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New Space Mission: Leave a Time Capsule on the Moon

November 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A decade from now, if all goes well, a spacecraft with a high-tech drill will land in the South Pole-Aitken basin of the moon. There, it will bore 66 feet down into the surface and collect samples of the mantle to bring back to Earth. But before it leaves, it'll ...

The Environmentally Friendly Drone That Could 'Disappear' on the Battlefield

November 17, 2014 Drones are, largely, military tools—hardened, efficient machines of war. They're sturdy, not fuzzy. Strong, not brittle. And they should definitely not start breaking down upon impact. But breaking down is exactly what the bio-drone is supposed to do. Created—or rather, grown—by a team of 15 students from Stanford University, Brown ...

NASA Develops Biodegradable Drones

November 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Drones are, largely, military tools—hardened, efficient machines of war. They're sturdy, not fuzzy. Strong, not brittle. And they should definitely not start breaking down upon impact. But breaking down is exactly what the bio-drone is supposed to do. Created—or rather, grown—by a team of 15 students from Stanford University, Brown ...

What’s at the Root of Your Facebook Addiction? Numbers

November 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A "like" on Facebook is a treat. You get a little red pop-up on your notifications icon, you see the little box on the lower-left corner of your screen describing the like, and you get that warm, albeit fleeting sense of pride. Someone liked your post. Your post! You savor ...

Get Ready for a New Wave of Biometrics

October 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow By now, it's common knowledge that passwords are flawed. In April, the Heartbleed bug forced users to reset passwords across hundreds of thousands of websites. The celebrity photos stolen in September were, according to Apple, accessed through a "targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions." And just this ...

What if Police Body Cams Get Hacked?

September 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow They're presented as the policeman's panacea: Body cameras can magically diffuse street violence between officers and citizens. They can perfectly capture, record, and hold all parties accountable for their actions. Got a complaint? Just watch the footage. Yet, the seemingly easy fix opens the gates to a flood of questions ...

Will Apple Pay Convince You to Leave Your Wallet at Home?

September 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple announced its mobile payment service — called Apple Pay — Tuesday, effectively sending shivers down the metaphorical spines of competitors like Coin, Google Wallet, and Softcard. But what is Apple Pay? Apple's Eddy Cue pretty much covered it during the (painfully) slow intro video: Instead of wasting your precious ...

Apple Blames 'Targeted Attack,' Not iCloud, for Celebrity Photo Hack

September 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After hackers stole and released several dozen female celebrities' personal photographs over the Internet this weekend, apparently by breaking into their iCloud accounts, Apple has finally responded in full. In a new statement by the company, the company says iCloud, which stores multimedia taken on Apple products, and the Find ...

National Guard Pilot Was Killed in Virginia Crash

August 29, 2014 The pilot of the military jet that crashed in Virginia on Wednesday was killed in the incident, military officials said in a press conference late on Thursday. Speaking to reporters in Westfield, Mass., Col. James Keefe of the Massachusetts Air National Guard said the pilot of the one-man F-15 fighter ...

Why People Don't Like to Talk About Government Surveillance on Social Media

August 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Here's what social media is for, according to most people: Posting updates about your lunch, liking other people's updates about their lunch, getting follows, following other people, indulging in your vanity, stalking your exes, and oh, sharing videos of you dumping ice water on yourself. Here's what it's not for, ...