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

US Navy goes all Iron Man for industrial duty

Death notice: In Delaware your social media accounts now go to your heirs

Death notice: In Delaware your social media accounts now go to your heirs

Varied death policies of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and others cause concern, lead to legislation

NASA’s green rocket fuel set for major space test

NASA’s green rocket fuel set for major space test

NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) will use a small satellite using a Hydroxyl Ammonium Nitrate fuel/oxidizer mix, developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory, is also is known as AF-M315E propellant. This fuel may...

DARPA looks to build James Bond-like armored super vehicle

DARPA looks to build James Bond-like armored super vehicle

Research agency wants hard to see, semi-autonomous armored vehicle that can haul ass.

The world’s coolest and geekiest mailboxes

"Image by REUTERS/Fred Prouser Snail mail may get the short shrift these days but that doesn’t mean the mail deserves to be delivered to a basic black box with numbers on it. No-siree.  What we have here is a collection of...

DARPA contemplates vast ocean network

DARPA contemplates vast ocean network

Researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) want to explore the possibility of seriously changing that notion and develop what it calls “a system-of-systems architecture and critical components to support...

IBM/DARPA turn out brain-like 5-billion transistor superchip

IBM/DARPA turn out brain-like 5-billion transistor superchip

The developers said the chip, which can be tiled to create large arrays, is built on Samsung Foundry's 28nm process technology, the 5.4 billion transistor chip has one of the highest transistor counts of any chip ever produced. Each...

Intelligence agency wants brain tools to tell: Who’s the smartest of them all?

“IARPA is looking to get a handle on the state of the art in brain-based predictors of future cognitive performance. In particular, IARPA is interested in non-invasive analyses of brain structure and/or function that can be used to...

MIT system will make oxygen on next NASA Mars mission

MIT system will make oxygen on next NASA Mars mission

According to MIT, MOXIE is a specialized reverse fuel cell whose primary function is to consume electricity in order to produce oxygen on Mars, where the atmosphere is 96% carbon dioxide. In a normal fuel cell, fuel is heated together

Federal court system warns of new e-mail jury scam

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts says citizens are getting e-mails claiming they have been selected for jury service and demanding that they return a form with such information as Social Security and driver’s license...

Dept. of Energy hunting fault tolerance for extreme scale systems

Dept. of Energy hunting fault tolerance for extreme scale systems

Keeping massively powerful computers humming will be an enormous challenge

Rocket Lab wants to make Model T of space satellite launchers

Rocket Lab wants to make Model T of space satellite launchers

An Australian company called Rocket Labs is looking to fix that problem – at least for smaller satellite launches—with a carbon composite, 11-ton , 18 meter (about 60ft) tall rocket known as Electron that it says can blast payloads of

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