Fraudulent schemes have scammed at least $11 million in bitcoin deposits from unsuspecting cyber customers over the past four years, according to new cyber security research from Southern Methodist University, Dallas.
Bitcoin is the digital world’s most popular virtual currency.
In the first empirical study of its kind, the SMU researchers found that hucksters used four different types of schemes that posed as legitimate web-based investment and banking outlets to lure customers and heist deposits.
Quarknet enabled the students to analyze data gleaned from a high-powered telescope in the New Mexico desert. All five stars are pairs of stars that orbit around each other so closely that their outer atmospheres touch, then dim and brighten as one emerges from behind the other. Continue reading
Houston Chronicle reporter Marvin Pfiefer has written about a project led by SMU alum Thomas L. Adams to catalog and protect the tracks of a 110 million-year-old dinosaur preserved in rock at Government Canyon State Natural Area.
Adams, a paleontologist, is a graduate of Dedman College’s Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences.
Shape magazine reporter Amanda MacMillan has covered the research of SMU researcher Ken Clark, a doctoral student and researcher in the SMU Locomotor Performance Laboratory. The lab and research are under the direction of SMU biomechanics expert Peter Weyand, associate professor of applied physiology and biomechanics.
Clark’s and Weyand’s latest research found that the world’s fastest sprinters have unique gait features that account for their ability to achieve fast speeds. Continue reading
Reporter Alexis Espinosa with the Dallas Morning News covered the discovery of five stars made by two Dallas high school students, Dominik Fritz (left) and Jason Barton, in an SMU summer physics research program.
The Quarknet program enabled the students to analyze data from a high-powered telescope in New Mexico to discover a variable star — one that changes brightness. (Credit: DMN) Continue reading
Two Dallas high school students discovered five stars as members of an SMU summer physics research program that enabled them to analyze data gleaned from a high-powered telescope in the New Mexico desert.
All five stars are eclipsing contact binary stars — pairs of stars that orbit each other so closely that their outer atmospheres touch. As they eclipse, they dim and then brighten. Continue reading
STEMPREP recruits bright, science-minded minority middle school students for the two-summer classroom phase of STEMPREP, then provides high school students with summer opportunities at research labs. Continue reading
Dallas Observer: SMU’s Bonnie Jacobs Is Searching for History Beyond Ancient in the Trinity River Bottoms
The Dallas Observer has covered the research of SMU paleobotanist Bonnie Jacobs, a professor in SMU’s Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences. Jacobs is working with a team of SMU students and faculty who are collaborating with others in Dallas to understand the history of the area’s Trinity River. The Observer article published June 26 as part of the Observer’s profile of 20 of the metro area’s most interesting characters in its Dallas Observer People Issue. Continue reading
The Texas newspaper the Houston Chronicle covered the astronomy research of physicist Robert Kehoe, SMU professor, and two graduate students in the SMU Department of Physics, Farley Ferrante and Govinda Dhungana.
The astronomy team in May reported observation of intense light from the enormous explosion of a star more than 12 billion years ago — shortly after the Big Bang — that recently reached Earth and was visible in the sky. Continue reading