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Drones Drifting Into Markets Outside War Zones

After years of reliance on large drones like the Predator, the military is now finding that smaller devices can do the job better. The Army has deployed thousands of unmanned aerial devices that fit in a soldier's backpacks. Now, manufacturers are hoping these smaller vehicles will become big sellers.
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Key Test Tuesday For Hypersonic Flight

Over the Pacific Ocean, there's going to be a test of an experimental unmanned aircraft called the X-51A WaveRider. If all goes as planned, it will accelerate to about 3,600 mph — a speed that could get you from L.A. to N.Y.C. in 46 minutes.
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Hard Lessons At the Olympics, Like The Metric System

As the Olympics have shown, participation in sports at this high level can teach discipline, perseverance and teamwork. But can the Olympics teach U.S. athletes to think in meters and kilos instead of feet and pounds?
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A New Species Discovered ... On Flickr

Could crowd-sourced photo sharing be the future of taxonomy? Cybertaxonomy?
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Encoding Geopolitics: Virus Infects Banks In Lebanon

A common cybercriminal tactic appears to have been adopted by a nation-state for classic espionage purposes. The Kaspersky Lab in Moscow says the Gauss virus is targeting several large banks in Lebanon. Though the nation-state behind the virus hasn't been identified, analysts say it may be part of a U.S. effort.
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Storytelling In The Digital Age

Many new technologies shorten our attention spans. But New York Times technology reporter Matt Richtel says e-books are breathing life into an old genre: short stories.

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FTC Finalizes Privacy Settlement With Facebook

Among other things, Facebook agreed to periodic audits on how it handles the privacy of its users.

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