Stories by Michael Cooney

In Pictures: Mars gets close encounter with a comet

The Red Planet will entertain an uninvited guest this weekend in the form a comet moving at 200,000 km/h through its space in the universe. NASA, ESA will point the Mars spacecraft at streaking Sliding Spring comet.

In Pictures: The FBI’s big, bad identification system

The FBI’s formidable Next Generation Identification is up and running

Internet Crime Complaint Center warns scam uses IC3 e-mail as way to con victims

Not that it needed the reminder that scams suck, but the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) warned today that a new e-mail scam is making the rounds that uses the IC3 as the fraud contrivance.

In Pictures: NASA’s human space flight return

NASA teams with Boeing, Space X to bring human spaceflight back to reality

In Pictures: World’s hot alternative energy projects

From hydrogen to solar and wood there are tons of ongoing cool alternative energy projects across the globe

Dumping an open source Honeypot on Rachel: FTC reloads on liquidating robocallers

The Federal Trade Commission today announced the rules for its second robocall exterminating challenge, known this time as Zapping Rachel Robocall Contest. "Rachel From Cardholder Services," was a large robocall scam the agency took out in 2012.

In Pictures: The weirdest, wackiest and coolest sci/tech stories of 2014 (so far!)

2014 has featured crop circles, advanced toilet tech, flying saucers, wild software development

Scammers want to wreck your business, vacation travel

Yes I suppose it is what it is, but sadly you can't travel on business or vacation and let your electronic guard down.

Could a quadcopter land rovers on Mars?

Taking a page from NASA's rocket powered landing craft from it most recent Mars landing mission, the European Space Agency is showing off a quadcopter that the organization says can steer itself to smoothly lower a rover onto a safe patch of the rocky Martian surface.

Federal/state wiretap use grows, encryption makes impact

With all the attention given law enforcement's use of surveillance technology it probably comes as no surprise that the use of authorized wiretaps is growing, what may be a shocker is that it only grew 5 percent in 2013 over 2012.

In Pictures: NASA tests supersonic Mars flying saucer

NASA system looks to safely land larger spacecraft on Mars

DARPA demos lightweight, 94GHz silicon system on a chip

Looking to bring lighter, more powerful and less expensive systems for various applications such as communications, radar or guidance systems, DARPA said this week it had recently demonstrated an all-silicon, microchip-sized system on a chip that runs at 94 GHz.

FBI warns businesses 'Man-in-the-E-Mail' scam escalating

For more than a year, the I Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is warning businesses to be on the lookout for growing scam that tricks them into paying invoices from established companies that look legitimate but in fact are fraudulent.

Carnegie Mellon system lets you get to the good parts of video, fast

While Video has become ubiquitous thanks mostly to smartphones it doesn't mean you want to actually watch all of it.

100Mb/sec Ethernet coming to a car near you?

As more and more infotainment and crash avoidance technology gets stuffed to cars and trucks, the need for better, faster and more reliable in-car networking equipment grows. In theory at least.