Monthly Archives: August 2019

Chocolate’s Darkness Actually Starts from Purple and Pale Hues

All chocolate in the world is made through complex steps that start from fresh cocoa seeds, which, if cut open lengthwise, denote unexpectedly romantic hues, ranging from the deepest purple to the palest pink, up to the purest white. How does color change and evolve from purple and pale cocoa seeds to brown chocolate bars?…
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Complying with US Drug Supply Regulations

The Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) is a federal regulation introduced in 2013 and applicable to nearly ALL entities that buy, sell, produce or wholesale prescription drugs in the United States. This regulation literally touches every point in the cycle of exchange of product, down to the point at which a prescription is given…
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Google’s Data Privacy Crackdown

In late 2018, Google announced that they would begin cracking down on API access to its systems. (See this FAQ provided by Google) Essentially, Google now requires anyone with access to sensitive user information to undergo a third party security review. This review costs anywhere between $15,000 to $75,000. This would lead to better data…
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Future of Data Security

Storing data in the cloud is insecure by design. In the mid-2000s, the world began to transition from on-premise to cloud data storage. As a society, we gave up security and privacy, in return for portability and cost-savings. (ACM) Now, not a month goes by without news of another monstrous data breach. And those are…
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The IATA Airline Cartel

Because airlines are global, it is hard for any one country to regulate them, so they’ve long been governed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The IATA is a self-governing body controlled by the airlines themselves. In this case, who defends the consumer? The IATA is supposed to do this, but their members are…
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The positive impact of redundancy in healthcare systems

Redundancy is usually thought of as 'waste" resulting from inefficient operations. The traditional focus in operations management is on elimination of redundancy. This phenomenon has caught on in the healthcare industry, where patients' needs rarely converge. Contrary to common wisdom, my research partners and I have found that redundancy has a positive impact on patient-centeredness,…
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