Technology remains a key weapon in the fight against terrorism. The Transportation Security Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard are expanding the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program. The TWIC requires the nearly 1 million longshoremen, sailors, truck drivers and other laborers in the U.S. to use tamper-resistant smart cards when they enter U.S. port facilities. The TSA recently approved four biometric readers from Sagem Morpho. These point-of-entry readers use TWIC Privacy Keys to read encrypted biometric data such as digital fingerprints.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.