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  • Fiber Optics

    Truly unbreakable encryption trips the light fantastic

    Scientists from Toshiba and Cambridge University use quantum physics to create completely secure communications over fiber optic cable.

  • HOBO Green Roof Monitoring System

    HOBO tends government's green roofs

    The system's instruments monitor everything from temperature to soil moisture.

  • Futuristic office computer display

    8 reasons agency IT will change course in 2013

    Next year is likely to be a tipping point when agencies will have to make landmark decisions about the types of client machines they use.

  • SCinet conference network

    High-performance confab runs super-fast network, temporarily

    In order to share results at the SC12 conference in Salt Lake City, volunteers from government, academia and industry designed and built SCinet, which links to many of the world's leading research networks.

  • Cell phones charging

    Smart-phone battery life could double -- without better batteries

    A power amplifier technology developed by an MIT spinoff would let mobile devices operate on half the power.

  • Intel Labs Display Without Boundaries

    Display lets you flick images from bowl to wall and back again

    Intel researchers' Display Without Boundaries takes an innovative approach to immersive, collaborative computing.

  • FAA NextGen

    Agency programs show outlines of future cyber ecosystem

    Plans to develop automated systems for cybersecurity will build on models like DOE's Smart Grid and FAA's Next Generation air traffic control system.

  • Human network

    How to build an immune system for cybersecurity attacks

    Government researchers are using the human immune system as a model for building a cybersecurity ecosystem, whose features would include automation, interoperability and authentication technologies.

  • Voting line

    Why can't Americans vote online?

    Why not set up mobile voting pavilions at polling stations where people could download a secure app and vote on their personal mobile device?

  • Cactus

    Could a cyber ecosystem automatically defend government networks?

    A multiagency group hopes to create a cyber ecosystem that could learn to automatically assess and respond to threats. Where would humans fit in the loop?

  • Mercury Wave Glider

    Wave Gliders survive Hurricane Sandy

    The folks over at Liquid Robotics, developer of the Wave Glider, are happy to report that one of their Wave Gliders named Mercury battled through Hurricane Sandy and successfully piloted through winds up to 70 knots, all the while transmitting weather data in real time.

  • Wave Glider

    NOAA aquatic bots break the ice on climate research

    Over the years, NOAA has sent various data-taking probes deep into the Arctic Ocean looking for answers about climate change. In this latest, extreme test of technology endurance, the agency's swimming robots deliver high science at low cost.

  • Windows 8 advanced options screen shot

    Is Windows 8's start-up too fast?

    The new OS's lightning fast start-up can leave little time -- like, 200 milliseconds of time -- for secure boot options.

  • Tianhe-1

    China plans 100-petaflop supercomputer, and exaflops are in sight

    The Tianhe-2 could achieve five times the speed of the Energy Department's new Titan, but it won't claim the top spot for long.

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