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

MIT system will make oxygen on next NASA Mars mission

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

FTC urges mobile carriers to help send cramming charges packing

FTC report highlights five steps carriers and other service providers can do to fight unauthorized charges

NASA looking for out-of-this-world Mars communications services

NASA looking for out-of-this-world Mars communications services

In this model, the commercial provider would own and operate relay orbiter(s), and NASA would contract to purchase services over some period of time. In exploring this model, NASA encourages innovative ideas for cost-effective...

FTC takes out “tech support” scammers; $5.1 million in fines, retribution

The FTC said that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued default judgments against fourteen corporate defendants and fourteen individual defendants that allegedly operated the tech support scams. The...

Finding life in space by looking for extraterrestrial pollution

Finding life in space by looking for extraterrestrial pollution

That’s the basics of new research put for this week by researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics that stated if we could spot the fingerprints of certain pollutants under ideal conditions, it would offer a new...

Dumping an open source Honeypot on Rachel: FTC reloads on liquidating robocallers

The Zapping Rachel contest will take place at DEF CON 22 in Las Vegas Aug. 7-10, and offers partakers $17,000 in cash prizes for developing open-source packages that could be used to build an advance robocall honeypot, circumvent or...

Cisco counterfeiter gets 37 months in prison, forfeits $700,000

ConnectZone.com and owner, Daniel Oberholtzer conspired with a Chinese company to produce counterfeit Cisco, US says

The weirdest, wackiest and coolest sci/tech stories of 2014 (so far!)

2014 has featured crop circles, advanced toilet tech, flying saucers, wild software development

DARPA initiates reusable, aircraft-like spaceship development

DARPA initiates reusable, aircraft-like spaceship development

DARPA said Boeing (working with Blue Origin) Masten Space Systems (working with XCOR Aerospace) and Northrop Grumman Corporation (working with Virgin Galactic) would begin phase 1 work on the agency’s Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1)...

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