24 Jul 2020

Pentagon Seeks New Means for Detecting Underground Nuclear Tests

The Defense Department is reportedly seeking information that will help the agency detect underground nuclear tests. The agency posted a solicitation on Saturday, stating that they plan to make up to four awards to researchers developing solutions relating to below-ground nuclear testing. Similarly, the Air Force Research Laboratory released a

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22 Jul 2020

White House, NSF Invest $75 Million to Launch Three Quantum Innovation Institutes

According to a statement made on Tuesday by the White House Office of Science and Technology, three US universities will head the new Quantum leap Challanege Institutes project, which aims to research and solve fundamental research hurdles that hinder capabilities. The group will largely focus on issues within quantum information

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20 Jul 2020

Bipartisan Bill Would Require Passenger Temperature Checks at TSA Checkpoints

A recent bill was introduced to Congress called the Healthy Skies Act, which would require the TSA to launch a trial program in which travelers are screened for a fever while going through security. This would help to decrease the spread of COVID-19 through airports, which is currently a high-risk

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17 Jul 2020

Attorney General: China May Supplant U.S. If It Wins AI Race

On Thursday, Attorney General William Barr stated that China posed a significant risk in the economic and technical sectors, claiming that its plans for global domination could be dependent on the development of artificial intelligence. Barr also warned the public that China is using methods both legal and illegal to

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16 Jul 2020

Is Social Distancing Effective? Navy Considers Employee-Tracking Wearables to Find Out.

The Navy is considering equipping personnel with wearable devices that track movements and proximity to others in an attempt to investigate the effectiveness of social distancing measures as well as to ensure that Navy employees maintain a safe distance amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The process would determine the efficacy of

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15 Jul 2020

This Secret $35 Million FBI Unit Mixes Facial Recognition With Big Data To Investigate America’s Most Horrific Crimes

A previously unknown forensics division within the FBI called the Multimedia Exploitation Unit (MXU) sifts through and analyzes video footage connected to terrorist attacks. This can include CCTV footage, witness video, or social media clips. For example, when the Boston Marathon bombing occurred in 2013, the FBI tasked 120 analysts

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15 Jul 2020

A New Map Shows the Inescapable Creep of Surveillance

A new map produced by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the University of Nevada called the “Atlas of Surveillance” depicts how far-spread police surveillance has become within the US. The research reported 1,300 partnerships with Ring, hundreds of facial recognition systems installed, dozens of cell-site simulator devices, and automated

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14 Jul 2020

Army Investigative Unit Looks to Detect and Trace Cryptocurrency Transactions

The Army Contracting Command, a top Pentagon investigative unit, announced plans to tap into an existing cloud-based solution in order to quickly detect unlawful cryptocurrency transactions. The entity invited potential new partners to offer opinions on their capacity to supply a cryptocurrency investigation service, stating that the application must provide

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14 Jul 2020

How Autonomous Cars Are Overcoming GPS Signal Loss With Radar

Self-driving vehicles rely heavily on advanced GPS services to navigate through regions, however, many streets’ GPS signals are blocked by tall buildings. This poses a risk to the autonomous cars, as they could lose signals due to obscuration or because radio waves are bouncing around surroundings. The Council on Tall

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13 Jul 2020

Facebook and Instagram ban all posts promoting conversion therapy

On Thursday, Instagram announced that it planned to ban all forms of content promoting conversion therapy, which is a highly controversial practice consisting of forcefully changing an individual’s sexual orientation. A spokesperson for Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, stated that the recent change in policy expands on an earlier rule that

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