Report: Border patrol drone effort spends hundreds of millions on nothing

Report: Border patrol drone effort spends hundreds of millions on nothing

A scathing report from the DHS accuses the U.S. border patrol of wasting more than $240 million on Predator drones with such bad planning it often lacked places to land, equipment to fix them or bad guys to catch.

Acoustic levitation: Next best thing to anti-gravity

Acoustic levitation: Next best thing to anti-gravity

Researchers from Brazil and Uruguay have developed the most stable, flexible way yet to levitate objects using sound; next step is for robots to use it in factories to move parts without touching them.

Strangest things about quantum physics may stem from overconfidence

Strangest things about quantum physics may stem from overconfidence

Some of the strangest aspects of quantum mechanics, like particles that are also waves, or exist in two places at once, may result from our overestimation of how much it is possible to know about some things.

SpaceX flight to land by rocket-power on tiny barge

SpaceX flight to land by rocket-power on tiny barge

The private Falcon 9 may become the first rocket ever to fly and land softly under its own rocket power so it can fly again cheaply; SpaceX founder gives it a 50-50 chance of success.

DARPA wants drone to hunt like a hawk

DARPA wants drone to hunt like a hawk

A new project aims to build drones intelligent enough to fly through indoor labyrinths and scout for danger, all without remote control.

How to use a laser to light a Christmas tree

How to use a laser to light a Christmas tree

First get the size and venue right; Use a nanoscale, virtual tree if you want publishing credits instead of fire alarms;

NASA emails ratchet to space station

NASA emails ratchet to space station

By emailing the design of a socket wrench that could be 3D printed on the space station, NASA showed it's possible to get critical help to a place no one can go.

Army lab asks help building wing-flapping robot fly

Army lab asks help building wing-flapping robot fly

'Open Campus' program allows outsiders to help with DoD projects like fingernail-sized bot with wings that flap with no motors

Congress blesses more NSA domestic spying

Congress blesses more NSA domestic spying

Funding bill lets NSA keep data five years, or more with an excuse, and seeks way to nail whistleblowers instead of the rule-breakers who are the ones actually in the wrong.

Sony makes cybercrime even more dangerous

Sony makes cybercrime even more dangerous

Sony was so badly gutted and had security so insufficient few others could be hurt as seriously, but it showed how hacking could do a lot more damage than just stealing credit cards.

Better phishing makes email an unclosable hole in security

Better phishing makes email an unclosable hole in security

A leap in the credibility of spear-phishing technique makes weaponized email almost impossible to spot as a threat.

'Time cloak' could revolutionize fiber networks

'Time cloak' could revolutionize fiber networks

Temporal cloaking can make your data invisible, block someone else's or make sure it's all delivered by disappearing static instead.

Study says social-media analyses are off target

Study says social-media analyses are off target

Rigorous methodologies, sophisticated analytic engines can still be wrong if no one corrects for flaws in data fed to them.

Pew: Internet is ignorant; Internet: pewpewpew

Pew: Internet is ignorant; Internet: pewpewpew

Pew Internet 'Web IQ' survey finds that Internet users know little about technology or the Web, based on questions that didn't address either one

Regin: Giving IT security reason to hope NSA is waaaay ahead on malware

Regin: Giving IT security reason to hope NSA is waaaay ahead on malware

U.S. IT security people had better hope Russia and China have nothing as sophisticated as Regin spyware

'Cloak' could make heat, static invisible in electronics

'Cloak' could make heat, static invisible in electronics

Search for two-part invisibility cloak yields technique that could help eliminate static and heat build-up in electronic devices

New tools offer practical help to block official spies

New tools offer practical help to block official spies

Online civil-rights groups and IBM accidentally struck a blow for individual freedom simultaneously with tools that limit covert surveillance from both hackers and governments

IT needs to stop pretending it's not responsible for cloud security

IT needs to stop pretending it's not responsible for cloud security

While IT has ignored the public cloud users have turned Shadow IT into the real thing;when does caution about security become fear of change?

Key to productivity: A good place to gossip

Key to productivity: A good place to gossip

Detailed analysis of office worker activities shows those who hang out and talk are far more productive than loners

Net neutrality fail shows its time to fire FCC boss

Net neutrality fail shows its time to fire FCC boss

President makes net neutrality a national priority; FCC chair thanks him for the note, refuses to be rushed.

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