3D Medical Printing: A Tool Against Tongue Cancer

(DGIwire) – When a 53-year-old man came to Health Care Global in Bangalore, India, complaining of a mouth ulcer, at first that’s all the doctors found, according to 3DPrint.com. As he had been treated for tongue cancer two years previously, however, an MRI was taken, and the results weren’t good—the tumor had returned and was […]

Industrial Internet of Things: Ensuring Quality Control on the Factory Floor

(DGIwire) – Many people have heard of the Internet of Things, in which everyday objects have network connectivity allowing them to send and receive data. This paradigm has already started transforming the world of industry in myriad ways. At its core, the so-called Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is about using Big Data to create […]

Even ‘Safe Zones’ Such as Hospitals Can Fall Victim to Fake Drugs

(DGIwire) — The prevalence of counterfeit prescription drugs has been making headlines, with outlets such as The New York Times and The Huffington Post publishing a plethora of stories on the subject. In February 2014, the Times reported that Indian manufacturers were exporting fake pharmaceuticals. That same month, the Los Angeles Times ran a piece […]

The Hidden Price of Buying Cheaper Drugs Online

(DGIwire)  With more and more of the economy moving online—think Amazon, Airbnb and eBay—and supplanting brick-and-mortar retailers, it seems as if the next logical step would be purchasing all our medications online as well. The benefits, of course, would be to avoid waiting in long lines at the local pharmacy—and lower cost. Well don’t shoot the messenger: the […]

Impostors Beware: New Anti-Counterfeiting Technology Derails Theft

(DGIwire) — Counterfeiting is not a victimless crime. It is one of the fastest-growing crimes, threatening jobs and even endangering public health. In recent years, the Department of Homeland Security has seized over $1 billion in counterfeit goods at U.S. borders. Counterfeiting can also be a huge safety issue. Not too long ago, even luxury British […]

New Anti-Counterfeiting Technology Could Help Automakers

(DGIwire) — Counterfeiting is not a victimless crime. It is one of the fastest-growing crimes, threatening jobs and even endangering public health. In recent years, the Department of Homeland Security has seized over $1 billion in counterfeit goods at U.S. borders. Counterfeiting can also be a huge safety issue. Recently, a luxury British sports car company […]

Proactively ‘Planting’ an Effective Anti-Counterfeiting Measure

(DGIwire) – By 2015, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) expects the value of counterfeit goods globally to exceed $1.7 trillion. That’s more than two percent of the world’s total current economic output. In a CNNMoney report, Jeffrey Hardy, head of the anti-counterfeiting program at ICC, says the counterfeiting business is exploding—and it goes way […]

Avoiding Fabric-ations: DNA Makes Sure ‘100% Cotton’ is 100% Real

 (DGIwire) — The global spread of counterfeit goods, including textiles, has now reached epic proportions. According the U.S. Customs and Border Control, counterfeit apparel and accessories account for more than 50 percent of all seized goods. Textiles are an easy target because, unlike electronic equipment and weaponry, they are easy to ship and easy to make into near-identical replicas—a/k/a […]

Tracing Stripped Copper: A Solution for the Wire Theft Epidemic

(DGIwire) — Copper-wire theft is at or near an all-time high in America thanks to the skyrocketing costs of copper, a still-sputtering economy, high prices paid by scrap metal dealers, and the relative ease with which wire can be stolen from unguarded locations and resold to recyclers who don’t care where it originated. Although metal […]

Copper Thieves Beware: Planted Plant DNA Will Bring the Coppers

(DGIwire) — Copper is such a hot commodity these days that thieves are taking it from wherever they can find it, according to a recent article on NBCNews.com. From construction sites to railways and subways, suburban homes, and power plants and other critical infrastructure, copper is disappearing, adding to a $1 billion copper theft business […]

Counterfeit Goods: New Technology Offers New Protection

(DGIwire) — Polls show that half the population opposes any kind of counterfeiting, and believes the government should be more proactive in its efforts to curtail the practice. They understand that counterfeiting damages companies, manufacturers and many others economically, and in some industries can put lives in serious danger—for example, in counterfeit military equipment. For more […]

Luxury Bedsheets…Or So Says the Label

(DGIwire) — Over the years, one luxury Paris sheet maker has built its reputation catering to a high profile celebrity clientele. Current pricing for its 1,200 thread count queen set made with 100 percent Egyptian cotton will cost a buyer about $1,400 American. Or… one can find the company’s sheets in the online marketplace, which also claims to offer a […]

Fake Olive Oil? Fake Fish? Fraud Has Reached into What We Eat

 (DGIwire) — Interpol recently confiscated more than 1,200 tons of counterfeit food and 430,000 liters of counterfeit beverages across Europe. Ninety-six people were arrested. But wait: fake food? How could this be? In fact, food—like much else in today’s global economy—is not always what it’s cracked up to be. As an example, specialty products such as […]

DNA in Beer? Protecting the Secret Sauce? New Forensic Foundations

 (DGIwire) — On the Esquire Network television show called Brew Dogs, two passionate beer drinkers travel the world to find the best and most distinctive craft beer imaginable. In a recent episode, they made a stop in Philadelphia; their intention was to find the “most American beer ever made.” The thing that made the winning […]

Counterfeit Clothing? Plant DNA Keeps Fabrics Genuine

(DGIwire) — Lots of things we see, touch and wear are not what they seem. That thick head of hair we admire could be a wig. We’re accustomed to seeing fake nails and fake handbags that pretend to be their upscale sisters. But—fake fabrics? That’s right: counterfeit textiles— and entire garments that are not what we […]

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