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Jun. 19, 2013

FDA raises concerns about the cybersecurity of medical devices
The FDA has raised concerns about the vulnerability of medical devices to cyberattack. In one dramatic instance, reported by the Wall Street Journal, a Veterans Affairs catheterization laboratory in New Jersey was temporarily closed after malware infected the lab's computer devices.More

Dallas organization that empowers startups to host open house
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center is dedicated to creating a central location within the Dallas community for startups. Come see how this organization empowers entrepreneurs at an open house scheduled for June 26, 1333 N. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 110 in Dallas. Co-founder and CEO Trey Bowles will give a brief presentation followed by a Q-and-A session. Please RSVP in advance, as space is limited.More

New and renewing members
Thank you to the MTBC members who either joined or renewed their memberships. Our members are the lifeline of our organization and serve to make us stronger and more successful. We hope you will join us in welcoming these new members, doing business with them and referring other members to the MTBC.More

Are robots the next big app platform?
One of the biggest drivers of success in the smartphone realm has been opening up the various mobile operating systems to developers via software development kits. Thanks to these kits — as well as software that takes those kits and makes it still easier to program apps — the market for smartphone apps have exploded.More

States scramble to attract suddenly hot cybersecurity firms
Government Technology
As data dragnets and information breaches dominate the news, states are scrambling to cash in on a rapidly expanding business sector by offering tax incentives to firms that protect sensitive information from outside attacks. While ordinary Americans wonder if their private phone calls and emails are being monitored by their government, businesses are concerned that proprietary and sensitive business information could be stolen by competitors — at home and from overseas.More

10 useful science and engineering search engines
EE Times
When Kristin Lewotsky started using the Internet, she considered it a waste of time. Now, she spends 10 hours a day on the Internet doing her job. The root of her early problems with the Internet was ineffective search engines. In honor of that, Lewotsky is presenting a list of science and technology-based search engines that do an effective job of ferreting out information.More

Miss America: High schools squelch natural curiosity of children
U.S. News & World Report
Toddlers are natural scientists. They observe, analyze and experiment to solve problems. But somewhere along the way, that curiosity is squashed, according to experts speaking at the 2013 U.S. News STEM Solutions conference in Austin, Texas. "Schools aren't supporting these tendencies ... instead they educate them out of children," said Christine Cunningham, vice president of the Museum of Science in Boston.More

The 10 cities with the most STEM job openings right now (Dallas No. 10)
The job market may not be recovering fast enough for the 11.8 million unemployed Americans, but there is hope for thousands of jobless STEM professionals in major metro areas across the country. Forbes and online job search engine have teamed up to compile a list of the 10 cities with the highest number of available STEM positions, which are occupations that require an education in science, technology, engineering or mathematics disciplines.More

China boasts fastest supercomputer
A Chinese supercomputer brought online two years ahead of schedule has grabbed the top spot on the semiannual Top500 list of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. Tianhe-2, or Milky Way-2 in English, will be deployed at the National Supercomputer Center in China by the end of this year.More

Best supercomputers still not best for big data
IEEE Spectrum
Recently, China reclaimed the distinction of running the world's fastest supercomputer. But in its ability to search vast data sets, says Richard Murphy — senior architect of advanced memory systems at Micron Technology, in Boise, Idaho — the 3 million-core machine is not nearly as singular. And it's that ability that's required to solve many of the most important and controversial big data problems in high-performance computing, including those at the recently revealed PRISM program, at the National Security Agency.More

Nanotechnology researchers 3-D print microbatteries for implants and tiny robots
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard via Nanowerk News
3-D printing can now be used to print lithium-ion microbatteries the size of a grain of sand. The printed microbatteries could supply electricity to tiny devices in fields from medicine to communications, including many that have lingered on lab benches for lack of a battery small enough to fit the device, yet provide enough stored energy to power them.More

Nanotechnology-based sensor identifies scent of melanoma
Monell Chemical Senses Center via Nanowerk News
According to new research from the Monell Center and collaborating institutions, odors from human skin cells can be used to identify melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. In addition to detecting a unique odor signature associated with melanoma cells, the researchers also demonstrated that a nanotechnology-based sensor could reliably differentiate melanoma cells from normal skin cells. The findings suggest that noninvasive odor analysis may be a valuable technique in the detection and early diagnosis of human melanoma.More

10 tools to beat email overload
New tools and services promise to help you put more love into your love-hate relationship with email. In this article, InformationWeek editors check out the contenders.More

Method creates atomic-scale semiconductors
An inexpensive material that can be "grown" in layers only one-atom thick has yielded atomic-scale semiconductor thin films. The technique could be applied to make these devices wide enough to coat wafers that are 2 inches wide or larger.More

Defending NSA PRISM's big data tools
It's understandable that democracy-loving citizens everywhere are outraged by the idea that the U.S. government has backdoor access to digital details surrounding email messages, phone conversations, video chats, social networks and more on the servers of mainstream service providers.More

Commentary: Is NSA showing real cost of big data?
USA Today
The Washington Post and The Guardian recently ran stories about the NSA, revealing the agency's forays into big data and its attempts to acquire ever-larger quantities of that data off of corporate servers. The big revelation was PRISM, a partnership with American tech companies through which they provided the government with, if not a backdoor, at least a back window. This information was leaked to the media by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who argued that "the public needs to decide whether these programs and policies are right or wrong."More

Data is worthless if you don't communicate it
Harvard Business Review
There is a pressing need for more businesspeople who can think quantitatively and make decisions based on data and analysis, and businesspeople who can do so will become increasingly valuable. According to a McKinsey Global Institute report on big data, we'll need over 1.5 million more data-savvy managers to take advantage of all the data we generate. More

Big data is not enough
Predictive Analytics Times
Big data is the big buzz word in the world of analytics today. According to Google trends, searches for big data have been growing exponentially since 2010, though it perhaps is beginning to level off. Or take a look on for books with big data in the title sometime: The publication dates, for the most part, are in 2012 or 2013.More

10 tools to beat email overload
New tools and services promise to help you put more love into your love-hate relationship with email. In this article, InformationWeek editors check out the contenders.More

4 ways to make smarter decisions
Decision-making is critical in a business, and entrepreneurs often pride themselves on decisiveness. But as Chip Heath, a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and McKinsey consultant Olivier Sibony discussed recently in McKinsey Quarterly, decision-making in businesses is often poor because of both personal and systemic problems. For a smarter and more effective business, consider these four points from the discussion.More