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Building Roads That Generate Power From Passing Traffic

Tuesday

Researchers are looking at advanced materials for roads and pavements that could generate electricity from passing traffic. Engineers from Lancaster University are working on smart materials such as “piezolectric” ceramics that, when embedded in road surfaces, would be able to harvest and convert vehicle vibration into electrical energy. The research project, led by Professor Mohamed Saafi, will design and optimize energy recovery of around one to two Megawatts per kilometer under “normal” traffic volumes—which is around 2,000



What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You—Guidance for Risk Analyses Under the HIPAA Security Rule

Tuesday

The need to protect patient information from unauthorized disclosure is nothing new for healthcare providers. However, healthcare providers cannot adequately protect the security and integrity of their patients’ information if they do not first know what threats they face. A string of recent enforcement actions and corresponding high-dollar settlements with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) demonstrates that the agency takes threat identification and prevention seriously. Accordingly, covered entities



Biometrics Will Radically Alter Driving Experience

Tuesday

The media has focused much attention on electric and autonomous vehicles as the automotive industry steers toward wider adoption of those technologies. There is another exciting development happening with automobiles that is just starting to see the light of day: in-car biometrics. Biometrics is a technology that measures a person’s fingerprints, facial features and other unique characteristics in order to verify one’s identity. This technology already exists in activity trackers, or wearable devices, that monitor a person’s heart



Stalls, Fires, Deadly Air Bags and Seat-Back Failures Among Auto Safety Issues This Month

Tuesday

In the first two weeks of September auto safety danger includes stalls, fires, deadly air bags and seat-back failures, according to reports filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Car fires, seat backs that may break, air bags that could shoot metal shards into the occupant compartment and seat belts that may fail are among safety actions during the first two weeks of the month, according to the NHTSA. Smart car fires Federal safety regulators are



Why Facebook’s AI Glitch Is Scary for Companies

Tuesday

The recent news that Facebook temporarily suspended its artificial intelligence (AI) program when the bots within this program started chatting to each other in a strange language only they understood, has reignited the debate on the potential dangers of AI. Several media outlets have jumped on this news with predictions that AI will become independent and pose a threat to mankind. In reality, however, the development was more of a human error rather than any kind



Michelin North America Recalls Pilot Power 3 Replacement Sport Motorcycle Tires

Monday

Michelin North America Incorporated, a subsidiary of Michelin, is recalling a certain number of Pilot Power 3 replacement sport motorcycle tires. The recalled tires are of size 180/55ZR17 (73W), manufactured between April 17, 2016 and May 7, 2016. The company is recalling the tires because they are missing the required maximum load and corresponding inflation pressure information on the sidewall. As such, these tires fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number



Visualizing the Future Through Experiential Learning

Monday

The following information was released by the Government of Canada: Patients will benefit from a new perioperative simulation (PeriopSim) application that will better equip medical teams with skills for surgery as a result of a $250,000 investment from the Government of Canada. Direct support from the federal government is playing a key role in the growth of small and medium-sized businesses by enabling them to bring technology to market, expand their revenue base and create more



IBM, Microsoft and GS1 Will Create Supply-Line Blockchain Standards

Monday

On September 13, 2017, Microsoft, IBM, and nonprofit global business communication standards company GS1 announced a collaborative effort to integrate GS1 standards into supply chain-based blockchain applications. For decades, GS1 has informed global commerce, making history on June 26, 1974, by putting a barcode on a pack of chewing gum. Today, over 40 years later, GS1’s global data and identification standards encompass protocols that work with blockchain technology, allowing for logistic documentation to take place on



How Artificial Intelligence Is Impacting the Service Industry

Monday

Every single day, millions of dollars are being spent in call centers simply to answer repeated questions, thousands of times over and over again. Let us see how artificial intelligence (AI) is going to affect IT service management. In this age of AI, managers at all levels need to accept that a significant chunk of their jobs might be done better and more efficiently by machines. Researchers conducted surveys and found that managers at all levels



Ford’s Push for Driverless Vehicle Safety Includes a Man Pretending to Be a Car Seat

Monday

Andy Schaudt is an invisible man. He is wearing a “seat suit” to make it look like his Ford Transit Connect van is driving itself. His bespectacled face is obscured by a fake headrest hood. His torso is tucked behind custom-sewn upholstery armor, like the pads protecting a Yankees catcher but in meticulously chosen black and stone leather hues to mirror Ford’s usual inanimate seats. The automaker is trying to devise a “standard visual language” so its self-driving



New Technology Helps Machines Understand Emotions in Human Speech

Friday

Affectiva, the startup that spun out of the MIT Media Lab several years ago with tools designed to understand facial emotions, announced a new cloud application programming interface (API) today that can detect a range of emotion in human speech. When we speak, our voices offer subtle and not so subtle cues about our emotions. Whether our voices are tight or loud or soft can give valuable clues about our feelings. Humans can sometimes (although not



TomTom Launches Real-Time EV Charging Service to Combat Range Anxiety

Friday

TomTom announced an innovative new service for drivers of electric vehicles (EV). It’s called the TomTom EV Service, and it has been developed to help EV drivers to make informed decisions about when and where to charge their vehicles, reducing range anxiety. The TomTom EV Service provides real-time availability for charging points, as well as other essential information such as opening hours, payment methods, plug types and more. The real-time availability information is sourced from market



Lupin Recalls 12,888 Bottles of Ulcer Drug in U.S.

Friday

Drug firm Lupin’s U.S. arm, Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc., is recalling 12,888 bottles of Famotidine for oral suspension used in treatment of ulcers from the American market. The reason for the recall is current Good Manufacturing Practice deviations, U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in its latest Enforcement Report. Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. is recalling 12,888 bottles of Famotidine for oral suspension USP, 40 mg/5 ml, 50 ml bottle, manufactured by Lupin Ltd at its Goa facility,



Home Depot Charged $5.7 Million Civil Penalty for Knowingly Selling Recalled Products

Friday

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) announced on August 29 it has provisionally agreed with Home Depot U.S.A. Inc. to a $5.7 million settlement of allegations that the retailer unlawfully sold recalled products over a four-year period. The settlement will almost certainly become final once The Commission considers public comments as required by its rules. The CPSC staff alleges in the settlement agreement that Home Depot “knowingly” sold or distributed approximately 2,816 units of 33



Hospitals Could Save $23 Billion Annually by Streamlining Supply Chain Operations, Product Use

Friday

Hospitals nationwide could reduce annual supply expenses by approximately $23 billion in aggregate through improvements in supply chain operations, processes, and product use, according to a Navigant analysis of more than 2,300 hospitals. This represents a 17.8% average total supply expense reduction opportunity, or up to $9.9 million a year per hospital—an amount equivalent to the annual salaries of 150 registered nurses, or the cost of 4,000 cardiac defibrillators or five Da Vinci robots. The analysis



Swimsuits Recalled; Snaps Can Pose Choking Hazard

Thursday

Wave Zone children’s swimsuits, sold exclusively at Meijer stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin from January 2017 through July 2017 for about $14. The snaps on the swimsuit can detach, posing a choking hazard to the child. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled swimsuits and return them to the customer-service desk at any Meijer store for a full refund. For more information, consumers can contact Meijer at 800-927-8699 anytime or online at www.meijer.com. Click



Sewage Leaks at Hospital that Treats Nation’s Leaders

Thursday

Sewage that leaks down the walls and on the operating room floors is among the many problems at the go-to hospital for Congress and the White House, according to interviews and documents obtained by USA TODAY. The D.C. Health Department is investigating the leaks at MedStar Washington Hospital Center after the department received a complaint. The problems included the room where Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., had his last surgery after being shot at a congressional baseball



U.S. Updates Self-Driving Car Guidelines as More Hit the Road

Thursday

The Trump administration on Tuesday unveiled updated safety guidelines for self-driving cars aimed at clearing barriers for automakers and tech companies wanting to get test vehicles on the road. The new voluntary guidelines announced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao update policies issued last fall by the Obama administration, which were also largely voluntary. Chao emphasized that the guidelines aren’t meant to force automakers to use certain technology or meet stringent requirements. Instead, they’re designed to clarify



AI Could Be a Game-Changer for Physicians and Their Patients

Thursday

Automation might make some physicians nervous. But even as the debate rages over whether machines could or should “replace” doctors, artificial intelligence (AI) continues to gain ground in the healthcare industry. AI could change the way medicine is practiced and ultimately free up doctors to spend more time with their patients, said Paul Balagot, chief experience officer at Precisioneffect, a California healthcare marketing and advertising agency that focuses on scientific advances in some of its campaigns. “It’s



Federal Probe Finds Tesla’s Autopilot Contributed to Fatal Crash

Thursday

A federal investigation has found that Tesla’s Autopilot is partly to blame in the fatal crash of a Model S last year. Joshua Brown was killed in May 2016 when his Tesla crashed into a tractor-trailer in Florida while the self-driving software was active. Brown had not tried to control the car in two minutes, and the Autopilot didn’t brake to avoid the collision. The Tesla Autopilot wasn’t designed for the road Brown was driving on, and



Insulin Over-Delivery Risk Prompts Medtronic to Issue Global Recall

Wednesday

Medtronic is recalling specific lots of MiniMed infusion sets after learning of the risk of insulin overdelivery. The global, voluntary recall affects older insulin pump infusion sets that featured a vent membrane susceptible to blockage and consequently to overdelivery of insulin. Patient field reports and a root cause analysis suggest overdelivery of insulin occurs shortly after an infusion set change if the vent membrane becomes blocked during the priming process. Medtronic thinks such blockages happen when



Disney Frozen Socks Recalled Over Cancer Fears

Wednesday

A line of Disney Frozen socks have been recalled by their manufacturer due to concerns that it may contain a cancer-causing chemical. Fashion manufacturer Lindex say that they have discovered that the Disney Frozen 3-pack socks—the ones with the Anna motif—do not meet safety requirements. The socks—with article number 833 7410285 5170 1611—contain a substance that is on the Lindex list of restricted chemicals. The chemical in question breaks down to substances that are suspected to be carcinogenic. The



23andMe Wants to Develop Drugs Based On Your DNA

Wednesday

The company popularizing at-home saliva kits just received a massive investment to further develop drugs based on user DNA. 23andMe, a genetics testing startup, announced on Tuesday it banked a $250 million funding round from Sequoia Capital. The Silicon Valley venture capitalist firm has backed companies like Google, Instagram, and Airbnb. The company is most known for collecting the spit of customers in exchange for information about their genetic history, health, and physical traits based on their



Automotive AI Market Worth $10.5 Billion By 2025

Wednesday

The automotive artificial intelligence (AI) market is expected to be valued at $ 782.9 million in 2017 and is expected to reach $10,573.3 million by 2025, at a CAGR of 38.46% between 2017 and 2025, according to the “Automotive Artificial Intelligence Market—Global Forecast to 2025.” The increasing government regulations for vehicle safety, growing adoption of ADAS technology by OEMs, and rising demand for enhanced user experience play a significant role in the growth of the automotive



Tesla Boosts Car Battery Power During Irma, Raising Questions of Control

Wednesday

Tesla drivers in Florida got an unexpected assist this weekend as they scrambled to evade Hurricane Irma. Owners of certain Model S sedans and Model X SUVs noticed that the battery capacity of their electric cars had increased, giving them as much as 40 extra miles of range to outrun the deluge. Range anxiety—the fear that an electric vehicle will run out of charge before reaching its destination—can be magnified in emergency situations. Tesla confirmed that it



Lyft Partners With Drive.ai to Offer Self-Driving Rides

Tuesday

Ride-hailing start-up Lyft may soon be picking up passengers in self-driving cars owned and powered by tech start-up Drive.ai, the two companies announced Thursday. When the program starts around Drive.ai’s Mountain View headquarters, about 10 cars outfitted with the company’s sensors and software will become a part of Lyft’s free self-driving service, although passengers who are assigned an autonomous Lyft can opt out. “The purpose here is to see how passengers interact with autonomous vehicles, as well



Canada’s Immigration Department Tries Out a New Concept—Customer Service

Tuesday

What began as a friendly challenge between immigration officials and university students has brought on a fundamental shift in how the Immigration Department deals with applicants. For example, now when people contact the department’s Montreal-based client support center for help, the first thing they hear is no longer a warning that disgruntled callers should not verbally abuse the agent. People also won’t be brushed away quickly for their questions simply because their application has not reached the



DHL Supply Chain and Huawei Opt for IoT to Boost Automotive Manufacturing Efficiency

Tuesday

DHL Supply Chain has teamed up with Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies to launch an Internet of Things (IoT) trial project at an automotive manufacturing facility in Liuzhou, China. The narrowband (NB) IoT investment will look to facilitate and streamline yard management for inbound-to-manufacturing logistics, leading to significant improvements in inbound processing time at the site and will run until the end of September, involving 100 DHL drivers at 30 loading docks. DHL Supply Chain Greater China



Public Warned Against Buying Vaccines From Unauthorized Online Sellers

Tuesday

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday warned the public against purchasing Japanese encephalitis vaccines and other vaccines that are sold by unauthorized distributors or retailers online. In its Advisory No. 2017-265, the FDA said it has received reports that these vaccines, which may be non-compliant with FDA standards, are available in social media and websites. It noted that all establishments that sell vaccines and other drug products must secure a license to operate or



Artificial Intelligence Actually Creating Jobs, Says Capgemini Report

Tuesday

Consulting services leader, Capgemini, has announced the results of a study of over 1,000 organizations with revenues exceeding $500 million that are implementing artificial intelligence (AI), and what changes that has made. The research in “Turning AI Into Concrete Value: The Successful Implementers’ Toolkit” shows that businesses need not fear loss of jobs, as 83% of respondents say AI has actually generated new roles, and also highlights growth opportunities; 75% of firms have seen a