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Snowden's Latest Leak: NSA Is Building a Quantum Computer

January 3, 2014 The latest intelligence leak from Edward Snowden may be the most science-fiction-like revelation yet: The National Security Agency is building a quantum computer, a machine thousands of times faster than the fastest computers on the planet. The NSA acknowledged in 2009 that its research includes quantum computing. But now we...

Latest NSA Leak Nears Science Fiction Levels

January 3, 2014 The latest intelligence leak from Edward Snowden may be the most science fiction-like revelation yet: the National Security Agency is building a quantum computer, a machine thousands of times faster than the fastest computers on the planet. The NSA acknowledged in 2009 that its research includes quantum computing. But now...

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Russian Attacks Raise Olympic Security Concerns

December 31, 2013 A terrifying pattern is slowly forming in Russia. During rush hour Monday, a bomb detonated on a trolleybus, killing 14 people in the city of Volgograd. The day before, an explosion at the city's main train station killed 17 people and wounded dozens. In October, a bus blast that killed...

Video: Mistletoe Drone Floats Above San Francisco's Union Square

December 23, 2013 Domestic drones, the couriers of the delivery system of the future, can drop off just about anything they can secure in their mechanical grips—prescription drugs, packages, tacos. This holiday season, one succeeded in delivering something that wasn't tangible: a hint of romance. Decked in a sparkly red garland, a piloted...

The 10 Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2013

December 20, 2013 Now that the biggest political stories of the year have been ranked, inspected, and dissected, it's science's turn. Not all of the hundreds of thousands of research studies published this year produced far-reaching scientific breakthroughs, but a select few hold more promise than the rest. Cancer research had the biggest...

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Marines Crack Down on Fashionable Hairstyles

December 18, 2013 The Marine Corps has announced plans to roll out a universal cap for all Marines, modeled after the cover currently worn by male members, following some controversy over a unisex design. Not only that, it's tightening its regulations on what exactly can be underneath these brand-new caps. Specifically, no "faddish"...

Task Force Blasts NSA's Collection and Storage of Personal Data

December 18, 2013 Following a federal ruling Monday calling the National Security Agency's mass surveillance programs "almost Orwellian," the White House has released a report from a group of presidential advisers on reforming the organization. The report, compiled by a surveillance review board created in August, recommends 46 changes to the NSA's counterterrorism...

Presidential Panel Blasts NSA Data Collection

December 18, 2013 Following a federal ruling Monday calling the National Security Agency's mass surveillance programs "almost Orwellian," the White House has released a report from a group of presidential advisers on reforming the organization. The report, compiled by a surveillance review board created in August, recommends 46 changes to the NSA's counterterrorism...

Navy Technology Aims to Make Fuel out of Seawater

December 16, 2013 The world's supply of petroleum is finite. The U.S. Navy, which runs on it, is not. Eventually, keeping its fleet afloat for generations to come may depend on another fuel—the kind that doesn't dry up. Last month, a national-security commission advised Congress to fund shipbuilding and increase the U.S. naval...

Navy Wants Battleships to Run on Seawater

December 13, 2013 The world's supply of petroleum is finite. The U.S. Navy, which runs on it, is not. Eventually, keeping its fleet afloat for generations to come may depend on another fuel—the kind that doesn't dry up. Last month, a national-security commission advised Congress to fund shipbuilding and increase the U.S. naval...