Oregon In Brief

Man found dead near pickup truck


Linn County authorities say a 53-year-old Sweet Home man was found dead after an overnight search in the Quartzville area.

Sheriff Tim Mueller says Ricky Hurse was picking mushrooms Saturday about three miles from Quartzville Road.

His girlfriend reported him overdue Saturday night, shortly before midnight.

Members of the Linn County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Post searched throughout the night and found Hurse's body Sunday afternoon. It was about 200 yards from his pickup.

The cause of death has not been determined, pending an autopsy.

ATM thief faces sentencing


Wells Fargo Bank depositors began complaining in February about money missing from their accounts.

For months, bank employees matched the complaints to ATM withdrawals in California. The same man appeared repeatedly in surveillance photos, linking him to nearly 400 victims and $463,000 in missing money.

At the same time, agents from the U.S. Secret Service and the Manhattan district attorney's identity theft unit in New York were tracking a network of tech-savvy identity thieves believed responsible for 95,000 stolen credit card numbers and more than $4 million in ID theft.

It all came together May 30 in Oregon, when a check-cashing teller in the town of Clackamas recognized Eduard Kholstinin, a 30-year-old Russian national.

His capture offered new insight into cybercrime, which accounts for $67.2 billion stolen each year from U.S. businesses.

OSU develops light-bending material


Oregon State University scientists have helped develop a composite material that refracts light in the opposite direction of what is normally found in nature.

It could have a wide range of optical and electronic applications, according to the university.

The material is made up of reflective and transparent layers, but right now, samples aren't big enough to be seen by the human eye.

In theory, large amounts of the technology could make objects appear invisible by bending light around them.

"Star Trek" fans shouldn't begin plans for a Romulan cloaking device just yet, however.

"I am pretty pessimistic about this, because it is cloaking for one wavelength," Podolskiy said. The human eye or radar with multiple frequencies would notice objects, though there might be significant distortion, he said.

The material might be used to shrink infrared optical systems and create a super lens to see objects the size of a nanometer about one-100,000th of a human hair's diameter. It could also improve electronic manufacturing, data storage and medical systems, according to the university.

Podolskiy said he thinks commercial applications of the material could be just a few years away.

"" The Associated Press

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