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  • Satellite image of Hurricane Sandy

    NOAA's upgraded technology draws a bead on hurricane season

    With a busy storm season ahead, the agency adds more supercomputing muscle to its modeling programs.

  • Concept of global internet

    Cybersecurity's best bet: An Internet that learns to defend itself

    During the first 40 years of the Internet, security has been about patching mistakes; the future will be about creating an environment that is secure by design and protected by big data.

  • Astronaut in space reaching for a pizza

    NASA could take 3D food printing to Mars, and beyond

    The agency wants to test 3D food printing for long space flights, a plan that could have larger implications down the road.

  • Fingerprint scan

    Biometrics: Better than passwords but not bulletproof

    Government and industry experts think biometric authentication is poised to take off, but fingerprints, iris scans and voice recognition are not foolproof forms of ID.

  • User manipulating map with Leap gesture controller

    Leap Motion shows how gesture control can beat touch screens

    The company's new controller, due in July, can give desktop users touch-like control, without the touch, of Windows 8.

  • Quantum computer at D-Wave

    NASA, Google to explore quantum computing in AI project

    The new Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab at NASA Ames will use the incredible speed and unique approach of quantum computing to try to advance machine learning.

  • Encryption via quantum computing

    Unbreakable encryption remains a pipe dream, even on a quantum Internet

    Despite efforts to use the principles of quantum computing to create unbreakable encryption, the system fails outside a lab or highly controlled setting.

  • Image of Earth pieced together from data transmitted from NASA PhoneSats

    NASA's PhoneSats send travel pics to fans on Earth

    In an example of "citizen science," NASA invited the amateur radio community to help piece together an image of Earth sent from PhoneSat cameras.

  • NASA Fermi telescope nearly collides with Cosmos spacecraft

    NASA's close call underscores the dangers of space junk

    Agencies rely on satellites more than ever, but it's getting crowded up there.

  • Engineers monitor the smart grid at Florida Power and Light

    Nation's first smart grid goes online in Florida

    Florida Power & Light's network ties together 4.6 million smart meters and 10,000 other devices.

  • Sumat Dagar model for Braille phone

    World's first Braille smart phone will soon be a reality

    A developer in India has produced a mobile device for the visually impaired that expands the range of mobile accessibility.

  • Expanding use of cameras and sensors creates huge stores of data

    Emerging protocol can help manage the Internet of Things

    MQTT, proposed as an OASIS standard, can help agencies manage all the data generated by sensors, mobile devices and other machine-to-machine networks.

  • Hammer coming down on stack of hard disks

    3 ways to destroy data without taking it to Mount Doom

    There are some myths about data destruction, but making sure information can't be retrieved from a hard drive isn't that hard.

  • Game controller

    With a different online game, agencies can be the winners

    Lockheed Martin looks to combine gamification with analytics to develop games that deliver valuable data to sponsoring agencies.

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