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The recent global ransomware attack
May 23, 2017 | WMU News
A recent ransomware attack has spread to more than 150 countries and shut down many businesses and even universities and hospitals. Ransomware is really nothing new, but this attack was different in the way it was spread, says Dr. Alan Rea, a WMU professor of business information systems.
The French presidential election
May 11, 2017 | WMU News
Emmanuel Macron won easily over ultra-conservative challenger Marine Le Pen. Had Le Pen won, she would have pulled France from the Eurozone and held a vote on withdrawing from the European Union, says Dr. Gunther Hega, a WMU associate professor of political science.
Increased use of herbicides and pesticides hurting pollinators
April 27, 2017 | WMU News
For the first time, species of bees have been granted endangered species status. The widespread use of genetically engineered crops, herbicides and pesticides are taking a huge toll on beneficial insects, says Dr. Stephen Malcolm, a WMU professor of biological sciences.
The slow comeback of domestic oil
April 6, 2017 | WMU News
Domestic oil production, spurred by $100 a barrel prices and advances in drilling and fracturing technology, was booming. That changed with the sharp decline in oil prices starting in 2014, but the domestic oil industry is inching its way back, says Dr. William Harrison, director of the Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education at WMU.
The further erosion of internet privacy
March 31, 2017 | WMU News
A Congressional resolution overturns a broadband privacy regulation the Federal Communications Commission adopted in October. The move allows internet service providers like cable and phone companies to sell the browsing histories of their customers without getting their approval, the same privilege web companies like Facebook and Google enjoy, says Dr. Alan Rea, a WMU professor of business information systems.