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The Pentagon wants an 'aerial dragnet' to find enemy drones on the battlefield and in US cities

"As off-the-shelf UAS become less expensive, easier to fly, and more adaptable for terrorist or military purposes, U.S. forces will increasingly be challenged by the need to quickly detect and identify such craft," the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said in a news release. "Especially in …

The master key to understanding the IoT Revolution

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been labeled as "the next Industrial Revolution" because of the way it will change the way people live, work, entertain, and travel, as well as how governments and businesses interact with the world.<p>In fact, the revolution is already starting.<p>That brand new car that …

Internet of Things

SpaceX has been accused of stealing an engineering “A-team” for its secret satellite internet project

SpaceX’s plan to develop a swarming constellation of internet-broadcasting satellites has left bad blood in its wake. Chipmaker Broadcom sued Elon Musk’s rocket firm, alleging it hired away five of Broadcom’s senior engineers to steal its trade secrets.<p>SpaceX did hire the engineers, but says it …

Philanthrosaurus Rex: Why the Age of Big Foundations Is Almost Over

The Top Three Most Difficult Decisions for Philanthropists

1. Choosing among the large number of causes is cited by the largest percentage of philanthropists (35%) as their most difficult decision, according to the BNP Paribas Individual Philanthropy Index 2015.<p>It may come as somewhat of a surprise that philanthropists do not intuitively know what causes …

Where is the world's Wi-Fi?

North America and Europe have considerably more Wi-Fi networks than the rest of the world, according to user-submitted data.<p>More than 150,000 users …

Half of Americans Think Climate Change Is a Sign of the Apocalypse

What a new report on theology and global warming means for public policy<p>Snowmageddon, snowpocalypse, snowzilla, just snow. Superstorm Sandy, receding shorelines, and more. Hurricanes Isaac, Ivan, and Irene, with cousins Rammasun, Bopha, and Haiyan.<p>The parade of geological changes and extreme …

The Cartography Of Geopolitical Chaos

Countries use maps to make their case for territorial sovereignty, but cultural differences in cartography complicate the process.<p>Every map in some way reflects the biases of how its cartographer sees the world–enforcing the arbitrary notion that north should be at the top of the map, or skewing …

How Crowdsourcing And Machine Learning Will Change The Way We Design Cities

Researchers at MIT Media Lab are using crowdsourced data to create an algorithm that determines how safe a street looks to the human eye–information that could be used to guide important urban design decisions.<p>In 2011, researchers at the MIT Media Lab debuted Place Pulse, a website that served as a …

Machine Learning

China Riches Fuel Asia as World Wealth Tops $150 Trillion

Rich Chinese helped make Asia the fastest-growing region for affluent families as the increase in global wealth accelerated last year, according to a …

Can synaesthesia be learnt?

Many people see words as colours, smells or sounds, and they swear it boosts their creativity. So could we all tweak our senses to see the world in this way?<p>Olympia Colizoli doesn’t see the world like you. “To me, all time and numbers are arranged in physical space. Days, weeks, months, years, …

China and UK to sign deals worth at least $30 billion next week

LONDON (Reuters) - China and Britain will sign business deals worth at least $30 billion next week during a visit to London by China’s Premier Li Keqiang, the Chinese ambassador to Britain said on Friday.<p>Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) meets with China's President Xi Jinping during the …

China

Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown | Nafeez Ahmed

Social science is being militarised to develop 'operational tools' to target peaceful activists and protest movements<p>A US Department of Defense (DoD) research programme is funding universities to model the dynamics, risks and tipping points for large-scale civil unrest across the world, under the …

EU, South Korea aim to develop 5G mobile network

The European Union and South Korea have joined forces in an attempt to get ahead of the game in developing ultra-fast fifth-generation wireless …

Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Think Paid Family Leave Is Possible—Yet

Most of the rest of the world has it. Why doesn’t America?<p>Hillary Clinton isn’t against federally mandated family leave—she just doesn’t think it’s politically feasible.<p>“I think, eventually, it should be [implemented],” Clinton said at CNN’s town-hall meeting Tuesday to promote her new book, <i>Hard</i> …

OK Go’s New Illusion-Filled Video May Melt Your Brain

The alt-rock band OK Go is known for their innovative videos. You’ve probably seen the one with them on treadmills; it’s pretty enjoyable.<p>They just …

Wealthy Clintons Use Trusts to Limit Estate Tax They Back

Bill and Hillary Clinton have long supported an estate tax to prevent the U.S. from being dominated by inherited wealth. That doesn’t mean they want …

N Korea and Russia: A step towards a worldwide anti-hegemonic front? | China

This year was marked by a sudden outburst of political exchanges and economic negotiations between North Korea and Russia. In March and April, Pyongyang was visited by Rustam Minnikhanov, president of the Republic of Tatarstan, Alexander Galushka, Russian minister for the Development of the Far …

Why Kids Care More About Achievement Than Helping Others

A new study suggests that parents and teachers may be sending kids the wrong message.<p>A new study from Harvard University reveals that the message parents <i>mean</i> to send children about the value of empathy is being drowned out by the message we <i>actually</i> send: that we value achievement and happiness …

The genius of building a maze at a city’s center

I’m the kind of person who probably couldn’t find his way out of a paper bag, so it was with some hesitation that I stepped into the BIG Maze. This is a project at Washington DC’s National Building Museum, a summer folly designed by the always-entertaining Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels …

Bjarke Ingels

The Power of Maps, Past and Present

New ways of envisioning how America once looked, and how it is changing.<p>One of our partners in our American Futures project, along with <i>Marketplace</i> radio, is the Esri mapping/geographic-info company of Redlands, California. Here are two interactive maps Esri has recently produced that I think are …

Are Multiplayer Games the Future of Education?

A new classroom approach tries to bring more competition into the classroom.<p>It was just supposed to be a quick trip to Beijing, a touristy group thing to take in the sights. It wasn't supposed to go down like this. There wasn't supposed to be a lost manuscript; the travelers weren't supposed to …

How Do You Build Trust In A Trust-Deficient World?

Trust is the operating system of every organization and every relationship.<p>Think about that metaphor.<p>If the operating system on your computer is flaky, nothing seems to work right. Even if you have the best software programs, an unreliable operating system will cause you constant grief.<p>The same …

How to create a bill of rights for Mars colonies

Our descendants may one day live in colonies on the Moon or Mars. How will they be governed? Some are already trying to come up with a space-age constitution.<p>In a dimly lit, windowless room in an unfashionable area of south London, a group of around 30 philosophers, scientists, anthropologists, …

An Apartment Tower Designed To Help Residents Make Friends

It’s hard to foster community in a tower. This is a realization many companies are coming to about their high-rise headquarters, but the notion applies equally to high-rise housing. High-rise towers often lack common spaces that give people a reason to bump into each other or hang out informally. …

BlackRock: The $4.3 trillion force

Larry Fink, 61, tall and outgoing and passionate about his business, is the chairman, CEO, and co-founder of the largest asset-management company in …

The one trait successful leaders share

We all know that a person who has been handed leadership responsibilities in the past and a person who is a <i>true</i> leader are two completely different …