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The FCC Thought Its New Rules Violated Net Neutrality Back in 2011

April 24, 2014 It’s the end of net neutrality—at least, as we know it today. The US Federal Communications Commission is proposing new rules on internet access today, after its last effort was thrown out in January in a court challenge from US telecom Verizon. The mooted new rules, which will be opened ...

Space Isn’t Just the Final Frontier -- It’s a Dangerous Venue for Geopolitical Brinksmanship

April 22, 2014 Whether it’s Russia’s military adventures in the Crimea or China’s less-than-neighborly attempt to exert influence in the South China Sea, international tensions are on the rise—and if those tensions lead to accidents in space, neither the community of nations nor the US has the tools to prevent such a conflict ...

SpaceX Is Set to Live-Test the Reusable Rocket That Could Change Spaceflight

April 14, 2014 There’s some drama in space: A malfunctioning computer on the International Space Station (ISS) has jangled nerves around a routine re-supply mission already complicated by US-Russian tensions. But there’s also important news in a surprise announcement from SpaceX, the private company headed by Elon Musk, which designed and built the ...

The Heartbleed Bug Shows How Fragile the Volunteer-Run Internet Can Be

April 10, 2014 Matthew Prince, CEO of the online security company CloudFlare, watched his company’s top cryptographer turn “white as a ghost” after learning about a bug in the essential infrastructure of the internet last week. That flaw, he says now, is the worst thing to happen to the internet since it became ...

Crimea Could Cost Russia’s Economy $147 Billion

April 8, 2014 The annexation of Crimea could be costly to Russia, to the tune of some $147 billion in new growth, according to the latest International Monetary Fund projections. The global finance institution released its World Economic Outlook today, and lowered its projections for Russia’s 2014 growth from 2%, as expected in ...

When NASA Cut Ties With Russia, Was It Really Targeting Congress?

April 3, 2014 NASA’s decision to stop cooperating with Russia came as a surprise Wednesday, including within the American space agency. Even after the Verge broke the story with a leak from a NASA scientist—who had received a memo outlining the policy change—the agency couldn’t muster a response for six hours. When it ...

China’s Secret Satellite Killer, Revealed?

March 19, 2014 Last May, China launched a rocket into space, supposedly to release a “cloud of barium” 10,000 km (6,213 miles) in the air to research the magnetosphere. But Brian Weeden, a space analyst at the Secure World Foundation, has rounded up a growing body of evidence to suggest the launch was ...

China’s Secret Antisatellite Weapons Should Be on Everyone’s Radar

March 19, 2014 Last May, China launched a rocket into space, supposedly to release a “cloud of barium” 10,000 km (6,213 miles) in the air to research the magnetosphere. But Brian Weeden, a space analyst at the Secure World Foundation, has rounded up a growing body of evidence to suggest the launch was ...

Space Radar Could Predict Massive Sinkholes a Month Before They Collapse

March 10, 2014 The idea of the ground opening without warning and swallowing you up is nightmare fuel. As populations grow and humans invent new ways to plunder underground resources, sinkholes are only becoming more common—just look at the US sinkhole capital, Florida. But America’s space agency, NASA, said today it may have ...

Here’s an Idea for a Digital Currency That Actually Solves a Problem, Unlike Bitcoin

March 3, 2014 Nobel economist Robert Shiller thinks bitcoin is a bubble, but he has an idea that might help electronic money solve the problem of price volatility. Think of Shiller’s idea as using big data to make money a more perfect expression of value. Bitcoin aims to function as a medium of ...