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New NIH center translates research into real-world use

This month the National Institutes of Health created the new National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) to bridge the gap between scientific research and usable drugs or medical devices.

Friday - 01/13/2012, 11:07am EST

DARPA aims to cut time to develop weapons by 80 percent

DoD researchers are trying to figure out a way to build big weapons systems in two years instead of 10, by following the lead of the IT industry. DARPA plans to test the concept with the Marine Corps, fulfilling their need for an amphibious combat vehicle.

Monday - 12/12/2011, 05:07am EST

San Francisco team solves DARPA's shredder challenge

The winners of the series of ultra-complex puzzles used custom-designed software to detect the proper places for thousands of shards of shredded paper.

Friday - 12/02/2011, 07:46pm EST

DARPA challenge unshreds destroyed documents

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) wanted to know how quickly people could put shredded documents together again. The answer: pretty quickly.

Wednesday - 11/23/2011, 05:23am EST

DARPA awards contract to IBM for multilingual computer

IBM has won a contract to create a machine that can hear and speak in many languages. The $6.5 million contract came from the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency.

Friday - 10/14/2011, 01:06pm EDT

Chip that mimics human cells could advance next medical breakthrough

The National Institutes of Health Director, Dr. Francis Collins, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to explain a partnership between the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 10:35am EDT

DARPA to launch virtual Internet

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is leading the charge on making a virtual Internet to better protect the real Internet.

Monday - 06/20/2011, 08:51pm EDT

Marking history: Internet makers get recognition

The ARPA-NET inventors are getting two historical markers in Arlington where their office used to be.

Wednesday - 05/18/2011, 10:02am EDT

DARPA's Dangerous Waters game ready

The Navy will eventually use the software, but its available now in the Dangerous Waters computer game as well as a free online download.

Wednesday - 04/06/2011, 09:40am EDT

DoD crowdsources combat vehicle designs

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working on the Experimental Crowd-derived Combat-support Vehicle.

Wednesday - 03/30/2011, 04:06pm EDT

DoD to pilot automated network intrusion detection

The Department of Defense is working with private developers to create a system that automatically detects and prevent network intrusions.

Tuesday - 03/22/2011, 08:30am EDT

DoD seeks more collaborative S&T research

The Defense Department's top technology research official wants to build better bridges with academia and industry - both to conduct present-day studies, and to train the researchers DoD will need in the future.

Tuesday - 03/08/2011, 07:20am EST

Human immune system is model in cyber defense program

Homeland Security Newswire reports that the new program by DARPA allows computers to repair themselves after an attack.

Monday - 02/07/2011, 03:11pm EST

DARPA wants hacker help

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is looking for cybersecurity expertise in the most unlikely place: the hacker community.

Monday - 02/07/2011, 09:30am EST

Help crowdsource a combat vehicle

From concept to construction current military vehicle manufacturing processes take several years. By leveraging the power of the crowd, DARPA hopes to speed it up.

Friday - 02/04/2011, 09:40am EST

Superfund to clean up space junk

Bill Welser, co-author of "Confronting Space Debris" from RAND Corporation joins the Federal Drive with information on how DARPA and RAND are trying to clean the solar system

Tuesday - 01/04/2011, 09:31am EST

Programs Determine the Nature of Cyber-threats

Self-proclaimed "technogeeks" at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, after determining the nature of the cybersecurity threat, have created programs to tackle them and, most importantly they say, surprise would-be cyber crooks. Officials at DARPA say the agency's sole mission since its inception in 1958 has been to prevent technological surprises. Two of the agency's recent cybersecurity programs, called CRASH and PROCEED, were created for that purpose. CRASH - the Clean-slate Design of Resilient, Adaptive, Secure Hosts program - seeks to build new computer systems that resist cyberattacks. After successful attacks they learn from the attack, adapt and repair themselves. The program evolved from a workshop DARPA held earlier this year that pulled together experts in cybersecurity and operating-system as well as infectious-disease biologists.

Monday - 12/27/2010, 11:11am EST

Can biology lessons help in cybersecurity?

DARPA Deputy Director Ken Gabriel explains how a new security program came out of a workshop with infectious disease biologists.

Tuesday - 12/21/2010, 03:16pm EST

DARPA Machine Learning

As part of its Deep Learning program, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (or DARPA) is exploring recent breakthroughs in the ability of machines to learn and assess places and objects.

The need for such research is being driven by the vast amount of data that's become available to Defense commanders and analysts from new types of sensors. For warfighters, the data has to be quickly and correctly analyzed. Currently, that's done by highly trained human operators. But as sensor capabilities expand, DARPA says sophisticated, powerful machines with the ability to imitate, and even surpass, human perceptual capabilities will be needed.

They're building applications that will allow computers to detect and classify objects and activities. So far, the results hold promise for achieving human-level-or-better analysis.

Monday - 11/01/2010, 07:38pm EDT

DARPA Kicks off Development of Flying Cars

When the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says it's ramping up a new Transformer program, they're not talking about transferring AC to DC.... They mean transformers, like the toys, turned movie heroes. Only in the case of DARPA, it's flying cars.

DARPA says their Transformer program will attempt to combine the advantages of ground vehicles and helicopters into a single vehicle. Six vendors will participate in a 12-month effort to develop a robust ground vehicle that can transform into an air vehicle that can take-off and land vertically. It should be able to efficiently travel 250 nautical miles on land and in the air, or any combination, without a dedicated pilot, while carrying up to 1,000 pounds.

The benefits to warfighters would be numerous, including better resupply operations and quicker medical evacuations.

Monday - 10/25/2010, 05:59pm EDT
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