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Investors are pouring money into cyber-security sector

Investors are pouring money into cyber-security sector

Finance
Data breaches such as Equifax's recent hacking scandal are a nightmare for hundreds of millions of consumers. They do, however, offer lucrative opportunities for niche investors and venture capitalists who are banking on the ability of new cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and data protection technologies to solve one of the world's largest evolving problems."Security is one of the best near- to mid-term market segments to be in," said venture capitalist Rick Grinnell, who began investing in early stage cybersecurity and artificial intelligence firms more than 15 years ago and now operates his own venture capital firm, Glasswing Ventures.Venture capital firms invested $ 3.1 billion in nearly 300 cybersecurity startups in 2016, according to research firm CB Insights. Top-funded, privat...
Researchers: CTE was detected in living former NFL player

Researchers: CTE was detected in living former NFL player

Health
Nov. 16 (UPI) -- For the first time, research has confirmed that scientists successfully detected chronic traumatic encephalopathy -- known commonly as CTE -- in a living former professional football player.Scientists detected signs of the dementia-like disease in former player Fred McNeill four years ago, but it's not possible to confirm CTE until after a patient's death. McNeill died in 2015, and confirmation he had the disease was made last week in the journal Neurosurgery, scientists said Wednesday."The importance of this one today is that this is the first time to have a scan which shows brain degeneration of CTE in a living person and then to have that person die and it correlates with the autopsy," Dr. Julian Bailes, a neurosurgeon at NorthShore University in Illinois, said.Research...
Rockwell Collins awarded $12.7M for E-6B Mercury aircraft upgrades

Rockwell Collins awarded $12.7M for E-6B Mercury aircraft upgrades

Business
Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Rockwell Collins Inc. was awarded more than $ 12.7 million to upgrade communication systems on the U.S. Navy's E-6B Mercury aircraft., which has the ability for command and control authority to launch land and sea based nuclear ballistic missiles.The deal, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, is under a firm-fixed-price contract, meaning the $ 12.7 million dollar price tag for technology upgrades will not be adjusted for the benefit of Rockwell Collins if potential additional costs are accumulated while executing the contract.The Pentagon says the contract will "exercise an option for the installation of Block I/Internet Protocol Bandwidth Expansion Phase 3/Block IA Very Low Transmit Terminal/Nuclear Planning and Execution System kit on one E-6B aircraft."Moreo...
Elon Musk unveils Tesla Semi electric truck

Elon Musk unveils Tesla Semi electric truck

Technology
Electric car specialist Tesla has unveiled a prototype for a truck equipped with a semi-autonomous driving system that it will start producing in 2019.The company's chief executive, Elon Musk, revealed the big-rig truck, dubbed the Tesla Semi, to car owners and potential buyers at a Los Angeles airport hangar.He said the electric trucks were behind the car manufacturer's latest efforts to move industries away from using fossil fuels.Tesla's latest venture has been greeted with some trepidation from analysts, who fear it could be an expensive distraction for the company, which has never published an annual profit.It also has to convince the trucking business it can build an affordable electric truck with the cargo capacity to compete with cheaper diesel alternatives.Video:Tesla's electric t...
Ring-tailed lemurs engage in stink-flirting to attract mates

Ring-tailed lemurs engage in stink-flirting to attract mates

Science
Nov. 17 (UPI) -- For ring-tailed lemurs, flirting is foul affair. Males perform a mating ritual involving the spraying of a stinky scent. New research suggests the performances can earn mates, but also inspire enemies.The behavior is called stink-flirting, and the latest study -- published this week in the American Journal of Primatology -- is one of the first to take a in-depth look at the unique act.Lemurs perform other types of scent marking, but the latest research suggests stink-flirting is the most offensive."These males are met with higher levels of aggression than if they were to do other types of scent-marking, so there's definitely something unique about this type of behavior," Amber Walker-Bolton, an anthropologist at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, said in a news releas...