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+ - DARPA social media research stirs a murky, controversial pot->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "DARPA’s two-year old program to better understand and perhaps ultimately influence social media has begun to bear fruit but some of that harvest is raising a stink. DARPA said when rolling out its Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC) program was to develop a social networks science that will develop automated and semiautomated operator support tools and techniques for the systematic and methodical use of social media at data scale and in a timely fashion. But in building that science the agency says it has funded myriad social media/Twitter research (including a study that looked at Lady Gaga’s Twitter following—a model of social media popularity, DARPA stated) as well as a look into Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit and Kickstarter."
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+ - Could a quadcopter land rovers on Mars?->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "Taking a page from NASA’s rocket powered landing craft from it most recent Mars landing mission, the European Space Agency is showing off a quadcopter that the organization says can steer itself to smoothly lower a rover onto a safe patch of the rocky Martian surface. The ESA said its dropship, known as the StarTiger’s Dropter is indeed a customized quadcopter drone that uses a GPS, camera and inertial systems to fly into position, where it then switches to vision-based navigation supplemented by a laser range-finder and barometer to lower and land a rover autonomously."
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+ - DARPA demos lightweight, 94GHz silicon system on a chip-> 1

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coondoggie (973519) writes "Looking to bring lighter, more powerful and less expensive systems for various applications such as communications, radar or guidance systems, DARPA said this week it had recently demonstrated an all-silicon, microchip-sized system on a chip that runs at 94 GHz. DARPA claims that this chip is the first time a silicon-only package has achieved such a high frequency, which falls in the millimeter-wave range."
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+ - Carnegie Mellon system lets you get to the good parts of video, fast->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "While Video has become ubiquitous thanks mostly to smartphones it doesn’t mean you want to actually watch all of it. Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists say they have invented a video highlighting technique called LiveLight that can automatically pick out action in videos shot by smartphones, GoPro cameras or Google Glass users."
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+ - 100Mb/sec Ethernet coming to a car near you?->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "As more and more infotainment and crash avoidance technology gets stuffed to cars and trucks, the need for better, faster and more reliable in-car networking equipment grows. In theory at least. With an eye towards that concept the IEEE this week said it formed the 802.3 Single Twisted Pair 100 Mb/s Ethernet Study Group to explore the technological needs for a 100 Mb/s speed for Ethernet in automotive networking."
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+ - US intelligence wants brain-like algorithms for complex processing->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "The Office of the Director of National Intelligence will next month hold a Proposers Day to explain one of its new projects it says could revolutionize machine intelligence by constructing algorithms that utilize the same data representations, transformations, and learning rules as those employed and implemented by the brain."
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+ - NASA bolsters Pluto-bound spacecraft for 2015 visit->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "When you are on a 3 billion mile trip through the universe at over 34,000 mph, you might need a check-up or two to make sure everything is function right. That’s exactly what’s going on this week as NASA said it will soon update and checkout its Pluto-bound spacecraft known as New Horizons. Mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory will begin the spacecraft’s eighth check-up since the satellite launched in 2006. It will be the last before next year’s rendezvous with Pluto."
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+ - NASA forming $3M satellite communication, propulsion competition ->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "NASA took the next step in forming a large-scale, $3 million competition to build advanced propulsion and communications technologies for small, inexpensive satellite systems known as cubesats. The Cubesat Lunar Challenge will be broken up into two areas: propulsion and communication while in orbit around the moon. In Request For Information published this week, NASA said the two challenges would provide competitive opportunities for a variety of competition teams to deploy cubesats on a NASA or third-party provided launch."
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+ - DARPA wants inflatable bundles to make walls or blockades – without humans-> 1

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coondoggie (973519) writes "This one sounds a little like something Wile E Coyote might order from the Acme Co. to stop the Roadrunner. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced that it is looking for information on the best way to build what it called a “ a compact system that can expand into a large structure, like a web, wall, blockade or barrier, without human intervention."
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+ - Report defines barriers, calls for research in bringing drones into US airspace->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "echnical, regulatory and social issues must be overcome if unmanned aircraft are to be successfully integrated into US public airspace. Those were the main conclusions in a report issued this week by the National Research Council. The 92-page report that identifies key barriers and provides research recommendations that could help answer the serious questions about how drones will be safely and efficiently integrated into the existing civil aviation structure."
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+ - FBI goes national: $10k reward for info on anyone who points a laser at planes->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "The FBI today said it was making national a pilot program it tried out in 12 locations earlier this year that offers up to a $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of anyone who intentionally aims a laser at an aircraft. The FBI says that in the pilot locations there has been a 19% decrease in the number of reported laser-to-aircraft incidents. Those locations included Albuquerque, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City and Philadelphia."
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+ - NASA set to blast Mars "Flying Saucer" over the Pacific->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "NASA wants to send ever-heavier spacecraft – along with humans at some point – to Mars and to make that feasible it will need a system that can slow down that equipment for a safe landing. Taking some of the first step to develop that system will be a distinctly flying saucer-like test vehicle that will some time in the next two week blast off from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii for what NASA calls its first engineering shakeout flight."
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