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What Saddam Gave ISIS

Newly unearthed documents shed light on the foundations of the terror group—and the crucial role Baathists played in organizing and directing a …

Welcome to the rickety, fickle, barely reliable future of television

The dream of live television delivered over the internet has finally been realized. Now it’s time for the nightmares.<p>Customers of Sling TV, the new streaming service from Dish Network that offers a handful of coveted cable channels in the United States at a competitive price, reported serious …

Televisions

What Does Periscope's Live Mobile Streaming Mean to Media?

This week I ran into a dilemma at the intersection of media and technology. In the last flew weeks we have got some amazing new technology in the live mobile streaming space. Meerkat, and Twitter-owned Periscope. The mobile app live streaming these apps enable feels really new and exciting. It …

Social Media

Putin says Russia will stand firm in standoff with West

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday voiced confidence that Russia will come out as a winner in its standoff with the West if it firmly stands its ground.<p>Speaking before senior officials of the Federal Security Service, the main successor to the KGB agency, Putin said "the situation …

Russia

Moscow: Obama's new national security strategy is 'openly anti-Russian'

The Security Council also repeated an assertion Washington might try to engineer political change in Russia using the same tactics of mass protest the Kremlin says it applied to topple a pro-Russian president in Kiev last year.<p>President Barack Obama released Washington's updated national security …

Russia

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Psychology

Why Artificial Intelligence Will Not Obliterate Humanity

It's not smart enough to turn sinister<p>Elon Musk is terrified of artificial intelligence (AI). The founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors predicts it’ll soon be "potentially more dangerous than nukes," and recently he gave $10 million toward research to "keep AI beneficial." Stephen Hawking has likewise …

Artificial Intelligence

F-35 Fighter Jets To Get Mysterious New 'Cyberpod' Cyberweapon

World’s deadliest podcast?<p>Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is, for better or worse, the future of American military airplanes. With Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps versions costing over $100 million each, the aircraft is a jack-of-some-trades designed to replace 10 older models now in …

Military

Week's Best Space Pictures: Solar Storm and a Cosmic Iris

Auroras paint the night sky green for St. Patrick's Day and a thermonuclear explosion flings debris away from a star in this week's best space pictures.<p>The most powerful solar storm to wash over Earth's magnetic field since fall 2013 slammed into us on Tuesday, producing auroras that lit up night …

Was There a Cover-Up After the Sinking of the 'Lusitania'?

A beautiful, “invincible” ship plus a German torpedo equals catastrophic tragedy.<p>One hundred years ago, on May 7, 1915, the Cunard luxury liner <i>Lusitania</i> was sunk by a German torpedo off the Irish coast. It was the fastest, most luxurious passenger ship ever to have sailed the seas and, like the</i> …