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Los Alamos science sleuth on the trail of a Martian mystery
When it comes to examining the surface of rocks on Mars with a high-powered laser, five is a magic number for Los Alamos National Laboratory postdoctoral researcher Nina Lanza. During the 44th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Lanza described how the laser-shooting ChemCam instrument aboard the Curiosity rover has shown what appears to be a common feature on the surface of some very different Martian rocks. (2013-03-19)

Spying on spy apps: SnT researchers receive Google grant
Researchers of the University of Luxembourg's Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust, together with their colleagues from Pennsylvania State University and Technische Universität Darmstadt have received a Google Faculty Research Award endowed with $50,000. Their promising research results focus on Android Security, and aim at identifying malicious applications on smartphones and other devices. (2013-03-19)

ChemCam data abundant at Planetary Conference
Members of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover ChemCam team will present more than two dozen posters and talks next week during the 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas. (2013-03-15)

Turing Award to the Weizmann Institute's Shafi Goldwasser
The Award was given for innovations that became the gold standard for enabling secure internet transactions. (2013-03-13)

Virginia Tech's Danfeng Yao awarded $450,000 from ONR to improve cyber security
Cyber attacks and cyber espionage are a top threat against the US, according to the intelligence community. Danfeng (2013-03-13)

Penn conference tackles complex relationship between urbanization and food
'Feeding Cities: Food Security in a Rapidly Urbanizing World,' the first international conference examining the critical link between urbanization and food security, will be held at the University of Pennsylvania from Wednesday, March 13, through Friday, March 15, 2013. (2013-03-12)

Global Logistics: Challenges and Solutions
German and US experts are to discuss trends and developments in efficient, sustainable, and secure transportation networks at the German Center for Research and Innovation. (2013-03-08)

Bank card identifies cardholder
From the gas station to the department store -- paying for something without cash is commonplace. Now such payments become more secure: The Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD engineered a solution for inspecting the handwritten signatures directly on the bank card. The biometric (2013-03-06)

NJIT computer scientists feted for ways to store data with untrusted cloud providers
NJIT researchers received a top honor for their ideas on better ways to ensure the integrity and long-term reliability of data stored at potentially untrusted cloud storage providers. (2013-03-04)

Sometimes, the rubber meets the road when you don't want it to
Back in 2010, the ideas behind a squid's sticky tendrils and Spiderman's super-strong webbing were combined to create a prototype for the first remote device able to stop vehicles in their tracks. It worked, but that technology just got better. (2013-03-04)

Lawrence Livermore helps find link to arsenic-contaminated groundwater
A team of researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Barnard College, Columbia University, University of Dhaka, Desert Research Institute and University of Tennessee found that the arsenic in groundwater in the region is part of a natural process that predates any recent human interaction, such as intensive pumping. (2013-03-04)

Mysterious electron stash found hidden among Van Allen belts
US researchers, including a trio from Los Alamos National Laboratory, have witnessed the mysterious appearance of a relatively long-lived zone of high-energy electrons stored between Earth's Van Allen radiation belts. (2013-03-02)

Fighting GM crop vandalism with a government-protected research site
Genetically modified (GM) crops have been a source of great controversy -- particularly in Europe -- but acts of vandalism and associated security costs have made scientific evidence about the health and ecological impacts of those crops hard to come by. A Swiss government-protected field site dedicated for use in GM crop studies could serve as an example to other European countries interested in pursuing crop biotechnology, according to an article published in Trends in Biotechnology. (2013-02-28)

Computer scientists from Saarbrücken prevent data theft on smartphones and tablet computers
Some mobile applications on web-enabled mobile phones and tablet computers spy on personal data. Computer scientists from Saarbrücken prevent this through a new approach. Its chief attraction: For the protection to work, it is not necessary to identify the suspicious programs in advance, nor must the operating system be changed. Instead, the freely available app attacks the program code of the digital spies. The researchers present the app at Cebit 2013 in Hanover (Hall 9, booth F34). (2013-02-27)

Energy symposium to address long-term energy strategy for US
With imported petroleum dropping from 60 percent of total consumption to less than 40 percent in the past six years, in part due to the explosion of onshore US oil exploration and development, the United States has made progress toward its goal of reducing dependence on foreign oil. (2013-02-21)

Weather warning
A new report, co-authored by Michael McElroy, the Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies, and D. James Baker, a former administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, draws a straight line between global climate change, extreme weather, and national security. If the trend persists over the next decade, the report concludes, climate change could have wide reaching impacts on everything from food, water and energy supplies to critical infrastructure and economic security. (2013-02-20)

Ancient 'Egyptian blue' pigment points to new telecommunications, security ink technology
A bright blue pigment used 5,000 years ago is giving modern scientists clues toward the development of new nanomaterials with potential uses in state-of-the-art medical imaging devices, remote controls for televisions, security inks and other technology. That's the conclusion of an article on the pigment, Egyptian blue, in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. (2013-02-20)

Greater security in the subways
Tecnalia is participating in the SECUREMETRO project which is aimed at the development and investigation of protective systems for metro vehicles that can enable us to travel with a greater level of safety in the case of a disastrous event. (2013-02-19)

Private Security Industry must be made transparent and accountable, study concludes
Private Security Industry that asks the true human and financial costs of war must be made transparent and accountable, study concludes. More effective regulation is required, argue University of Leicester management experts. (2013-02-19)

UC Davis hosts the second Climate-Smart Agriculture Global Science Conference
The University of California, Davis, will host the second Climate-Smart Agriculture Global Science Conference on March 20-22, 2013. Co-organized by UC Davis and the World Bank, the conference will focus on science-based actions that can provide resilience for food systems despite the future uncertainty of climate change and extreme events. (2013-02-19)

Computer modeling reveals how surprisingly potent hepatitis C drug works
A study by researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and a multinational team reveals how daclatasvir, a direct-acting antiviral agent in development for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV), targets one of its proteins and causes the fastest viral decline ever seen with anti-HCV drugs -- within 12 hours of treatment. (2013-02-19)

Canada's top water expert brings lessons on water resource management to AAAS
At the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan, director Howard Wheater and his team use the Saskatchewan River Basin as a large-scale case study to generate the science underpinning the policies and practices governments, consumers and water users need to respond to rapid environmental change. (2013-02-17)

Key to cleaner environment may be right beneath our feet
While many people recognize that clean water and air are signs of a healthy ecosystem, most do not realize that a critical part of the environment is right beneath their feet, according to a Penn State hydrologist. (2013-02-17)

Malnutrition -- Living hungrily ever after
Hunger is a two-sided coin. It refers simultaneously to that which is visible and can be subjectively and objectively viewed, and that which is hidden. This less-visible hunger is known as 'hidden hunger' or chronic malnutrition. Every two minutes 13 children worldwide die of the consequences of hidden hunger before they are five years old. (2013-02-15)

Climate scientist Schellnhuber to brief UN Security Council
As climate change starts being recognized as a security issue on the highest international levels, Pakistan and the United Kingdom have asked Hans Joachim Schellnhuber of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research to speak at an in-depth discussion event for the UN Security Council members. The meeting aims at addressing (2013-02-14)

Quantum cryptography put to work for electric grid security
A Los Alamos National Laboratory quantum cryptography team successfully completed the first-ever demonstration of securing control data for electric grids using quantum cryptography. (2013-02-14)

Explosive breakthrough in research on molecular recognition
Ever wonder how sometimes people still get through security with explosives on their person? Research conducted at the University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering has revealed a new way to better detect molecules associated with explosive mixtures. (2013-02-12)

A new Harvard report probes security risks of extreme weather and climate change
A new study, conducted specifically to explore the forces driving extreme weather events and their implications for national security planning over the next decade, finds that the early ramifications of climate extremes resulting from climate change are already upon us and will continue to be felt over the next decade, directly impacting US national security interests. (2013-02-11)

Security protocol for online banking and Facebook has 'serious weaknesses,' say researchers
The protocol that provides security for online banking, credit card data and Facebook has major weaknesses, according to researchers at Royal Holloway University. (2013-02-03)

Elsevier launches new review journal: Global Food Security
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and solutions, is pleased to announce the launch of a new review journal: Global Food Security. (2013-01-24)

Gift helps Kansas State University's Smart Grid Lab amp up research in software-defined networking
Researchers in Kansas State University's Smart Grid Laboratory are studying ways to improve electrical systems. A new gift will make the laboratory one of the first facilities to test how emerging software-defined networking technology can be used to more efficiently manage, distribute, use and secure electrical power. (2013-01-24)

Grammar undercuts security of long computer passwords
When writing or speaking, good grammar helps people make themselves be understood. But when used to concoct a long computer password, grammar -- good or bad -- provides crucial hints that can help someone crack that password, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have demonstrated. (2013-01-24)

Knobbly knees in competition with fingerprints
Forget digital fingerprints, iris recognition and voice identification, the next big thing in biometrics could be your knobbly knees. Just as a fingerprints and other body parts are unique to us as individuals and so can be used to prove who we are, so too are our kneecaps. Computer scientist Lior Shamir of Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan, has now demonstrated how a knee scan could be used to single us out. (2013-01-23)

SEC-mandated XBRL data at risk of being irrelevant to investors and analysts
The authors, early proponents of interactive data, from Columbia Business School's Center for Excellence in Accounting and Security Analysis recently completed a review of the state of XBRL, with a focus on its usefulness and usability for security analysis. (2013-01-22)

NORC at the University of Chicago releases presidential election survey
2012 NORC Presidential Election Study: American's Views on Entitlement Reform and Health Care is from NORC at the University of Chicago. The survey found that substantial majorities of the American public prefer the status quo on most provisions in the Affordable Care Act and on entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare. (2013-01-18)

Novel sensor provides bigger picture
Duke University engineers have developed a novel sensor that is more efficient, versatile and cheaper for potential use in such applications as airport security scanners and collision avoidance systems for aircraft, cars or maritime vessels. (2013-01-17)

ChemCam follows the 'Yellowknife Road' to Martian wet area
Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and the French Space Agency have tracked a trail of minerals that point to the prior presence of water at the Curiosity rover site on Mars. (2013-01-15)

Graphene plasmonics beats the drug cheats
Wonder material graphene could help detect the presence of drugs or toxins in the body or dramatically improve airport security, University of Manchester researchers have found. (2013-01-13)

Oxygen to the core
An international collaboration including researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has discovered that the Earth's core formed under more oxidizing condition's than previously proposed. (2013-01-10)

Government funding for 'super-material'
Royal Holloway is among a select group of top universities to receive £21.5 million in government funding to explore commercial uses for graphene. (2013-01-10)

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