DOE takes real world look at electric car use

DOE takes real world look at electric car use

While the current use of electric cars is low, electric power companies say they are prepping for a 400% growth in annual sales of plug-in autos by 2023. With such growth in mind, understanding customer charging patterns can help...

12/19/14

Did Alcatraz escapees survive? Computer program says they might have

Did Alcatraz escapees survive? Computer program says they might have

First a little background: According to US Marshals history of the Alcatraz event, on the night of June 11, 1962, the three escaped through vents in the prison and made their way to the northeast part of the island, where they...

12/17/14

Report: Significant technical trials remain before drones can safely access national airspace

Report: Significant technical trials remain before drones can safely access national airspace

The watchdogs at the Government Accountability Office issued report on the integration of unmanned aerial systems as it calls them, in US national airspace (NAS) today ahead of a congressional hearing on the topic. As it has noted...

12/10/14

NASA: Pluto-bound spacecraft wakes up, sets up shop 2.9 million miles away

NASA: Pluto-bound spacecraft wakes up, sets up shop 2.9 million miles away

Specifically NASA said spacecraft operators at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., confirmed at 9:53 p.m. (EST) that the ship -- New Horizons -- operating on pre-programmed computer commands, had...

12/08/14

Intelligence agency wants a superconducting, super cool, supercomputer

Intelligence agency wants a superconducting, super cool, supercomputer

If there’s a away to overcome the power, cooling and memory requirements to build a supercomputer beyond exaflop – that’s over 1,000 petaflops, about 30 times faster than the current fastest supercomputer -- researchers at...

12/04/14

Are privacy and civil liberties a secondary concern for law enforcement?

Speaking at the Cybercrime 2020 Symposium in Washington, D.C., Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell Speaks encouraged the debate but defended the US Department of Justice stating: “Almost every decision we make during an...

12/04/14

DARPA looks to connect complex system security dots and wipe out malicious cyber attacks

The researchers at DARPA think its time for a change in the way security is handled in such systems and later this month will detail a program they call Transparent Computing (TC) they says “will develop technologies to record and...

12/02/14

US intelligence wants high-tech access to the most prodigious sensor of all: Humans

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) which falls under the auspices of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, last week issued a Request For Information that looks into how wearable devices that...

12/01/14

DARPA cuts $15.5M check for edgy semiconductor development

DARPA cuts $15.5M check for edgy semiconductor development

“The goal of this program is to create/continue a nationwide network of multi-university research centers that will keep the US Department of Defense and US semiconductor and defense systems firms at the forefront of the global...

11/26/14

NASA sets huge $5M cubesat competition

NASA sets huge $5M cubesat competition

When it first talked about offering a cubesat challenge in June, NASA said it wanted to focus on building better communications and propulsion technologies for the cube-shaped satellites are typically about four inches long, have a...

11/25/14

Air Force evaluating high-frequency, focused mobile networks

Air Force evaluating high-frequency, focused mobile networks

In its Request For Information, the Air Force said this so-called directional networking would focus a greater amount of radiated energy on an intended receiver through a combination of transmitter and/or receiver aperture...

11/21/14

US intelligence unit launches $50k speech recognition competition

The $50,000 challenge comes from researchers at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The completion, known as Automatic Speech recognition in...

11/19/14

US Marshals auctioning $20M worth of Silk Road’s Bitcoins

US Marshals auctioning $20M worth of Silk Road’s Bitcoins

The auction, which is the second sale of Silk Road’s Bitcoin collection, will take place during a 6-hour period on Dec. 4 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. EST. Bids will be accepted by email from pre-registered bidders only, the US...

11/18/14

DARPA wants to toughen-up WAN edge networking, security

Details of what exactly DARPA is looking tp add under the new program, known as EDICT or Edge-Directed Cyber Technologies for Reliable Mission Communication, are skimpy but the agency provided the following description: “The...

11/14/14

DARPA looking to drop “volleys” of small drones from larger aircraft

DARPA looking to drop “volleys” of small drones from larger aircraft

The agency recently put out a Request For Information to explore the feasibility and value of launching and recovering volleys of small unmanned aircraft from one or more existing large airplanes – think B-52, B-1, C-130.

11/10/14

NASA pondering $1.5 million stratospheric airship competition

NASA pondering $1.5 million stratospheric airship competition

NASA this week said it was contemplating a public competition to build airships capable of reaching the stratosphere where it could remain for a period of time gathering astronomy data or watching environmental changes on the ground.

11/07/14

TSA has seized an outrageous 1,850 guns on travelers so far in 2014

TSA has seized an outrageous 1,850 guns on travelers so far in 2014

If you need a measure of the daily security pressure your local airport’s Transportation Security Administration personnel are under you need look no further than the fact that its agents have discovered more than 1,850 firearms,...

11/06/14

The Internet of fishy things

Scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a sensor-laden, synthetic Sensor Fish that can be used to swim into hydropower facilities like dams to evaluate structures and other environmental systems.

11/05/14

Have E-ZPass? Watch out for slimy ASProx-based malware ploy

The Internet Crime Complaint Center today said it has gotten more than 560 complaints about a rip-off using the E-ZPass vehicle toll collection system that uses phishing techniques to deliver malware to your computer.

11/03/14

Follow-up: Virgin Galactic spacecraft crash

Follow-up: Virgin Galactic spacecraft crash

In news today the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), said that it appeared the lever that controls the SpaceShipTwo’s deceleration system might have been deployed too soon. How or if that caused the crash is unknown at this...

11/03/14

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