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NASA’s Robotic Arm Approach Fixes Mars Lander Problem

NASA used a robotic arm push to address a technical issue that rendered a Mars lander unable to dig as designed, CNN reported Thursday. The Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport or InSight lander's robotic shovel arm applied force to a heat probe that didn't function properly due to a lack of friction.

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USAF to Roll Out Training Scheduler Software

The U.S. Air Force has developed a software tool designed to help airmen schedule aircraft training based on personnel and flight availabilities. The Puckboard application produces schedule recommendations with other events and personnel qualifications taken into consideration, USAF said Wednesday.

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DOE to Allot New Funds for Manufacturing Computing Projects

The Department of Energy is investing $3M in cost-shared projects that aim to support manufacturing processes via computing and modeling approaches. DOE said Tuesday its High Performance Computing for Manufacturing program seeks to lower the consumption of energy required for materials supply chain activities.

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NIST Gives Security Guidance for Virtual Meetings

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has provided security measures that organizations may use when conducting virtual meetings. NIST advises organizations to frequently change access codes, use one-time passwords or multifactor authentication and monitor attendees for virtual meetings, Jeff Greene, National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence director, said in a blog post published Wednesday.

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John Barsa Named Acting Administrator of USAID

John Barsa, assistant administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, has been assigned to lead USAID as a whole on an acting basis, succeeding Mark Green. He brings experience in the government, having held roles with the Department of Homeland Security, NASA and the U.S. Army Reserves, the White House said Tuesday.

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NIST Revises Information Security Publication; Ron Ross Quoted

The National Institute of Standards and Technology wants to update guidance on operational and asset cybersecurity. NIST said Monday it listed hundreds of system protection measures, services and products in the fifth revision of the publication titled "Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and Organizations."

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