02 Apr 2020

Team Builds Ventilators from $300 Worth of Parts

A team at Rice University composed of faculty and students, self-named Take a Breather, has designed an automated bag valve mask ventilation unit to help treat patients struggling with the COVID-19 virus. The ventilators are made with just $300 of parts, and will hopefully be available to anyone in the

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02 Apr 2020

COVID-19 mapped: Azure-powered tool IDs the most vulnerable populations

A company called Jvion specializes in “clinical AI” and is planning on launching a COVID Community Vulnerability Map. The map will be public and built on Microsoft Azure maps, helping healthcare provide4rs identify the determinants of health that put certain regions or populations at greater risk. The information could be

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01 Apr 2020

FDA, NIH, VA Partner to Accelerate 3D-Printed Protective Gear for COVID-19 Response

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Veterans Affairs Department (VA), and the National Institutes of Health recently joined together to accelerate 3D printing and other advanced manufacturing technologies in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. The collaboration is a Memorandum of Understanding that formalizes the process through

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31 Mar 2020

NSW Police signs six-year biometric identification deal

The New South Wales Police Force has allegedly renewed a contract with an identity solutions firm called Idemia for biometric identification. The new contract will last for six years as Idemia works to support and maintain LiveScan, technology that processes and books criminals’ biometric data. The deal affects 142 police

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31 Mar 2020

Medtronic Gives Away Ventilator Design Specs In Coronavirus Fight, Ahead Of Tesla Alliance

Medtronic, a Dublin based company, shared design specifications for a basic ventilator model, allowing any other company that wants to help produce the masks, which are a necessity during these times, the ability to do so. Medtronic, the medical device maker, has previously mentioned a manufacturing partnership with Tesla. On

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30 Mar 2020

Air Force Seeks Partnerships to Produce Space Innovations and Base of the Future

AFWERX, the Air Force’s innovation startup, has announced that it is accepting submissions for nine new projects meant to further space developments and technology. This represents its biggest call for solutions to date. The initiatives, Base of the Future and the Space initiative, encompass five challenge areas and four respectively.

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30 Mar 2020

FCC Issues Waiver For Telecom Supporting Zoom and WebEx Traffic

The recent pandemic has resulted in thousands of employees and students using the teleconferencing services Zoom and WebEx to work and attend online classes, resulting in an issue with the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) access arbitrage rules. The violation, also known as access stimulation, stems from the two applications’ traffic

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27 Mar 2020

ICE Wants to Connect Its Facial Recognition System With a Pennsylvania County’s Gang Intel App

Homeland Security Investigations and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are seeking to leverage a transnational gang intelligence application that was developed by a Pennsylvania county district attorney’s office. The two agencies are looking to improve coordination when dealing with gangs operating in Virginia, West Virginia, and the Washington DC metro

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27 Mar 2020

All 4G Networks Susceptible to DoS Attacks

A new vulnerability has been uncovered by Positive Technologies, a security firm, in all 4G and some 5G telecommunications networks that exposes a weakness in the diameter signaling protocol. This means that 100% of 4G networks are vulnerable to denial of service (DoS) attacks. The protocol that is open to

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27 Mar 2020

AI Revolutionizing The Museum Experience At The Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Institute has announced that it will be utilizing AI technology in its exhibits to offer guests a way to engage more deeply with the museum’s contents. On the AI Today podcast, a deputy director of the Office of Visitor Services at the Smithsonian Insitute disclosed the project. The

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