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WATCH: Defense Agency Releases Video Of Mach 20 Glider Flight

AP/The Huffington Post | By JOHN ANTCZAK | Posted 10.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Associated Press) -- An unmanned glider streaks over the Pacific Ocean at 20 times the speed of sound in a video released Thursday by a U...

Obama and Jobs

Charles Kolb | Posted 10.24.2011 | Business
Charles Kolb

Economics is, fundamentally, about psychology, and the president can play a significant role in altering the nation's psychology. Our political and economic leaders, therefore, need to change the psychology of expectations in a way that promotes greater certainty about the future.

Inside The Pentagon's Secret Afghan Spy Machine

Wired | Noah Schacthman | Posted 09.20.2011 | World

The Pentagon’s top researchers have rushed a classified and controversial intelligence program into Afghanistan. Known as “Nexus 7,” and previou...

Pentagon Offers $1 Million Dollars For Best Interstellar Exploration Plan

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 08.16.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department first proposed Star Wars. Now it wants Star Trek. DARPA, the Pentagon's research agency that helped foster ...

Grammar Pet Peeves: The Difference Between Good English And Correct English

Robert Lane Greene | Posted 07.14.2011 | Books
Robert Lane Greene

Everyone has a language peeve. Mine is "literally," a great word with no close synonym. When used as a mere intensifier or to mean simply "It felt as though..." it has almost no kick at all.

Sputnik, DARPA, and Rosa Parks Moments: Metaphors We Reform Education By

Audrey Watters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Audrey Watters

Sputnik or Rosa Parks -- one invokes national security and one invokes social justice.

Educational Success: America's New Industrial Policy

Charles Kolb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Charles Kolb

When it comes to the quality of our K-12 education system, the results are risible. We have now had nearly 30 years of rhetoric, much of it aspirational -- but with few solid results.

Overkill: Future Weapons, Future Wars, and the New Arms Race

Nick Turse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Turse

Amid talk of a new arms race, Americans should know more about what billions of their tax dollars are paying for. It's likely that DARPA projects will simply lead to needless expenditures on weapons designed for wars the U.S. won't fight.

The Next Best Thing

Angela Haines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Angela Haines

Early dreams for a new business took root during the agonizing ten months Army Captain Dawn Halfaker spent recovering from over 20 operations she endured when she was severely injured in Iraq.

Obama's New Theme: A Sputnik Moment

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While Obama may indeed be right about America being in serious danger of falling behind on a worldwide scale, this Sputnik moment simply doesn't have a Sputnik. There is no one overarching threat.

Will Robotics Take the Art Out of Artificial Intelligence?

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Will robotics strip the potential for creating art from artificial intelligence? Although Plug and Pray has some genuinely creepy moments, it's a film that is definitely worth your attention.

The Software That Stares at Goats? Pentagon Building System For Massive E-Mail Privacy Violation

Jay Stanley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Stanley

Here we go again. Earlier this month the Pentagon announced a new effort to build a system aimed at allowing it to scan billions of communications ...

'Hundred Year Starship' Wants To Send Space Explorers On One-Way Mission To Mars

The Huffington Post | Catharine Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

"The human space program is now really aimed at settling other worlds," NASA Ames Research Center director Simon Worden said at the Long Conversation ...

The Singularity Summit 2010

Patrick Takahashi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Patrick Takahashi

It was refreshing and invigorating for me to experience unbounded optimism at the Singularity Summit gathering in San Francisco this past weekend.

A Day in Life of the Military-Industrial Complex

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

It seems to me that InsideDefense delivers the goods about military strategy and spending, warts and all, good or bad.

Blind Drivers Coming To A Road Near You?

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — Could a blind person drive a car? Researchers are trying to make that far-fetched notion a reality. The National Federation of the...

Will Politics Trump Economic Progress?

James M. Gentile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James M. Gentile

The United States is in danger of losing its global competitive advantage in science and technology, a prospect that would surely result in economic decline.

Where Is My Star Trek Universal Translator?

Jeremy White | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jeremy White

We are closer than ever before to coming out with a hand held translation device. The goal is to have a working model that is the size of an iPod and is 98% accurate in 20 essential languages.

Darpa Wants To Hack Weather To Create, Control Lightning Bolts

wired.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Now, Darpa's got a new target for geo-hacking science, and if they can make it work, we might see modern firearms making way for weapons of the mythol...

From The Pentagon To Monty Python: The Internet Turns 40

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Chris Weigant

Technology has grown by such leaps and bounds since 1969 that it's hard to conceive how things were before we all had access to computers.

Nano-UAV Hummingbird: Mini Surveillance Flyer Gets DARPA Funding

h+ Magazine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

For years, engineers have been working on making smaller and smaller UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). DARPA (Defense Research Advanced Projects Agency...

Pentagon: U.S. Geek Shortage Is National Security Risk

Wired | Katie Drummond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Sure, we're all plugged in and online 24/7. But fewer American kids are growing up to be bona fide computer geeks. And that poses a serious security r...

The Ultimate Health Care Solution, and What You Can and Must Do

Lou Weisbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lou Weisbach

Americans spend at least a trillion dollars treating the effects of diseases and less than five percent of that preventing and finding cures to those diseases. It is not rational.

DARPA Network Challenge Celebrates Internet With Contest: Find Balloons, Win Money

Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

UPDATE December 7, 2009: A team from MIT has won the DARPA Network Challenge to track down 10 weather balloons, as well as the $40,000 prize. Just ei...

Web of the Future: Building a Faster, More Secure and Egalitarian Internet

Vinton G. Cerf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Vinton G. Cerf

We can anticipate the need for a kind of International Law of the Net in the future. Such concepts can also provide better support for international and domestic electronic commerce.