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Army engineers patent limited range bullet that self-destructs

February 23rd, 2016

Researchers working for the U.S. Army have been award a patent for a revolutionary limited range bullet that self-destructs. Three employees of the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) were awarded the patent for the proof-of-concept projectile, which aims to reduce collateral damage.

AT&T teams with Intel to test drones on LTE network

February 22nd, 2016

AT&T and Intel are working to test how drones work on the LTE networks used by mobile devices. The companies will be working to solve major issues in the space, including connectivity, according to a statement released Sunday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Hacker Protection

Why protecting critical infrastructure from cyberattacks is a global emergency

February 15th, 2016

On Dec. 23, the entire Ivano-Frankivsk region in Ukraine suffered a major power outage. According to security experts and the Ukrainian Government the attackers used a destructive variant of the popular BlackEnergy malware. According to a Ukrainian media, the power outage was caused by a destructive malware that disconnected electrical substations. Experts speculate that the hackers targeted …

Enormous beam found streaming from black hole in distant galaxy

February 8th, 2016

Imagine spotting the laser beam from the fictitious Death Star of “Star Wars” fame as you scan a distant galaxy. That comes close to what an international team saw as they surveyed the Pictor A galaxy. Not only did they find a supermassive black hole in the galaxy about 500 million light years away but …

Cool, 360-degree video showcases NASA’s Greased Lightning drone

February 5th, 2016

Want to know what it’s like to pilot NASA’s remote-controlled plane dubbed Greased Lightning or GL-10? Then, you have to check out this 360-degree video. It offers a birds-eye view from the pilot’s seat that shows the drone taking off, soaring over the countryside and then landing again.

Police catch suspected burglar with help from his Twitter account

February 5th, 2016

It’s one thing to tweet out when you’re at the ball game or a concert. But when you’re allegedly robbing an apartment? That is what a Virginia man is accused of doing. Police in Washington, D.C. allege that Thomas Matthew Collodel burglarized a hotel, a restaurant, the front desk of an apartment building and other …

Scientists may have found a way to destroy the bedbug

February 4th, 2016

Scientists have for the first time sequenced the genome of New York City bed bugs, a project that could one day offer a way to contain one of the world’s most hated insects. One group of researchers, in a Nature Communications study, found that genes in the bedbug, Cimex lectularius, are expressed the most after …

NASA probes AnonSec hack claims, denies that one of its drones was hacked

February 2nd, 2016

Hacking group AnonSec says that it has accessed a trove of NASA data and hacked one of the space agency’s drones, prompting an investigation by NASA, which has questioned the validity of the claims. AnonSec dubbed the alleged hack “OpNasaDrones” and claims to have accessed a slew of drone flight logs as well as email …

Tired of computer bugs? MIT may have the answer

January 29th, 2016

Researchers at MIT have developed a system to automatically repair computer bugs. The program can comb through repairs to open-source computer programs and learn their general properties, according to MIT, building new repairs for a different set of programs.

Could the US deploy ‘cyborg’ troops?

January 28th, 2016

The U.S. military is working to develop a new chip technology that, when implanted, will connect human brains to computers – making cyborgs. Should the chip succeed, it could have nearly limitless possibilities. The U.S. military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) often plays a big role in the development of technologies that civilians eventually …