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Student Researcher Studies How to Keep Cars From Being Hacked

In 2015, two researchers remotely hacked a Jeep Cherokee being driven by a reporter who documented how the researchers controlled everything from the car’s radio and media console to its brakes and steering. For Dr. Shucheng Yu, an associate professor …

QIS: Insurance Carriers Face Enhanced Risk in Age of Big Data

California-based Quadrant Information Services, a provider of big data technology for the property/casualty insurance industry, warns that digitization is a two-edged sword: with increased capability comes an increased danger of expensive—and possibly actionable—data security breaches. Breaches of data security are …

Window Covering Makers May Finally Go Cordless to Avert Child Strangulation Deaths

Window covering cords have been the cause of more than 800 deaths of children globally, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The hidden hazard occurs when a child gets entangled within the loose cords. In 2014, the federal …

Study Finds 50% of Drivers Embrace UBI Option

A new LexisNexis Risk Solutions study on usage-based insurance (UBI) found that a surprising number of U.S. drivers (50 percent) report enrolling in pay-as-you-drive policies when offered, yet few are given the choice, revealing a significant market-building opportunity for auto …

Berkshire’s Jain Offers Plan to Reduce Costs at Gen Re

Ajit Jain, one of Warren Buffett’s top managers at Berkshire Hathaway Inc., has a message for the staff that he oversees at Gen Re: It’s time for their business to get much leaner and less bureaucratic. After taking charge of …

Road Fatalities Surged in First Half of 2016

Traffic fatalities were up 9 percent in the first six months of this year compared with the same period last year, continuing a surge in deaths that began two years ago as the economy improved and travel picked up, according …

Thrill-Ride Amusement Park Accidents Raise New Demands for Regulations

In some parts of the U.S., the thrill rides that hurl kids upside down, whirl them around or send them shooting down slides are checked out by state inspectors before customers climb on. But in other places, they are not …

Staying Ahead of Workplace Violence by Identifying Behaviors of Concern

In most incidents involving violence in the workplace, there are warning signs that precede an event, according to Jim Satterfield, president, COO and founder of crisis coaching firm Firestorm. According to a Firestorm survey, more than 90 percent of employees …

Flurry of Partnerships Seen in Self-Driving Car Race

Uber announced Thursday that it will partner with Volvo to make autonomous vehicles. The tie-up is the latest between automakers and tech companies hoping to speed driverless cars to market. Here’s a rundown of who’s working with whom: UBER/VOLVO/TOYOTA/OTTO Ride-hailing …

Low Back Pain in Midlife Linked to Heavy Lifting as a Young Worker

Young adults with jobs that involve heavy lifting and forceful movements might be at higher risk for back pain later in life, a study from Finland suggests. “When you’re young, you do things your own way, you muscle your way …

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