A Community of Innovators | UMBC Industry News

UMBC is a vibrant community of innovators who strive to make a difference in the world at large. Whether that is through art, science, technology, or service in any capacity, our community thrives in the face of learning and sharing.

In today’s Industry News, we take a look at how scientists used innovation when they turned to a familiar household tool to fight a pandemic. We also take a look at a new Google earthquake detection tool, recovering bitcoin from an old zip file, and a Milky Way look-a-like.


A Familiar New Tool to Fight a Pandemic?

The coronavirus pandemic has revived interest in the role design has played fighting infectious diseases. Turn-of-the-century faith in ventilation to combat disease pushed engineers to design steam heating systems that still overheat apartments today.

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Retrieving $300,000 of Bitcoin From an Old Zip File

One man set out on a quest to get back lots of Bitcoin currency from an old zip file. Did he succeed? Was he able to get through a few quintillion decryption keys to gain hold of his cryptocurrency?

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Worldwide Earthquake Detection App

Google is flexing its power muscles in the name of earthquakes by creating a user-opt in alert app. An Android phone essentially becomes a data point on a worldwide system designed to detect earthquakes.

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A Milky Way Look-a-Like Discovered

Could a newly discovered very distant galaxy teach us even more how galaxies, like our own, form? Recently, astronomers set their eyes upon an extremely distant galaxy that looks surprisingly like our Milky Way.

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