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Article ID: 698764

Researchers Help Close Security Hole in Popular Encryption Software

Georgia Institute of Technology

Cybersecurity researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have helped close a security vulnerability that could have allowed hackers to steal encryption keys from a popular security package by briefly listening in on unintended “side channel” signals from smartphones.

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9-Aug-2018 10:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 698664

Smartphones act as digital security blankets in stressful social situations

University of California, Irvine

Not only can your smartphone serve as your wallet, watch and map, it can also be your digital security blanket. In a new study led by the University of California, Irvine, researchers found that when people are in awkward social situations, having their phones with them offers comfort and helps relieve feelings of isolation.

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7-Aug-2018 1:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 698615

Is Too Much Screen Time Harming Children’s Vision?

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Does digital eyestrain cause lasting damage? Should children use reading or computer glasses? As kids go back to school this month for more time with screens and books, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is arming parents with the facts, so they can make informed choices about their children’s eye health.

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6-Aug-2018 2:45 PM EDT
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Article ID: 698590

Smart Wristband With Wireless Link to Smartphones Could Monitor Health, Environmental Exposures

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers University–New Brunswick engineers have created a smart wristband with a wireless connection to smartphones that will enable a new wave of personal health and environmental monitoring devices. Their technology, which could be added to watches and other wearable devices that monitor heart rates and physical activity, is detailed in a study published online in Microsystems & Nanoengineering.

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6-Aug-2018 1:15 PM EDT
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Article ID: 697787

DHS S&T Awards $200K to British Columbia Startup to Improve Security of IoT Devices

Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced a $200,000 award today to Plurilock Security Solutions, Inc. to develop an identity management (IdM) platform to improve the security capabilities of smart devices, sensors and other devices that connect and operate across the cybersphere.

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23-Jul-2018 2:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 697648

App, Brief Intervention May Be Lifesaver for Suicidal Teens

UT Southwestern Medical Center

App, brief intervention may be lifesaver for suicidal teens

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19-Jul-2018 10:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 697467

Dim That Light: Settling Your Child to Sleep

Family Institute at Northwestern University

Settling youngsters down to sleep at night isn't always easy. Recent research suggests that the amount of exposure children have to bright light in the hour leading up to bedtime

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17-Jul-2018 1:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 697345

Researchers Turn Exercise Into a Game and See Encouraging Results

University of Iowa

A team of University of Iowa researchers built a web-based app called MapTrek. When synced with a Fitbit, MapTrek allows users to go on virtual walking tours of locations such as the Grand Canyon or Appalachian trail while competing against other users. A study showed MapTrek and Fitbit users averaged 2,200 more steps per day than a control group that used only Fitbits.

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12-Jul-2018 10:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 697136

Majority of Drivers Don’t Believe Texting While Driving is Dangerous

Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

People who text while driving are six times more likely to be involved in a car crash. To combat this problem, more and more states are adopting driving laws that require people to use hands-free devices in the car. Yet a new study shows that many drivers are still willing to take the risk, as ‘fear of missing out’ and separation anxiety keep them from abiding by the law. The study, published in Risk Analysis: An International Journal, reveals that many drivers don’t perceive texting and driving to be dangerous in certain driving scenarios.

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9-Jul-2018 10:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 697073

Novel App Switches You to Healthier Options

Northwestern University

With a simple barcode scan, free new mobile app FoodSwitch -- developed by Northwestern University researchers -- will suggest healthier alternatives to the typical fat-, salt- and sugar- laden packaged foods on grocery store shelves. If a particular food is not listed in 268,000-product database, the food can be quickly added to the app in real time through crowdsourcing. Packaged food manufacturers change products frequently, and FoodSwitch can quickly track how well they are reducing sodium, added sugars or saturated fats in their foods.

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5-Jul-2018 5:05 PM EDT
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