Science & Technology
Astronomers Have Found the Universe's Missing Matter
Astronomers have finally found the last of the missing universe. It’s been hiding since the mid-1990s, when researchers decided to inventory all the “ordinary” matter in the cosmos--stars and planets and gas, anything made out of atomic parts. (This isn’t “dark matter,” which remains a wholly separate enigma.)
Quantum lag: Experts fret that the U.S. risks falling behind in computing power
The promise, and threat, of quantum computing is still years away. But quantum experts fear a lack of government emphasis and coordination on research strategy could upend U.S. digital and national security.
Federal agencies announce efforts to spur investment in rural broadband
Investments in rural broadband deployment can create significant returns on investments for state economies. A recent study from Purdue University's Center for Regional Development contends that Indiana could generate a $12 billion economic impact over 20 years with strategic broadband investments in rural areas across the state.
Google Knows Where You've Been, but Does It Know Who You Are?
In August, The Associated Press published an investigation into how Google handles the data it collects, following a curious discovery by a graduate researcher at U.C. Berkeley. For years, the company has allowed users to control their “location history,” which stores a detailed record of where they’ve been, based primarily on their activity in Google Maps. This, the researcher suggested -- and The A.P. confirmed -- did not work as advertised. “Some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without asking,” the reporters found.
Congress Wants a Space-Based Missile Defense System. That's a Colossally Bad Idea
In March 1983, President Ronald Reagan delivered an Oval Office speech to announce his Strategic Defense Initiative -- or as it was dubbed by critics, “Star Wars.” He proposed a space-based missile defense program that would have placed infrastructure featuring high-powered lasers, beams of atomic particles, and rocket interceptors in orbit to shoot down enemy missiles before they reached the United States.
Big tech monopolies are 'going to be a problem more and more,' media expert warns
Big tech companies such as Alphabet and Facebook are stifling competition and need to be broken up, a leading digital media expert warned on Tuesday. As those industry titans monopolize the internet and diversify their businesses, their neutrality is coming under scrutiny...
Facial Recognition Tech Is Ready for Its Post-Phone Future
As facial recognition has come to play a bigger role in consumer tech (dozens of phones now come with face unlock features, like Google's Pixel 2, Samsung's Galaxy Note 9, and Motorola's Moto G6) it's also growing in other contexts. Companies are pitching facial recognition software as the future of everything from retail to policing.
What Is 5G?
5G is the latest in the evolution of mobile wireless technologies. 5G goes beyond 4G LTE, and is expected to bring not just faster downloads, but a much more flexible and responsive network that can adapt to enable different uses. The benefits of next-generation wireless capabilities will reverberate throughout the economy, so it makes sense to adjust policy to spur its deployment and use.
New laser-equipped drones will take out missile threats against the US
If an enemy tries to launch ICBMs (Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles) to destroy American cities and Smalltown, USA … then new drones with powerful laser weapons could blast them out of the sky. Rather than play defense, launching interceptors from home soil and warships while the ICBMs head towards impact, these incredible drones could pre-emptively patrol enemy skies for more than a day without ever having to land or refuel.
The Pentagon plans to spend $2 billion to put more artificial intelligence into its weaponry
The Defense Department’s cutting-edge research arm has promised to make the military’s largest investment to date in artificial intelligence (AI) systems for U.S. weaponry, committing to spend up to $2 billion over the next five years in what it depicted as a new effort to make such systems more trusted and accepted by military commanders.