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Your Privacy -- Qualcomm, Suicide, DARPA: Top Trending Stories Today

Mark Weinstein | Posted 03.24.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

As we move forward into March Madness, we look back at the hottest trending online privacy stories and discover a different form of madness. Some of the news is good, some is bad and some sends a message of hope for our future.

Man Successfully Controls 2 Prosthetic Arms With Just His Thoughts

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 12.19.2014 | Technology

A Colorado man can now control two prosthetic arms with his mind. Les Baugh lost both his arms in an electrical accident 40 years ago. But with the...

Why Your Company Resists Innovation, and What to Do About It

HeroX | Posted 12.06.2014 | Business

The average organization resists innovation like a body's immune system resists disease. A company is made up of individuals, and each one has a chance to quash challenging new ideas. That's the safe move.

Military's Tiny Implant Could Give People Self-Healing Powers

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 09.26.2014 | Science

If a tiny device could be implanted in your body to give you self-healing powers, would you want one? That question is on many minds now that the ...

DARPA May Have A Way To Stop Ebola In Its Tracks

New Republic | Brian Till | Posted 09.11.2014 | World

Last week, as experts assembled at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva to discuss the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, there was a glar...

The Body Electric

Dr. Kevin J. Tracey, MD | Posted 07.29.2014 | Science
Dr. Kevin J. Tracey, MD

Bioelectronic medicine (BEM) is the most recent medical revolution -- not an innovation or an improvement or a step up but a radical reimagining of our understanding that it should be possible to treat human illnesses using electrical signals to replace some drugs.

Military Earmarks Millions To Research Brain Implants

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 05.28.2014 | Science

A Pentagon agency has earmarked tens of millions of dollars for research into brain implants that could help fight mental disorders. The Defense Ad...

Fossil Fuels as Clear and Present Danger

Elie Jacobs | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Elie Jacobs

For far too long the narrative about renewables and clean energy has tilted towards the doom and gloom of climate change and that's the wrong way to do it.

Private Science and National Security

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Jonathan D. Moreno

Like government or hate it, in the 21st century no other organization can provide the coordination required to develop new knowledge about the nature of the universe at the most basic level, knowledge that is now a matter of global competition.

What Seth Rogen Can Teach Silicon Valley About Alzheimer's

George Vradenburg | Posted 05.12.2014 | Fifty
George Vradenburg

Seth Rogen suggested before the Senate committee that Alzheimer's is still unfairly stigmatized and that this stigma keeps us from making progress against a devastating disease that touches tens of millions of families around the world. He's right.

Welcome To The Super Bowl For Robots

AP | By GEOFF MULVIHILL and KEVIN BEGOS | Posted 02.15.2014 | Technology

PENNSAUKEN, New Jersey (AP) — The real world has not caught up yet with "Star Wars" and its talking, thinking robots, but some of the most sophistic...

WATCH: NASA Unveils Big New Space Bot | Miriam Kramer | Posted 12.12.2013 | Science

The newest humanoid robot from NASA just might be mistaken for a superhero. The space agency's new Valkyrie — a 6 foot 2 inch tall (1.9 meters) rob...

Robots Lactate! Humanoid Robots Make Their Debut

Heather Roff | Posted 02.11.2014 | Science
Heather Roff

I wondered whether any roboticist designing a "female" robot would give it one of the most widely seen female physical traits: breasts. Today, I have my answer.

Don't Take Federal Science for Granted

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Science
Elliott Negin

If not for government-funded research and innovation, many corporations -- and individuals -- would not be as successful as they are, and a number of them wouldn't be in business at all.

Governments Need a Design Policy

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jens Martin Skibsted

The nature of design is to synthesize disparate perspectives and create a richer end product through collaboration and iteration.

Don't Worry, That's Just A 4-Legged Robot Running At You

The Huffington Post | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 10.07.2013 | Technology

Robot mobility took some steps (bounds? gallops?) forward this week. Boston Dynamics, a robotics company, released a YouTube video Thursday to ...

Military's New Donkey Robot Is Amazingly Smart And Strangely Adorable

Posted 09.25.2013 | Technology

Boston Dynamics, the innovative engineering company behind the record-breaking Cheetah robot and the jumping sand flea robot, is at it again. The ...

DARPA Challenge to Give Robot Brains: IBM, SoftLayer, and Open Source Robotics Foundation

James Grundvig | Posted 10.30.2013 | Technology
James Grundvig

The U.S. has the hardware. But what about the software? Legacy? Developed before the mobile app era? And what about the brains to make robots do the things that would be required of first responders, do the dirty work of containment and cleanup, while not tire or sacrifice human lives in the process?

Our Ministry of Planning

Robert Kuttner | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

It wasn't Al Gore who pioneered the Internet. It was DARPA, the military's advanced projects agency. America has a huge trade deficit, but one of the sectors where we're still a world leader is aircraft -- much of whose technological lead was financed by Pentagon purchases. Within the executive branch, one of the recognized leaders on the issue of climate change and sea level rise is, not surprisingly, the Navy. Even during the Bush Administration with its preponderance of deniers in high places, the Navy insisted that climate change was both real and man-made, and devoted resources to it. Why does the Navy care? As I heard one of their climate change leaders quip, "For one thing, our bases tend to be at sea level." In the case of energy policy, what's holding back innovation and domestic production is the absence of assured markets for startups. But in this anti-government, laissez-faire nation, the military gets a safe conduct pass to do something that no other branch of government is ideologically allowed to do -- commit the sin of economic planning.

The US Government Is Metamorphosing Into the Borg

Subhankar Banerjee | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Subhankar Banerjee

Equipped with Atlases on the ground, backed by drones in the sky, and real-time global surveillance--the US government will soon be ready to announce: "Resistance is futile."

Superman X-Ray Vision for the Masses?

Dr. Ali Binazir | Posted 08.25.2013 | Technology
Dr. Ali Binazir

If you could have just one of Superman's superpowers, what would it be? Most people would choose flight. After that, X-ray vision would probably be a ...

DARPA's New Robotic Limb Will Let Amputees Feel Again

The Huffington Post | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 06.03.2013 | Technology

Mind-controlled robotic limbs have, in some form, existed for a while: As early as 2010, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency funded testing ...

WATCH: Whack From Baseball Bat Can't Hurt New Robotic Hand

Posted 05.03.2013 | Science

Let's give DARPA a hand for helping create a new robotic grasper. The three-fingered hand might look like the claw from an old-fashioned arcade game b...

Roaches, Mosquitoes and Birds: The Coming Micro-Drone Revolution

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.17.2013 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

America will never be a "no drone zone." There was a small glimmer of hope that these aerial threats to privacy would not come home to roost, but that all ended when Barack Obama took office and made drones the cornerstone of his war efforts.

WATCH: Creepy Humanoid Robot Tests Chemical Gear

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 04.08.2013 | Science

PETMAN has some scary new duds. In a just-released video, the eerily human-like military robot PETMAN rocks chemical protection clothing and a gas mas...