Michael Cooney

Online News Editor

Cooney is an Online News Editor. He is also the author of the Layer 8 blog, Network World's daily home for the not-just-networking news. He has a Journalism degree from The Pennsylvania State University and has been working with Network World since 1992. Direct: 508.766.5421 NETWORK WORLD 492 Old Connecticut Path| Framingham, MA 01701

Scientists want to blast space debris with a space station-mounted laser

Slightly fast and not furious: Lightweight car challenge brings out wicked cool prototypes

Slightly fast and not furious: Lightweight car challenge brings out wicked cool prototypes

By the looks of it creativity in the concept car realm is alive and well. The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) this week announced the winner of its LIghtweighting Technologies Enabling...

NASA teams scientific experts to find life on exoplanets

NASA teams scientific experts to find life on exoplanets

The program, Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) will cull the collective expertise from each of NASA’s science communities including Earth, Planetary, Heliophysicists, Astrophysicists and key universities to better analyze...

US intelligence outfit wants the ultimate quantum qubit

That’s why a program IARPA will detail next month called LogiQ, will build a logical qubit from physical qubits and push for higher fidelity in multi-qubit operations which it hopes will develop vigorous quantum processors.

IBM unbolts vast threat database to fight cybercrimes

IBM offers third-party threat data and real-time indicators of live attacks, which could combat cybercrimes.

 Yikes: 10,000 IRS impersonation scam calls are placed every week

Yikes: 10,000 IRS impersonation scam calls are placed every week

IRS imposter fraud lands on Capitol Hill

Transition to IP network creates cybersecurity challenges for FAA

Transition to IP network creates cybersecurity challenges for FAA

The Internet hasn’t totally invaded the nation’s air traffic control system, but as it does the Federal Aviation Administration faces a growing challenge to make sure the network is locked down secure. The security issues arise as the...

US Navy researchers get drones to swarm on target

The Office of Naval Research today said it had successfully demonstrated a system that lets small-unmanned aircraft swarm and act together over a particular target.

The International Space Station (finally!) gets an espresso machine

The International Space Station (finally!) gets an espresso machine

Making espresso in space is no small feat as making the water heat to the right temperature – 208F – and generating enough pressure to make the brew are critical in the brewing process. And then getting it into a “cup,” well that’s...

DARPA wants software that adapts, lasts over 100 years

DARPA wants software that adapts, lasts over 100 years

The program, called Building Resource Adaptive Software Systems, or BRASS is expected to lead to significant improvements in software resilience, reliability and maintainability by developing the computational and algorithmic...

FBI: Be wary about Web searches for federal information

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) today issued a warning about an uptick it is seeing where fraudsters are hosting fraudulent government services websites in order to grab Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and to...

NASA: Yeast, flashlight and solar sailing key parts of first big rocket mission

NASA: Yeast, flashlight and solar sailing key parts of first big rocket mission

NASA recently said it has picked three of the 11 cubesats it will send along with the first Space Launch System (SLS) rocket which could blast off in the 2017/2018 timeframe. The 70-metric-ton SLS will stand 321 feet tall, offer 8.4...

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