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Drone warfare: life on the new frontline

Safely ensconced behind flickering computer screens, military personnel are waging war in lands thousands of miles away. But is there a hidden human cost to remote-controlled combat?<p>Just a three-hour drive from Washington DC on the scenic Virginia coast, Langley Air Force Base is home to one of the …

Military

Cold War Echoes in a New Russian Spy Ring

The charges against three suspected spooks sound like a thriller, except it was all happening over the last three years in New York City.<p>Secret rendezvous and document handoffs. Coded messages. Using money and sex as recruitment tools. A trip to Atlantic City to scout out a casino deal that turned …

Meet The New King Of Saudi Arabia

King Salman has a history of maintaining order in the royal family. A look at the man who will now rule a country that holds one-sixth of the world’s oil reserves.<p>Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah died Friday and was quickly succeeded by his half brother, former Crown Prince Salman. Both men come from …

New study says one in 10 cars sold will be driverless by 2035

The future is nigh, and it may come faster than we realized. According to a study, as many as 12 million driverless cars—that’s 10% of annual sales of new vehicles—could hit the world’s roads just twenty years from now.<p>In fact, 44% of US drivers that the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) surveyed said …

Research

Class of 1963 reunion

We are living through a banner year in automotive history.<p>Rarely has there been so much birthday gridlock around notable vehicles. The Porsche 911 is on a protracted 50th anniversary tour, which will culminate with an official celebration in conjunction with the Frankfurt motor show in September. …

A year after SpaceX's first major launch, space exploration has never been hotter

A year ago, space transportation startup SpaceX successfully launched a private unmanned ship into space to bring cargo to the International Space Station.<p>SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket blasted into space carrying a Dragon capsule full of supplies on May 22, and three days later, the ISS captured Dragon …

Apple 1 breaks auction record, goes for $671,400

One of what's believed to be only six still-working Apple 1 computers set a record at auction Saturday, selling for $671,400 in Germany.<p>The machine, built by Steve "The Woz" Wozniak in Steve Jobs' parents garage back in 1976, was sold along with the original owner's manual and a signed letter from …

Geek

Schrödinger's iPad? New Breakthroughs in Quantum Computing

Thousands Run Last Mile of Boston

Obama pushes back on three fronts

President Barack Obama took a firm stance Thursday in response to questions on the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative political groups and the Justice Department’s examination of leaks to The Associated Press, as his administration continued its effort to seize control of the …

Shades of '98

For everyone whose political memory goes back 15 years, can we not recognize some similarities to 1998? I don’t want to say that President Obama is …

Open Letter to the Corrections Corporation of America After 30 Years of Locking People Up for Profit

What do I have to say to the Corrections Corporation of America?<p>After 30 years, CCA should be ashamed.<p>For 30 years, CCA's profits have grown because more people are behind bars. For CCA, the fact that America incarcerates more people than any other nation in the world isn't a human tragedy -- it's …