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The atomic clocks that keep satellites and your smartphone on time

The US Naval Observatory is home to a set of incredibly precise atomic clocks that record America's official time. Its clocks are relied upon for a vast range of functions, from providing the time on your smartphone lock screen to keeping GPS satellites accurate in their calculations. The clocks, …

North Carolina’s Civil War

Welcome to the prettiest, ugliest, most forward-thinking, most backward-minded, most divided state in the South.<p>They arrived, like their forefathers did a half century earlier, in buses, with small signs taped to the windows for the North Carolina cities they represented: Fayetteville, Asheville, …

It’s the Tenth Anniversary of When the Media Declared “Genocide” in Darfur

<b>Originally posted here.</b><p><i>Ed note. The data in this post come from an old study I conducted using LexisNexis search terms. I revisit the data today,</i> …

Microsoft to world: Yes, we can be cool and innovative too

I’m not one to fawn over corporate marketing web sites, but I have to admit this Microsoft Garage page is pretty nice.<p>The goal seems to be to show …

The minority report: Chicago's new police computer predicts crimes, but is it racist?

When the Chicago Police Department sent one of its commanders to Robert McDaniel’s home last summer, the 22-year-old high school dropout was surprised. Though he lived in a neighborhood well-known for bloodshed on its streets, he hadn’t committed a crime or interacted with a police officer …

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Secret 'Innocence of Muslims' Order Caused Google to Go Ballistic

The search giant had advance warning of what was coming and made an emergency motion slamming an appeals court for doing something it says was …

Rolls-Royce Drone Ships Challenge $375 Billion Industry: Freight

In an age of aerial drones and driver-less cars, Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc is designing unmanned cargo ships.<p>Rolls-Royce’s Blue Ocean development team …

Tesla Announces Game-Changing 'Gigafactory'

Tesla Motors announced on Wednesday its plans to build a "Gigafactory" to produce lithium-ion battery cells, ramping up technology that could …

Supersonic Jet Throws Traditional Design 'Out The Window'

<i>In our</i>Weekly Innovation series<i>, we pick an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet.</i><i>Do you have an innovation to share?</i>Use our form.<p>Requesting the window seat on a flight is about to take on a new meaning.<p>The Boston-based company Spike Aerospace has announced a private …

Fed Up With Zero Tolerance In Schools, Advocates Push For Change

In 2010, De'angelo Rollins got into a fight with a bully at his new middle school in Bryan, Texas. His mother, Marjorie Rollins Holman, says her shy son reported the bullying, but the teacher didn't stop it.<p>Then it came to blows.<p>"The boy ended up hitting my son in the face first," Holman says. "My …

North Korea's Still In The Dark, As Photos From Space Show

At Night, North Korea Disappears<p>Photos from space show that at night, North Korea is a huge, almost completely dark patch between its two prosperous neighbors, South Korea and China.<p>Pictures really do tell the story about how far behind economically North Korea is compared with its neighbors.<p>In …

Darpa Developing Tech to Detect Counterfeit Microchips in Military Gear

Darpa has taken on a new role in military procurement: quality control. The military's research agency is developing a device to detect used and …

Could offshore wind farms slow hurricanes before they reach land?

Offshore wind farms are popular in Europe and gaining interest in the US, but it's unclear how the turbines will fare in a powerful hurricane. Two studies on the subject have reached seemingly contradictory conclusions. One group says wind turbines would buckle in a serious hurricane, while the …

Today’s Apps Are Turning Us Into Sociopaths

Author: Evan Selinger. Evan Selinger<p>Date of Publication: 02.26.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>While I am far from a Luddite who fetishizes a …

Boeing Is Developing A Self-Destructing Smartphone

Boeing has its sights set beyond aircrafts. The Chicago-based company has filed documents with the FCC detailing a secure smartphone called Black that’s capable of self-destruction, or rendering itself inoperable when someone attempts to break into it.<p>First rumored two years ago, Boeing’s phone …

Syrian Web Censorship Techniques Revealed - MIT Technology Review

Back in October 2011, a group of hackers and net activists called Telecomix leaked the logs showing exactly how Syrian authorities were monitoring …

Thank You, Ashley Wagner: Skating Needs More Outspoken Women

Critics say her unfiltered comments and facial expressions are bad for the sport. As a former figure skater, I say she's simply being human—just like plenty of other athletes in her discipline.<p>Ashley Wagner will be remembered well after the torch is blown out at the Sochi Olympics, but the …

How Twitter works

The Pew Research Center and Social Media Research Foundation have released a whopper of a report showing how Twitter creates different network structures, which could have significant implications for the future of political messaging and news distribution.<p>The report identifies six crowd archetypes …

Will non-profit foundations step up to save the internet? | Dan Gillmor

A few corporations and government are strangling democratized technology. We have to fight back, but it takes money<p>The best foundations and philanthropies exist to address market failure, working to solve problems that business and government ignore or make worse. Andrew Carnegie funded public …

Could The U.S. Military's New Search Engine Replace Google?

When DARPA wants a next-generation search engine, Google had better pay attention.<p>DARPA, or the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is the cutting-edge Pentagon research organization whose ancestor ARPA helped develop the Internet back in 1969. Now, DARPA has launched a new project, called …

Heritage Foundation Founder Blasts DeMint For 'Politicizing,' 'Trivializing' Group

Jim DeMint’s aggressive politicization of the Heritage Foundation isn’t sitting too well with a former Republican congressman who helped start the …

The Democrats' would-be Karl Rove

Jim Messina, the former campaign manager to President Barack Obama who spent two decades in politics out of the public eye, is increasingly stepping out from the shadows — and onto other Democrats’ toes.<p>Messina is moving aggressively to capitalize on his newfound fame and status as the maestro who …

NASA satellite image shows the Great Lakes are over 80 percent ice

Images taken by NASA's Aqua satellite showed the Great Lakes were more than 80 percent iced over this month. The image above was taken on February 19th in the early afternoon, and, according to the NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, shows ice covering 80.3 percent of the lakes. …

Facebook will use Nokia phones to bring online classes to Rwanda

Today, Facebook announced a new initiative called SocialEDU to bring collaborative online education to the nation of Rwanda. Part of Facebook's previously announced Internet.org project, the new initiative will enlist the help of Nokia for hardware support, local carrier Airtel for data subsidy, …