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+ - US Navy researchers get drones to swarm on target->

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "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. The system, called Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology (LOCUST) features a tube-based launcher that can send multiple drones into the air in rapid succession. The systems then use information sharing between the drones, allowing autonomous collaborative behavior in either defensive or offensive missions, the Navy said."
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+ - Schneier on IoT security: 'It's going to come crashing down'->

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "Security expert Bruce Schneier has looked at and written about difficulties the Internet of Things presents — such as the fact that the “things” are by and large insecure and enable unwanted surveillance– and concludes that it’s a problem that’s going to get worse before it gets better."
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+ - DARPA wants software that adapts, lasts over 100 years-> 1

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coondoggie (973519) writes "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 requirements necessary for software systems and data to remain robust in excess of 100 years."
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+ - NASA: Yeast, flashlight and solar sailing key parts of first big rocket mission->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "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. Onboard the mission and tucked inside the ring connecting Orion to the top propulsion stage of the SLS will be 11 self-contained small satellites, each about the size of a large shoebox, NASA said."
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+ - IT troubles plague Federal Copyright Office->

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "The IT department at the nation’s Copyright Office needs more than a little work. 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 its own right) and flows down to the technology, or lack-thereof."
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+ - NASA sets asteroid mission, demo technologies->

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "NASA officials today said they have picked the specific asteroid mission and offered new details for that mission which could launch in the 2020 timeframe. 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 six-year journey to redirect the boulder into orbit around the moon for exploration by astronauts."
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+ - Could modernized analog computers bring petaflops to the desktop?->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "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 computers might have over today’s supercomputers for a large variety of specialized applications such as fluid dynamics or plasma physics."
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+ - Social Security: Where'd all the 112 year-olds come from?->

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "Either there’s a serious problem at the Social Security Administration or we as a people are indeed living WAY longer than we used to. Judging from expert testimony and a couple Federal reports issued on Capital Hill this week, you can probably guess where the problem lies. Hint: Despite what the SSA says, there really aren’t 6.5 million 112 year-olds."
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+ - Lockheed Martin spacecraft targets space station, moon missions->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "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 space system: a reusable space servicing vehicle called Jupiter; a large, versatile cargo container named the Exoliner; and a robotic arm."
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