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

NASA: 3D Printer; ocean monitoring tool part of big space delivery to ISS

Oracle founder Larry Ellison steps down

Oracle founder Larry Ellison steps down

Oracle execs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd named co-CEOs

NASA Inspector General lobs big rocks at agency’s asteroid hunting program

NASA Inspector General lobs big rocks at agency’s asteroid hunting program

The space agency’s Inspector General, Paul Martin, issued a scathing report this week that said while NASA’s Near Earth Object program has done substantial work in identifying the sometimes massive rocks hurtling around the planet it...

Quick look: NASA’s human space flight return

NASA teams with Boeing, Space X to bring human spaceflight back to reality

NASA picks Boeing, Space X to take American astronauts back to space

NASA picks Boeing, Space X to take American astronauts back to space

NASA said the contracts include at least one crewed flight test per company with at least one NASA astronaut aboard to verify the fully integrated rocket and spacecraft system can launch, maneuver in orbit, and dock to the space...

World’s hot alternative energy projects

From hydrogen to solar and wood there are tons of ongoing cool alternative energy projects across the globe

Is there a viable alternative to ubiquitous GPS?

Is there a viable alternative to ubiquitous GPS?

What’s the state-of-the-art in non-GPS based navigation and homing technology? That’s the main question behind a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) request to the industry this week as the group ponders where or not to...

Carnegie Mellon develops smart, bright headlights that won’t blind oncoming drivers

Carnegie Mellon develops smart, bright headlights that won’t blind oncoming drivers

“The programmable headlight senses and tracks virtually any number of oncoming drivers, blacking out only the small parts of the headlight beam that would otherwise shine into their eyes. During snow or rain showers, the headlight...

DARPA targets complex software algorithm vulnerabilities

Enter the Space/Time Analysis for Cybersecurity (STAC) program which DARPA announced this week and says is focused on with vulnerabilities inherent in algorithms – specifically, vulnerabilities that stem from the algorithms’ space and...

FBI: Criminal group melds scams to defraud retailers

FBI: Criminal group melds scams to defraud retailers

The FBI and Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) today issued a warning about a criminal group using e-mail account spoofing, phishing and a variety of social engineering attacks to defraud retailers of everything from laptops and...

DARPA bolsters blueprint to build robotic services for satellites

DARPA bolsters blueprint to build robotic services for satellites

In order to move that plan along, the research agency today issued a Request for Information (RFI) calling on commercial and private space groups to provide details on what it would take to accomplish the lofty goal.

The DOE's Smart Grid snapshot

While the benefits of moving the current antiquated electric grid into the future are many, there are a number of challenges still dogging the effort. Chief among them is cybersecurity but getting the country’s utility community...

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