NASA’s Skylab marks 42nd anniversary of last space mission

NASA’s Skylab marks 42nd anniversary of last space mission

Launched on May 14, 1973, the Skylab saw three crewed manned missions—the last being concluded in February 1974. In terms of technology the lab was pretty advanced for the time. According to IBM, two Big Blue computers controlled...

02/08/16

Feds grab $39M worth of fake sports gear ahead of NFL Super Bowl 50

Feds grab $39M worth of fake sports gear ahead of NFL Super Bowl 50

In its annual Super Bowl-timed crackdown on counterfeit sports gear – everything from fake hats to shirts-- the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency said it had seized nearly 450,000 phony items worth an estimated $39...

02/04/16

Star Trek’s USS Enterprise gets serious Smithsonian restoration

Star Trek’s USS Enterprise gets serious Smithsonian restoration

According to a recent post on its “Air and Space” blog, the museum detailed the meticulous work going into the refurbishing of the 11-ft model: “After a year of extensive research, conservation work on the original studio model of the...

02/04/16

IRS Scam: 5,000 victims cheated out of $26.5 million since 2013

IRS Scam: 5,000 victims cheated out of $26.5 million since 2013

The Internal Revenue Service says that aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents continues to plague taxpayers. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration in January said it has received...

02/03/16

NASA’s big rocket will carry 13 cool tiny satellites

NASA’s big rocket will carry 13 cool tiny satellites

NASA’s rocket – the Space Launch System (SLS) – along with an unmanned Orion spacecraft are expected to launch in 2018. The heart of the mission is to test the rockets but also to evaluate the Orion spacecraft which is the first...

02/02/16

Communication breakdown: US Secret Service needs a radio-system upgrade

Communication breakdown: US Secret Service needs a radio-system upgrade

The US Secret Service needs to upgrade its radio communications system before it creates problems in protecting the White House, the Vice President’s residence and foreign diplomatic embassies. That was the general conclusion of a...

01/29/16

Feds' primary network security weapon needs more bang

Feds' primary network security weapon needs more bang

That weapon – the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS)—also known as Einstein has is intended to provide DHS with capabilities to detect malicious traffic traversing federal agencies’...

01/28/16

US lab develops gigantic turbine blades to capture vast wind energy

US lab develops gigantic turbine blades to capture vast wind energy

US researchers at Sandia National Laboratories say they are working on a design for gigantic wind turbine blades that are longer than two football fields which could support 50-megawatt-- more than six times the power output of the...

01/28/16

Say hello to The Matrix: DARPA looks to link brains and computers

Say hello to The Matrix: DARPA looks to link brains and computers

DARPA: Today’s best brain-computer interface systems are like two supercomputers trying to talk to each other using an old 300-baud modem...The research agency’s Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) want to develop an implantable...

01/26/16

CIA: 10 Tips when investigating a flying saucer

CIA: 10 Tips when investigating a flying saucer

Most people don’t typically associate the Central Intelligence Agency with historical UFO investigations but the agency did have a big role in such investigations many years ago. That’s why I thought it was unusual and kind of...

01/22/16

TSA: Gun discoveries in baggage up 20% in 2015 over 2014

TSA: Gun discoveries in baggage up 20% in 2015 over 2014

It’s an astounding number really, but the details get worse. The TSA goes onto say 2,653 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country, averaging more than seven firearms per day. Of those, 2,198 (83%)...

01/21/16

The Big Hang-up: IRS customer call center service stinks

The Big Hang-up: IRS customer call center service stinks

That’s because the Internal Revenue Service provided the lowest level of telephone service during fiscal year 2015 compared to prior years, with only 38% of callers who wanted to speak with an IRS assistant able to reach one,...

01/19/16

High-tech plays big role in transportation safety wish list

High-tech plays big role in transportation safety wish list

The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) annual wish list looks at what it considers to be the nation’s top transportation safety concerns. It has for years spoken out about distracted driving and the need to remove any and...

01/13/16

Will your car become a mini-data center? IBM thinks that’s just the beginning

Will your car become a mini-data center? IBM thinks that’s just the beginning

According to IBM, consumers indicated that they were very interested in all aspects of self-enabling vehicles, but diagnostics and preventive capabilities rated highest (59%), with ten out of sixteen countries placing it as the...

01/12/16

Should the US change metal coins?

Should the US change metal coins?

According to a report this week from watchdogs at the Government Accountability Office, since 2006 the prices of metals used in coins have risen so much that the total production unit costs of the penny and nickel exceed their face...

01/11/16

Intelligence agency wants computer scientists to develop brain-like computers

Intelligence agency wants computer scientists to develop brain-like computers

IARPA, the radical research arm of the of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence this week said it was looking at two groups to help develop this new generation of computers: computer scientists with experience in...

01/08/16

Not in my airspace: Airbus rolls out anti-drone system

Not in my airspace: Airbus rolls out anti-drone system

The Airbus anti-drone system employs infrared cameras, radar technology and sensors to spot and track drones over six miles away, the company says. If the incoming drone is considered suspicious, the system can use electronic signals...

01/06/16

DARPA targets tiny, battery-powered atomic clocks that could shield GPS outages

DARPA targets tiny, battery-powered atomic clocks that could shield GPS outages

The scientists at DARPA will next month detail a new program the group hopes will develop small, portable, battery-powered atomic clocks with stability, repeatability, and environmental sensitivity 1,000 times better than the current...

01/05/16

NORAD’s amazing 60-year Santa tracking history

NORAD’s amazing 60-year Santa tracking history

The National Archive blog takes a look at the background of the nation’s premier defense unit’s tracking of Santa as he travels around the globe delivering his Christmas goodies.

12/23/15

NASA offers $15k for your wicked cool air traffic technology

NASA offers $15k for your wicked cool air traffic technology

The space agency this week announced a $15,000 public contest -- called the “Sky for All challenge” -- to develop technologies that could be part of what it calls “a clean-slate, revolutionary design and concept of operations for the...

12/17/15

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