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Artificial intelligence may not actually be the solution for stopping the spread of fake news – The Conversation CA

Disinformation has been used in warfare and military strategy over time. But it is undeniably being intensified by the use of smart technologies and social media. This is because these communication technologies provide a relatively low-cost, low-barrier way to disseminate information basically anywhere.

The million-dollar question then is: Can this technologically produced problem of scale and reach also be solved using technology?

Indeed, the continuous development of new technological solutions, such as artificial intelligence (AI), may provide part of the solution.

Technology companies and social media enterprises are working on the automatic detection of fake news through natural language processing, machine learning and network analysis. The idea is that an algorithm will identify information as fake news, and rank it lower to decrease the probability of users encountering it.

From a psychological perspective, repeated exposure to the same piece of information makes it likelier for someone to believe it. When AI detects disinformation and reduces the frequency of its circulation, this can break the cycle of reinforced information consumption patterns.

However, AI detection still remains unreliable. First, current detection is based on the assessment of text (content) and its social network to determine its credibility. Despite determining the origin of the sources and the dissemination pattern of fake news, the fundamental problem lies within how AI verifies the actual nature of the content.

Theoretically speaking, if the amount of training data is sufficient, the AI-backed classification model would be able to interpret whether an article contains fake news or not. Yet the reality is that making such distinctions requires prior political, cultural and social knowledge, or common sense, which natural language processing algorithms still lack.

Read more: An AI expert explains why it's hard to give computers something you take for granted: Common sense

In addition, fake news can be highly nuanced when it is deliberately altered to appear as real news but containing false or manipulative information, as a pre-print study shows.

Classification analysis is also heavily influenced by the theme AI often differentiates topics, rather than genuinely the content of the issue to determine its authenticity. For example, articles related to COVID-19 are more likely to be labelled as fake news than other topics.

One solution would be to employ people to work alongside AI to verify the authenticity of information. For instance, in 2018, the Lithuanian defence ministry developed an AI program that flags disinformation within two minutes of its publication and sends those reports to human specialists for further analysis.

A similar approach could be taken in Canada by establishing a national special unit or department to combat disinformation, or supporting think tanks, universities and other third parties to research AI solutions for fake news.

Controlling the spread of fake news may, in some instances, be considered censorship and a threat to freedom of speech and expression. Even a human may have a hard time judging whether information is fake or not. And so perhaps the bigger question is: Who and what determine the definition of fake news? How do we ensure that AI filters will not drag us into the false positive trap, and incorrectly label information as fake because of its associated data?

An AI system for identifying fake news may have sinister applications. Authoritarian governments, for example, may use AI as an excuse to justify the removal of any articles or to prosecute individuals not in favour of the authorities. And so, any deployment of AI and any relevant laws or measurements that emerge from its application will require a transparent system with a third party to monitor it.

Future challenges remain as disinformation especially when associated with foreign intervention is an ongoing issue. An algorithm invented today may not be able to detect future fake news.

For example, deep fakes which are highly realistic and difficult-to-detect digital manipulation of audio or video are likely to play a bigger role in future information warfare. And disinformation spread via messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Signal are becoming more difficult to track and intercept because of end-to-end encryption.

A recent study showed that 50 per cent of the Canadian respondents received fake news through private messaging apps regularly. Regulating this would require striking a balance between privacy, individual security and the clampdown of disinformation.

While it is definitely worth allocating resources to combating disinformation using AI, caution and transparency are necessary given the potential ramifications. New technological solutions, unfortunately, may not be a silver bullet.

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Digital Transformation 2021: 5G Technology and Solutions for IoT, Artificial Intelligence in Big Data Analytics and IoT, Digital Twins Market Sizing…

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Digital Transformation 2021: 5G, AI, Big Data Analytics, Blockchain, Cloud and Mobile Edge Computing, Connected and Wearable Devices, Cybersecurity, Digital Twins, Identity Management, IoT, Robotics, Smart Cities, Teleoperation and Virtual Reality" report has been added to's offering.

This research evaluates key technologies involved in digital transformation including 5G, AI, Big Data Analytics, Blockchain, Cloud and Mobile Edge Computing, Connected and Wearable Devices, Cybersecurity, Digital Twins and Teleoperation, IoT, Robotics, Smart Cities, and Virtual Reality solutions. These technologies will all be germane to the evolution of many areas important to enterprise and industrial organizations including internal and external processes, products and services, virtualization, OSS/BSS, and more.

This is the most comprehensive research available anywhere that evaluates each of these technologies and assesses their convergence and integration opportunities. The research provides a wide-ranging view into the ecosystem including companies, strategies, and solutions for each technical domain as well as cross-domain implementation and operations. It provides detailed forecasts by application and service, use case, and industry vertical.

The enterprise and industrial sectors are rapidly digitizing their products and services including software-controlled and virtualized infrastructure as well as leveraging next-generation connectivity, signaling, and automated decision-making algorithms. This will have a profound effect on both overall strategic positioning and day-to-day tactical operations. New technologies and tools are being rapidly integrated into production and service systems, which are facilitating the transformation of processes, creating new business opportunities, and enabling an overall smarter workplace for humans and machines alike.

Telecom infrastructure and services providers are also undergoing a massive transformation. For example, the combination of 5G and edge computing will transform wireless carrier operations and facilitate enhanced services, new applications, and completely new business models for mobile network operators. In addition, software-defined control and infrastructure virtualization are poised to transform network and service architecture thanks to improvements in technologies that offer improved performance and lower costs. As the border between cloud computing and network infrastructure continues to blur, so does the demarcation between the network as a whole and those network elements (servers, terminals, etc.) that comprise the network.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms enhance the ability of big data analytics and IoT platforms to provide value to each of these market segments. The combination of AI and the Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to dramatically accelerate the benefits of digital transformation for consumer, enterprise, industrial, and government market segments. The author sees the Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) as transformational for both technologies as AI adds value to IoT through machine learning and decision-making and IoT adds value to AI through connectivity and data exchange.

AIoT solutions dramatically accelerate the benefits of digital transformation for consumer, enterprise, industrial, and government market segments. The use of AI for decision-making in IoT and data analytics will be crucial for efficient and effective smart city solutions in terms of decision-making. 5G provides substantial bandwidth were needed as well as significantly lower latency for next-generation applications and services such as virtual reality-controlled teleoperation and other enhanced user interfaces.

The publisher sees smart cities providing significant opportunities for technology integration in support of highly customized, yet scalable services. There will be a positive feedback loop created and sustained by leveraging the interdependent capabilities of AI, IoT, and 5G (AIoT 5G). For example, AI will work in conjunction with IoT to substantially improve smart city supply chains. Metropolitan area supply chains represent complex systems of organizations, people, activities, information, and resources involved in moving a product or service from supplier to customer.

The Industrial IoT (IIoT) market is much more than the sum of its parts, but its parts alone can be daunting, especially considering how emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, and modified reality are being rapidly integrated into industrial processes. AI alone is anticipated to dramatically reduce costs and improve processes as well as facilitate completely new products and services that improve production, quality, and the producer-supplier relationship.

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Why Artificial Intelligence is Key to Community-Driven Threat Intelligence – ITPro Today

Date: Thursday, February 17th, 2022Time: 11:00 AM Eastern Standard TimeDuration: 1 hour

Community-driven threat intelligence is all about the collection of network information from a myriad of sources, open and proprietary. The variety and volumes of data mean that there is a lot of analysis to identify potential threats beyond the obvious signatures and known bad actors.

Zero-day threats and stealth attacks can be discovered through community-driven threat intelligence. Powerful artificially intelligent systems are needed to model and learn about the behaviors in the enormous data volumes to avoid event fatigue.

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Swerving prevention method prompts new patent for USF engineers – University of South Florida

In the midst of reviewing data for the final phase of a federally funded program to create and implement connected vehicle technology in downtown Tampa, researchers with the USF Center for Urban Transportation Research have been awarded a U.S. patent for their algorithm that detects one of the greatest roadway hazards swerving.

Sisinnio Concas, program director of Autonomous-Connected Mobility Evaluation at USF, has been working on the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Connected Vehicle Pilot, which launched in 2015. As part of the $22 million project funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 1,000 drivers volunteered to have their personal vehicles retrofitted with connected vehicle (CV) technology, allowing their vehicles to wirelessly communicate to roadside infrastructure and exchange information on traffic and other hazards that could affect pedestrian, vehicle and bicycle safety.

Through data evaluation, Concas and his team designed an algorithm that detects unwanted objects in the road and where theyre causing connected vehicles to swerve. This data can be transmitted to traffic monitoring centers in real-time up to 10 times per second which would allow dispatchers to rapidly deploy the proper agency such as transportation departments for debris removal and emergency responders in the case of a car crash.

Currently, the real-time reporting of roadway objects and incidents depends on drivers self-reporting, which is inefficient and unsafe as it may lead to distracted driving, Concas said. Finding the exact debris location can be challenging and adds to delays between notifications and actual removal.

Researchers created the algorithm through testing on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway Reversible Express Lanes. With assistance from the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA), they mimicked the presence of debris in the then-closed road by placing traffic cones. Using their own CV technology-equipped vehicles, the team found that they were able to accurately pinpoint the obstruction, regardless of speed, and automatically transmit that information to a remote server.

A tool that aids in the timely and cost-efficient locating and removal of roadway debris would help create a safer, more efficient roadway for our agency, said THEA Planning and Innovation Director Bob Frey.

During this last phase of the THEA CV Pilot, scheduled to conclude next year, researchers have been working with Honda, Hyundai and Toyota to test how the CV technology interacts with their hardware. Theyve been looking at a number of features, such as forward collision and red light violation warnings, wrong way entry and end or ramp deceleration warning. Concas hopes the auto manufacturers will consider incorporating his patented algorithm into their vehicles.

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Engineer’s bat-inspired artificial brain could improve submarine navigation – The Hub at Johns Hopkins

ByWick Eisenberg

The ability of bats to understand and use sound has always been essential to their survival. Though these winged creatures have eyes, they rely heavily on echolocation, which means that they use the echoes of sounds they produce themselves to navigate their environment and understand where they and other objectsand creaturesare.

Using that fast-flying nocturnal animal's ability as a model, Sangwook Park, a postdoctoral fellow in the Whiting School of Engineering's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is creating a computer model called an artificial midbrain that not only is improving the understanding of how creatures who use echolocation communicate and navigate, but also has implications for use in designing new systems and technologies, including enhancing submarines' sonar systems to help crews more accurately navigate thousands of feet underwater.

"We believe that we're able to invent the next generation of sonar system, which aims to identify a target, as well as to localize the target, based on the bat's fascinating ability in auditory perception," Park said.

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Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

A member of electrical and computer engineering Professor Mounya Elhilali's Laboratory for Computational Audio Perception, Park collaborated with Angeles Salles and Kathryne Allen, who are postdoctoral fellows from the lab of Cynthia Moss, a professor in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences' Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Park's part of the project began with a hypothesis based on research from a previous study of Mexican free-tailed bats. That study suggested a possible connection between individual neurons founds in the bats' midbrain region and soundscalled "conspecific sounds"made by that species.

Moss's group observed how the brains of big brown bats (also called "house bats" and a breed distinct from Mexican free-tailed bats) responded to sounds, and what the midbrain's role in that process was. The group recorded the animals' neural responses and then compared those findings to what went on in the big brown bats' midbrain during vocalization.

The results corroborated the same relationship between neurons and conspecific sounds in the big brown bat, even though it emits different call sounds than the Mexican free-tailed bat. In essence, the big brown bat's midbrain processes calls it makes itself the same way as it processes other sounds.

"This discovery allowed us to build a data-driven model: basically, an artificial midbrain of the bat that can understand and process sounds in much the same way as the bat does so successfully," Park said.

Park's artificial midbrain is a computer network that sends out sounds that have the same characteristics as natural sounds, and then emulates how a big brown bat responds to such sounds.

"We think that our work has a number of practical applications, including helping submarine crews understand their surroundings better," Park said. "Presently, the technology submarines use only tells the crew if something is nearby, rather than what it is exactly. When a sonar system receives multiple echoes from unknown objects, our model could help the crew recognize which one is a threat to damage the submarinesuch as the bottom of the sea floorand which is not, like a big fish floating by."

Park pursued this research because of his fascination with the brain. He joined Elhilali's lab for his postdoctoral fellowship so he could combine that interest with his engineering background. In addition to having top of the line facilities and equipment, Park also credits the culture at Hopkins for playing an integral role in this work.

"I have really liked that Hopkins gives you more room to grow as a researcher. It isn't all about hitting deadlines like it can be at other universities," Park said. "I felt fully free to just concentrate on my work; it's a great environment to conduct research."

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American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Discovery Education Partner to Unlock Student Success Through Engineering – Yahoo Finance

SILVER SPRING, Md. --News Direct-- Discovery Education

SILVER SPRING, Md., December 2, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Discovery Education and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) have launched Engineering Dreams, an educational initiative designed to engage K-12 students nationwide in the biggest challenges of today while helping them unlock future success through engineering. Engineering Dreams offers educators and students a variety of interactive, standards-aligned learning resources to inspire the next generation of creative thinkers, risk takers and ethical problem-solvers.

To help every community celebrate the E in STEM, Engineering Dreams offers educators a video topic series, Problem-Solvers for Good, that explores engineering-based solutions to local community challenges that have the promise of positive global impact.

ASME champions equitable access to unique and impactful K-12 STEM education content and experiences that are intentionally designed to reach students chronically underrepresented in STEM, says ASME Executive Director/CEO Tom Costabile, P.E. This collaboration with Discovery Education is a critical lynchpin in ASMEs overall DEI strategy to foster a more diverse and inclusive pipeline of students eager to pursue engineering. Many of our diverse talented members are storytellers who can fill a critical gap in representation by sharing real-world examples of engineers and engineering that resonate with students.

From innovator spotlights to classroom activities, the no-cost resources aligned to learning standards available on Engineering Dreams offer new ways for educators to engage students in engineering. Additionally, student resources help all learners think like an engineer by exploring the lives of real people with real stories of using STEM skills to improve lives.

This STEM education collaboration with Discovery Education serves as a launchpad for future generations of engineers whose innovations will transform our world, said Kathleen Lobb, executive director of the ASME Foundation and managing director of ASME philanthropy. With the generous support of our donors, the ASME Foundation is able to fund programs including Engineering Dreams.

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In addition to Engineering Dreams, ASME is a signature partner of the STEM Careers Coalition the first-of-its-kind national STEM initiative powered by business leaders and anchored in schools by Discovery Education. The Coalition unites a range of industries around the common goals of empowering educators to teach STEM effectively in the classroom, fostering and promoting quality education, and building the next generation of STEM solution-seekers with an intentional focus on fostering and improving racial and gender equity. Representing a range of industry sectors, the STEM Careers Coalition seeks to prepare students for the future of work by providing equitable access to digital content and experiences that engage students in instruction, build foundational STEM knowledge, and develop the critical skills students need for college and career success.

Engineering helps opens doors for students in every imaginable industry, said Lori McFarling, President of Social Impact at Discovery Education. In partnership with ASME, we are helping build equitable and engaging learning experiences for all while empowering students to be resilient and innovative STEM doers prepared to engineer their own dreams.

Learn more about Engineering Dreams at and within the Discovery Education K-12 learning platform.

For more information about Discovery Educations digital resources and professional learning services, visit, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Twitter and LinkedIn.


About ASMEASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education, and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world. In 2020, ASME formed the International Society of Interdisciplinary Engineers (ISIE) LLC, a new for-profit subsidiary to house business ventures that will bring new and innovative products, services, and technologies to the engineering community, and later established the holding company, Global Knowledge Solutions LLC. In 2021, ASME launched a second for-profit subsidiary, Metric Connect LLC, an industry events and content platform to accelerate digital transformation in the engineering community and an agent for the Mechanical Engineering brand of media products. For more information, visit @asmedotorg

About the ASME FoundationThe ASME Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, supporting an array of programs in three core pillars: engineering education, career engagement, and global development. With the goal of empowering tomorrows technical workforce, the ASME Foundation advances equitable access both to professional opportunities and to engineering innovations that improve quality of life. For more information, visit

About Discovery EducationDiscovery Education is the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place. Through its award-winning multimedia content, instructional supports, and innovative classroom tools, Discovery Education helps educators deliver equitable learning experiences engaging all students and supporting higher academic achievement on a global scale. Discovery Education serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and trusted organizations to empower teachers with leading edtech solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at

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Engineers: Transforming lives and inspiring communities – The Irish Times

Behind every great feat of engineering are outstanding engineers who use their skills to deliver creative and sustainable solutions for communities in Ireland and overseas.

As the professional membership body for engineers, Engineers Ireland celebrates and showcases the fantastic work produced by Irelands engineers through initiatives such as our Engineering Excellence Digital Series, held in association with ESB.

In addition to recognising the engineering skill required to deliver outstanding projects in the fields of innovation, impact, sustainability, buildings and structures, and infrastructure in 2021, the series also shines a light on the engineers behind these projects and how their work benefits and transforms communities.

This year we are delighted to recognise Aisling Hahessy, a senior structural engineer with Arup, as Engineers Irelands Engineer of the Year, and to showcase her work as part of our six-part video series, which is also supported by Accenture and Geoscience Ireland.

Aisling was chosen by Engineers Ireland in recognition of the impact and contribution of her work on communities in Ireland and overseas. From city-scaping projects for ever-expanding urban populations to vital humanitarian projects, Aisling has utilised her engineering skillset to effect change for many communities across the globe.

Aisling holds a firm belief that engineers have a vital role to play in solving the world's most-pressing challenges, and has worked on projects that help to reduce the inequalities experienced by some of the most vulnerable communities in the world.

From her base in Arups Cork office, she is the lead structural engineer for the design of bamboo play structures in rural Bangladesh and the concept design of a music academy in a refugee camp in Uganda. She is also working as part of a team on the reconstruction and retrofit of 74 schools in Peru following the devastating impact of the 2017 El Nio storm. This project will impact the lives of 47,000 children across Peru in its first year of completion alone.

In addition to supporting international communities through overseas development work and her Irish-based work as the lead structural engineer for the concrete works of a four-storey extension to Mallow General Hospital, Aisling has also been involved in a number of volunteering projects and outreach initiatives. From bridge construction projects in Rwanda to the promotion of STEM(science, technology, engineering, and maths) subjects and careers to secondary students in Ireland, Aislings dedication to her profession has allowed her to transform lives and inspire future generations of engineers.

Much like Aisling, Irelands engineers play a vital role in communities across Ireland by volunteering their time and talents to support learning, development, and STEM outreach initiatives.

At Engineers Ireland, our member-volunteers are the lifeblood of our community. Therefore, as International Volunteer Day approaches on December 5th, we wish to not only applaud the fantastic achievements of our engineering talent, such as our Engineer of the Year, but also encourage and inspire all engineering professionals to become makers of change by becoming volunteers.

One initiative that requires the support of the engineering community annually is Engineers Irelands Stepsprogramme - funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the Department of Education and industry leaders Arup, EPA, ESB, Intel and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII). A key initiative of the programme, which is the only national STEM outreach programme with a focus on engineering, is Steps Engineers Week. Taking place from March 5th to 11th, 2022, this week-long campaign is held annually to promote engineering and its importance to Ireland.

We are now calling on engineering organisations, local authorities, and third-level institutions nationwide to play an active role in StepsEngineers Week 2022 and inspire Irelands future engineering talent. Through participation in this campaign, volunteers can support and encourage young people to find out more about the profession and how they too can play a pivotal role in transforming lives across the globe, just like Aisling Hahessy.

Find out more about how to get involved in StepsEngineers Week

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Accenture Acquires Headspring to Expand and Enhance Cloud First Platform Engineering Capabilities – Business Wire

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has acquired the consulting practice of Headspring, a cloud native and platform engineering services firm based in Austin, Texas. Headspring provides a broad range of cloud services including platform architecture, engineering, modernization and product management. Headsprings services and cloud experts will boost Accenture Cloud Firsts platform engineering capabilities aimed at helping clients accelerate their transformations and derive greater value from their cloud investments. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Accentures acquisition of Headspring will help us scale one of the most comprehensive platform engineering and cloud native capabilities in the world. The depth and breadth of Headsprings cloud-focused services and their significant experience working with Fortune 500 companies over the past two decades will be a valuable addition to our existing cloud engineering capabilities in North America and globally, said Karthik Narain, global lead of Accenture Cloud First.

Founded in 2001 and with approximately 90 employees in the U.S. and Mexico, Headspring serves public and private sector clients across numerous industries, including energy, financial services, government and nonprofit.

Were relentlessly focused on helping clients utilize the cloud to move faster, work better, and stand out in a shifting market. We do this by understanding their teams, goals and vision thats the Headspring difference which aligns perfectly with Accentures focus on business outcomes, said Dustin Wells, founder, president & CEO of Headspring. Joining the Accenture team will collectively elevate our position as trusted transformation advisors and executers.

Headsprings consulting team of highly skilled professionals with accreditations in cloud engineering and cloud native services will join Accenture Cloud First, enhancing Accentures platform engineering capabilities in working closely with hyperscalers. Headsprings broad and comprehensive suite of services includes:

Headspring has been voted one of the Best Companies to Work for in Texas every year since 2013.

About AccentureAccenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services all powered by the worlds largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 624,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities. Visit us at

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Launching the Future of Biomedical Engineering Education – Ole Miss News

UM engineering Dean David Puleo (from left), Department of Biomedical Engineering Chair Dwight Waddell, Chancellor Glenn Boyce and Provost Noel Wilkin cut a ribbon to celebrate the opening of the new Department of Biomedical Engineering expansion in Brevard Hall. Photo by Shea Stewart/Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

OXFORD, Miss. The University of Mississippi has unveiled its sparkling new biomedical engineering expansion that will better prepare students for careers in a pioneering field that combines technology with medicine.

The roughly 6,500-square-foot space, on the third floor of Brevard Hall, also will help nurture innovative research and advance the technological and economic development of Mississippi, the region and the nation, campus leaders said.

We have the first Department of Biomedical Engineering in the state of Mississippi, and this program is going to grow enormously over the next several years and beyond, Chancellor Glenn Boyce said at the Nov. 19 ceremony.

What you see today is the beginning. What youre going to see in five years or 10 years is going to be extraordinary. I know weve got the students and the graduates who are going to become exceptional in the field.

When we start our research on medical devices and we get our own devices going, were going to have businesses and companies who are going to want to come see us and visit with us. Thats what we want to make sure happens for the state of Mississippi and certainly for the reputation of this program.

Created in November 2016, the department has flourished, welcoming its inaugural class in the fall of 2017 and celebrating its first freshman-to-senior graduating class in May 2021. The program is the third-largest department in the School of Engineering, with more than 60% of its undergraduate students women and nearly half enrolled in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College.

UM engineering Dean David Puleo talks to visitors in the new Department of Biomedical Engineering expansion following a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the space. Photo by Shea Stewart/Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

About 130 students are enrolled in the program, where students choose a trck of study in biomolecular engineering, biomedical systems or bioinformatics.

Within the last year, the departments faculty also have generated more than $1.5 million in research funding from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.

Biomedical engineering and this newly renovated space are where students can get their hands on stuff, said Dwight Waddell, associate professor and chair of biomedical engineering. Hands-on engineering is the best dress rehearsal because much of what we ask students to do in a laboratory setting informs how and what theyre going to do for their job.

The new space includes an active learning room, an information technology-rich environment that allows for student collaboration as they address real-world problems.

The space also includes an innovation lab and a fabrication lab, both of which include high-end industrial equipment such as computer-guided laser cutters, advanced 3D printers and a mechanical testing system that mimics loads seen in a real-time environment.

Its basically a machine that pulls, pushes or twists objects, Waddell said. In a sense, it breaks things, and it teaches young people when you build something and its under forces, eventually its going to wear and fail. This shows how and where it does, and how we can better understand the process.

While the simple definition of biomedical engineering is technology meeting medicine, Waddell said its a wider and broader field than people think.

Members of the class of 2021 are pursuing careers in biomedical industries such as medical device design, biotechnology and pharmaceutical research and sales, while others have entered medical, dental, law and graduate schools to expand their knowledge and add to their Ole Miss experiences.

Dwight Waddell, associate professor and chair of biomedical engineering, speaks at the ribbon cutting for the new Department of Biomedical Engineering expansion in Brevard Hall. Photo by Shea Stewart/Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

What we do is we create a bag of very useful tools for a young person to carry around, Waddell said. And at that point, they can peddle their wares wherever someone finds use for the tool.

The new space will only increase the departments opportunities for students and provide them with the knowledge to explore and develop their biomedical engineering interests, said David Puleo, dean of the School of Engineering and professor of biomedical engineering.

The renovated space enables biomedical engineering students to work individually and in teams to understand and then design solutions that improve human health, said Puleo, who recently was inducted as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. The labs provide advanced instrumentation for students to learn by doing, whether making physiological measurements, developing new devices or 3D-printing implants.

The biomedical engineering expansion is just one area where the university is pushing the boundaries of student education, faculty research and economic development, UM Provost Noel Wilkin said.

Dr. Dwight Waddell was optimistic that he could create a program that would be in demand, attract amazing faculty, garner the support of the university and make a difference, Wilkin said. Dr. Waddell and Dean Puleo brought this space into focus, and with the hard work of the faculty and staff, and the partnership with the university, we are standing before it today.

This space is a beacon of optimism, not only within the School of Engineering but across our university. It is a belief that we can make a difference, and itll matter to the world.

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Monster-Sized Bitcoin Whale Transfers: Blockchain Parser Catches Significant Amounts of ‘Cold BTC’ Moved to Active Exchanges Featured Bitcoin News -…

Two days ago on November 30, the price of bitcoin (BTC) tapped a high that day reaching $59,250 per unit, but it has since dropped close to 5% in value to just above the $56K region. Onchain statistics indicate that whales and long-term holders (LTHs) have been spending over the last month and blockchain parsers have witnessed enormous movements in recent days.

On the first two days of December, there have been some massive bitcoin (BTC) whale movements stemming from long-term bitcoin holders. On Thursday morning, the creator of the web portal explained that significant amounts of bitcoin were taken out from cold wallets and moved to active exchanges.

The onchain action was caught by the blockchain parsing tool Btcparser 3, a tool that analyzes each and every new bitcoin block by getting detailed information about all transactions within it. The bot uses groups of 100 blocks and identifies all wallets that sent or received a total exceeding 1,000 bitcoins during that time, explains the parsing tools website.

On December 1, Btcparser 3 caught some major onchain action, which saw the movement of thousands of bitcoins during the course of the day. For instance, on Wednesday the parser caught the movement of 15,074 BTC or $849 million, 6,970 BTC moved, and thousands more BTC spent as well.

Then the following day on December 2, monster-sized bitcoin transactions were caught by Btcparser 3. This transaction on Thursday saw a whopping 36,645 BTC deposited and 10,547 BTC left the wallet. Thats more than $2 billion worth of bitcoin in USD value, and the address spent more than $28.2 billion in bitcoin (BTC) during its lifetime. At 1:59 a.m. (EST) on Thursday, Btcparser 3 caught 15,074 BTC or $849 million move.

In addition to Btcparser 3 catching two days worth of major whale movements, Glassnodes most recent insights report, Week Onchain 48, establishes that long-term holders (LTHs) are spending some of their holdings. Glassnodes report notes that this action has been prominent during the last 30 days.

Shifting our focus to [LTHs], Glassnodes report details. We can see that there has been a reasonably continuous rate of spending over the last month. From the peak of 13.5M BTC in holdings, LTHs have spent (assumed distributed) 150K BTC, equivalent to around 5.8% of the volume accumulated since March 2021.

Crypto advocates have been discussing major whale movements on forums and bitcoin whale commentary is littered all over social media. The crypto analytics firm Santiment also tweeted about this past months whale action on November 23.

Bitcoins key active whale addresses that hold between 100 to 10K BTC are content after accumulating a total of ~40K more BTC on last weeks dip, Santiment said. The company also shared its weekly report as well, which discusses whale action and the growing bearish sentiment (& why its a good thing).

What do you think about the recent bitcoin price action, whale movements and the current bearish sentiment? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.

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