Friday Five for July 21st, 2017

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 at 14:20

2017-2018 BruinTech Executive Board Election is Now Open!


We are excited to announce that voting is now open for the 2017-2018 BruinTech Executive Board Election. All members of the BruinTech community are encouraged to vote as we elect our next board.

Voting will close on Tuesday, July 25th2017 at 6:00 pm. Election results will be announced on July 26th, 2017. Best of luck to all of the candidates!

Voting link:

Once you have logged into the CCLE voting site, please select "Answer the questions," and then choose your candidates.

For more information on the BruinTech election, please visit

FCC Has No Documentation of DDoS Attach That Hit Net Neutrality Comments

The US Federal Communications Commission says it has no written analysis of DDoS attacks that hit the commission's net neutrality comment system in May.

In its response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Gizmodo, the FCC said its analysis of DDoS attacks "stemmed from real time observation and feedback by Commission IT staff and did not result in written documentation." Gizmodo had asked for a copy of any records related to the FCC analysis that concluded DDoS attacks had taken place. Because there was no "written documentation," the FCC provided no documents in response to this protion of the Gizmodo FoIA request.

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DDoS attack? We just kinda talked about it, that's all.

The plot thickens...

Ross 128: Mystery Radio Signals Detected from Red Dwarf Star Just 11 Light-Years Away

Scientists have discovered mystery signals coming from a star 11 light-years away. The "very peculiar" pulses appear to be unique to the red dwarf, scientists say, with observations of similar nearby stars showing now similar behavior.

Researchers at the Arecibo Observatory, in Puerto Rico, were observing a group of red dwarf stars in a bid to identify planets and other objects orbiting them. In April and may, the team recorded information coming from Gliese 436, Ross 128, Wolf 359, HD 95735, BD +202465, V* RY Sex and K2-18.

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E.T.?? Read on to find out...!

Google Glass Gets It Right the Second Time

Google Glass is back, and this time it's not the ultimate example of overhyped wearable technology. Rather, its revival demonstrates how Silicon Valley's innovations can have aplpications that their creators might never have envisioned.

The first coming of Glass -- a computer in the shape of a pair of glasses -- was a disaster. It occurred at the height of the wearables boom in 2013, when some 318 startups emerged to push smartwatches, smart glasses, smart clothes and other such gadgetry, more than double the number a year earlier. Google pitched the product for a wide range of consumer uses -- whatever you could do with a smartphone, only look, no hands! Early reviewers were impressed that the thing actually worked, but the "explorers" who bought the gadget soon discovered that it was buggy and that they were unwelcome in public spaces because they might be surreptitiously recording everything around them. They went back to smartphones and Google appeared to lose interest, stopping software updates and killing the consumer website that advertised Glass.

Now, though, the Alphabet Inc. unit has recognized Glass's potential in an unexpected place: the factory floor. It turned out that industrial companies were using the innovation to boost the productivity of workers performing complex manual tasks: it could show step-by-step instructions, help choose the right tools, photograph and report quality problems.

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Glass is back, baby!

Health Tech Podcast: How One Woman Built Her Own Artificial Pancreas and Started a DIY Movement

Dana Lewis has Type 1 diabetes, which means her pancreas doesn't work the way it should: it doesn't make the insulin she needs to survive. 

So she built a new one.

It's not a biological organ. Lewis' artificial pancreas system (APS) is an open-source computer system that monitors her blood sugar level and gives her body insulin as needed, building on the insulin pump and glucose monitor that she's been using for years.

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Cooler than your pancreas.