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Understanding Data Privacy

October 29, 2018

With Europe passing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) -- a significant piece of data protection legislation with global implications -- and now California implementing a new privacy law, coupled with several high-profile incidents involving companies exposing consumer data, there is a growing push for federal data privacy legislation in the United States.

'18 Miles' is full of interesting tales about Earth's atmosphere

October 29, 2018

How thick is Earth’s atmosphere? Sorry, that’s a bit of a trick question: Our planet’s air simply gets thinner with altitude, fading away to nothingness somewhere far above the height at which the lowest satellites orbit.

US won't talk to China on trade until it gets specific plan to halt tech theft

October 28, 2018

Trade tensions have taken another negative turn, with the U.S. demanding that China come up with a specific plan to stop allegedly stealing technology. Until Beijing does so, the U.S. will not resume trade negotiations, according to a report Thursday in The Wall Street Journal.

Algorithms to Boldly Go Where No Scientist Has Gone Before

October 28, 2018

As algorithms and artificial intelligence infiltrate science, don’t expect bots to replace researchers -- but AI may guide scientists and funding agents toward the most promising unexplored territory. There’s a lot of room for improvement in the way humans are choosing scientific questions, said sociology professor James Evans, who suggested the use of algorithms for guidance in a special section of Science Magazine called “Toward a More Scientific Science.”

A never-before-seen Russian missile is identified as an anti-satellite weapon and will be ready for warfare by 2022

October 25, 2018

A never-before-seen missile photographed last month on a Russian MiG-31 interceptor is believed to be a mock-up of an anti-satellite weapon that will be ready for warfare by 2022, three sources with direct knowledge of a U.S. intelligence report say. The Russian anti-satellite weapon, which is attached to a space launch vehicle, is expected to target communication and imagery satellites in low Earth orbit...

White House Quantum Initiative Summit

October 25, 2018

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy held a Quantum Initiative Summit on September 24 at which it unveiled the National Strategic Overview for Quantum Information Science. A summary of the event can be read HERE. At the event, the Department of Energy announced $218 million in funding for 85 research awards in Quantum Information Science. Additionally, the National Science Foundation announced $31 million in funding for fundamental quantum research. NPI was represented at the event by NPI Chairman Ed White and NQI Founding Stakeholder Chris Monroe.

Tim Cook: Personal data collection is being 'weaponized against us with military efficiency'

October 24, 2018

"Every day, billions of dollars change hands, and countless decisions are made, on the basis of our likes and dislikes, our friends and families, our relationships and conversations. Our wishes and fears, our hopes and dreams," Cook said. "These scraps of data, each one harmless enough on its own, are carefully assembled, synthesized, traded, and sold."

Here's The Pentagon's Initial Plan For Creating a Space Force

October 24, 2018

The U.S. Space Force will include uniformed service members drawn from the Air Force, Navy and Army -- but it is not expected to include the National Reconnaissance Office mission, according an internal draft of the Pentagon’s plan to create a sixth branch of the military.

Big Tech Is Meddling with Free Speech… and Elections

October 24, 2018

The biggest of the Big Tech companies are quickly positioning themselves as the internet’s thought police, threatening to stamp out one of America’s most cherished freedoms -- the right to free speech.

Coming soon to a military base near us: China

October 23, 2018

With China very much in mind, Congress has passed the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, or FIRRMA, mandating the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) to review and, if necessary, block both foreign attempts to acquire real estate in sensitive areas and joint ventures that could involve the transfer of American technology to foreign companies.

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