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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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Dillinger, Bonnie&Clyde escape shredder as FBI finishes vast digital project

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about two weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The FBI said today it was getting close to completing a massive project that saw the agency convert more than 30 million records and 83 million fingerprint cards to the digital Next Generation Identification system it will use in the future."
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Death notice: In Delaware your social media accounts now go to your heirs

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about two weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "In what has become a literal battle of wills, Delaware recently become one of the first states in the union to grant families’ access rights to the digital assets of their deceased and incapacitated loved ones."
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DARPA contemplates vast ocean network

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about three weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Probably one of the last and perhaps unforgiving areas of the world not truly “wired” is above and below the ocean. Researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) want to explore the possibility of seriously changing that notion and develop what it calls “a system-of-systems architecture and critical components to support networked maritime operations, to include undersea, surface, and above surface domains.”"
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IBM/DARPA turn out brain-like 5-billion transistor superchip

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about three weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "DARPA-funded IBM researchers today said they have developed a human brain-inspired computer chip loaded with more than 5 billion transistors and 256 million “synapses,” or programmable logic points, analogous to the connections between neurons in the brain."
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US intelligence wants tools to tell: Who's the smartest of them all?

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Can a tool or technology be applied to the brain and accurately predict out of a given group of people who will be the smartest? The research arm of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is looking for exactly those kinds of tools.“IARPA is looking to get a handle on the state of the art in brain-based predictors of future cognitive performance. In particular, IARPA is interested in non-invasive analyses of brain structure and/or function that can be used to predict who will best learn complex skills and accomplish tasks within real-world environments, and with outcome measures, that are relevant to national security."
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MIT system will make oxygen on next NASA Mars mission

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "MIT researchers this week found out that a system they have developed to produce oxygen on Mars will be making the next NASA trip to the Red Planet. MIT’s Mars OXygen In situ resource utilization Experiment or MOXIE will be just one of the seven instruments that will travel on the Mars 2020, mission which will feature a large rover similar to the Mars Curiosity rover currently looking around on Mars."
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Federal court system warns of new e-mail jury scam

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about 1 month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The US Federal Court System is warning people of yet another scam targeting potential jurors.

This time around the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts says citizens are getting e-mails claiming they have been selected for jury service and demanding that they return a form with such information as Social Security and driver’s license numbers, date of birth, cell phone number, and mother’s maiden name. According to the court office, the e-mail scam has been reported in in at least 14 federal court districts."

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Dept. of Energy hunting fault tolerance for extreme scale systems

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

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

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

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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FTC urges mobile carriers to help send cramming charges packing

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) 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."
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NASA looking for out-of-this-world Mars communications services

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

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

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

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!)

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

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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Dumping an open source Honeypot on Rachel: FTC liquidates robocallers

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month and a half ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The Federal Trade Commission today announced the rules for its second robocall exterminating challenge, known this time as Zapping Rachel Robocall Contest. “Rachel From Cardholder Services,” was a large robocall scam the agency took out in 2012."
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DARPA initiates reusable, aircraft-like spaceship development

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month and a half ago

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

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about 2 months ago

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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Scammers want to wreck your business, vacation travel

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about 2 months ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "es I suppose it is what it is, but sadly you can’t travel on business or vacation and let your electronic guard down. The Federal Trade Commission recently published a few scams it was warning travelers to be on the lookout for including: The late night front desk call..."
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Could a quadcopter land rovers on Mars?

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about 2 months ago

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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