Lab Impressions


'Hit man' phishing scam makes an offer you can refuse

Phishing is the most common attack used against federal networks, so it's important to be aware of the latest techniques, even if they seem unlikely.

Will your next government co-worker be a robot?

An MIT study says "telepresence workers" will be ready to perform manual labor by 2014 and be controlled from up to 1,800 miles away.

MIT chip could power wireless sensors

A chip that collects energy from light, heat and vibrations could keep low-powered sensors running without batteries.

Big data just got a little smaller

A new way of using hard drives could help government agencies wrestle with the problems associated with big data.

Will Office 2013 get agencies looking Microsoft's way?

A glimpse at Microsoft's new Office 2013 reveals collaboration and cloud-integration features that should make agencies sit up and take notice.

Can government turn gold in computers to green?

The United Nation estimates $21 billion in gold is put into new computers every year. Can government tap that motherlode before it's exported as e-trash?

With new recruiting app, the Army is going to tempt me yet

The Army releases a Web comic app for iPhone and Android that describes what it's like to be a soldier in the Army.

Yahoo hack: Strong passwords don't have to be hard

The theft of Yahoo passwords, including those of government users, highlights the problem with weak authentication. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Heat sink revolution: Sandia Cooler smaller, quieter, 30X more efficient

Sandia Lab researchers take a radical approach to keeping computers and other electronics cool.

Don’t get raided by a SWAT team; secure your wireless hub

There are risks to setting up an unsecured wireless hub, apparently including police attacking your home.

Army developing laser-guided lightning bolts

Technique ionizes the air around the Laser-Induced Plasma Channel, allowing it to target anything that conducts electricity better than the ground it's sitting on.

Wireless power charging: Tesla's 19th-century idea finally catching on

Wireless power adapters are making headway, more than 100 years after Nicola Tesla patented the idea.