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+ - Lightweight car challenge brings out wicked cool prototypes->

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie writes: By the looks of it creativity in the concept car realm is alive and well. The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) this week announced the winner of its LIghtweighting Technologies Enabling Comprehensive Automotive Redesign (LITECAR) Challenge that featured 250 entries battling it out to develop some very cool fuel-efficient cars.
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+ - NASA teams scientific experts to find life on exoplanets->

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coondoggie writes: As the amount of newly discovers planets and systems outside our solar systems grows, NASA is assembling a virtual team of scientific experts to search for signs of life. The program, Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) will cull the collective expertise from each of NASA’s science communities including Earth, Planetary, Heliophysicists, Astrophysicists and key universities to better analyze all manner of exoplanets, as well as how the planet stars and neighbor planets interact to support life, the space agency stated.
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+ - US Navy researchers get drones to swarm on target->

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coondoggie 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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+ - DARPA wants software that adapts, lasts over 100 years-> 1

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coondoggie 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 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 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->

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coondoggie 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 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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