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Finding Blockchain-Based Security Solutions for the 3D Printing Economy

Finding Blockchain-Based Security Solutions for the 3D Printing Economy

Finance
Shutterstock photo3D printing promises no less than the possibility to treat the physical world of atoms like the virtual world of bits, allowing users to "email" all sorts of physical objects - that is, they can send validated specs to be 3D printed by a recipient with one click. In 3D printing, or "additive manufacturing," successive layers of material are added to create the desired object, which can be of almost any shape or geometry. There's still a perception that 3D printing is an expensive and overhyped way to manufacture cheap plastic toys, but the reality is that today's 3D printers can process a wide and increasing range of materials and complex designs.With comparatively low manufacturing costs - and no shipping costs - 3D printin...
Battelle helps DHS assess, train canine security teams

Battelle helps DHS assess, train canine security teams

Business
Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Battelle is helping the Department of Homeland Security to assess the capability gaps of state and local canine security teams and provide additional training, the company announced on Tuesday.The DHS program is called REDDI, the Regional Explosives Detection Dog Initiative.The DHS's Advanced Research Project Agency dispatched its team of trainers, evaluators, and scientist in the spring to help the canine teams with key information on threat materials, and recent attacks.Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division.Operational scenarios and opportunities for odor training were also provided, Battelle said."At Battelle, we have more than 20 years of experience in canine-f...
Social Security trust fund projected to tap out in 17 years

Social Security trust fund projected to tap out in 17 years

Finance
Mulvaney: Trump wants to protect entitlementsIf Congress doesn't act soon, tens of millions of Americans will only receive about three-quarters of their Social Security benefits when they retire in the future. In an annual report released Thursday, trustees of the government's two largest entitlement programs -- Social Security and Medicare -- urged lawmakers to act quickly to assure Americansthey'll be able to get their full retirement benefits. The trustees projected that the Social Security trust fund will be tapped out by 2034. While that projection is unchanged fromlast year's annual report card, the trustees warned of persistent long-term challenges ahead if fixes aren't made to pay for the program. "The trajectory is still alarming," said Tom Price, secretary of the Health and Hum...
Social Security expansion is possible despite future funding woes, advocates say

Social Security expansion is possible despite future funding woes, advocates say

Finance
Advocates for increasing Social Security's benefits are counting on today's release of the annual trustees report to provide some fodder for their cause.While the yearly analysis confirmed the program's long-term funding woes, proponents for expansion say it also proves the government can afford it."The numbers make it clear that the question about whether to expand or cut Social Security is a question of values, not affordability," said Nancy Altman, president of Social Security Works and chair of the Strengthen Social Security Coalition.The report, released this afternoon, echoed last year's projected revenue shortfalls starting in the mid-2020s and leading to a depleted surplus by 2035. At that point, unless Congress has taken steps to shore it up, the program will be able to fund about...