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

FTC targets aggravating robocallers again with new public contests

Despite a number of efforts the Federal Trade Commission hasn’t been able to kill off robocalls so it is once again turning to the public with two new challenges to come up with a solution to the scourge.First, the agency is looking...

03/06/15

Cisco gets Computer History Museum haven

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., this week said it had created a Cisco Archive that promises to document and preserve the networking giant’s impact on the industry and Internet.

03/05/15

DARPA to target cyber privacy protection tech

DARPA to target cyber privacy protection tech

DARPA said: “The ability to analyze large amounts of aggregated personal data can help businesses optimize online commerce, medical workers address public health issues, and governments interrupt terrorist activities. However,...

03/03/15

FTC: Imposter scams bully into top 3 consumer complaints spot

Imposter scams where rip-off artists impersonate IRS, FBI or other official has moved into third place – its highest placement on the Federal Trade Commission’s annual evaluation of consumer complaints.

02/27/15

Net neutrality: The second two most boring words in the English language says HBO’s John Oliver

HBO’s John Oliver takes apart the net neutrality issue in a piece from his Last Week Tonight with John Oliver HBO show in 2014.

02/26/15

CIA: A world without Google Maps or satellites?

CIA: A world without Google Maps or satellites?

Developed in the late 1950s Corona’s exact role, that of taking pictures of eastern Europe, the USSR and Asia was classified, but Americans knew of its existence as the U.S. Air Force’s Discoverer program, which the government called...

02/26/15

DARPA wants advanced sensors to watch over growing hot spot: The Artic

DARPA wants advanced sensors to watch over growing hot spot: The Artic

Those are the main reasons the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency cites for wanting to build an advanced generation of sensors capable of transmitting data on air, surface and/or undersea activities above the Arctic Circle for...

02/25/15

DARPA aims to breach the human-computer natural language barrier

DARPA aims to breach the human-computer natural language barrier

This week the advanced research agency announced the Communicating with Computers (CwC) program that aims to develop technology to turn computers into good communicators. CWC aims to accelerate progress toward two-way communication...

02/20/15

IBM busts the nasty myths of the millennial employee

IBM’s study, "Myths, Exaggerations and Uncomfortable Truths" found that the central difference between Millennial and older employees is their digital talent, which comes from growing up immersed in a digital world. But, for things...

02/19/15

NASA probing contest for spacecraft that capture, manipulate small orbiting objects

NASA this week began exploring a Centennial Challenge program that would require contestants to build spacecraft capable of catching, capturing, and manipulating small objects in space at high speeds. The idea is such spacecraft...

02/17/15

New satellite will watch for, warn about fierce solar weather

New satellite will watch for, warn about fierce solar weather

According to the National Oceanic and Atomospheric Administration who will operate DSCOVR, data from the spacecraft’s three solar wind instruments, coupled with a new forecast model that is set to come online later this year, will let...

02/12/15

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