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IG finds NRC systems hacked into three times in three years, agency says proper action taken

An internal probe found that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's computer systems were hacked into three times - including twice by foreign entities - within the past three years

DARPA: Armor not the answer to strengthening combat vehicles

DARPA launched the Ground X-Vehicle Technology, or GXV-T, program to investigate revolutionary ground-vehicle technologies that would improve the mobility and survivability of vehicles through means other than adding more armor. Such a vehicle would let ground forces more efficiently and cost-effectively operate in unpredictable combat situations

Advanced simulator lets DOT test drivers' reactions to virtual hazards to improve real-world safety

The custom-made $250,000 system features five 55-inch screens that wrap 180 degrees around users, creating a view akin to real driving experiences. Users can build virtual scenarios that include freeways, country roads and urban streets, and imitate how various vehicles would perform in different weather and lighting conditions.

Group files complaint, charging that US companies are violating EU citizens' privacy

A consumer privacy group is alleging that 30 U.S. companies, including Adobe, AOL and Salesforce.com, are collecting personal data on European Union citizens without their consent or knowledge, violating an international framework.

IG memo to FAA: Eliminate risks to air traffic control automation system deployment, rein in rising costs

The Transportation Department's inspector general recently said the implementation of an advanced system to help manage air traffic — which the watchdog warned in a previous report could fall short of capabilities, go over budget and over schedule — is still at risk.

National Science Foundation funds research into 'catching the brain in action'

Recipients of the 36 Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research, or EAGER, grants will develop conceptual and physical tools, such as real-time whole brain imaging, new theories of neural networks, and next-generation optogenetics

DOE helps scientific community prepare for advanced supercomputer coming in 2016

The department's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center rolled out the NERSC Exascale Science Applications Program as a way to provide training and other expert assistance so the scientific community can modify their applications to run on Cori, scheduled to be deployed in mid 2016.

DARPA launches $150K challenge for new predictive model to track mosquito-spread virus

With mosquito season in full swing, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is closely watching one disease the insects carry and spread to humans - and is seeking help to track it.

Air Force tests reconnaissance system to give forces better picture of surroundings

The technology - called Skate - is a portable, adaptable and customizable small unmanned aircraft system, or SUAS. Users send the square black device out like a remote-controlled airplane, which records video that warfighters can watch to understand the vicinity, giving them a clearer picture of where they are, much like police officers who walk their beats.

Ongoing government project aims to preserve and document endangered languages

Languages are at risk of extinction, and not just because of e-mail, text and Twitter shorthand. In fact, a recent National Science Foundation-supported study found that somewhere in the world a language loses all its remaining speakers every three months.

Internal probe finds former DARPA director violated ethics rules in endorsing company product

The former director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency violated government ethics rules by using her government position to endorse a product she developed for a company she founded, an internal Defense Department probe found.

Army testing lab selected to analyze software for Joint Strike Fighter

The Army will help provide independent software analysis of the U.S. military's next-generation stealth jet known as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

EPA watchdog: Agency's cloud oversight faulty, resulting in $2.3M wasted spending

In its Aug. 15 report, the EPA inspector general said the agency's poor oversight of its cloud projects led to missed opportunities for savings. Agency management also doesn't have a "reasonable assurance" that the initiatives will be effective and efficient because adequate policies and procedures weren't developed.

Air Force Academy creates new cybersecurity major to expose cadets to potential cyber careers

At a time when the Air Force Academy has cut a number of majors, it has developed a new computer network security major designed to help cadets better understand and gain proficiency in cyberspace, the institution said recently.

NSA leaker Edward Snowden reveals new secret US cyberwarfare program

Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency contractor who leaked thousands of classified documents last year about the U.S. government extensive surveillance programs, revealed a new secret cyberwarfare program that could not only block a cyber attack, but automatically go after the attacker.

FAA OKs Virginia Tech to test unmanned aircraft, releases final bid on new research center

The Federal Aviation Administration Aug. 13 approved Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's program as the last of six congressionally mandated test sites that will conduct research into the integration of drones into civilian airspace.

IG: DOE research program investing in advanced technologies largely effective, efficient

A seven-year-old Energy Department program that helps fund innovative, high-impact energy technologies has generally managed projects in an effective and efficient manner, but a recent departmental watchdog report said it also found some irregularities with two award recipents.

NASA chooses two dozen small business technology proposals with potential to commercialize

NASA selected 23 small business proposals to work on advanced technologies as a way to increase participation by such businesses and commercialize their research, according to an Aug. 8 statement by the space agency.

Navy earns 399 patents in 2013, moves up in rankings in trade group report

The Navy said it received patents for more inventions in 2013 than many Fortune 500 companies and government agencies, citing a trade group report released this summer.

IARPA wants to know if it's possible to measure a person's future cognitive performance

The agency recently issued an RFI for neural tools that could directly measure the brain. While traditional tools and measures - including academic achievement, pencil-and-paper exams, and previous experience - can help predict an individual's future performance, the agency said recent research shows these new brain-based predictive tools might help.