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


Scars on Mars: NASA finds landing blasts fade inconsistently

Scars on Mars: NASA finds landing blasts fade inconsistently

After a few years of watching over NASA’s Mars Curiosity landing site the space agency has found that blast marks made by the initial decent vehicle have not faded away as one might expect. Rather, NASA said, after fading for about...

Cash, IT security threaten NASA Deep Space Network operation

Cash, IT security threaten NASA Deep Space Network operation

NASA's Office of Inspector General critical of budget, IT security practices of agencies Deep Space Net. NASA’s Deep Space Network, which through variety of antennas and transmitters at communications complexes in three locations:...

NASA sets asteroid mission, demo technologies

NASA sets asteroid mission, demo technologies

Specifically, NASA’s associate administrator Robert Lightfoot said the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) will rendezvous with the target asteroid, land a robotic spacecraft on the surface, grab a 4 meter or so sized boulder and begin a...

Building superior engineers to address the century’s greatest engineering challenges

Building superior engineers to address the century’s greatest engineering challenges

Each of the 122 schools from Brown to Youngstown State has pledged to graduate a minimum of 20 students per year who will be specially prepared to lead the way in solving such large-scale problems, with the goal of training more than...

Could modernized analog computers bring petaflops to the desktop?

Could modernized analog computers bring petaflops to the desktop?

Researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are looking to discover -- through a program called Analog and Continuous-variable Co-processors for Efficient Scientific Simulation (ACCESS) -- what advances analog...

IBM: Mobile app security stinks

An IBM/Ponemon study released today found large companies, including many in the Fortune 500 aren’t properly securing mobile apps they build for customers nor their corporate and BYOD mobile devices.

Hailing 50 spectacular years of spacewalking

Hailing 50 spectacular years of spacewalking

Many have taken the plunge outside the their spacecraft to fix problems, make adjustments and even hit a golf ball. Take a look at some of the milestones of spacewalking.

Social Security: Where’d all the 112 year-olds come from?

Problems is, those 6.5 million mostly deceased people have Social Security Numbers that are unaccounted for or are being used in fraud or identity theft and other scams that illegally collect tax money. The numbers also make it a...

Lockheed Martin spacecraft targets space station, moon missions

Lockheed Martin spacecraft targets space station, moon missions

Lockheed Martin is certainly no stranger to spacecraft and it is now using that expertise to offer up a new ship capable of resupplying the International Space Station and other missions. The company this week rolled out a three-part...

DARPA accelerates ultimate automated pilot software

DARPA accelerates ultimate automated pilot software

The idea behind the research agency’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) is to develop new automation software kit that could fit easily into existing aircraft systems and enable operation with a reduced flight crew...

US Census online by 2020? Not so fast

US Census online by 2020? Not so fast

The US Census Bureau has designs on bringing the 2020 census online but while that might sound like a good idea, there are many challenges that need to be addressed. That’s according to the Government Accountability Office which in a...

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