coondoggie writes: The Air Force is looking for cybersecurity technology that can deceive attackers but also help its network’s survive in case any online invaders are successful. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) issued two contracts valued at about $98 million to give the agency a variety of cybersecurity technologies that would go a long way towards foiling a range of threats.
coondoggie writes: It’s not often you see a button-down organization like NASA call something “wild” but that’s what the space agency is calling six concepts – ranging from adding artificial intelligence to unmanned aircraft to using electricity for propulsion — it has picked to study to revolutionize the aviation world.
coondoggie writes: The Internet hasn’t totally invaded the nation’s air traffic control system, but as it does the Federal Aviation Administration faces a growing challenge to make sure the network is locked down secure.
coondoggie writes: Lazy, entitled, selfish and shallow – that’s one description of what’s known as the Millennial Pretty crappy reputation, I’d say. But IBM did a study recently that busts a number of the Millennial Employee stereotypes finding that, well, maybe they are more victims of a character assassination.
coondoggie writes: Talk about going from the drawing board to reality. The company, Local Motors that only last September demonstrated the one of the world’s first full 3D printed cars, said this week that by the end of the year they hope to be producing the vehicles for everyday consumption.
coondoggie writes: Interesting research here from Carnegie Mellon University researchers that says when it comes to lowering the cost of batteries for cars, developing mass production factories for their fabrication might not achieve lower costs as predicted.
coondoggie writes: The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics opened one of those cans of worms that refuse to go away any time soon: Is in fact Pluto a planet or not? The short answer is yes but you know it's not that easy. The organization had 3 distinguished scientists present the case for and against Pluto. Pluto’s planet status you may recall has been redefined and questioned since about 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) set a definition of what it meant to be a planet.
coondoggie writes: Talk about finding a needle in a haystack. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says it wants to develop sophisticated code that can find faults in key algorithms used to anchor major software packages that for example implement hash tables or conduct password checks.
coondoggie writes: Looking to throttle the multi-million dollar industry known as mobile cramming, the Federal Trade Commission today issued a report outlining five key steps carriers and legitimate third party providers should do to stop the fraud.
coondoggie writes: Google is using machine learning technology to forecast — with an astounding 99.6% accuracy — the energy usage in its data centers and automatically shift power to certain sites when needed.
coondoggie writes: In its history the IBM mainframe has been hailed and vilified. It has been born, reborn (many times) and pronounced dead. And yet the Big Iron remains a key computing resource for many large companies and will do so for many years. Here we take a look at the mainframe’s long history, from its use with the US space program to its prominence inside large business data centers.
coondoggie writes: Sometimes you see declassified video or data and wonder how it ever became classified in the first place — and sometimes you can sort of understand. The National Archives recently declassified an interesting video that details a way, using mostly hand-drawn images and a "dramatic soundtrack," to explain one way the US Air Force used to get around electronic jamming technologies.
coondoggie writes: Google today said it would buy Nest, the ever-so-cool home automations firm co-founded by former Apple engineer Tony Fadell in 2010 for $3.2 billion. Fadell, considered the creator of the iPod and his company introduced among other items an intelligent thermostat. The $249 Nest Learning Thermostat is round and made of brushed stainless steel that uses an iPod-like control wheel for manual setting.
coondoggie writes: t seems that US human space-trip to Mars grow ever-more unlikely each time Congress talks about NASA and the budget. But at a House subcommittee on space directions today heard billionaire entrepreneur Dennis Tito detail how his philanthropic group known as Inspiration Mars can get around the money details and get strait to the Red Planet by 2018.