Wyly Wade

Month: August 2013

Iris scans gets a thumbs up from US Gov NIST; Welcome to the party 10 years late.

A new report by biometric researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) uses data from thousands of frequent travelers enrolled in an iris recognition program to determine that no consistent change occurs in the distinguishing texture of their irises for at least a decade. These findings inform identity program administrators on how…

LADEE gets laser communications

NASA’s Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration (LLCD) is the agency’s first attempt at developing a high-performance laser communications systemsfor interplanetary probes. The first LLCD space terminal is riding aboard NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft (nicknamed LADEE for short), which is launching to the moon in September 2013. The LLCD space terminal is designed to beam data from…

Turning CO2 into Rocks

An increasing amount of research is being done into how to capture and store carbon dioxide rather than continuing to pump it into the Earth’s atmosphere. Lowering levels by somehow storing it for long periods of time could limit any predicted climate change, but how do you go about doing that cost effectively? A research team comprised of…

More than 400 mn Indians have Aadhaar numbers

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has issued more than 402.9 million Aadhaar numbers till date and the body will achieve the target of 600 million enrolments by 2014. “UIDAI has reiterated that the target of 60 crore Aadhaar enrolments will be achieved by 2014. More than 40 crore 29 lakh Aadhaar numbers have been issued till date…

Plugging Cyber Warfare Governance: Asia Should Act Now

In cyber space, a virtual realm with no natural or geographic borders, and constantly dynamic packets of data routed from one node to another, the world really is flat. It is also anonymous since identity verification is not yet required and can be masked through complicated routing patterns. A 2011 study, “Cyber security and cyber warfare: Preliminary assessment of…

Global Cyber Security Market to Reach $120.1 Billion by 2017 at a 11.3% CAGR

The global cybersecurity market is expected to grow from $63.7 billion in 2011 to $120.1 billion by 2017, at an estimated compound annual growth rate of 11.3% from 2012 to 2017, according to the report. “Cyberspace today is powered by a gamut of devices and applications that have made it vulnerable to threats from all kinds of users…

Gene therapy reverses Rett Syndrome in Animal Model

Gene therapy in mice shows great success in treating Rett syndrome, a physically disabling form of autism that affects girls. “The treated mice showed profound improvements in motor function, tremors, seizures and compulsive movements” The concept behind gene therapy is simple: deliver a healthy gene to compensate for one that is mutated. New research published today…

Tiny, Battery-Free Tracking Device Distress Beacon

Researchers made an accidental discovery that has revolutionize tracking devices – Think, Cheap, Powerful radio pulse emitters, that need no battery. The research were working on something unrelated to this, when they detected a powerful radio pulse coming from a bag of junk circuit boards and components, every time the bag was moved. The source of the…

Amazon testing new TLPS wireless network

Amazon has been testing a new wireless network which would allow users to connect its devices to the Internet, according to reports. As reported by Bloomberg, according to anonymous sources, the online retail giant has been testing the wireless network privately in Cupertino, California. The new network uses spectrum controlled by satellite firm Globalstar and testing took place…

1 Out of Every 3 Digital Media Minutes is Consumed

Mobile Internet usage accounts for one out of every three digital media minutes consumed, according to the August 2013 BrightEdge Mobile Share Analysis . The analysis also revealed that mobile traffic jumped 125% over the course of H1 2012 to H1 2013 while desktop traffic only grew by 12%. Software/technology, financial services and real estate were the big winners…

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