Science & Technology

BlockChyp, a new kind of payment terminal technology, integrates with third-party point-of-sale and other transaction systems using blockchain-encrypted firmware. The product was developed by Jeffrey Payne and one of his colleagues. The pair have worked for many years in the development of enterprise e-commerce merchant systems. They recently opened an office in Kennewick.

Kennewick startup develops payment transaction solution for small businesses

Small businesses face a lot of challenges. And the least of business owners’ worries should be accepting payments from customers....
SIGN Fracture Care software developer Josh Short, left, and intern Matt Moen worked together this summer to bring online a user-friendly application to enable SIGN employees to more easily mine the Richland company’s extensive fracture case database to better analyze data and trends.

Improved database enables new analytical capabilities for Richland manufacturer

It turns out data analysis isn’t just a game for number crunchers. For one Richland manufacturer, it’s also a means...

Q&A with Deb Bowen

Deb Bowen,Executive director,Washington State STEM Education Foundation Number of employees you oversee: Three, although we plan...
D. Patrick Jones

Higher education in Tri-Cities isn’t keeping pace with local market’s needs

By D. Patrick Jones The Tri-Cities sport an enviable concentration of talent in science and technology. In economic statistics, most...
American businesses lose more than $400 billion per year to cyberattacks, with one in four small businesses affected, according to a Better Business Bureau report.

Cybersecurity basics can protect businesses from data breaches

By Michelle Dupler Whether its ransomware, viruses, data theft or some other cybersecurity risk, a network breach can be one...
TriboTEX’s Carl Holder of Richland and Vladimir Borisov man their booth at the American Chemical Society’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., in August. The company developed a product to enhance engine lubrication and durability.

Company aims to reduce carbon emissions, improve vehicle efficiency

Pasha Rudenko started his materials science doctorate at Washington State University in 2009 with one goal: to make lubricants safer....
Svitlana Volkova, a data scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, found that emotion and opinion expressed in tweets change when people get sick. Her team identified unique trends based on location and subpopulations so that health workers can get real-time information. (Courtesy PNNL)

Social media could help researchers identify public health risks

PNNL study finds opinion, emotion in tweets change when you get sick In the future, public health workers could monitor...
HarvestMoore of Pasco developed a prototype fork impact limiter that reduces the shock bins of fruit or other fragile items face when carried by a forklift. (Courtesy HarvestMoore)

Pasco company invents forklift shock absorber

Prototype reduces transport impact on bins of fruit, inventor says Pasco-based HarvestMoore prototype fork impact limiter is now in production,...

PNNL scientist receives $2.5 million grant to research violent storms

Richland researcher is among 57 nationwide to receive award A Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientist will receive $2.5 million over five...
RJ Lee Group’s Heath Low looks on as interns Matt Rice and Baley Westberg view information from a weather station as well as data from the proton transfer reaction mass spectrometer for a Department of Ecology project

Companies unite to create internships, build up work force

RJ Lee Group and TerraGraphics Environmental Engineering have formed a strategic partnership to prepare college students entering the science and...

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