FAA lets movie and TV groups operate drones in national airspace, what could go wrong?

FAA lets movie and TV groups operate drones in national airspace, what could go wrong?

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted regulatory exemptions to six aerial photo and video production companies, the first step to allowing the film and television industry the use of unmanned aircraft in the National...

09/25/14

Three new (and a few old) cloud computing challenges stymie government rollouts

In the two years that have passed, the GAO this week reported that government agency use of cloud computing has grown, but a few new challenges have cropped up that hinder widespread cloud adoption. Lets start with cloud adoption. ...

09/25/14

To fight $5.2B worth of identity theft IRS may need to change the way you file taxes, get refunds

To fight $5.2B worth of identity theft IRS may need to change the way you file taxes, get refunds

Based on preliminary analysis, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimates it paid $5.2 billion in fraudulent identity theft refunds in filing season 2013 while preventing an additional $24.2 billion (based on what it could detect). ...

09/23/14

Is Pluto a planet? Kinda, sorta, well yes, maybe

Is Pluto a planet? Kinda, sorta, well yes, maybe

The organization had 3 distinguished scientists present the case for and against Pluto. Pluto’s planet status you may recall has been redefined and questioned since about 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) set a...

09/22/14

Take a spin in the world's first 3D –printed electric car

Take a spin in the world's first 3D –printed electric car

The researchers say the two-seat car, known as a Strati, is built almost entirely of carbon-reinforced plastic, including the body and chassis and took 44 hours to make. The researchers noted that other experimental cars have used 3D...

09/22/14

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

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

SpaceX Dragon will deliver 5,000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station

09/18/14

Oracle founder Larry Ellison steps down

Oracle founder Larry Ellison steps down

Oracle execs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd named co-CEOs

09/18/14

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...

09/17/14

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...

09/16/14

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...

09/10/14

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...

09/09/14

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...

09/08/14

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...

09/04/14

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.

09/03/14

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...

09/02/14

Witness the future: The 1955 Video Phone

“Demonstrated for the first time, the videophone, with two-way picture screens enabling the parties to see, as well as speak to, each other. As simple to operate as today’s dial tone. The videophone included a small screen so that...

09/02/14

John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde escape the shredder as FBI finishes vast digital fingerprint/ID project

John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde escape the shredder as FBI finishes vast digital fingerprint/ID project

The FBI is close to fully activating the Next Generation Identification (NGI) system, a state-of-the-art digital platform of biometric and other types of identity information. The system, which is incrementally replacing the Bureau’s...

08/22/14

US Navy goes all Iron Man for industrial duty

US Navy goes all Iron Man for industrial duty

Specifically in this case, Lockheed said it was looking to transition exoskeleton technology to the Department of Defense industrial base and perform testing and evaluation for industrial hand-tool applications at Navy shipyards.

08/20/14

Death notice: In Delaware your social media accounts now go to your heirs

Death notice: In Delaware your social media accounts now go to your heirs

Varied death policies of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and others cause concern, lead to legislation

08/19/14

NASA’s green rocket fuel set for major space test

NASA’s green rocket fuel set for major space test

NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) will use a small satellite using a Hydroxyl Ammonium Nitrate fuel/oxidizer mix, developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory, is also is known as AF-M315E propellant. This fuel may...

08/19/14

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