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NASA eyes fusion reactor engines, extraterrestrial drilling, other far-out technologies

NASA has selected 399 research and technology proposals from 277 American small businesses and 44 research institutions that will enable NASA’s future missions into deep space, and advancements in aviation and science, while also benefiting the U.S. economy. The awards have a total value of approximately $49.9 million. These include 13 projects tied to Stennis Space Center. The agency received 1,621 proposals in response ...

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Nursing specialist certified

Xavier L. Agee, simulation & IT specialist in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Nursing, has earned distinction as the state’s only Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist. Agee, a Bay Springs, native, has been a member of the Southern Miss nursing staff since 2012. He acquired the CHSOS title recently following an extensive national certification process which requires applicants ...

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MSU to lead major drone research project for US government

Mississippi State University officials say the school will lead a major research and development project involving drones. School officials say the U.S. Department of Homeland Security selected Mississippi as the new base of operations for small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), commonly known as drones. The proposal was developed by the Mississippi Partnership, led by MSU. School officials say the new ...

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Oxford-based company starts graphene association

By JACK WEATHERLY Graphene is the strongest and thinnest material in the world, and an Oxford-based company, New Media Lab LLC, aims to promote its commercial applications by forming the National Graphene Association (NGA). Graphene will eventually find its way into almost every field and will affect many facets of human life, including energy storage, electronics, smart textiles, sensors, medical ...

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WESLEY McGREW — Don’t let cybersecurity wag the dog

When “the tail is wagging the dog”, you know that something has gone wrong. Priorities are not straight, and a part of the system does not understand its role. Providers of offense-oriented security services, such as penetration testing and red team engagements (which I’ve described in previous articles), often make draconian recommendations that, in pursuit of least effort, wind up ...

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TEC appoints Gibson

Beverly Gibson has been appointed Customer Relations Representative at TEC of Jackson, Inc.  In this role, Gibson will be responsible for assisting with promoting, marketing, selling and supporting of TEC products and services. Gibson has more than 22 years of experience in customer service. Gibson lives in Jackson and has a son, Anthony.

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Faster internet in the works in Itawamba County

By ADAM ARMOUR / Itawamba County Times FULTON – Faster internet service is coming to Itawamba County, but it will take some time getting there. In late 2015, Jerry McGee, president of Fulton Telephone Company, told The Itawamba County Times his company was hoping to update its broadband infrastructure, providing faster Internet service to its customers within the next five ...

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TODD SMITH: New AP Style changes announced at editors conference

For the first time, the Associated Press now permits journalists to use “they” as a singular pronoun. The AP announced the style change last week at the American Copy Editors Society conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. The change follows years of questions among copy editors, reporters and editors about the use of language specifically about people who are non-binary and ...

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Attorneys general from 8 states, DC to meet in Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Attorneys general from eight states and the District of Columbia planning to meet in Virginia to discuss technology and emerging threats. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is hosting the top attorneys for a conference Tuesday and Wednesday in Charlottesville. The other attorneys generals planning to attend are from Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, ...

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WESLEY McGREW: Cyber security for the road warrior

In my previous columns, I’ve been describing the benefits of having offense-oriented testing performed on your company’s network. This time around, I want to give some advice for the road warriors among you. Many of you have to travel for work, and present an attractive target to cyber criminals that want to steal trade secrets, customer information, or even infect ...

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