Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Pentagon's plan to defend the power grid against hackers



By , Staff writer
The Christian Science Monitor

The Pentagon's advanced research wing is looking for ways to safeguard America's most critical assets from attacks on the Internet – a network it helped create.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which pioneered much of the technology underpinning the Internet, is planning to invest $77 million over the next four years to develop methods to help utilities detect and recover from cyberattacks, which experts say is a growing threat to small and large power operators alike.

"What we’re really looking at is a high-impact, low probability event," says John Everett, program manager at the Information and Innovation Office at DARPA who is overseeing the initiative. But, says Dr. Everett, "DARPA’s mission is to create and prevent technological surprises."

Read more:  http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Passcode/2016/0125/The-Pentagon-s-plan-to-defend-the-power-grid-against-hackers




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Monday, January 11, 2016

Twitter 140-Character Limit About to Change




By Kurt Wagner
Re / Code
January 5, 2016, 8:47 AM PST


Longer tweets are coming soon to Twitter.

Twitter is building a new feature that will allow users to tweet things longer than the traditional 140-character limit, and the company is targeting a launch date toward the end of Q1, according to multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans. Twitter is currently considering a 10,000 character limit, according to these sources. That’s the same character limit the company uses for its Direct Messages product, so it isn’t a complete surprise.

There is no official launch date set in stone, these sources say. It’s also possible the character limit could fluctuate before it rolls out the final product, which people inside Twitter refer to as “Beyond 140.” Re/code first reported that Twitter was building a product like this back in September. A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment.

Read more:  http://recode.net/2016/01/05/twitter-considering-10000-character-limit-for-tweets/






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Martian concrete made from
materials only on the Red planet



January 7, 2016
by Bob Yirka

(Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with Northwestern University has created a type of concrete made only from materials found on Mars, which suggests it could be used as a building material for those who make the journey to the Red planet sometime in the distant future. The trio, Lin Wan, Roman Wendner and Gianluca Cusatis, have written a paper describing their efforts and results and have posted it on the preprint server arXiv.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-01-martian-concrete-materials-red-planet.html#jCp
(Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with Northwestern University has created a type of concrete made only from materials found on Mars, which suggests it could be used as a building material for those who make the journey to the Red planet sometime in the distant future. The trio, Lin Wan, Roman Wendner and Gianluca Cusatis, have written a paper describing their efforts and results and have posted it on the preprint server arXiv.

Read more: http://phys.org/news/2016-01-martian-concrete-materials-red-planet.html



(Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with Northwestern University has created a type of concrete made only from materials found on Mars, which suggests it could be used as a building material for those who make the journey to the Red planet sometime in the distant future. The trio, Lin Wan, Roman Wendner and Gianluca Cusatis, have written a paper describing their efforts and results and have posted it on the preprint server arXiv.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-01-martian-concrete-materials-red-planet.html#jCp
(Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with Northwestern University has created a type of concrete made only from materials found on Mars, which suggests it could be used as a building material for those who make the journey to the Red planet sometime in the distant future. The trio, Lin Wan, Roman Wendner and Gianluca Cusatis, have written a paper describing their efforts and results and have posted it on the preprint server arXiv.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-01-martian-concrete-materials-red-planet.html#jCp
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Motorola brand to cease to exist

Motorola, the brand which invented the mobile phone, brought us the iconic “Motorola brick”, and gave us both the first flip-phone and the iconic Razr, is to cease to exist.

Bought from Google by the Chinese smartphone and laptop powerhouse Lenovo in January 2014, Motorola had found success over the past two years. It launched the Moto G in early 2014, which propelled the brand, which had all but disappeared after the Razr, from a near-0% market share to 6% of sales in the UK.


Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jan/08/motorola-brand-killed-off-lenovo



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Invest Atlanta CEO asked to resign | www.ajc.com






AJC.COM
9:58 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 | Filed in: Politics

Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration confirmed on Wednesday that Craig Richard, the head of Invest Atlanta, has resigned from his post.

On Tuesday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Richard, who joined the agency in late 2014, was asked to resign from his position this week, according to multiple people with close ties to the organization. Reed is the chairman of the Invest Atlanta board.

Read More:  http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/invest-atlanta-ceo-asked-to-resign/npyFZ/


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Saturday, January 9, 2016

City of Atlanta, What Is I1?



by C. Henry Adams


While growing up in the western portion of the City of Atlanta during the 1970's and 1980's;  I was always told that in order to go somewhere in life, one should know from whence they came...

I can hear or should I say imagine someone out there in the World saying,  "Say what? What are you saying, C. Henry!?  I know where I come from, your comment does not make any sense. Please expound?"

OK, basically this cliche or words of wisdom in the simplest format, identifies the fact that an individual should know, be aware of and understand their own history.  In my professional opinion, regarding the background of the place or places to which you developed into an adult, you should also apply these words of wisdom when reflecting on the study of past events.

That being said, I grew up in the Community of Collier Heights; located in Atlanta, Georgia USA and in the Neighborhood that I've often described as a 'Modern Day Tribe' called, Kevin Heights Neighborhood.

In or around 1961 before I was born, the City of Atlanta Government (City of Atlanta Department of Planning) issued a booklet which outline and describe Collier Heights the Community.

At this particular time, William B. Hartsfield was the Mayor.

Americans of African descent were thriving and growing in the City of Atlanta.   The Community of Collier Heights was there before Interstate 20 and Interstate 285 fully developed.  In fact, according to the 1961 booklet mentioned above;  the Interstates actually divided the Collier Heights Community into (4) four quadrants. Its economic status consist of Wealthy, Middle-Class and Low-Income Citizens mostly of African American Descent located on the western portion of the City of Atlanta.

On May 15th 2009, the US National Register of Historical Places only identified one (1) quadrant of 4 as the Historical Collier Heights.   Some would guess because of the King Family and other wealthy families who were influential while living in that particular area.

The City of Atlanta is mostly located in Fulton County, Georgia.

In 1960, according to the US Census, there were 556,326 people living in Fulton County, Georgia.

By 1990, the number of people living in Fulton County, Georgia increased to 648,951.

Also in 1990, the number of people increased dwelling in surrounding Cobb County, Georgia (447,745), Douglas County (71,120), Clayton County (182,052), Dekalb County (545,837), Gwinnett County (352,910) and Henry County (58,741).

However, by 2014, it was estimated that 996,319 people lived in Fulton County, Georgia.

In 2014, it was estimated that 730,981 people lived in Cobb County, Georgia.

In 2014, it was estimated that 138,776 people lived in Douglas County, Georgia.


In 2014, it was estimated that 267,542 people lived in Clayton County, Georgia.

In 2014, it was estimated that 722,161 people lived in Dekalb County, Georgia.

In 2014, it was estimated that 877,922 people lived in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

In 2014, it was estimated that 213,869 people lived in Henry County, Georgia.

The growth of the City of Atlanta is very prevalent.  So much to the degree, bottle-necking on the major roads to which are technically no longer free is very obvious.

What was once Collier Heights Community Quadrant 2 ( I1 as seen in Image 2* below. ) near the intersection of I-20 and I-285 to the west of the City of Atlanta; has somehow lost its Neighborhood Names on the City of Atlanta Maps here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3zMnOB0CuuBMEI1aTdRZHFieFk/view?usp=sharing

Therefore, we respectfully ask; City of Atlanta, what is I1?

http://www.atlantaga.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=2702

http://www.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=758af081025b4ac3b0d7199dbc48e812

http://gis.atlantaga.gov/gishome/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=14&Itemid=49


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                                                   Image 2*


Well, these are my thoughts.  What might you say?  Thanks for reading my commentary.  We greatly appreciate you.









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Monday, January 4, 2016

T cells that recognize HER2 teceptor may prevent HER2+ breast cancer recurrence



December 30th 2015

Medical Xpress

Recurrence of HER2-positive breast cancer after treatment may be due to a specific and possibly cancer-induced weakness in the patient's immune system—a weakness that in principle could be corrected with a HER2-targeted vaccine—according to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Results of the study show that T cells from patients whose breast cancer had recently recurred showed far weaker response to the HER2 receptor protein, compared to T cells from patients whose breast cancer had not recurred over a long period following treatment. The study, published in JAMA Oncology this week, suggests that patients with HER2-positive breast cancer—which accounts for roughly 20 percent of the 260,000 invasive breast cancers diagnosed in the US each year—might someday undergo immune status monitoring with blood tests before, during and after treatment, to allow physicians to gauge the risk of recurrence, and possibly to reduce that risk with therapies that boost anti-HER2 immunity.

Read more:  http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-12-cells-her2-teceptor-breast-cancer.html




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