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Last Build Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:00:00 -0400


The U.S. Military Is Making Lasers Create Voices out of Thin Air

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:00:00 -0400

Within three years, the Pentagon's non-lethal weapons lab hopes to have a direct energy weapon that can produce an effect like a haunted walkie-talkie or the biblical burning bush.A screen shot of a demonstration showing a laser weapon that modulates a plasma field to create a voice-like effect from thin air.

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Facebook Just Blocked This Cambridge Analytica Affiliate. Why Does It Still Have a State Department Contract?

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:00:00 -0400

Strategic Communications Laboratories worked with Cambridge Analytica, which reportedly used social media data to target likely Trump voters.

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If You Go Into Space For a Long Time, You Come Back a Genetically Different Person

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:37:01 -0400

Scott Kelly's year in space on the International Space Station made him a little less identical to his Earth-bound twin, Mark.

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Trump Calls for a Space Force, a Concept His Pentagon Opposes

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:00:00 -0400

The president’s words could reanimate a legislative proposal that the defense secretary and others thought they had killed.An Atlas V rocket launches with the X-37B spacecraft.

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NASA Says a Design Error is Behind The Failure of a 2015 SpaceX Mission

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:12:02 -0400

Whoops.Moments after launch, CRS-7 went up in a puff a smoke.

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Who's Running NASA?

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:05:19 -0400

An interim administrator has been overseeing the space agency for more than 13 months—and now he’s leaving, too.

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Jupiter Will Never Stop Surprising Scientists

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 10:12:06 -0500

NASA’s Juno mission keeps churning out stunning images of the gas planet’s clouds—and more mysteries about what lurks underneath.

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The U.S. is Accelerating Development of Its Own 'Invincible' Hypersonic Weapons

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 19:00:00 -0500

Russia isn’t the only country looking to build invincible hypersonic weapons. Here’s the latest on the U.S. efforts to send missiles and even aircraft five times faster than sound.The X-51 Waveglider

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Space Corps Is At Least ‘Three to Five Years Away,’ Its Congressional Champion Says

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 11:00:00 -0500

A bipartisan team of House lawmakers slams the Air Force for pushing back on the idea of a separate service for space operations.NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson is attired in a training version of her shuttle launch and entry suit in a 2009 training mission.

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NASA’s Next Space Telescope Is Running Out of Time

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 09:49:26 -0500

The James Webb, Hubble’s successor, may face more delays and even exceed its budget, according to a new government report.

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Government Regulation of Social Media Would Be a Cure Far Worse Than The Disease

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:00:00 -0500

Thirteen Russians were charged Friday with using social media to interfere with the 2016 election. A media expert explains why this should not lead to government regulation of social media.Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein answers a question after announcing that the office of special counsel Robert Mueller announced a grand jury has charged 13 Russian nationals and several Russian entities on Feb. 16.

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North Korea Is Upping Its Offensive Cyber Operations

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:00:00 -0500

As Pyongyang runs out of money for missile tests, expect more hacking.Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, and North Korea's nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam, wait for the start of the preliminary round of the women's hockey game between Switzerland and the combined Koreas at the Winter Olympics.

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The U.S. Air Force Is Giving Its Anti-Drone Efforts a Silicon Valley Twist

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:00:00 -0500

A new kind of investor-innovation partnership may help speed emerging technology to the front lines.A new kind of investor-innovation partnership may help speed emerging technology to the front lines.

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The White House's Spanish Language Site Is Still Missing

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:49:55 -0500

The Trump administration has not made good on its promise to provide information en español.

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Donald Trump Wants to Shut Down The International Space Station and Get Ready For Private Space

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:39:13 -0500

Trump's budget envisions NASA working closely with the private sector on every level.President Donald Trump, flanked by NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, left, and his daughter Ivanka Trump, gives a thumbs up following a video conference with the International Space Station

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One Year Later, NASA Still Doesn't Have a New Administrator

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:23:26 -0500

An interim director is steering the ship, but the delay between administrations is unprecedented.

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When Will Astronauts Launch From U.S. Soil Again?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:10:11 -0500

NASA is hopeful SpaceX and Boeing will soon free the country from dependency on Russia, but delays abound.A Soyuz spacecraft, which carries astronauts to space, sits on the launchpad at Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in December.

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How the (Likely) Next NSA/CyberCom Chief Wants to Enlist AI

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:00:00 -0500

A look at Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone’s public statements about artificial intelligence, offense, and defense.Ltg. Paul Nakasone discusses the future of AI and US Cyber Command at the second Defense One Technology Summit in June.

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Why Would the President of the United States, Like, Tweet This Way?

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 10:38:00 -0500

Donald Trump described himself as “like, really smart.”

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Will Trump Still Be Allowed to Use His Personal Phone in the West Wing?

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 10:24:04 -0500

"The use of all personal devices for both guests and staff will no longer be allowed."

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To Manage Disaster Data, Use ‘Fog’ of the Cloud

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

Cell phones, drones, and security cameras generate tons of data during disasters. A new approach splits its processing between the cloud and its "fog."A firefighter walks near the North Umpqua River in Oregon in September.

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Pentagon Launches New Push For Tunnel-Warfare Tech

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 13:00:00 -0500

As potential adversaries build out sophisticated underground complexes, the U.S. military will try to keep up by going down.South Korean soldiers visit the 2nd Underground Tunnel for security sightseeing against North Korea near the demilitarized zone in 2008.

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U.S. Nuclear Test Killed Far More Civilians Than We Knew

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 15:58:26 -0500

Hundreds of thousands of civilians were poisoned by irradiated milk, raising the previously estimated toll by a huge factor.

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Facebook is Giving the U.S. Government More and More Data

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 15:53:24 -0500

The government keeps asking for more, and the platform is increasingly obliging.

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North Korea Was Behind the WannaCry Cyberattacks, Says the White House

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 10:09:26 -0500

WannaCry infected computers across the world earlier this year in a ransomware attack, and even took down the National Health Service in the UK.

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