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

The weirdest, wackiest and coolest sci/tech stories of 2015 (so far!)

Threat or menace?: Gaging electromagnetic risks to the electric grid

Threat or menace?: Gaging electromagnetic risks to the electric grid

The threat posed by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) or solar weather burst of high-power electromagnetic radiation could have a debilitating impact on the nation's critical electrical infrastructure, as well as other key assets that...

Expect more prize competitions to address tough IT, high-tech challenges

In 2014 there were 97 competitions to solve IT, software and tons of other other high-tech issues

Here’s how to keep your employees engaged in their jobs

Here’s how to keep your employees engaged in their jobs

What matters most in improving employee engagement --defined as the sense of purpose and commitment employees feel toward their employer and its mission—levels is valuing employees, that is, an authentic focus on their performance,...

FBI, international law units smash infamous hacker bazaar Darkode

Ransomware, malware and all manner of nefarious computer hacking tools allegedly available via Darkode

NASA algorithms keep unmanned aircraft away from commercial aviation

NASA algorithms keep unmanned aircraft away from commercial aviation

One such system, known as DAIDALUS, or Detect and Avoid Alerting for Unmanned Systems works by using algorithms to process the incoming traffic surveillance sensor data that some larger unmanned aircraft have onboard. The system...

CIA: Julia Child and the shark repellant recipe

CIA: Julia Child and the shark repellant recipe

In 1943, then Julia McWilliams worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) - -the precursor to the CIA-- on the Emergency Sea Rescue Equipment Section (ERE). The ERE was developing among other projects, a way to repel sharks...

GAO: Early look at fed’s “Einstein 3” security weapon finds challenges

GAO: Early look at fed’s “Einstein 3” security weapon finds challenges

The Government Accountability Office has been tracking EINSTEIN’s implementation since about 2010 and will later this year issue an update on the status of the system. But this week, it included some details of its report in an...

DARPA’s $4M cyber-threat clash down to seven challengers

This week DARPA said that after a couple dry runs and a significant qualifying event the field of CGC teams is down to seven who will now compete in the final battle slated to take place at DEFCON in Las Vegas in August 2016. That...

NASA’s cool, radical and visionary concepts

NASA’s cool, radical and visionary concepts

From satellite swarms to interstellar subs NASA is advancing transformative aerospace projects.

Prototype wave energy device passes grid-connected pilot test

Prototype wave energy device passes grid-connected pilot test

According to the DOE, the device, called Azura, was recently launched and installed in a 30-meter test berth at the Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) in Kaneohe Bay, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

Navy goes all-in on 3D printing technology

Navy goes all-in on 3D printing technology

The Office of Naval Research will on July 15 detail its Quality Metal Additive Manufacturing (Quality MADE) program that will aim to “develop and integrate the suite of additive manufacturing software and hardware tools required to...

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