2015 4:10 pm | by TOM MURPHY and BRANDON BAILEY, AP Business Writers | Comments

Health care is a treasure trove for criminals looking to steal reams of personal information, as the hacking of a database maintained by the second-largest U.S. health insurer proves. The latest breach at health insurer Anthem Inc. follows a year in which ...

Tribunal says UK spies' Internet surveillance was unlawful

February 6, 2015 4:06 pm | by JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press | Comments

U.K. spies acted illegally when they scooped up data about Britons' electronic communications gathered by the U.S. National Security Agency, a court ruled Friday in a landmark judgment against Britain's security services. But the judges said now ...

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Senators call for investigation into Verizon 'supercookies'

February 6, 2015 3:58 pm | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | Comments

Democratic senators on Friday called on federal regulators to investigate Verizon Wireless, the country's biggest mobile provider, for secretly inserting unique tracking codes into the Web traffic of its some 100 million customers....

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Facebook, LinkedIn join forces to help women in tech

February 6, 2015 3:39 pm | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | Comments

Facebook and LinkedIn want to boost dwindling numbers of women studying engineering and computer science with a collaborative initiative announced Friday that they hope will eventually fill thousands of lucrative Silicon Valley jobs long ...

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5 smart careers for future engineers

February 6, 2015 12:35 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Two new books from Start Engineering introduce grade school and high school students to the ins and outs of engineering, including some little-known fields. “Start Engineering: A Career Guide” explains various engineering fields and their real-world, high-tech ...

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The price of QD material is falling, but not enough

February 6, 2015 12:33 pm | by DisplaySearch | Comments

The price of quantum dot (QD) material has been the main hurdle for its adoption in LCD. At the moment, there are only a limited number of QD material makers commercially available, and they are profiting from their monopoly position. QD material is ...

RadioShack pulls the plug

February 6, 2015 12:20 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

RadioShack will sell most of its stores and move to a “store within a store” model partnership with Sprint after filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the company announced on Feb. 5. Business had been declining for several years, and Amazon had also allegedly ...

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‘Freak show’ engineer wanted at Oakley

February 6, 2015 9:47 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Have you reverse-engineered every mechanical device in your home?  Oakley, makers of high performance sunglasses and other sport eye- and foot-wear, made a splash this week with a job posting looking for a design engineer who has done that ...

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Information security: A growing need for international commerce

February 6, 2015 9:09 am | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | Comments

As businesses large and small become more dependent on electronic data, a major focus has shifted towards information security.  Businesses are investing more than ever to protect themselves from dozens of security threats, from malware infections to financial fraud....

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Hospital equipment ‘talks’ among itself at Connectathon

February 6, 2015 8:56 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Medical device companies are teaming up to provide hospital equipment that lets doctors know when devices are alarmed, or where to find them if they’re lost. One of those companies is EQ2 LLC, creator of a computerized workflow system ...

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Funding offered for high-efficiency electric motors

February 6, 2015 8:54 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has offered a possible $10 to $12 million in funding for manufacturing opportunities for the “Next Generation of Electric Machines” project - lighter, more powerful electric machines. The funding opportunity will encompass ...

MIT bioengineer wins $1 million Queen Elizabeth Prize

February 6, 2015 8:48 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

MIT bioengineer Dr. Robert Langer has been awarded the $1 million Queen Elizabeth Engineering Prize for his pioneering work on drug-release systems. Although he was announced as the winner on Feb. 3, Langer will not receive the award from the Queen until later this year....

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A lab with a magnetism all its own

February 5, 2015 12:18 pm | by Yale University | Comments

Ariana Fernandez and her magnetometer have a terrific view of Peru. Admittedly, it’s no postcard image. Fernandez, a senior majoring in archaeological studies, goes in more for soil samples than scenic vistas. Yet with her bits of burnt earth and some world-class ...

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Tiny robotic 'hands' could improve cancer diagnostics, drug delivery

February 4, 2015 12:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Many people imagine robots today as clunky, metal versions of humans, but scientists are forging new territory in the field of 'soft robotics.' One of the latest advances is a flexible, microscopic hand-like gripper. The development could help doctors perform remotely ...

Supercapacitors poised to help boost vehicle fuel efficiency

February 4, 2015 12:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Unlike slow and steady batteries, supercapacitors gulp up energy rapidly and deliver it in fast, powerful jolts. A growing array of consumer products is benefiting from these energy-storage devices, reports Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of ...

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