Dave Gershgorn
at 09:37 AM Jun 19 2015
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In attempt to both democratize and curate the torrent of eyewitness video taken during news events, YouTube, the most robust repository of video on the planet, has launched their version of a news service, called YouTube Newswire.

Dave Gershgorn
at 09:46 AM Jun 4 2015
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Wi-Fi allows us to connect to the Internet by transmitting data through the air itself, but what if it could be used to power our devices wirelessly as well? Scientists at the University of Washington are currently working to make it happen.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 10:00 AM Jun 2 2015
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Last Wednesday, the theft of 500 feet of copper wire from subway lines in New York City snarled the routes of the A and C trains, generally irritating commuters, and forcing Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) workers to scramble to repair the track.

Rachel Fobar
at 09:55 AM May 29 2015
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When you think of disaster preparedness, you may think about how you would respond to an earthquake, a flood, or a storm. Now, security researchers want you to think about how to respond to cyber attacks, as well.

Sophie Bushwick
at 10:31 AM May 25 2015
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To a harried subway passenger, learning that there's a delay ahead can trigger groans, rolled eyes, or mere stoic despair. But commuters might be even more annoyed if they realized the track ahead was perfectly clear: Sometimes, the system holds a train in place to fix a delay behind it. In this 8-bit video, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority explains how slowing down one train can actually reduce the total delay on the line.

Nicholas Deleon
at 10:43 AM May 20 2015
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Last month, security researcher Chris Roberts was removed from a United Airlines flight, after the airline claimed he had endangered his fellow passengers by tweeting a message about potential security vulnerabilities aboard the aircraft. In 2012, Ars Technica reports, Roberts claimed to have hacked into the International Space Station, according to a recently discovered video.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 11:02 AM May 19 2015
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For many of us, our smartphones are an integral part of our being, containing not just everything we need to communicate but depths of personal information, from our daily schedules to our finances. While last summer the Supreme Court ruled cell phone information is private and therefore protected, that's irrelevant to anyone trying to steal the sensitive bits stored on one. As Rose Eveleth reports for BBC Future, Seth Wahle, an engineer and biohacker, demonstrated that it's possible to steal information off of a phone with a microchip embedded in his hand.

 
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