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

Einstein was right: Gravitational waves exist!

The iconic Boeing 747 is almost 50!

The iconic Boeing 747 is almost 50!

The first 747 flew 47 years ago this week.

NASA’s Skylab marks 42nd anniversary of last space mission

NASA’s Skylab marks 42nd anniversary of last space mission

Launched on May 14, 1973, the Skylab saw three crewed manned missions—the last being concluded in February 1974. In terms of technology the lab was pretty advanced for the time. According to IBM, two Big Blue computers controlled...

Feds grab $39M worth of fake sports gear ahead of NFL Super Bowl 50

Feds grab $39M worth of fake sports gear ahead of NFL Super Bowl 50

In its annual Super Bowl-timed crackdown on counterfeit sports gear – everything from fake hats to shirts-- the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency said it had seized nearly 450,000 phony items worth an estimated $39...

Star Trek’s USS Enterprise gets serious Smithsonian restoration

Star Trek’s USS Enterprise gets serious Smithsonian restoration

According to a recent post on its “Air and Space” blog, the museum detailed the meticulous work going into the refurbishing of the 11-ft model: “After a year of extensive research, conservation work on the original studio model of the...

IRS Scam: 5,000 victims cheated out of $26.5 million since 2013

IRS Scam: 5,000 victims cheated out of $26.5 million since 2013

The Internal Revenue Service says that aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents continues to plague taxpayers. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration in January said it has received...

NASA’s big rocket will carry 13 cool tiny satellites

NASA’s big rocket will carry 13 cool tiny satellites

NASA’s rocket – the Space Launch System (SLS) – along with an unmanned Orion spacecraft are expected to launch in 2018. The heart of the mission is to test the rockets but also to evaluate the Orion spacecraft which is the first...

Communication breakdown: US Secret Service needs a radio-system upgrade

Communication breakdown: US Secret Service needs a radio-system upgrade

The US Secret Service needs to upgrade its radio communications system before it creates problems in protecting the White House, the Vice President’s residence and foreign diplomatic embassies. That was the general conclusion of a...

Feds' primary network security weapon needs more bang

Feds' primary network security weapon needs more bang

That weapon – the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS)—also known as Einstein has is intended to provide DHS with capabilities to detect malicious traffic traversing federal agencies’...

US lab develops gigantic turbine blades to capture vast wind energy

US lab develops gigantic turbine blades to capture vast wind energy

US researchers at Sandia National Laboratories say they are working on a design for gigantic wind turbine blades that are longer than two football fields which could support 50-megawatt-- more than six times the power output of the...

Say hello to The Matrix: DARPA looks to link brains and computers

Say hello to The Matrix: DARPA looks to link brains and computers

DARPA: Today’s best brain-computer interface systems are like two supercomputers trying to talk to each other using an old 300-baud modem...The research agency’s Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) want to develop an implantable...

CIA: 10 Tips when investigating a flying saucer

CIA: 10 Tips when investigating a flying saucer

Most people don’t typically associate the Central Intelligence Agency with historical UFO investigations but the agency did have a big role in such investigations many years ago. That’s why I thought it was unusual and kind of...

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