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Electric co-ops get broadband grants

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced on Tuesday that 13 north Mississippi electric cooperatives have received $65 million in funding from the Mississippi Electric Cooperatives Broadband COVID-19 grant program established in July by the Mississippi Legislature to increase expansion of high-speed Internet service to areas with little to no service. The grant program will enable awardees to begin construction in ...

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Google selects Southaven site for Mississippi Operations Center

Google has announced that it will be opening its first U.S. Google Operations Center in Southaven. The Operations Center will provide customer and operations support to Google’s customers and users around the world. “This Google Operations Center represents a critical investment for the company and we look forward to being an active member of the local community for years to ...

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NASA Invests $51 Million in Innovative Ideas from U.S. Small Businesses

NASA has selected 409 technology proposals for the first phase of funding from the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. The contracts will provide approximately $51 million to 312 small businesses in 44 states and Washington, D.C. The selections include seven projects managed by Stennis Space Center. “NASA depends on America’s small businesses for ...

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MSU ranks fourth in U.S. academia for supercomputing power 

Mississippi State University is again among the nation’s elite in supercomputing power. MSU’s Orion supercomputer is the fourth most powerful academic data center in the U.S., according to rankings released this week by Top500.org. Orion is ranked at No. 68 on Top500’s list of the world’s most powerful computing systems. Managed by MSU’s High Performance Computing Collaboratory, Orion was installed on ...

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MSU stargazers Tanner, Geneser part of new planet discovery

A Mississippi State physics and astronomy faculty member and graduate student are among authors of a paper published in the journal Nature today [June 24] announcing their discovery of a new planet orbiting a nearby star 31.9 light-years away. The discovery positions astronomers to increase their understanding of how stars and planets form and evolve. A research team that includes MSU Associate Professor ...

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FAA selects MSU’s Raspet Flight Research Lab to lead UAS safety efforts  

Mississippi State University once again is leading a major federal unmanned aircraft systems research, testing and development initiative. MSU’s Raspet Flight Research Laboratory was recently designated as the Federal Aviation Administration’s UAS Safety Research Facility, placing the research center as the helm of studying and developing safety and certification standards as UAS become increasingly integrated in the U.S. airspace. “Mississippi ...

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NASA accountant ‘extremely proud’ of work at Stennis Space Center

E.J. Toomey is understandably excited to be working at Stennis Space Center as the site tests the rocket engines and core stage that will return humans to the Moon through NASA’s Artemis Program. The lunar return will serve as a matching bookend for the lifelong Gulf Coast resident. Toomey’s earliest space-related memory was watching the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. ...

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Technological advances in electronic security systems growing exponentially

By NASH NUNNERY While the world waits out the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the business of protecting Mississippians and their property proceeds without interruption. By the time you finish reading this paragraph, at least one home in the U.S. has been burglarized. According to statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a home burglary occurs every 13 seconds. Approximately 2.3 to ...

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CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS — How to protect yourself, your co-workers, and your patients

By BECKY GILLETTE Healthcare data breaches reached record levels in April 2019, with 44 attacks affecting nearly 687,000 people. Security breaches can lead to serious consequences, including complete system or network shutdown and life-and-death situations. Much like we encourage patients to practice good personal hygiene to promote health and well-being, healthcare organizations and nurses must practice good cyber hygiene. Cybersecurity ...

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Hackers and phishers haven’t taken a COVID-19 break and continue to be a major threat

By BECKY GILLETTE The past couple months have seen a huge shift towards people working remotely in order to stem the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Despite widespread business disruption, hackers, spammers and phishers have not let up on efforts to wreak havoc on businesses. “A hacker’s job is to hack,” said Marti Jordan, Ph.D., FNP-BC, a visiting assistant ...

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