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Privacy Concerns in Amazon and Aetna-CVS Health Deals: Q&A With a Cyberlaw Expert

ALM talked with Peter Swire, senior counsel at Alston & Bird and privacy and cybersecurity expert at the Georgia Institute of Technology's Scheller College of Business, about some of the legal and data privacy issues surrounding the new, data-driven health care delivery systems. These include the proposed merger between CVS Health and Aetna... Read the whole entry... »       

Data detectives shift suspicions in Alzheimer's from usual suspect to inside villain

(Georgia Institute of Technology) The pursuit of the usual suspect in Alzheimer's research may be distracting from a more direct culprit in the disease, according to a study that analyzed data from 51 published experiments. P-tau looked a good bit more culpable than amyloid-beta plaque.

Real-time Captcha technique improves biometric authentication

(Georgia Institute of Technology) A new login authentication approach could improve the security of current biometric techniques that rely on video or images of users' faces. Known as Real-Time Captcha, the technique uses a unique 'challenge'...Show More Summary

Why bees soared and slime flopped as inspirations for systems engineering

(Georgia Institute of Technology) Honeybees gathering nectar inspired an algorithm that eased the burden of host servers handling unpredictable traffic by about 25 percent. Nature can inspire some great engineering, but it can also lead to some flops. Show More Summary

Asteroid 'time capsules' may help explain how life started on Earth

(Georgia Institute of Technology) In popular culture, asteroids play the role of apocalyptic threat, get blamed for wiping out the dinosaurs -- and offer an extraterrestrial source for mineral mining. But for Georgia Tech researcherShow More Summary

Hatchet enzyme, enabler of sickness and of health, exposed by neutron beams

(Georgia Institute of Technology) A pioneering glimpse at an enzyme inside elusive cell membranes illuminates a player in cell health but also in hepatitis C and in Alzheimer's. With neutron beams, researchers open a portal into the hidden world of intramembrane proteins, which a third of the human genome is required to create.

Neurons get the beat and keep it going in drumrolls

(Georgia Institute of Technology) What researchers believed to be chaotic electric potentials in neurons are turning out the be surprisingly orderly and rhythmic.

Self-assembled 'hairy' nanoparticles could give a double punch to cancer

(Georgia Institute of Technology) 'Hairy' nanoparticles made with light-sensitive materials that assemble themselves could one day become 'nano-carriers' providing doctors a new way to simultaneously introduce both therapeutic drugs and cancer-fighting heat into tumors. Show More Summary

Using data mining to make sense of climate change

(Georgia Institute of Technology) Georgia Techhas developed a new way of mining data from climate data sets that is more self-contained than traditional tools. The methodology brings out commonalities of data sets without as much expertise from the user, allowing scientists to trust the data and get more robust -- and transparent -- results.

Want to beat antibiotic-resistant superbugs? Rethink that strep throat remedy

(Georgia Institute of Technology) Antibiotics could become nearly useless by mid-century against intense infections due to bacteria evolving antibiotic resistance. And alternative treatments haven't been able to replace antibiotics in those big infections. Show More Summary

Neutrons track quantum entanglement in copper elpasolite mineral

A research team including Georgia Institute of Technology professor Martin Mourigal used neutron scattering at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to study copper elpasolite, a mineral that can be driven to an exotic magnetic state when subjected to very low temperatures and a high magnetic field.

This hand amputee can play the piano thanks to this 'Luke Skywalker Prosthesis'

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a Luke Skywalker-inspired robotic hand that can help amputees play the piano. Read more... More about Music, Health, Social Good, Piano, and Musician

Researchers use WWII code-breaking techniques to interpret brain data

(University of Pennsylvania) A team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Northwestern University have used cryptographic techniques to decode the activity of motor neurons. Their...Show More Summary

Perking up and crimping the 'bristles' of polyelectrolyte brushes

(Georgia Institute of Technology) A molecular-sized brush that looks like a shoe brush has properties with great potential for the materials industry and medicine, but polyelectrolyte brushes can be sensitive, and getting them to work right tricky. New research shows what can make them break down, but also what can get them to systematically recover.

Gecko adhesion technology moves closer to industrial uses

(Georgia Institute of Technology) While human-made devices inspired by gecko feet have emerged in recent years, enabling their wearers to slowly scale a glass wall, the possible applications of gecko-adhesion technology go far beyond Spiderman-esque antics. Show More Summary

The Force Is Strong: Amputee Controls Individual Prosthetic Fingers

Luke Skywalker's bionic hand is a step closer to reality for amputees in this galaxy. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created an ultrasonic sensor that allows amputees to control each of their prosthetic fingers individually. It provides fine motor hand gestures that aren't possible with current commercially available devices.

Cold suns, warm exoplanets and methane blankets

(Georgia Institute of Technology) Three million years ago, the sun shone weaker, but Earth stayed surprisingly warm. Carl Sagan thought a greenhouse effect must have been to thank. A model built on 359 chemical processes has finally arrived at scenarios with a reasonable chance of producing the needed methane on ancient Earth. Show More Summary

When physics gives evolution a leg up by breaking one

(Georgia Institute of Technology) With no biological program to drive it, nascent multicellular clusters adopt a lifecycle thanks to the physics of their stresses. The accidental reproduction drives the cluster's evolution toward a bigger, stronger whole.

Imaging technique unlocks the secrets of 17th century artists

The secrets of 17th century artists can now be revealed, thanks to 21st century signal processing. Using modern high-speed scanners and the advanced signal processing techniques, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are...Show More Summary

Breakthrough could launch organic electronics beyond cell phone screens

(Princeton University, Engineering School) A discovery by an international team of researchers from Princeton University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Humboldt University in Berlin points the way to more widespread use of an advanced technology generally known as organic electronics.

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