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Why We Need to Know

David W. Kearn | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
David W. Kearn

Only in effectively reconstructing the motivations and strategies behind the Patriots Days bombing, can counterterrorism officials hope to identify and avert such acts of homegrown terrorism in the future.

The Best Version of You Is Better Than the Half-Assed Version of Someone Else

Troy Campbell | Posted 06.24.2013 | Business
Troy Campbell

Now this is not to say that people shouldn't address their weaknesses or abandon learning basic skills. But it does mean that individuals and our society need to recognize that people have different skills.

The Era of Homegrown Islamic Terror

David W. Kearn | Posted 06.24.2013 | Crime
David W. Kearn

The shocking events that began with the Patriots Day bombings and ended with a hail of gunfire on Friday night in Watertown, Massachusetts may indeed mark a new phase in the United States' struggle with terrorism.

Lessons From Crowdsourcing the Boston Marathon Bombings Investigation

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 06.22.2013 | Media
Tarun Wadhwa

We now live in a world where information moves faster than we can assess its value... this is especially true in times of panic, disaster, and crisis.

Interrogate Boston Bomber for Intelligence & Then Prosecute Him

David Schanzer | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
David Schanzer

The only legal, pragmatic, and effective way to handle this situation is to conduct a lengthy interrogation of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and then prosecute him in United States federal court.

The Significance of April 15th for North Korea

Kerry Patton | Posted 06.10.2013 | World
Kerry Patton

Missiles have been moved, the Kaesong Industrial Complex is on the brink of a complete shutdown, and the world is waiting to see whether Kim Jong Un's militant rhetoric is all one giant bluff.

Animal Smarts

Allen Frances | Posted 06.08.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

Accumulating evidence suggests that animals are a lot smarter and humans are a lot dumber than we previously thought. A recent study shows that the short term memory of chimpanzees far exceeds what we can expect from ourselves.

Who Are the Enemies of the Internet?

Christophe Deloire | Posted 06.03.2013 | Technology
Christophe Deloire

Reporters Without Borders has been investigating countries that operate some of the most restrictive and oppressive areas of cyberspace. Syria and Iran join China, Bahrain and Vietnam on top of the list of five spy state. But how do they manage it?

How Being Creative Can Make You Better, Smarter, Happier

Posted 04.17.2013 | OWN

By Jena Pincott The best part about tapping into your artistic side isn’t necessarily the novel, sketch or upcycled, Etsy-ready unicorn-head shoe...

Primate Brain Study Sheds Light On Human Smarts

Posted 03.29.2013 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 03/28/2013 09:53 AM EDT on LiveScience Brain organization, not overall size, may be the key ev...

'Fierce Opponent Of Government Secrets' Perseveres As Others Struggle

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- The FBI came calling after maps of urban rail tunnels and gas lines were posted online. Microsoft aggressively complained following the we...

Invalid Files and Language Learning: Your Brain's Interoperable World

Ben Thomas | Posted 05.05.2013 | Science
Ben Thomas

Since computers have evolved from room-sized mainframes into menageries of smart phones and tablets and office desktop machines, interoperability has become a watchword for forward-thinking communications experts.

The Sad Socrates Effect at Harvard

Wyatt Troia | Posted 04.30.2013 | College
Wyatt Troia

What converts our pressure-induced stress into chronic depression and suicidal thoughts? High intelligence may be the culprit.

Puzzle Study Spotlights Chimp, Human Similarities

Posted 02.25.2013 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 02/23/2013 08:54 PM EST on LiveScience Chimpanzees don't need to be rewarded for playin...

Being Intelligent About Intelligence

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 04.22.2013 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

Tetsuro Matsuzawa, a researcher at Kyoto University, showed that a chimpanzee named Ayumu clearly out-performed humans on some working memory tests, a category of short-term recall. What is surprising is that anybody finds this surprising.

What Does it Mean To Be Smart?

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 03.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

The idea of "smart" vs. "dumb" is outdated and unfair. It is an idea that is, forgive me, quite dumb, past its prime and past its time. Instead of talking about "smarts," we should be talking about adaptation.

Better than the Borg: The Neurotech Era

XPRIZE | Posted 03.12.2013 | Technology
XPRIZE

By Ramez Naam Ramez Naam is adjunct faculty at Singularity University and fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.  Ramez ex...

The U.S. Intelligence Community's New Year's Wish

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Every few years the National Intelligence Council has produced a document it calls serially Global Trends [fill in the future year]. The latest edition, out just in time for Barack Obama's second term, is Global Trends 2030.

"Homeland" Season 3: Carrie, Call Your Lawyer

David Laufman | Posted 03.03.2013 | Entertainment
David Laufman

According to bootleg scripts for the upcoming season, the White House will express its strong preference that all investigative activity be centralized under the umbrella of the Commission. Consequently, other investigative bodies will, naturally, insist on doing their own thing.

The Nature Of Intelligence

Rabbi Manis Friedman | Posted 02.27.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Manis Friedman

In our fast-paced society, good-sense intelligence is being replaced by artificial intelligence. We are accomplishing more than ever before because we have to think less than ever before. And yet this explosion of accomplishment is not creating a happier society. How can we re-learn and re-teach the art of fine intelligence?

Chuck Hagel for DOD

Brent Budowsky | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense would bring immense confidence in the capitals of America's allies around the world, and great enthusiasm from veterans and military families throughout America who know him well, and trust him greatly.

Half the Homeland: Mobilizing Women for National Security

Tara Maller | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Tara Maller

Unfortunately, while women have made great strides in the realm of foreign policy, they remain underrepresented across the intelligence, defense and security community.

Which America Do YOU Want?

David Trumble | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
David Trumble

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The Visible Government

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Americans now possess (or more accurately are possessed by) a vast "intelligence" bureaucracy deeply in the shadows, whose activities are a mass of known unknowns and unknown unknowns to those of us on the outside. It is beyond enormous.

Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson | Posted 02.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Sir Ken Robinson

2012-12-06-kenrobinsonpullWe're all born with deep natural capacities for creativity, and systems of mass education tend to suppress them. It is increasingly urgent to cultivate these capacities and to rethink the dominant approaches to education to make sure that we do.