US intelligence outfit wants the ultimate quantum qubit

That’s why a program IARPA will detail next month called LogiQ, will build a logical qubit from physical qubits and push for higher fidelity in multi-qubit operations which it hopes will develop vigorous quantum processors.

04/17/15

 Yikes: 10,000 IRS impersonation scam calls are placed every week

Yikes: 10,000 IRS impersonation scam calls are placed every week

IRS imposter fraud lands on Capitol Hill

04/15/15

Transition to IP network creates cybersecurity challenges for FAA

Transition to IP network creates cybersecurity challenges for FAA

The Internet hasn’t totally invaded the nation’s air traffic control system, but as it does the Federal Aviation Administration faces a growing challenge to make sure the network is locked down secure. The security issues arise as the...

04/15/15

US Navy researchers get drones to swarm on target

The Office of Naval Research today said it had successfully demonstrated a system that lets small-unmanned aircraft swarm and act together over a particular target.

04/14/15

The International Space Station (finally!) gets an espresso machine

The International Space Station (finally!) gets an espresso machine

Making espresso in space is no small feat as making the water heat to the right temperature – 208F – and generating enough pressure to make the brew are critical in the brewing process. And then getting it into a “cup,” well that’s...

04/13/15

DARPA wants software that adapts, lasts over 100 years

DARPA wants software that adapts, lasts over 100 years

The program, called Building Resource Adaptive Software Systems, or BRASS is expected to lead to significant improvements in software resilience, reliability and maintainability by developing the computational and algorithmic...

04/09/15

FBI: Be wary about Web searches for federal information

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) today issued a warning about an uptick it is seeing where fraudsters are hosting fraudulent government services websites in order to grab Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and to...

04/07/15

NASA: Yeast, flashlight and solar sailing key parts of first big rocket mission

NASA: Yeast, flashlight and solar sailing key parts of first big rocket mission

NASA recently said it has picked three of the 11 cubesats it will send along with the first Space Launch System (SLS) rocket which could blast off in the 2017/2018 timeframe. The 70-metric-ton SLS will stand 321 feet tall, offer 8.4...

04/06/15

It’s Xmas-time for tax return fraudsters

A variety of fraud techniques to obtain the information needed to file a tax return. The most popular methods include: computer intrusion, the online purchase of stolen personal information, the recruitment of insiders who have...

04/03/15

IT troubles plague Federal Copyright Office

A report out this week from the watchdogs at the Government Accountability Office points out a number of different technical and management woes that see to start at the top – with the CIO (a position that has a number of problems in...

03/31/15

Scars on Mars: NASA finds landing blasts fade inconsistently

Scars on Mars: NASA finds landing blasts fade inconsistently

After a few years of watching over NASA’s Mars Curiosity landing site the space agency has found that blast marks made by the initial decent vehicle have not faded away as one might expect. Rather, NASA said, after fading for about...

03/27/15

Cash, IT security threaten NASA Deep Space Network operation

Cash, IT security threaten NASA Deep Space Network operation

NASA's Office of Inspector General critical of budget, IT security practices of agencies Deep Space Net. NASA’s Deep Space Network, which through variety of antennas and transmitters at communications complexes in three locations:...

03/26/15

NASA sets asteroid mission, demo technologies

NASA sets asteroid mission, demo technologies

Specifically, NASA’s associate administrator Robert Lightfoot said the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) will rendezvous with the target asteroid, land a robotic spacecraft on the surface, grab a 4 meter or so sized boulder and begin a...

03/25/15

Building superior engineers to address the century’s greatest engineering challenges

Building superior engineers to address the century’s greatest engineering challenges

Each of the 122 schools from Brown to Youngstown State has pledged to graduate a minimum of 20 students per year who will be specially prepared to lead the way in solving such large-scale problems, with the goal of training more than...

03/24/15

Could modernized analog computers bring petaflops to the desktop?

Could modernized analog computers bring petaflops to the desktop?

Researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are looking to discover -- through a program called Analog and Continuous-variable Co-processors for Efficient Scientific Simulation (ACCESS) -- what advances analog...

03/20/15

Social Security: Where’d all the 112 year-olds come from?

Problems is, those 6.5 million mostly deceased people have Social Security Numbers that are unaccounted for or are being used in fraud or identity theft and other scams that illegally collect tax money. The numbers also make it a...

03/17/15

Lockheed Martin spacecraft targets space station, moon missions

Lockheed Martin spacecraft targets space station, moon missions

Lockheed Martin is certainly no stranger to spacecraft and it is now using that expertise to offer up a new ship capable of resupplying the International Space Station and other missions. The company this week rolled out a three-part...

03/13/15

DARPA accelerates ultimate automated pilot software

DARPA accelerates ultimate automated pilot software

The idea behind the research agency’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) is to develop new automation software kit that could fit easily into existing aircraft systems and enable operation with a reduced flight crew...

03/10/15

US Census online by 2020? Not so fast

US Census online by 2020? Not so fast

The US Census Bureau has designs on bringing the 2020 census online but while that might sound like a good idea, there are many challenges that need to be addressed. That’s according to the Government Accountability Office which in a...

03/09/15

Travel surprise! TSA finds live Chihuahua in checked bag

Travel surprise! TSA finds live Chihuahua in checked bag

TSA security officials found a real, live Chihuahua in a checked hard-sided bag at New York’s La Guardia airport last week.

03/09/15

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