U.S. Department Of Justice Reveals Growing Bitcoin And Crypto National Security Threat Could Herald ‘Oncoming Storm’

Bitcoin and cryptocurrency use by terrorists, rogue nations and other criminals has grown in recent years—with high-profile attacks drawing international attention.

The illicit use of bitcoin and cryptocurrency ranges from money laundering and tax evasion to extortion, with cyber criminals increasingly demanding bitcoin and crypto payments in ransomware attacks on computer systems.

Now, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has warned the emergence of bitcoin and similar cryptocurrencies is a growing threat to U.S. national security, with the attorney general William Barr’s Cyber-Digital Task Force calling it the “first raindrops of an oncoming storm.”

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“Current terrorist use of cryptocurrency may represent the first raindrops of

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COVID and ice hockey: outbreaks chill Nordic national pastime

GOTHENBURG, Sweden (Reuters) – Health authorities in Sweden and Finland are looking into a series of COVID-19 outbreaks on ice hockey teams that are believed to be one of the drivers of a sharp increase in new cases in the two hockey-loving countries.

The day after Swedish ice hockey team BIK Karlskoga defeated Vasteras in a game in late September, one of its players complained of a fever. Three days later, half of Karlskoga’s players and staff had tested positive for COVID-19 along with six players on Vasteras.

“I felt the earth shake beneath my feet when we got the results back. I thought maybe three or four players were infected and that it would be enough to isolate them,” BIK Karlskoga manager Torsten Yngveson told Reuters.

The club shut down completely for two weeks, disrupting preparations just as the hockey season was kicking into full swing. All the players

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Davenport University earns $650k in scholarships for 20 Computer Science majors with a new National Science Foundation Grant

LANSING, Mich. — Davenport University, the beneficiary of 3 National Science Foundation grants in 3 years, has been awarded a new S-STEM grant for $647,527 to recruit, retain, graduate, and prepare 20 low-income, academically talented students earning a B.S. in Computer Information Systems (CIS) or Computer Science (CS) for employment.

Over the next five years, twelve students will enter as freshmen and receive scholarship support for four years, and eight transfer students will enter as juniors and receive scholarships for two years. Using a cohort-based model, Davenport will utilize flexible delivery of courses and mentoring to a­­ssist and promote success for students who have intermittent external conflicts that pose barriers to consistent in-person attendance.

S-STEM scholars will receive an average of $7,000 annually, not to exceed unmet need. The scholarships funds are applied towards their two or four-year tuition costs for a total savings of between $14,000 and $28,000, respectively.

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National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator awards $1 million grant to RIT team

A Rochester Institute of Technology researcher is part of a team that has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to use artificial intelligence to better understand the role of facial expressions in signed and spoken languages.

As part of the project, researchers will develop an application to teach American Sign Language learners about associated facial expressions and head gestures. They will also develop an application that makes the facial expressions of a signer anonymous, when privacy is a concern.

The nearly $1 million grant is part of the NSF Convergence Accelerator, a program that supports use-inspired, team-based, and multidisciplinary research to produce solutions to national-scale societal challenges.

The project, called Data and AI Methods for Modeling Facial Expressions in Language with Applications to Privacy for the Deaf, American Sign Language (ASL) Education and Linguistic Research, is co-led by a multidisciplinary team of researchers at three universities. The team includes

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Universal Display Corporation Congratulates Dr. Mark Thompson for Induction into the National Academy of Engineering

Universal Display Corporation (Nasdaq: OLED), enabling energy-efficient displays and lighting with its UniversalPHOLED® technology and materials, congratulates Dr. Mark Thompson, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and Scientific Advisory Board member of Universal Display Corporation (UDC), on his induction into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Professor Thompson became a member of the NAE on October 4, 2020 at the Academy’s virtual annual meeting.

The National Academy of Engineering cited Professor Thompson for his “development of highly efficient electrophosphorescent materials for organic light emitting devices used in displays and lighting worldwide.” Professor Thompson was one of 86 new members and 18 international members named to the Academy, one of the highest professional honors in the engineering profession. According to the NAE, Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including,

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Increasing Diversity in Academia is Aim of New Alliance with National Science Foundation

AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Texas at Austin is participating in a 3½-year collaborative project with top research universities to increase the number of underrepresented minority faculty members in mathematics, physical and earth sciences, and engineering (MPESE) fields at research universities.

The project has been selected to become one of the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), funded by the National Science Foundation. The alliance will provide underrepresented minority doctoral and postdoctoral students training opportunities to learn and network at partner institutions, conduct research exchange visits and develop resources for placement, hiring and advancement of these students into faculty positions. Underrepresented minority students include African Americans, Chicanos/Latinos, Native Americans/Alaskan Natives and Pacific Islanders.

UT Austin will partner with the University of California Berkeley, the University of California Los Angeles, Stanford University, the California Institute of Technology, the University of Washington, the University of Michigan, Harvard University and

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Emanate Wireless Awarded Competitive Grant from the National Science Foundation for Healthcare IoT Solutions

CLEVELAND, Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Emanate Wireless has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $255K to conduct research and development work on a unique healthcare IoT solution: Utilization, Condition, and Location System (UCLS). UCLS uses smart tags with sensors and machine learning algorithms to track the utilization, condition and location of medical equipment within a healthcare facility. The NSF funding will support pilot trials with three major hospital groups.

Managing medical devices is one of the top cost centers for a hospital. UCLS provides actionable insights to healthcare administrators to help them discover under-utilized equipment, optimize equipment workflows and implement usage and condition-based maintenance schedules. Current hospital asset tracking solutions (known as RTLS) attempt to track the location of assets, but do not provide context on what the device is doing or how effectively it is operating. The addition

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Leading Edge Equipment Technologies Awarded $1 Million Grant from the National Science Foundation

WILMINGTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 6, 2020–

Leading Edge Equipment Technologies, the maker of revolutionary silicon wafer manufacturing equipment for solar panels, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant for $998,820 to support continued research and development of their advanced silicon wafer manufacturing process.

“Our first grant from the NSF was instrumental in proving our nascent technology can move from the lab into the real world,” said Alison Greenlee, Founder of Leading Edge and Principal Investigator. “The NSF’s continued support helps us take the next step in developing this important manufacturing technology so it can be reliably deployed and drive global adoption of renewable energy.”

Leading Edge has developed a new drop-in manufacturing technology that produces kerfless, single-crystal silicon wafers for solar panels. The company’s manufacturing equipment uses their patented Floating Silicon Method™ to produce silicon wafers through ribbons. This manufacturing technology reduces

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Drivers are More Likely to Wear a Mask Than Drive Without Using a Cell Phone, According to Survey From National Safety Council and TRUCE Software

Drivers are More Likely to Wear a Mask Than Drive Without Using a Cell Phone, According to Survey From National Safety Council and TRUCE Software

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During the 10th anniversary of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, NSC and TRUCE find far too many risky behaviors – and an unwillingness to let them go

ITASCA, Ill., Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — According to a survey released today by the National Safety Council and TRUCE Software, drivers remain persistently unable to disconnect behind the wheel, even 10 years after Distracted Driving Awareness Month brought increased attention to a persistent roadway killer, and nearly all states have some form of legislation prohibiting certain types of distractions.

The National Safety Council is dedicated to eliminating the leading causes of preventable death and injury focusing our efforts on the workplace, roadway and impairment. (PRNewsfoto/National Safety Council)
The National Safety Council is dedicated to eliminating the leading causes of preventable death and injury focusing our efforts on the workplace, roadway and impairment. (PRNewsfoto/National Safety Council)

In the survey

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Indian Startups Band Up Against Google Dominance, Want To Build National Alternative To Play Store

KEY POINTS

  • Google Play will collect a 30% commission on in-app purchases from 2021
  • Indian startup founders called these charges “unfeasible”
  • Google’s Android holds a 95.8% market share in India

More than 150 top Indian startups and businesses, some of them big names, have banded together to challenge Google’s monopoly over the Android app ecosystem in India  and build an app store that the country can call its own, TechCrunch reported.

The move by Indian businesses to to build a national altenative to Google Play was prompted by Google’s recent annoucement to force app developers on its store to use its payments system, which takes a 30% cut on transactions including in-app purchases. Reports said founders of leading startups like Paytm, a payments app simiar to Google Pay and is India’s most valuable startup; MakeMyTrip and PolicyBazaar discussed Google’s policy and the concerns on dependence on Google on a call.

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