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+ - Dept. of Energy hunting fault tolerance for extreme scale systems->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "The U.S. Department of Energy ‘s Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research this week said it is looking for “basic research that significantly improves the resiliency of scientific applications in the context of emerging architectures for extreme scale computing platforms. Extreme scale is defined as approximately 1,000 times the capability available today. The next-generation of scientific discovery will be enabled by research developments that can effectively harness significant or disruptive advances in computing technology.”"
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+ - Rocket Lab wants to make Model T of space satellite launchers->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "When it comes to blasting satellites into Low Earth Orbit, cost can be a major detriment. An Australian company called Rocket Labs is looking to fix that problem – at least for smaller satellite launches—with a carbon composite, 11-ton , 18 meter (about 60ft) tall rocket known as Electron that it says can blast payloads of about 100kg (about 220lbs) into LEO for about $5 million. The company says comparable flights would cost around $100 million."
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+ - NASA looking for out-of-this-world Mars communications services->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "NASA is exploring its communications options with Mars.The space agency this week issued a Request For Information that looks to explore options where it would buy commercial communications services to support users at Mars, including landers and rovers and, potentially, aerobots and orbiters."
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+ - Finding life in space by looking for extraterrestrial pollution->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "If what we know as advanced life exists anywhere other than Earth, then perhaps they are dirtying their atmosphere as much as we have and that we could use such pollution components to perhaps more easily spot such planets in the universe. That’s the basics of new research put for this week by researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics that stated if we could spot the fingerprints of certain pollutants under ideal conditions, it would offer a new approach in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence."
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+ - The weirdest, wackiest and coolest sci/tech stories of 2014 (so far!)->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "There’s never any shortage of cool, strange or weird news in the high-tech world. The trick is whittling the sheer volume of those stories into a manageable presentation. This year we have everything from crop circles and advanced toilet tech to flying saucers and wild software development."
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+ - DARPA initiates reusable, aircraft-like spaceship development->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "Looking to build a hypersonic transport would be the heart of less expensive satellite launch system, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) said it awarded three contracts to being work on the spacecraft. DARPA said Boeing (working with Blue Origin) Masten Space Systems (working with XCOR Aerospace) and Northrop Grumman Corporation (working with Virgin Galactic) would begin phase 1 work on the agency’s Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program that aims to design, build, and demonstrate a reusable Mach 10 aircraft capable of carrying and deploying an upper stage that can place 3,000- 5,000 lb. satellite into low earth orbit (LEO) at a target cost of less than $5M per launch."
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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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