Human error to blame in fatal crash of Virgin Galactic’s spacecraft

Human error to blame in fatal crash of Virgin Galactic’s spacecraft

Transportation Safety Board which has ben investigating the Virgin Galactic crash 10 months ago that killed the copilot and badly injured the pilot. “The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of...

07/28/15

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...

07/23/15

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

07/21/15

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,...

07/16/15

FBI, international law units smash infamous hacker bazaar Darkode

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

07/15/15

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...

07/14/15

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...

07/13/15

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...

07/09/15

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...

07/08/15

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.

07/06/15

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...

07/02/15

Federal wiretaps down slightly, encryption impact decreases

Federal wiretaps down slightly, encryption impact decreases

According to the 2014 Wiretap Report, released today by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts a total of a total of 3,554 wiretaps were reported as authorized, with 1,279 authorized by federal judges and 2,275...

07/01/15

16 facts about our slowly mutating energy consumption

16 facts about our slowly mutating energy consumption

Electricity consumption has slowed while the use of natural gas, wind, and solar have become larger portions-- with coal and nuclear becoming less -- of the nation's electricity generation between 2001-2013. That was one observation...

06/30/15

FTC shuts down “card member services” robocallers

A massive robocall campaign designed to trick people into paying for worthless credit card interest rate reduction programs has been shut down by a Federal Court at the behest of the Federal Trade Commission and the Florida Attorney...

06/29/15

NASA to get space station view of Earth-bound asteroids, meteors

NASA to get space station view of Earth-bound asteroids, meteors

The Meteor investigation camera is programmed to record known major meteor showers during its two-year orbit and could also spot unpredicted showers. The Meteor study will help scientists better understand the asteroids and comets...

06/26/15

FBI: CryptoWall ransomware plague rising

FBI: CryptoWall ransomware plague rising

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center said between April 2014 and June 2015, it received 992 CryptoWall-related complaints, with victims reporting losses totaling over $18 million. And its not just user PCs that are being...

06/24/15

Air Force cybersecurity scheme aims to deceive and survive

Air Force cybersecurity scheme aims to deceive and survive

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) issued two contracts valued at about $98 million to give the agency a variety of cybersecurity technologies that would go a long way towards foiling a range of threats.

06/23/15

NASA: “Wild” technology will transform aviation

NASA: “Wild” technology will transform aviation

It’s not often you see a button-down organization like NASA call something “wild” but that’s what the space agency is calling six concepts – ranging from adding artificial intelligence to unmanned aircraft to using electricity for...

06/22/15

FCC to smack AT&T with $100M fine for choking “unlimited” data plan speeds

The FCC’s investigation revealed that millions of AT&T customers were slowed for an average of 12 days per billing cycle, significantly impeding their ability to use common data applications such as GPS mapping or streaming video. And...

06/17/15

SpaceX wants you to build Elon Musk’s Hyperloop pod

SpaceX wants you to build Elon Musk’s Hyperloop pod

Looking to hasten the development of a Hyperloop pod transportation prototype, SpaceX this week said it would open a public completion to build a half-scale passenger system capable of traveling at speeds in excess of 760MPH. SpaceX...

06/15/15

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