U.S. power grid vulnerable to cyberattacks

By: Grance Burke and Jonathan Fahey

Brian Wallace, a security researcher at the cybersecurity firm Cylance, was on the trail of hackers who had snatched a California university’s housing files when he stumbled into a larger nightmare: Cyberattackers had opened a pathway into the networks running the United States’ power grid. The attack involved Calpine Corp. — a power producer with 82 plants operating in 18 ... READ MORE

U.S. power grid vulnerable to cyberattacks

By: Grance Burke and Jonathan Fahey

Brian Wallace, a security researcher at the cybersecurity firm Cylance, was on the trail of hackers who had snatched a California university’s housing files when he stumbled into a larger nightmare: Cyberattackers had opened a pathway into the networks running the United States’ power grid. The attack involved Calpine Corp. — a power producer with 82 plants operating in 18 ... READ MORE

What’s up with chip-enabled credit cards?

By: Anya Kamenetz

I just got an unmarked envelope in the mail from my bank —with a South Dakota return address. Public service announcement: The most unassuming letters are the ones you should definitely open! It contained a brand-new debit card with a microchip.The Smart Card Alliance estimates that around 120 million Americans have already received one of these new cards, which is called an... READ MORE

Robot to attend school for cancer patient

By: Sandrzej

A Maryland girl who is undergoing cancer treatment will be able to attend school with the help of a robot.Ten-year-old Peyton Walton of Montgomery County will soon undergo five weeks of treatment at Memorial Sloan Cancer Center in New York, as reported by WRC-TV.During that time, a robot she calls “Peyton’s Awesome Virtual Self,” or PAVS, will attend school for her at... READ MORE

More cars come with safe-driving systems

By: Dee-Ann Durbin

Fully self-driving cars are a few years into the future. But some of the technology that will make them possible is already here.Automakers are rapidly adding radar- and camera-based systems that can keep a car in its lane, detect pedestrians, and brake automatically to avoid a collision. For now, they work with a driver behind the wheel, but eventually, versions of these systems will... READ MORE

‘Tech neck’ a hazard of the electronic age

By: Sandrzej

When Mom nagged you to “sit up straight,” she likely had no idea how important that advice would become, thanks to our reliance on smartphones and tablets.One study suggests that the average person spends two to four hours every day on electronic devices. That’s thousands of hours every year spent in a position that puts several extra pounds... READ MORE