When the time-traveling orbital observatory known as the James Webb Space Telescope reaches its orbit around the Earth (which NASA hopes will happen sometime in mid-2019), it will radically increase how far we can peer into the past, and, scientists hope, unlock some of the greatest mysteries of our universe.
Though there’s been an enormous increase in government surveillance in the decade and a half since September 11, 2001, the fact is that so-called “spy satellites” are still not capable of doing much more than taking the occasional snapshot (albeit a very high-resolution one) of a portion of the surface of the Earth. Now, two companies—one Finnish, one American—are vying to be first to launch a new kind of satellite constellation that will radically amp up surveillance capabilities
Is the internet becoming obsolete? The government agency that invented the network that runs the world seems to think so. So the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a program aimed at “completely rethinking how to network and compute” by taking advantage of the computing resources that have begun to saturate the world around us in the form of smartphones, tablets, connected vehicles, Internet of things endpoints, and more.
With Arctic sea ice disappearing, can advanced sensor technologies provide insights into an ecosystem on the brink?
The armed forces need battlefield innovation and adaptability, but are they agile enough to take advantage of it? “Lifehack is a term coined to define a tool or technique that makes some aspect of one’s life easier or more efficient. Warhacks could be the lifehacks for combat.”
Done right, wargaming has saved lives. But the discipline is in sore need of younger and more diverse practitioners to fill out a roster that is increasingly “hair-pigment challenged,” as one person put it. Yuna Wong wasn’t a wargamer when she first walked into the Connections Wargaming Conference five years ago, but that didn’t stop the former Marine Corps operations analyst from feeling right at home. “I just stood there watching these middle-aged white men with baseball caps hunched over miniatures, and I had this overwhelming sense that I had found my people,” she says.
As the latest horrific attack in Syria heightened global awareness of this outlawed form of warfare, a new disposal plant is set to open in Colorado this summer.
Silicon Valley would like to help us win the next war. But will the Pentagon let it?
The Facebook IPO, however rocky, marked a coming of age for the loose collection of technologies and services known as "social media." If Mark Zuckerberg had been elected governor of California, it would not have done as much to confer society's seal of approval. It was almost as if the internet itself went public.
A couple of years ago, just before Dan Hammans dropped out of high school, his guidance counselor told him that he would never earn more than $15,000 a year, that he would never hold a job for more than six months at a time and that, to put it plainly, he would never amount to anything. ”He pretty much told me I was a loser,” Dan says. He is sitting in his 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse, which is fire-engine red, cost $23,000 and boasts 210 horsepower off the factory floor — though with Dan’s modifications, that’s up to 260. Dan is on his way home from a job at which he earns roughly $1,600 every two weeks, or about $25,000 more each year than a certain Mr. Sternberg of Gilbert High School in Iowa would have thought possible.
On the Heightened Experience of Being Married
A celebration of H.G. Wells's Little Wars, the first commercial rules for miniature wargaming, published a century ago.
For the last 17 years, SimCity designer Stone Librande has dreamed up, designed and lovingly handcrafted an original board game to give to his two sons on Christmas morning.