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House appropriators deny Space Force funding, call on DoD to study alternatives  SPACE NEWS · 11 hours
The HAC notes that the decision to not back the $72 million request should not be read as a complete rejection of the idea... more
Why Is the Pentagon Interested in UFOs?  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 day
New rules encourage U.S. Navy pilots and sailors to report UFO sightings. Here's why. more
CNET Book Club: Infinite Detail asks, what if the internet dies? - CNET  CNET · 3 days
Author Tim Maughan talks about his near- and far-future novel, why we should fear surveillance, and gives a little hope on how... more
Human capital benefits of military boost economy by billions  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A recent study from North Carolina State University finds that U.S. government spending on military personnel has a positive impact on the nation's human capital—essentially improving the American workforce. Using... more
Why is the Pentagon interested in UFOs?  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
U.S. Navy pilots and sailors won't be considered crazy for reporting unidentified flying objects, under new rules meant to encourage them to keep track of what they see. Yet just a few years ago,... more
DeviantArt is growing up with its biggest redesign ever  THE VERGE · 4 days
The site’s perennial army-green design is being revamped Continue reading… more
Retail Zipline raises $9.6M from Emergence and Serena Williams  TechCrunch · 4 days
Retail Zipline, a startup aiming to improve communication between retail stores and corporate decision makers , announced today that it has raised $9.6 million in Series A funding. CEO Melissa... more
Why parents should think twice about tracking apps for their kids  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The use of self-tracking and personal surveillance technologies has grown considerably over the last decade. There are now apps to monitor people's movement, health, mindfulness, sleep,... more
The US Marine Corps has formed an auxiliary volunteer cybersecurity force  THE VERGE · 4 days
US Marine Corps Commandant General Robert Neller told a security forum back in April... more
3-D printer makes peacekeeping missions cheaper and repair of defense systems faster  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Peacekeeping missions often take place at remote locations, requiring the army to have a large supply of spare parts on site to keep everything... more
WhatsApp 'Will Never Be Secure', Says Russian Rival Telegram  Gadgets 360 · 4 days
The Russian founder of popular messaging app Telegram has warned that WhatsApp, the world's top messaging app, will continue to be open to surveillance more
Scientists develop ultrasensitive organic phototransistors based on novel hybrid-layered architecture  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Organic phototransistors (OPTs) are widely used in environmental/health monitoring, quantum communication, chemical/biomedical sensing, remote control, surveillance, and image sensors since they are lightweight, low-cost, highly efficient and environmentally... more
Senate hearing examines commercial implications of Space Force  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
While most of the debate about establishing a Space Force within the Defense Department has centered on its national security... more
Daily Crunch: SF bans agencies from using facial recognition tech  TechCrunch · 5 days
The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am... more
Congressional Report: Space Force Would Cost Billions More Than DoD Estimated  SPACE.COM · 5 days
An independent space service under the Air Force would add up to $1.3 billion a year in costs, says CBO, far more than DoD's estimate of... more
Insect behavior, miniature blimps may unlock the key to military swarming technology  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory flew a fleet of 30 miniature autonomous blimps in unison to test the swarming behavior of autonomous... more
WhatsApp breach might have targeted human rights groups  CBC · 6 days
WhatsApp said on Tuesday that a security breach on its messaging app had signs of coming from a government using... more
San Francisco passes city government ban on facial recognition tech  TechCrunch · 6 days
On Tuesday, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted to approve a ban on the use of facial recognition tech by city agencies. The Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance, introduced... more
San Francisco has banned facial recognition by city agencies  THE VERGE · 6 days
In a first for a city in the United States, San Francisco has voted to ban its government... more
Russians hacked voting databases in two Florida counties in 2016, governor says  THE VERGE · 6 days
Russian hackers accessed voter databases in two Florida counties prior to the 2016 presidential elections, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said, following a briefing with... more
You probably weren’t a target of the WhatsApp surveillance hack  TechCrunch · 6 days
Every once in a while a major bug, vulnerability or security scare will spark panic. In most cases, it’s absolutely unnecessary panic. Take yesterday’s reported vulnerability. Israeli hacking... more
WhatsApp exploit allowed targeted surveillance of Android users  9to5Google · 6 days
A recent exploit discovered within WhatsApp messenger has found that hackers could install surveillance software remotely on devices running the... more
WhatsApp urges users to act after cyber surveillance attack  Sky News · 7 days
WhatsApp has urged users around the world to update the messaging app after it was targeted by a cyber surveillance attack. more
WhatsApp urges users to act after cyber surveillance attack on app  Sky News · 7 days
Cyber attackers were able to install spyware on WhatsApp through its voice call function, even if the user did not pick up the call, the company... more
San Francisco to vote on banning face recognition technology  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
San Francisco supervisors will vote on surveillance oversight legislation Tuesday that includes a ban on the use of facial recognition technology by police and other city departments. more
Big Brother-style surveillance gives new insight into Amazon's hidden wildlife  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Scientists are deploying ultra-sensitive sensors in the Amazon to collect images and sounds of the rainforest's rich biodiversity in real time, in an effort to track preservation efforts. more
San Francisco to vote on banning face recognition technology  ABC NEWS · 7 days
San Francisco supervisors will vote on surveillance oversight legislation Tuesday that includes a ban on the use of facial recognition technology by police more
WhatsApp urges users to act after confirming cyber surveillance attack  Sky News · 7 days
Hackers were able to install spyware on WhatsApp by exploiting a major vulnerability in the app, the company has confirmed. more
WhatsApp confirms cyber surveillance attack  Sky News · 7 days
Hackers were able to install spyware on WhatsApp by exploiting a major vulnerability in the app, the company has confirmed. more
Silicon Valley 'Hackathon': Coders target deadly California wildfires  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Silicon Valley is not going to stop the next California inferno with computer code, but a small army of software developers got together in Fremont, Calif., recently to brainstorm new technology to... more
The Pentagon and CIA have a secret missile that shreds targets with giant flying knives  TechCrunch · 1 week
A report by The Wall Street Journal last week revealed a secretive U.S. military weapon designed explicitly to... more
Locating a shooter from the first shot via cellphone  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
In the past several decades, militaries have worked hard to develop technologies that simultaneously protect infantry soldiers' hearing and aid in battlefield communication. However, these advanced Tactical Communication and Protective... more
How acoustics detected artillery in WWI  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
During World War I, William Lawrence Bragg led a team of engineers in the development of an acoustic method to locate enemy artillery, work that was so successful that it was soon used widely throughout the... more
Lab builds autopilot software allowing UAVs to soar on thermals  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A Navy scientist has re-engineered the software that allows long-endurance drones to powerlessly climb into the sky on bubbles of warm air. more
A case of the chimp sniffles or major outbreak? Syndromic surveillance may hold the key  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Two sniffling chimps could be one too many for a wild chimpanzee community susceptible to respiratory disease outbreaks,... more
The US military doesn’t know how many websites it runs  THE VERGE · 1 week
The Department of Defense isn’t sure how many websites it runs. Stars and Stripes reports that... more
Virgin Galactic prepares to move vehicles, staff to Spaceport America  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
Virgin Galactic plans to move its spaceship, carrier aircraft and flight operations personnel this summer from... more
PUBG Mobile Season 7 Leak Tips New Skins, Weapon, Royale Pass Rewards, and More  Gadgets 360 · 1 week
PUBG Mobile’s Season 7 is set to kick off next week, but details about new items, skins and Royale Pass... more
This beluga whale might be a Russian spy video - CNET  CNET · 1 week
A Beluga whale found off the coast of Norway was wearing a Russian harness inscribed with the phrase "Equipment of St. Petersburg." The whale's strange behavior... more
Directed evolution opens door to new antibiotics  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
In the ongoing arms race with humans and their antibiotics on one side, and bacteria with their ability to evolve defenses to antibiotics on the other, humans have enlisted a new ally—other bacteria. more
Facebook rejects ads for traditional Inuit knives, calling them 'weapons'  CBC · 2 weeks
An artist in Yellowknife says Facebook is culturally discriminating against Inuit after the site rejected his... more
Study: People with combat-related mTBI have high levels of abnormally fast brain waves  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new study funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Navy finds that veterans and service members with a history... more
Ubisoft keeps pretending its political games don’t have politics in them  THE VERGE · 2 weeks
Today Ubisoft officially unveiled the latest Tom Clancy release, Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. A sequel... more
Officials seek to open major spillway on Mississippi River  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Army Corps of Engineers officials in Louisiana aim to open a historic flood control structure above New Orleans on Tuesday for an unprecedented second time in one year. more
Pentagon challenges CBO’s cost estimates for new space organizations  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
DoD spokesman: “The establishment of the United States Space Force is a small investment to ensure American leadership... more
Xbox games releasing next week: Rage 2, Sniper Elite V2, and more  Windows Central · 2 weeks
Be on the lookout for these titles! Every week, numerous games launch on Xbox One, but which ones truly stand out? Here are some... more
North Korea, US Fire Missiles in Early-Morning Tests (Video)  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
North Korea fired off two short-range missiles in quick succession early this morning (May 9), and the United States followed suit with a test of its own just minutes later. more
New weapons, items, and more highlights from Fortnite 9.0 patch  Windows Central · 2 weeks
Ready for something new? Check it out! The latest content update for Fortnite - the 9.0 patch - is out today, and with it comes the introduction of... more
New Weapons, Items, and More highlights from Fortnite 9.00 Patch  Windows Central · 2 weeks
Ready for something new? Check it out! The latest content update for Fortnite - the 9.00 patch - is out today, and with it comes the introduction of... more
Training AI to win a dogfight  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Artificial intelligence has defeated chess grandmasters, Go champions, professional poker players, and, now, world-class human experts in the online strategy games Dota 2 and StarCraft II. No AI currently exists, however, that can outduel a human... more
In a Texas border town, a church on the edge and wildlife at risk - CNET  CNET · 2 weeks
Some South Texans say they'd rather live with constant surveillance by Border Patrol than a physical... more
Reversible chemistry clears path for safer batteries  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) and US Army Research Lab (ARL) have taken a critical step on the path to high energy batteries by improving their water-in-salt battery with a new type... more
AFRL achieves 'shocking' materials technology breakthrough  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The Air Force Research Laboratory, along with research partners at Los Alamos National Laboratory, are working to change the shape of materials technology with a breakthrough development that could open up a new range of possibilities... more
KU researchers receive grant to study eating disorders in active-duty soldiers and veterans  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
When one thinks of the military, images of elite, highly fit soldiers often come to mind. Conversely, talk of eating disorders generally... more
Superjet flights cancelled following Russian plane disaster  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Russian national carrier Aeroflot cancelled four flights that normally use the Sukhoi Superjet aircraft Wednesday, days after a deadly crash-landing in Moscow where 41 people died in a fire. more
What geology reveals about North Korea's nuclear weapons – and what it obscures  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
North Korea's leader, Chairman Kim Jong Un, clearly is in no hurry to demilitarize his country. In the wake of two historic... more
The (evolving) art of war  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
In 1969, the Soviet Union moved troops and military equipment to its border with China, escalating tensions between the communist Cold War powers. In response, China created a new military strategy of "active defense" to repel an invading... more
More than a quarter of new moms overlook postpartum care after giving birth, finds survey  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The three trimesters of pregnancy are filled with doctor's appointments, preparations and careful surveillance of the health of... more
The (evolving) art of war  MIT · 2 weeks
In new book, political scientist Taylor Fravel uncovers the modern history of Chinese military strategy. more
Hands-On With Apple's New Powerbeats Pro Earbuds  MacRumors · 2 weeks
Apple's new wire-free Powerbeats Pro are set to launch this Friday after pre-orders became available last week, and ahead of their official... more
Pandora unveils discounts for students and military - CNET  CNET · 2 weeks
The company's new Premium-tier plans cost $5 and $8 per month, respectively. more
Two Israelis Arrested in Global 'Dark' Internet Probe  Gadgets 360 · 2 weeks
Two Israelis have been arrested on suspicion of setting up a "dark" Internet site that was used to buy weapons, drugs and stolen credit cards. more
The Long Dark 'Steadfast Ranger' adds new weapons and advanced mechanics  Windows Central · 2 weeks
The Long Dark just got even better. The Long Dark pits players against the wilderness in icy northern Canada amid unnaturally cold weather. After crash-landing, you're... more
Airbus inks two-satellite deal with Spain’s satellite operator Hisdesat  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
The two new satellites will be situated in different geostationary orbital slots to operate in X, military Ka... more
North Korea's Short-Range Missile Test Spotted from Space (Photo)  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
The rogue nation conducted its first missile test in 18 months early on May 4, launching a short-range vehicle east into the Pacific Ocean. A Planet Labs cubesat saw the... more
Blackout imagines the collapse of civilization from a small New Hampshire town  THE VERGE · 2 weeks
There are a ton of podcasts out there, but finding the right one can be difficult. In our column Pod Hunters, we cover what... more
Rocket Lab Launches 3 Experimental Satellites for US Air Force  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
Rocket Lab successfully launched three experimental satellites for the U.S. Air Force today (May 5), acing the company's second Department of Defense mission in five weeks. more
Rocket Lab launches three U.S. military satellites  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
A Rocket Lab Electron rocket successfully launched three technology demonstration satellites for the Defense Department May 5 as part of an effort... more
Security lapse exposed a Chinese smart city surveillance system  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
Smart cities are designed to make life easier for their residents: better traffic management by clearing routes, making sure the public transport is running on time and having cameras keeping... more
Xbox One Sport Red wireless controller is super stylish (and quite sexy)  Windows Central · 3 weeks
Microsoft makes a range of great-looking controllers, and the Sport Red Special Edition is perfect for those who like it hot. Microsoft makes a... more
The Aliens Among Us  Gadgets 360 · 3 weeks
For the last several years, the US military has observed an increase in what it calls "unexplained aerial phenomena." more
US: Nevada has 'remarkable' disregard for national security  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The U.S. Department of Energy has accused Nevada of disregarding national security during its legal battle challenging last year's secret shipment of weapons-grade plutonium by federal officials to a site near Las... more
Navy Plans to Document UFO Sightings, But Keep Them Confidential  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
The U.S. Navy plans to set up an official reporting and investigative system that will monitor reports from its pilots about UFOs. more
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Ted Cruz warns of space pirates, says Space Force is the answer - CNET
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PUBG Mobile Season 7 Leak Tips New Skins, Weapon, Royale Pass Rewards, and More
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UAG launches new $60-$70 nylon and leather Apple Watch straps with rugged designs
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US, Russia, China race to develop hypersonic weapons
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'Russian spy whale': the disturbing history of military marine mammals
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No, the Night King is not a Targaryen
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Fortnite’s second Avengers crossover launches today
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