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  • Nuclear energy programs do not increase likelihood of proliferation, study finds
    on November 6, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Contrary to popular thought, nuclear proliferation is not more likely to occur among countries with nuclear energy programs, according to research. In a historical analysis of the relationship between nuclear energy programs and proliferation from 1954 to 2000, the study finds that the link between the two has been overstated. […]

  • For $1000, anyone can purchase online ads to track your location and app use
    on October 18, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    New research finds that for a budget of roughly $1000, it is possible for someone to track your location and app use by purchasing and targeting mobile ads. The team hopes to raise industry awareness about the potential privacy threat. […]

  • There is almost no research on what distinguishes potential terrorists, study finds
    on September 25, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    A recent analysis of the existing research on factors associated with an individual's risk for engaging in terrorist activity highlights how little we know about these factors and the need for additional research in this area. […]

  • Tricking the eye to defeat shoulder surfing attacks
    on August 22, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Researchers have developed the first application to combat 'shoulder-surfing' of PINS and passwords: a hybrid-image keyboard that appears one way to the close-up user and differently at a distance. The technology blends one image of a keyboard configuration with high spatial frequency and a completely different one with low spatial frequency. Experiments showed it was effective for mobile phones and when video cameras recorded PIN entry, as might happen at an ATM. […]

  • Social media: Simplifying surveillance
    on July 21, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    The controversial Snap Map app enables Snapchat users to track their friends. This is the latest in a series of monitoring tools to be built on social media platforms. A new study assesses the benefits and risks associated with their use. […]

  • Decline in financing could undermine malaria efforts
    on July 14, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Global malaria elimination funding is declining at a time when it remains crucial to eliminating the disease worldwide, according to a study. […]

  • Smarter control for border patrol
    on July 7, 2017 at 11:05 am

    As the United States expands surveillance technologies on it southern border with Mexico, operating them effectively grows more challenging. Systems and industrial engineers are building a framework for border surveillance that uses artificial intelligence, based on realistic computer simulations, to integrate data from different sources and respond in real time. […]

  • Gaps remain in surveillance for mosquitoes that transmit Zika, new CDC data shows
    on June 19, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    As concerns over Zika virus have grown since 2015, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has turned to local public health professionals to compile data on distribution of the two primary mosquito species capable of transmitting the virus, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. Their findings highlight both the potential widespread presence of the mosquitoes as well as gaps in local surveillance capabilities crucial to understanding the threat of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases. […]

  • Predicting influenza outbreaks faster with a digitally-empowered wearable device
    on May 19, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Through integration with a wearable thermometer, the Thermia online health educational tool has enabled prediction of seasonal influenza outbreaks in China one month earlier than before, according to a new study. […]

  • Unforeseen impacts of the fair trade movement
    on March 20, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Fair trade certified coffee is the kind of phrase that sounds good on a Whole Foods shelf, merging first world affluence with third world resource. For the average consumer, it implies fairness in labor and wealth, the idea that small producers profit directly from what they produce. […]

  • Door and window locks are less carbon-costly and more effective than burglar alarms and CCTV, a new...
    on March 13, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    A new study, which estimates the carbon footprint of burglary prevention measures, has found that the best options from both an environmental and security point of view are door and window locks. This is because they are not only more effective at preventing crime, but also more environmentally friendly, having a much lower carbon footprint than other measures, such as burglar alarms or CCTV. […]

  • How behavioral science can help tackle problem of idling engines
    on February 10, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    New research suggests that insights from behavioral science can help inform the design of road signs to bring about changes in driver behavior. […]

  • Malaria control efforts can benefit from forecasting using satellites
    on February 7, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Links between patterns of malaria in Kenya and environmental factors (temperature, rainfall and land cover) are measurable by satellite imagery, says a researcher. In his doctoral dissertation, the researcher shows that conducive environmental conditions occur before increases in hospital admissions and mortality due to malaria, indicating that the satellite information is useful for the development of disease forecasting models and early warning systems. […]

  • Study uses social media, internet to forecast disease outbreaks
    on January 19, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    When epidemiological data are scarce, social media and Internet reports can be reliable tools for forecasting infectious disease outbreaks, according to a study. […]

  • 1 in 7 people living with HIV in the EU/EEA are not aware of their HIV status
    on November 29, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    With 29,747 newly reported HIV infections in 2015, the EU/EEA notification rate is similar to recent years with an overall insignificant change from 6.6 per 100 000 population in 2006 to 6.3 in 2015 (adjusted for reporting delay). […]

  • Into the gray zone: New report analyzes potential of active defense as a response to sophisticated...
    on October 31, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    A new report offers the most comprehensive assessment to date of the legal, policy and technological contexts that surround private sector cybersecurity and active defense measures to improve U.S. responses to evolving threats. […]

  • Massive cyberattack poses policy dilemma
    on October 26, 2016 at 1:54 am

    The coordinated cyber attack that crippled parts of the internet on Friday highlighted key policy problems, a cybersecurity scholar said. […]

  • Just give me some privacy
    on October 12, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Not everyone who strives to navigate the internet without being tracked is up to no good. This is the underlying premise of a qualitative study led by researchers who gathered the stories of people working on collaborative projects online -- like editing Wikipedia -- and are concerned about their privacy and taking steps to protect it. […]

  • US rules for targeted killing using drones need clarifying, RAND report asserts
    on September 8, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Current US policies on using drones for targeted killing are characterized by ambiguities in interpretations of international law and too many generalities, despite recent efforts by the Obama administration to clarify the policies, a new RAND Corporation report finds. […]

  • Cancer in context: 37 years of painstakingly collected data
    on August 15, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    A new report includes every cancer diagnosis in the Los Angeles region over the past 37 years -- more than 1.3 million. With easy-to-read charts, the book divides L.A.'s population into 11 ethnic and racial groups to highlight the fact that cancer risk is a result of genetics, environment and behavior. The report card provides evidence of how environmental and lifestyle choices can alter one's cancer risk. […]

  • Researchers show phone calls can forecast dengue fever outbreaks
    on July 8, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    A team of scientists has developed a system that can forecast the outbreak of dengue fever by simply analyzing the calling behavior of citizens to a public-health hotline. This telephone-based disease surveillance system can forecast two to three weeks ahead of time, and with intra-city granularity, the outbreak of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne virus that infects up to 400,000 people each year. […]

  • New tool to measure homeland security risks in US
    on June 30, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Researchers have validated a new risk assessment tool that can be used by the Department of Homeland Security to help evaluate decisions and priorities in natural disasters, terrorist events, and major accidents. […]

  • FBI approach to investigations puts security at risk, experts say
    on June 16, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Experts say the FBI's efforts to compel Apple to write software to unlock an iPhone used by a terrorist reflects an outdated approach to law enforcement that threatens to weaken smartphones security, putting the private information of millions of people at risk and undermining the growing use of smartphones as trusted authenticators for accessing online information. […]

  • Researchers map mosquitoes that transmit Zika, Dengue by county
    on June 9, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    A new article features maps of counties in the United States where the mosquitoes known as Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus have been recorded. […]

  • Relationship between school security, race, research shows
    on June 8, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Security measures in American high schools are meant to keep students safe. But research shows heightened security has unintended consequences. […]

  • Fukushima nuclear accident is 'wake-up call' for US to improve monitoring of spent fuel pools
    on May 20, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    The 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident should serve as a wake-up call to nuclear plant operators and regulators on the critical importance of measuring, maintaining, and restoring cooling in spent fuel pools during severe accidents and terrorist attacks, says a new report. […]

  • Superbug infections tracked across Europe
    on May 5, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    For the first time, scientists have shown that MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and other antibiotic-resistant 'superbug' infections can be tracked across Europe by combining whole-genome sequencing with a web-based system. In a new article, researchers have worked with a European network representing doctors in 450 hospitals in 25 countries to successfully interpret and visualize the spread of drug-resistant MRSA. […]

  • Smartphone users are redefining privacy in public spaces
    on April 18, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    A combination of public smartphone use and technological surveillance has led to diminished personal privacy, a new study argues. The study argues that "dynamic visibility," in which technological surveillance is combined with personal information volunteered by individuals online, has led to diminished overall privacy. […]

  • Shot in the dark: New surveillance tool called shotspotter tracks and records incidents of gunfire
    on April 16, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    When gunfire is heard and unreported, what does it reveal about the state of crime in America? One expert is determined to find out. She has been using data from new surveillance technology to research the disparity between the number of recorded gunshot sounds and the number of reported incidents of gun violence. […]

  • Is the United States prepared for a major zika virus outbreak?
    on April 13, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Despite dire predictions that the Zika virus could affect much of the United States including large cities this summer, two public health law experts warn that the country is unprepared, and the financial and moral consequences could be significant. […]