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Submission + - FAA has approved more than 1,000 drone exemptions->

coondoggie writes: The Federal Aviation Administration today said it has issued 1,008 exemptions to businesses wanting to fly unmanned aircraft in the national airspace. Such small drones have been on the bad side of the news in the past few days as there have been at least 3 complaints about the diminutive aircraft flying near the flight path of JFK airport in New York. All three of the flights landed safely but the events prompted New York Senator Charles Schumer to call for called for “tougher FAA rules on drones, as well as geofencing software that could prohibit a done to fly higher than 500 feet, and keep it two miles away from any airport or sensitive area.
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Submission + - Expect more prize competitions to address tough IT, high-tech challenges->

coondoggie writes: Many people criticize the federal government for myriad problems, but there is at least one program in recent years that has been a success – the use of competitions or crowdsourcing to address sometimes complex problems. And because of those accomplishments you can expect many more such contests in the future. The White House Office of Science and Technology notes that in January 2015 the government will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the America Competes Act which in combination with has prompted more than 400 public-sector prize competitions which have doled out some $72 million in prizes.
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Submission + - Here's how to keep your employees engaged in their jobs->

coondoggie writes: What matters most in improving employee engagement levels--defined as the sense of purpose and commitment employees feel toward their employer and its mission— is valuing employees, that is, an authentic focus on their performance, career development, and inclusion and involvement in decisions affecting their work. The key is identifying what practices to implement and how to implement them.
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Submission + - NASA algorithms keep unmanned aircraft away from commercial aviation->

coondoggie writes: It is one of the major issues of letting large unmanned aircraft share the sky with commercial airliners: preventing a disaster by keeping the two aircraft apart – or “well clear” in flight. "The most difficult problem we are trying to solve is how do we replace the eyes of the pilot in the cockpit? We have developed, and are currently testing, detect-and-avoid algorithms. We're also running multiple research experiments to support the validation of this technology," said Maria Consiglio, who leads the NASA Langley Sense and Avoid/Separation Assurance Interoperability.
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Submission + - GAO: Early look at fed's "Einstein 3" security weapon finds challenges->

coondoggie writes: The Government Accountability Office has been tracking EINSTEIN’s implementation since about 2010 and will later this year issue an update on the status of the system. But this week, it included some details of its report in an update on the state of federal security systems, and all is not well.
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Submission + - DARPA's $4M cyber-threat clash down to seven challengers->

coondoggie writes: When it began a year ago, there were 104 teams competing for $4 million in prize money in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s ambitious tournament — known as the Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC) — to see who can build the best fully automatic network defense system.
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Submission + - Prototype wave energy device passes grid-connected pilot test->

coondoggie writes: A prototype wave energy device advanced with backing from the Energy Department and U.S. Navy has passed its first grid-connected open-sea pilot testing. According to the DOE, the device, called Azura, was recently launched and installed in a 30-meter test berth at the Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) in Kaneohe Bay, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
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Submission + - Navy goes all-in on 3D printing technology->

coondoggie writes: he Navy this month will outline what it is looking for from additive manufacturing or 3D printing technology as way to bolster what it terms “fleet readiness.” The Office of Naval Research will on July 15 detail its Quality Metal Additive Manufacturing (Quality MADE) program that will aim to “develop and integrate the suite of additive manufacturing software and hardware tools required to ensure that critical metallic components can be consistently produced and rapidly qualified in a cost effective manner.”
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Submission + - Federal wiretaps down slightly, encryption impact decreases->

coondoggie writes: According to the 2014 Wiretap Report, released today by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts a total of a total of 3,554 wiretaps were reported as authorized, with 1,279 authorized by federal judges and 2,275 authorized by state judges. Compared to the applications approved during 2013, the number approved by federal judges decreased 13% in 2014 and the number approved by state judges increased 8%. One state wiretap application was denied in 2014, the report stated.
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Submission + - 16 facts about our slowly mutating energy consumption->

coondoggie writes: Electricity consumption has slowed while the use of natural gas, wind, and solar have become larger portions-- with coal and nuclear becoming less — of the nation's electricity generation between 2001-2013. That was one observation of an interesting report issued by the Government Accountability Office this week that looked at the changing ways in which the US generates and uses electricity.
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Submission + - NASA to get space station view of Earth-bound asteroids, meteors->

coondoggie writes: NASA will by the end of July get a birds-eye view of meteors and asteroids from a special camera mounted on the inside of the International Space Station. The Meteor investigation camera is programmed to record known major meteor showers during its two-year orbit and could also spot unpredicted showers. The Meteor study will help scientists better understand the asteroids and comets crossing Earth’s orbit and could help protect spacecraft and Earth from potential collisions with this celestial debris., NASA said.
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