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  • voyager

    Could humans follow Voyager out of the solar system?

    People are pondering trips to Mars and beyond, but radiation is a threat. A "Star Trek"-inspired shield could be the answer.

  • Spacecraft 3D

    NASA's Spacecraft 3D shows what augmented reality can do

    The free mobile app can put spaceships in your living room or wherever you point your device, and hints at augmented reality's potential as a training tool.

  • D-wave

    Quantum computing explained: D-Wave on NASA's system

    D-Wave's Eric Ladizinsky explains how "we are harvesting the parallel worlds to solve problems in this one."

  • Samsung smart watch

    Can the Galaxy Gear change the fate of wearable tech?

    Samsung's new smartwatch has a few things going for it, but the track record on wearable computers, in government or out, isn't promising.

  • NASA laser

    Moon beams: NASA set to test laser space communications

    A lunar mission launching this month will test two-way laser communications, which will transmit six times the data at 25 percent less power.

  • processor

    MIT's 110-core processor could help boost efficiency

    Chips that can effectively take advantage of multiple cores could be useful in government, giving agencies a way to downsize data centers and make them more efficient without losing processing capacity.

  • data center robot

    Next role for robots: data center diagnosticians

    EMC, IBM offer robots that rove data centers in search of temperature anomalies and other indicators of how well the center is maintaining an efficient power curve.

  • 3D mapping

    How 3D maps can get more accurate

    A research team solves a common problem with robotic 3D mapping, leading to clearer, more detailed maps.

  • atomic clock

    A clock that measures time to 18 zeros is no small thing

    NIST's ytterbium-based atomic clock measures the difference between seconds to the quintillions part, and could have practical applications.

  • BESD

    Marines using biometrics to ID friends, foes in Afghanistan

    The Biometric Enrollment and Screening Device uses a combination of facial, thumb and iris scans matched against an internal database to identify persons encountered on the battlefield.

  • 3D printing

    Army preps on-the-spot 3D printing process for the battlefield

    The Army Research Lab and Purdue University develop a process that would let soldiers repair damaged parts on aircraft and ground vehicles on the spot.

  • Cyber tools sniffs malware on network traffic

    New cyber tool learns network behavior to sniff out malware

    Researchers from Georgia Tech demonstrate a prototype tool, ExecScent, that learns a network's normal traffic patterns to spot the command and control traffic from infected hosts. In live tests it identified dozens of new C&C domains and discovered hundreds of infected computers.

  • 3D reef

    3D printings new frontier: Rebuilding lost reefs

    A project to restore lost reefs along the coast of the Arabian Peninsula is an example of what environmental agencies can do to reverse ecological damage.

  • fast

    Mix of tech brings warp speed to WANs

    Aspera and Intel combine technologies to get 10 gigabits/sec transfer speeds over a wide area network.

Topic Resources

  • Transforming Customer Service: Building a Smarter Service-Oriented Workforce

    Whether a public contact center or an internal help desk, government offices managing customer service play a vital role in supporting their agencies missions. Unfortunately, many service centers lack the tools they need to deliver high-quality services in a timely fashion. In this webcast, Michelle Earley, USAJOBS Program Manager at OPM, and Stephanie Wade, Director, Innovation Lab at OPM, will discuss how they are transforming USAJOBS, the federal government's official jobs site to improve the hiring process and elevate the level of customer service that applicants receive. The transformation is comprehensive, involving the adoption of human-centered design principles, the use cloud-based DevOps to create new services, and the modernization of foundational technology, including the cloud.


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