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

IRS unites tax industry to try to stem flood of fraud, identity theft

IRS unites tax industry to try to stem flood of fraud, identity theft

The IRS and taxpayers have been pummeled in recent years by all manner of fraud and identity theft problems but today, the agency, state tax administrators and leading tax preparation and software firms said they would step up...

06/12/15

DARPA seeks high-speed inter-satellite communication technology

DARPA seeks high-speed inter-satellite communication technology

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency this week announced a program called “Inter-Satellite Communication Links (ISCL)” it hopes will see the development of lightweight, low-power, and low-cost inter-satellite communications...

06/11/15

NTSB wants auto industry to speed collision avoidance technology adoption

NTSB wants auto industry to speed collision avoidance technology adoption

The National Transportation Safety Board this week said it wants to see auto collision avoidance technology implemented in cars more quickly and recommended that such equipment become standard on all new passenger and commercial...

06/10/15

Solar sailing cubesat spreads wings and flies

Solar sailing cubesat spreads wings and flies

Planetary Society’s CEO Bill Nye “the science guy” solar sailing project finally unfurls...The society’s LightSail is a cubesat whose initial flight will begin to test the feasibility of using much larger solar sails for space...

06/08/15

DARPA spends $24M to smarten-up WAN edge

DARPA spends $24M to smarten-up WAN edge

Raytheon BBN Technologies and Vencore Labs’ Applied Communication Sciences research program pretty much evenly divided the money which DARPA expects will develop technologies that “bolster the resilience of communication over IP...

06/05/15

NASA drops $2.3M on supersonic aircraft research

NASA drops $2.3M on supersonic aircraft research

This week the space agency said it invested $2.3 million for eight research projects that will address sonic booms and high-altitude emissions from supersonic jets. NASA’s Commercial Supersonic Technology Project, which picked the...

06/03/15

DARPA wants to make complex 3D printing trustworthy, dependable, safe

That’s what researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) aim to do with its Open Manufacturing program which this week announced new labs and other facilities that will be used to develop these additive...

06/02/15

DARPA wants you to verify software flaws by playing games

DARPA wants you to verify software flaws by playing games

Researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) think so and were so impressed with their first crowdsourced flaw-detecting games, they announced an new round of five games this week designed for improved...

05/28/15

FCC ruling could bolster robocall battle

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing a number of changes that the FCC says would “close loopholes and strengthen consumer protections already on the books,” such as the widely used Do-Not-Call Registry. The FCC proposals were in...

05/27/15

Feds want terabit-speed optical SDN-based system

Feds want terabit-speed optical SDN-based system

Specifically the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research in the Office of Science at the U.S. DOE said that networks are becoming too complicated to manage and control, especially as they provide critical support for...

05/21/15

FBI: Social media, virtual currency hit big time scam, fraud club

Criminals taking advantage of personal data found on social media and vulnerabilities of the digital currency system are two of the emerging Internet law-breaking trends identified by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) in...

05/20/15

Energy Dept. wants big wind energy technology in all 50 states

Energy Dept. wants big wind energy technology in all 50 states

“Technological advancements, such as taller wind turbine towers of 110 and 140 meters and larger rotors—currently under development by the Energy Department and its private sector partners—can more efficiently capture the stronger and...

05/19/15

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