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Rise of the Drone: From Calif. Garage to Multibillion-Dollar Defense Industry
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Rise of the Drone: From Calif. Garage to Multibillion-Dollar Defense Industry

In 1980, Abraham Karem, an engineer who had emigrated from Israel, retreated into his three-car garage in Hacienda Heights outside Los Angeles and, to the bemusement...

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In Russia, the Lost Generation of Science

For the past decade, Russia has been pouring money into scientific research, trying to make up for the collapse of the 1990s, but innovation is losing out to...

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Sopa Hearings Cast Debate as Old Media vs. New Media

The circus atmosphere of the hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act, introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), reflected the high-stakes, emotional nature of the...

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Cyber-Intruder Sparks Massive Federal Response

The first sign of trouble was a mysterious signal emanating from deep within the U.S. military’s classified computer network.

Cloud Centers Bring High-Tech Flash but Not Many Jobs to Beaten-Down Towns
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Cloud Centers Bring High-Tech Flash but Not Many Jobs to Beaten-Down Towns

Here in this once-thriving town of furniture makers and textile mills, where Main Street businesses have vanished, nearby fast-food joints have closed and unemployment...

A Deeper Look Into Space
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A Deeper Look Into Space

NASA hopes the James Webb Space Telescope, which can detect ancient light that its predecessors can’t, will reveal more information about the origins of the universe...

Preventing a Pearl Harbor of Cyberspace
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Preventing a Pearl Harbor of Cyberspace

At a time when the Internet has been inextricably linked to our national infrastructure, there are understandably serious concerns about the ability of the U.S...

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How Many Security Clearances Have Been Issued?

More than 4.2 million people have security clearances for access to classified information, a number that vastly outstrips previous estimates and nearly rivals...

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In China, Business Travelers Take Extreme Precautions to Avoid Cyber-Espionage

Packing for business in China? Bring your passport and business cards, but maybe not that laptop loaded with contacts and corporate memos.

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Technically, Science Will Be Less Lonely For Women When Girls Are Spurred Early

Girls are being sent a message at a young age that careers in math and science are marked by social isolation and will make them seem less attractive. However,...

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A Future For Drones: Automated Killing

One afternoon last fall at Fort Benning, GA, two model-size planes took off, climbed to 800 and 1,000 feet, and began criss-crossing the military base in search...

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Chinese Cyberwar Video Goes Missing

Now you see it, now you don’t. A Chinese documentary that showed off the military’s ability to conduct a cyberattack against a U.S.-based site appears to have...

London Riots: Britain Weighs Personal Freedoms Against Need to Keep Order
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London Riots: Britain Weighs Personal Freedoms Against Need to Keep Order

The British government is taking aim at social media amid the recent riots, claiming that it is undermining the country's democracy. British and Scottish authorities...

Defcon Opens Its Doors to Pre-Teen and Teen Hackers
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Defcon Opens Its Doors to Pre-Teen and Teen Hackers

DefCon, the conference where hackers and the people who monitor them get together to trade the latest in hacking and tracking data, had some new attendees: children...

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Little-Known Firms Tracking Data Used in Credit Scores

Atlanta entrepreneur Mike Mondelli has access to more than a billion records detailing consumers’ personal finances—and there is little they can do about it.

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­.s. Cyber Approach 'too Predictable' For One Top General

The nation’s second-ranking military official said Thursday that the U.S. approach to protecting its computer systems was "too predictable" and failed to penalize...

Global Race on to Match U.s. Drone Capabilities
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Global Race on to Match U.s. Drone Capabilities

At the most recent Zhuhai air show, the premier event for China's aviation industry, crowds swarmed around a model of an armed, jet-propelled drone and marveled...

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As Smartphones Proliferate, Some ­sers Cut the Computer Cord

A third of all American adults own a smartphone and for many minority and low-income users, those mobile devices have replaced computers for Internet access. The...

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Maryland Sees Its Moment in Cybersecurity

As Fort Meade increasingly becomes a stronghold for federal cybersecurity, Maryland officials and business advocates are trying to take advantage of what they...

Google Ideas Think Tank Gathering Former Extremists to Battle Radicalization
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Google Ideas Think Tank Gathering Former Extremists to Battle Radicalization

The Google Ideas think tank has gathered 80 former radicals, including ex-neo-Nazis, Muslim extremists, and U.S. gang members, to brainstorm ways technology can...
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