Tech Insights
Sep. 17, 2014

Medical calculators use big data to help patients make choices
The Wall Street Journal
Doctors and patients are crunching big data together using a simple calculator that helps the patients make informed medical decisions. Physicians have long relied on a range of resources — including medical literature, their own research and experience, and pure gut feelings — to give patients an idea of their chances with different treatments and procedures. Cancer patients, for instance, are generally classified into stages based on how much cancer there is and how far it has spread, with treatment prescribed accordingly. More

Will artificial hearts be next big thing in medtech?
EE Times
It's too early to tell, but the total artificial heart might be the next potential medtech goldmine. Shares of artificial heart-maker Carmat climbed nearly 20 percent in midday trading Sept. 5 amidst recently confirmed rumors that the company's technology had been successfully implanted in the second human patient.More

Uniting for STEM Scholarships tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 18
On Thursday, Sept. 18, thousands of North Texas are expected to make donations to their favorite charities as part of North Texas Giving Day, one of the nation's largest online fund raising events. This year for the first time, the Metroplex Technology Business Council is joining forces with North Texas Giving Day, hoping to raise funds for the MTBC STEM fund.More

Brookings study: Dallas a magnet for foreign students — many with STEM skills
Dallas Business Journal
Dallas-Fort Worth ranks among the top areas in the country for attracting foreign students and retaining students who study science, technology, engineering or math, according to a new Brookings Institution report.More

With tech taking over in schools, worries rise
The New York Times
At a New York state elementary school, teachers can use a behavior-monitoring app to compile information on which children have positive attitudes and which act out. In Georgia, some high school cafeterias are using a biometric identification system to let students pay for lunch by scanning the palms of their hands at the checkout line. And across the country, school sports teams are using social media sites for athletes to exchange contact information and game locations.More

Future of the enterprise: Heavy investment in Internet of Things security
Gartner says over 20 percent of enterprises will have digital security services for business initiatives using Internet of Things devices by 2017. The research firm said by the end of 2017, over 20 percent of enterprises will recognize the need to protect business units that use Internet of Things devices, and as a result, will be required to invest more heavily in security.More

Creating world-changing companies requires exploring the unknown
Business Insider
Every one of today's most famous and familiar ideas was once unknown and unsuspected. The mathematical relationship between a triangle's sides, for example, was secret for millennia. Pythagoras had to think hard to discover it. If you wanted in on Pythagoras's new discovery, joining his strange vegetarian cult was the best way to learn about it.More

C-Level executives seeing big results from big data
An overwhelming majority of executives from companies that have brought big data projects to production are pleased with the results, according to new research by Accenture Digital. However, they also cite security as the major challenge they face.More

Beyond passwords: Taking cybersecurity to the next level
The password has failed. That ubiquitous annoyance of the digital age — the computer password — has proved itself to be profoundly unsafe. People forget them, or worse, use the same one over and over, for everything from buying a book on to protecting a bank account. Hackers half a planet away steal them by the thousands, if not millions. More

5G rise slowed by cost, regulation
EE Times
Governments around the world must agree to release spectrum in harmonized millimeter wave bands for 5G cellular services, according to a leading researcher in the field. The U.S. has taken some, but not enough, steps in this direction, said Theodore Rappaport, director of NYU Wireless here.More

UTA-developed nanotechnology aids in cooling electrons without external sources
BioNews Texas
A University of Texas at Arlington research team has discovered a nanotechnology to cool electrons to minus 228 degrees Celcius without external means and at room temperature, an advancement UTA claims could enable electronic devices to function with very little energy.More

UNT, UTD make list of best computer-science degrees
Remember all those grueling hours combing through code for that one tiny bug? Or turning a project in seconds before the professor's deadline after staying up all night, fueled by NoDoz, Doritos and Mountain Dew? It was all worth it, right? Apparently it's been more worth it for those who choose wisely when selecting their institutions of higher learning.More

Little Elm ISD opens doors to Prestwick STEM Academy
The Tribute
Little Elm ISD announced it has opened the doors to the new Prestwick Science, Technology, Engineering and Math K-8 Academy, one of the first of its kind in Texas. Acting Superintendent of Schools Matthew Gutierrez says the first two weeks of school at the STEM Academy was smooth and seamless.More

Collin College makes girls a priority at robotics camp
An astronaut is stranded on a lonely planet. It's your job to save him. Go.That was the premise given to young women in grades seven through 10 who attended Collin College's All-Girls Robotics Camp held July 15-17 at the Spring Creek Campus. In this scenario, the astronaut was a foam block and had to be saved through the use of a camera robot. With a large sheet between the girls and the playing field, they only saw what the camera did. More