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Army plans "app mall" for intelligence users

The Army is moving toward launching its own app store exclusively for intelligence users. By 2014, the service plans to roll out a number of new features to its Distributed Common Ground System for intelligence collection and analysis. Among them will be an app mall that will let members of the Army intelligence community select widgets that tap into the centralized intelligence system the Army's building. As of now, Army officials say the system is aggregating data from 317 separate intelligence sources, making up 53 million records.

Tags: Technology , Army

Tuesday - 01/03/2012, 10:52am EST

DoD readies new energy technology grants

The Defense Department is getting ready to hand out $30 million in grants to test out cutting edge energy technologies. The Pentagon's head of installation energy says the department was overwhelmed by the number and quality of proposals it got from industry as it tries to turn military bases into test beds for clean energy technology. The concepts DoD wants to test include smart microgrids and energy storage technology, renewable energy generation and advanced technologies to improve building energy efficiency.

Tags: Technology , DoD

Monday - 10/31/2011, 01:04pm EDT

Omega-3/Bone Loss

NASA-sponsored studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may play a role in mitigating bone loss that occurs during spaceflight, and in osteoporosis. Researchers say, the solution could have significant implications for space travelers and those susceptible to bone loss on Earth.

Ongoing research has looked for ways to stop bone density loss in astronauts for decades. It's one of the main effects of exposure to the weightlessness of space.

Researchers found that astronauts who ate more fish lost less bone mineral after four-to-six-month-long spaceflights. In a series of cell-based studies, scientists documented that adding a specific omega-3 fatty acid to cells would inhibit the activation of factors that lead to bone breakdown.

The studies were conducted by a team of scientists across multiple disciplines at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Tags: Technology , NASA , Scott Carr

Monday - 05/17/2010, 02:17pm EDT