CoinDesk: Research — Over $11 Million Lost in Bitcoin Scams Since 2011

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CoinDesk: Research — Over $11 Million Lost in Bitcoin Scams Since 2011

Bitcoin, SMU, scammers, $11 million, Moore, VasekWith cryptocurrency Bitcoin increasingly popular for digital world transactions, the digital currency news site CoinDesk covered the research of SMU Bitcoin experts Marie Vasek and Tyler W. Moore, both in SMU's Computer Science and Engineering Department. The study found that fraudulent schemes have scammed at least $11 million in Bitcoin deposits from unsuspecting cyber customers over the past four years.

Bitcoin scams steal at least $11 million in virtual deposits from unsuspecting customers

bitcoin, fraud, scams, SMU, Tyler MooreAt least $11 million in bitcoin deposits have been stolen from unsuspecting cyber customers over the past four years, according to new cyber security research from Southern Methodist University. Bitcoin is the digital world’s most popular virtual currency. In the first empirical study of its kind, SMU researchers found that hucksters use schemes that pose as legitimate web-based financial outlets to lure customers and heist deposits.

KERA: Telescope-Wielding Twosome: High School Students Discover New Stars

Reporter Courtney Collins with the news team at public radio station KERA covered the discovery of five stars made by two Dallas high school students as members of an SMU summer physics research program.

Houston Chronicle: Project to protect rare dinosaur tracks

dino3Houston 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. The story, "Project to protect rare dinosaur tracks," published in the Thursday, Aug. 28 edition of the Houston Chronicle.

Shape: How to Run Like an Elite Sprinter

elite sprinters, Shape, SMU, Weyand, ClarkShape 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.

DMN: Two high school students discover variable stars during SMU summer program

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.

Eclipsing binary stars discovered by high school students at SMU summer research program

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.

Department of Defense awards $2.6 million to SMU STEM program for minority students

SMU STEMPREP, Simmons, minority students,The U.S. Department of Defense recently awarded the STEMPREP Program at SMU a $2.6 million grant to support its goal of increasing the number of minorities in STEM fields. 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.

Dallas Observer: SMU’s Bonnie Jacobs Is Searching for History Beyond Ancient in the Trinity River Bottoms

Bonnie Jacobs, Trinity Forest, Dallas ObserverThe 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.

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