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DARPA Fractionated Spacecraft Program Starts

coondoggie department of redundancy department (59 comments)

not so much a ripoff of gizmodo but this story was already slashed last week: DARPA Funds Development on Modular Satellite Network....

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NASA sets huge $5M cubesat competition

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  yesterday

coondoggie (973519) writes "NASA this week opened what it called its largest ever prize purse – the Cube Quest Challenge which will offer a package worth $5 million for competitors to build unique propulsion and communications technologies for small, inexpensive satellite systems known as cubesats.
When it first talked about offering a cubesat challenge in June, NASA said it wanted to focus on building better communications and propulsion technologies for the cube-shaped satellites are typically about four inches long, have a volume of about one quart and weigh about 3 pounds."

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Air Force evaluating high-frequency, focused mobile networks

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  5 days ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The Air Force this week said it was looking into the technologies like advanced antennae and amplifiers it would take to build high frequency, directional mobile networks. The idea is to develop networks that can be focused point to point to make more efficient use of higher bandwidth – over 500Mhz –which could make such nets less prone to interference and jamming while at the same time increase capacity."
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US intelligence unit launches $50k speech recognition competition

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a week ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The $50,000 challenge comes from researchers at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The completion, known as Automatic Speech recognition in Reverberant Environments (ASpIRE), hopes to get the industry, universities or other researchers to build automatic speech recognition technology that can handle a variety of acoustic environments and recording scenarios on natural conversational speech."
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US Marshals auctioning $20M worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a week ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The US Marshals office this week said it would auction off almost 50,000 or about $20 million worth of alleged Silk Road creator Robert Ulbricht’s Bitcoins. The auction, which is the second sale of Silk Road’s Bitcoin collection, will take place during a 6-hour period on Dec. 4 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. EST. Bids will be accepted by email from pre-registered bidders only, the US Marshall’s office stated. In June a more than $17 million in Bitcoins seized from the Silk Road take-down was auctioned off."
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DARPA looking to drop "volleys" of small drones from larger aircraft

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about two weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Could a small pack of drones be launched from he underside of a B-52 to swarm a target or gather intelligence? That in part is what researchers at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are looking to explore. The agency recently put out a Request For Information to explore the feasibility and value of launching and recovering volleys of small unmanned aircraft from one or more existing large airplanes – think B-52, B-1, C-130."
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NASA pondering $1.5 million stratospheric airship competition

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about three weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "NASA this week said it was contemplating a public competition to build airships capable of reaching the stratosphere where it could remain for a period of time gathering astronomy data or watching environmental changes on the ground."
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TSA has seized an outrageous 1,850 guns on travelers so far in 2014

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about three weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "f you need a measure of the daily security pressure your local airport’s Transportation Security Administration personnel are under you need look no further than the fact that its agents have discovered more than 1,850 firearms, 1,471 of which were armed by the way, so far this year. And it is the third year in a row the number has gone up – from about 1,500 in 2012."
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Pacific Northwest Lab's sensor-packed fish gages hydropower facilities

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about three weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Sometimes it takes a fish to do a man’s job. Scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a sensor-laden, synthetic Sensor Fish that can be used to swim into hydropower facilities like dams to evaluate structures and other environmental systems."
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Have E-ZPass? Watch out for slimy ASProx-based malware ploy

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about three weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The Internet Crime Complaint Center today said it has gotten more than 560 complaints about a rip-off using the E-ZPass vehicle toll collection system that uses a phishing to deliver malware to your computer."
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Air Force envisioning swarms of tiny, inexpensive, almost disposable drones

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The Air Force is pondering what it would take to develop a small, low-cost unmanned aircraft that it could fly in swarms to handle a number of applications such as protecting a given area or quickly gathering intelligence."
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Guinness Record: Amplifier operates at a speed of one trillion cycles/sec

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "DARPA said today that a solid-state amplifier developed under its Terahertz Electronics program was recognized by Guinness World Records as the fastest ever recorded — one terahertz (1012 GHz), or one trillion cycles per second—150 billion cycles faster than the existing world record of 850 gigahertz set in 2012."
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FBI: List of purchase order scam victims growing rapidly

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The FBI today updated a warning issued last month: a Nigerian-based criminal group using e-mail account spoofing, phishing and a variety of social engineering attacks is amping up attacks that defraud retailers of everything from laptops and routers to industrial equipment."
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Quick look: The 76 year-old "War of the World" broadcast rumpus

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "One of the country’s biggest overreactions occurred 76 years ago this week when on Oct. 30, 1938 a radio dramatization of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds was mistaken for an actual Mars invasion.

According to many, the radio broadcast read by actor Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre on the Air repertory group, fooled millions of Americans into thinking the world was pretty much going to end that night. The truth about how many citizens actually felt the Martians were invading is up for debate."

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Ebola crisis brings out another sickness: Vile scammers

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Sadly we all knew it would happen, once the Ebola situation became international news, the contemptible fraud and scam artists would crawl out from under their rocks to exploit it. They have not disappointed."
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The oil that fries your eggroll at lunch might fly you to the coast later

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Boeing today said it has teamed up with Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) to turn waste cooking oil, commonly referred to as "gutter oil" in China, into sustainable aviation biofuel."
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Carnegie Mellon: Bigger may not be better with battery makers

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) 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."
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Air Force's super-secret space drone comes home

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The Air Force’s acknowledged one thing about its secretive X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle today—it has returned from a 674-day trip into Earth’s orbit – or wherever else it might have snuck off too while it was up there."
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How do I know you're lying? My "Star Wars" algorithm told me

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month and a half ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Two researchers with BAE Systems’ Adaptive Reasoning Technologies Group have taken home a $25,000 prize for developing an algorithm that can help detect who's trustworthy and who isn't. The algorithm – known as JEDI MIND--was developed as part of crowdsourcing challenge that took place between nearly 40 competitors backed by The Office of the Director of National Intelligence and its Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity (IARPA) group."
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