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What the US Can Learn from Israel and China's Collaboration

The contrast could hardly be more striking. In October, Vice President Mike Pence delivered a blistering speech accusing China of stealing prized US technology and military hardware. Barely two weeks later, one of Beijing’s most powerful bureaucrats touched down in Israel for a visit focused on building ties with its tech and innovation sectors. …

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Rapper 2 Milly Sues Fortnite Over a Cribbed Dance Move. But Can He Win?

Earlier this week, the rapper 2 Milly filed a lawsuit claiming that Fortnite—the most popular video game in the world—swiped his dance move. The case fuels ongoing controversy over video game companies’ unlicensed use of existing hip-hop dances, which players can purchase to customize their in-game avatars. But can these …

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Foreign Trolls Are Targeting Veterans on Facebook

I first came across the imposter Facebook page by accident. The page was made to look like that of my employer, Vietnam Veterans of America, complete with our organization’s registered trademark and name. As an Iraq veteran and the office’s designated millennial policy guy, I was helping run VVA’s social …

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The US Leans on Private Firms to Expose Foreign Hackers

When the Democratic National Committee realized they had been hacked in April 2016, they turned to experts from a private company: the cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike. Within a day, the company had identified two Russian state-sponsored hacking groups inside the DNC network. Within a few weeks, it publicly explained its analysis …

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The Government's Role in the Rise of Lab-Grown Meat

Last month, the US Department of Agriculture and FDA convened to debate meat: what it is and isn’t, and if plant-based or lab-grown products like those made by Impossible Burger and Memphis Meats should be called meat. Lab-grown meat is still months from market, but vegetarian meats already have the …

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The Doctor Prescribes Video Games and Virtual Reality Rehab

Amid the country’s growing substance abuse crisis, last year the FDA cleared reSET, a mobile app that tracks substance use, cravings, and social triggers to treat dependency on alcohol, cocaine, and cannabis. The FDA’s clearance makes reSET one of the first prescription “digital therapeutics”—an emerging class of evidence-based interventions that …

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Why UX Designers Should Consider the Role of Sound Design

Imagine you’ve finished shopping. Then, just as you’re getting ready to leave, the chip reader shrieks at you to remove your credit card. No matter how pleasant the shopping experience was or how nice the checkout person, the last thing you’ll hear before exiting the store is that grating noise—a …

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Robotaxis Are Coming. So Why Are We Still So Unprepared?

In a few weeks, Waymo will launch America’s first commercial robotaxi service. GM and Ford are both developing competing fleets. The grand vision? Fewer road fatalities, less congestion, and cleaner air, as human drivers cede control of their cars to automation. Vehicle ownership—pricey and inefficient—will ultimately drop, and Americans will opt …

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I Bought Used Voting Machines on eBay for $100 Apiece. What I Found Was Alarming

In 2016, I bought two voting machines online for less than $100 apiece. I didn’t even have to search the dark web. I found them on eBay. Surely, I thought, these machines would have strict guidelines for lifecycle control like other sensitive equipment, like medical devices. I was wrong. I …

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To Curb Terrorist Propaganda Online, Look to YouTube. No, Really.

Before most people even knew that terrorist outreach was happening online, YouTube was a top recruitment venue for jihadi terrorist groups. The platform, which consistently ranks among the most trafficked websites in the world, has served as a library for radical clerics’ speeches and calls for fundraising. Meanwhile, the corresponding …

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