• Super Mario 64 in your browser is perfect retro Sunday fun

    Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Ask Nintendo 64 owners what their favorite game was and, after a little reminiscing, many will tell you Super Mario 64. Now, you can relive the classic 3D title - or at least its first level - all in the comfort of your browser. Handiwork of Erik Roystan Ross, the recreation of Nintendo's 1996 masterpiece can be played online or through the browser, using either the keyboard or a gamepad controller from either Microsoft or Sony's stables. Ross focused on just one level of the game, treating it as a proof of concept for "Super Character Controller", a Unity project he's been working on. It's available for other game developers to try, offering a shortcut to things like collision detection.

  • AFA cadets working on system to stop computers viruses before they infect

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    Air Force Academy researchers are using software similar to that used to catch classroom cheaters in a bid to foil computer hackers. The academy's anti-malware lab has built a program that scans malicious software used to steal computer data for similarities to other criminal codes, ferreting out even the newest malware that takes its language from older schemes. "Imagine you are trying to detect plagiarism in a document," explained researcher Jason Upchurch, an Intel employee who is working on the project with academy cadets. "There's ways to get around doing a one-to-one comparison." For years, colleges have used an electronic trove of research papers to compare student's work with what's already been turned in.

  • NM student works with MIT to create cough monitor

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Thanks to the work of an enterprising Highlands University graduate student, young sufferers of cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease, today have reason to hope for a better future. Rianne Trujillo, a student in Highland’s software system design program, collaborated with a laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop an automated cough monitor for children afflicted with the disease. Cystic fibrosis affects the lungs, digestive system and sweat glands. Its name stems from fibrous scar tissue that develops in the pancreas, a main target. It affects the ability to move salt and water in and out of cells, causing the lungs and pancreas to secrete abnormally thick mucus

  • Oklahoma regional robotics competition stresses problem-solving, collaboration

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    The energy inside Cox Convention Center on Friday morning was palpable. Loud music, high-profile guests that included Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak, and hundreds of motivated high school students punctuated the start of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. Jonathan Imhoff, math teacher who brought a team of students from Capitol Hill High School, compared the atmosphere to Comic-Con, the annual comic book convention in San Diego. “I think that’s probably the best way to describe it, without all the comic book characters,” he said. The regional competition, which continues Saturday, pits 61 teams from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tex

  • Legislators talk business of lawmaking

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    The Claremore Chamber of Commerce hosted a legislative update for the community Friday at which State Sen. Marty Quinn and State Rep. Mark Lepak provided briefings on the budget, education, and various House and Senate Bills. “The biggest issue is funding and we are — as usual — working on those details and changes. From week to week, everybody from the Senate side to the House side has their own particular way that they want to go,” Quinn said. He claims the funding direction will determine where the cuts will occur. “Take the top 12 agencies … (that) is where the funding cuts are going to be. It depends on what the agencies have going on. ... We have got our challenges,” Quinn said. “The governme

  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Texas Tech D-line spearheads growing defense's efforts

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    MIDLAND Saturday’s scrimmage in Grande Communications Stadium marked Texas Tech’s ninth practice of the spring, and the Red Raider defense’s ninth under new defensive coordinator David Gibbs. And Gibbs, a 22-year coaching veteran who was brought in to join Kliff Kingsbury’s staff in early January, knows that strong defenses aren’t built in just nine practices. “If we played a game today, Coach Kingsbury would score 50 points on us,” Gibbs said after Saturday’s scrimmage when asked about his defense, and its secondary in particular. Gibbs said he wasn’t disappointed with his players’ effort Saturday. He just knows it’s going to take some time for the Red Raiders’ new-look defense to grow together

  • Remembering Ryan Luke

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    It has been more than 20 years since 2-year-old Ryan Luke’s beating death sparked a law bearing his name and a run in his honor. The annual Ryan’s Run will start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in front of Jackie Brannon Correctional Center. “Ryan’s Run is held the first Saturday of every April,” said Cecilia Miers, executive director of the Pittsburg County Child Abuse Response Effort. “April is also Child Abuse Prevention Month.” Ryan Luke was a McAlester boy who was first taken to the hospital in January of 1995 with a broken leg that authorities suspected was from abuse while under the care of his mother, Wendy Luke, and her boyfriend, Larry Tannehill.

  • Citizens' future clouded by doctors' complaints

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    When Stephen Thames was hired as Citizens Medical Center's chief financial officer in June 2013, the hospital was mired in costly litigation. The hospital had been defending itself against an anti-kickback lawsuit filed in February 2010 that cited financial and racial discrimination as reasons why three cardiologists were barred from practicing at the hospital. Citizens paid $8 million to settle that suit in December 2012, but two months later a second lawsuit claiming the hospital violated the False Claims Act was unsealed in federal court. Dr.

  • BioSummit showcases funding sources for Oklahoma researchers

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    Dr. Centola was sitting directly in front of me at that moment, so the story was living history. I was hooked. The ending is well known to the Oklahoma Bioscience community. Crescendo Bioscience was acquired by Myriad Genetics for $270 million. It is the type of home run that researchers and investors dream about. All of this makes me greatly anticipate the approaching 2015 Oklahoma BioSummit on April 8 at the new Embassy Suites Hotel at the Medical Center. We have immense research talent across Oklahoma. Being able to get an insider’s take on federal funding priorities and resources available to help applicants is priceless information for these researchers. The NIH invests nearly $30.

  • Oklahoma's Internet access, speed lags nation

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    Downtown Pryor delivers free Wi-Fi to all downtown merchants and consumers. The town in northeastern Oklahoma, with less than 9,500 residents, plans to provide free wireless Internet access to the entire town within a few years.

  • Local students headed to Philly

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    ENID, Okla. — Students from Longfellow and Waller middle schools have the opportunity to attend an international technology education conference this summer. Six students from each school, plus teachers, administrators and parents will attend the annual International Society for Technology in Education conference in Philadelphia from June 28 to July 1, to present projects they have worked on. Out of more than 2,000 applicants to present, about 34 percent are chosen; fewer are students, and even fewer are students from public schools. Waller Principal Adam Beauchamp said when he, Waller Media Specialist Christi Ashcraft and Longfellow Media Specialist Ashely Weibling attended ISTE last year, they saw no public schools

  • Taxpayers pay private firms to preserve existing jobs

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    Oklahoma’s premier business incentive, the $1 billion Quality Jobs program, entered new territory nine years ago. Until then, businesses only received payroll subsidies from the state if they created new jobs in Oklahoma. In 2006, the program was expanded to begin providing subsidies for existing jobs if a “change in control” occurred and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce director determined the jobs were “likely to leave the state” because of new ownership. Since then, nine companies have collected $20 million in state payments for preserving existing jobs, at least for a while. State officials and some lawmakers say the change-in-control provision was a good idea. They cite examples such as Holly/Fro

  • BioSummit showcases funding sources for Oklahoma researchers

    By Jim Stafford, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Through the efforts of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, national experts with venture capital firms, the National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Drug Abuse and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are coming to Oklahoma City.

  • Set up the new Amped Wireless router with just one finger


    Over the last few years, I’ve watched my parents move from a Windows PC to a Mac mini to iPads for their Internet access. Accessing the Internet from their iPads is quite easy for them but introduced some interesting situations for me as their support person. There are some tasks that once required a computer, such as setting up a new wireless router, that no longer do. I’ve been testing the new TAP-R2 High Power Touch Screen AC750 Wi-Fi Router from Amped Wireless. All configuration can be done via the router’s 3.5-inch color touch screen display. Plug in and go If you read through the entire mouthful of a product name, the AC750 is a high-powered router, which Amped Wireless says provides three

  • Medical board seeks to restrict online, on-phone medical encounters


    A four-year dispute pitting the nation’s largest telemedicine company against the Texas Medical Board is coming to a head next month when the board takes another crack at restricting doctors from diagnosing and prescribing drugs to patients they’ve never met. The board already has telemedicine rules, but after the Teladoc company won legal challenges to the board’s rule-making processes, the board is considering a revised rule at its April 9-10 meeting in Austin. The goal is to safeguard patients, said the board, which is accepting comments on the proposal until April 4.

  • Some say technology is moving too fast


    Gloria Matheny thinks having a car that parks itself is a terrible idea. The technology is nice, but not the probability of malfunction. “My husband had been getting me a new car like every two years, and each one was better than the one before, it had more features to it. Well these features started failing and my cars were being recalled,” she says. Mrs. Matheny thought Facebook and other social media were a good idea until people started using them in bad ways. Now she doesn’t use Facebook. “One day they’re saying how God has blessed them, woke them up this morning and that very same person two days later would say, I’m only going to live for myself,” she says. “Another thing I don’t like is t

  • Daily Record


    Police Bulletin March 20 • Devin Brett, of the 1200 block of West Oklahoma, reported sometime between 8 a.m. Feb. 20 and 8:15 p.m. March 20, someone took a silver colored ring, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3D and Percocet from her residence. Estimated value, $411. March 21 • Yadira Hernandez, of Enid, reported sometime between 2 p.m. March 20 and 1:24 a.m. March 21, someone took her wallet containing money, two debit cards and an Oklahoma driver’s license from the 600 block of North 15th. Estimated value, $665. • Prairie Fire Coffee, of Wichita, Kan., reported sometime between 10 p.m. March 20 and 10 a.m.

  • Edmond Exchange for Saturday, March 28, 2015

    BY DIANA BALDWIN | Yesterday

    Edmond Exchange, a weekly wrap-up about what is going on in Edmond, Oklahoma.

  • Latinitas' impact on youth recognized by Hispanicize


    Alicia Rascón and Laura Donnelly received a national award at the Hispanicize 2015 conference in Miami last week for their thirteen years of working with teen Latinas through their Austin-based non-profit. On March 19, Rascón and Donnelly received the Positive Impact award from a pool of five other finalists and hundreds of nominations. The award recognizes people who are making an impact in their communities. “This year’s winners are truly making a positive impact,” said Stephen Sanchez, global communications manager for 3M, the company that sponsored the award. “We hope their stories inspire others to follow in their footsteps.” Donnelly and Rascón started their non-profit organization, Latinitas, Inc.

  • Student-led company tries to win Colorado College competition on third try


    A fledgling Colorado Springs company, iDro, hopes that the third time will be the charm for winning Colorado College's Big Idea business plan competition. Headed by CC senior Fredrik Lindseth, the food-app company has been a finalist in all three of the previous competitions, winning the third-place prize of $2,000 in 2013 under the name CityRoots. The company failed to finish in the top three in last year's event, but won the Colorado University Startup Challenge on March 16 at the Angel Capital Summit in Denver. IDro and four other companies were selected Thursday as finalists from among 12 teams vying for a post in the April 7 contest, which carries $50,000 in prizes.