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  • Earthquakes on the brain

    Earthquakes on the brain
    I'm generally not an alarmist about earthquakes. As a California native, I've experienced my share of small to moderate reminders that our fair state is fractured from head to toe and we're all standing on broken plates. But the shaking is putting me on...
  • New and improved atomic clock: A revolution in timekeeping is coming

    New and improved atomic clock: A revolution in timekeeping is coming
    With a new and improved atomic clock, the standard of time in America is about to change -- a teeny, tiny bit. For the first time in 15 years, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, is adding a new official atomic clock,...
  • Fast-track executions?

    Fast-track executions?
    What's wrong with this picture? Exonerations of wrongly convicted prisoners are at an all-time high. Last month, the governor of Washington put executions on hold because, since 1981, when the state last updated its capital punishment laws, a majority...
  • New quantum droplet: The thrill lasts for 25 trillionths of a second

    New quantum droplet: The thrill lasts for 25 trillionths of a second
    It’s not every day that physicists discover a new type of quasiparticle. And it’s even rarer that they give it a super-cute nickname like “dropleton.” So today, my fellow physics fans, we are in luck. Not only have scientists...
  • Cybersecurity center to be expanded

    Cybersecurity center to be expanded
    Democrats Gov. Martin O'Malley and Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski announced Tuesday a joint effort to invest $24 million in building a national resource for businesses grappling with cybersecurity challenges. The federal, state and Montgomery County money...
  • Cybersecurity guidelines for companies are unveiled by White House

    WASHINGTON — The White House has released guidelines aimed at prodding companies that run some of the nation's most essential services such as utilities, cellphone towers and banks to better protect themselves from cyberattacks. Officials said the...
  • Private donors commit $65 million to studying youth concussions

    Private donors commit $65 million to studying youth concussions
    With the focus on concussions in young athletes intensifying across the nation, the White House on Wednesday unveiled a raft of initiatives aimed at preventing mild traumatic brain injury and improving its diagnosis and treatment in children. Readying...
  • Improving the business climate benefits universities [Commentary]

    Improving the business climate benefits universities [Commentary]
    About six months ago, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, speaking at the Maryland Competitiveness Coalition's Economic Summit, was asked how Maryland could position itself to compete in this fast-paced global economy. Mr. Freidman's view was that...
  • Another day, another leak from Issa, another credulous news report

    Another day, another leak from Issa, another credulous news report
    The sun has risen in the East, so there must be a news report somewhere quoting a partial transcript leaked by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) purporting to show the shortcomings of Obamacare. Bingo! We have not one but two "investigative" news reports,...
  • Turning research into jobs in Maryland

    Turning research into jobs in Maryland
    About three times each week, an enterprising researcher at theUniversity of Maryland, College Park, takes a step toward patenting an invention. Each year, that results in the creation of about five new high-tech firms, the kinds of businesses often...
  • Terps guard Jonathan Thomas now has a double major

    Terps guard Jonathan Thomas now has a double major
    Jonathan Thomas spent his first two years at the University of Maryland consumed by his studies in mechanical engineering. From his current vantage point, Thomas now realizes there was a void. A former basketball star at Tuscarora High, where he was...