When storms attack, Smart Grid could reduce outages, speed recovery

Bad weather in the past year has done what terrorists haven’t managed – disrupt power for a week or more at a time. Officials say Smart Grid technology could ease the pain.

In European plan, cars in a crash would auto-dial for help

The European Parliament wants all new cars be to equipped with sensors that will automatically notify rescue services in the event of a crash.

Army developing laser-guided lightning bolts

Technique ionizes the air around the Laser-Induced Plasma Channel, allowing it to target anything that conducts electricity better than the ground it's sitting on.

Georgia project uses 'roadbots' for highway repair

Automated prototype detects and fixes cracks in the state's highways.

Wireless power charging: Tesla's 19th-century idea finally catching on

Wireless power adapters are making headway, more than 100 years after Nicola Tesla patented the idea.

Researchers twist light to send data at 2.56 terabits/sec

The experimental technology could break new ground in satellite communications, terrestrial links and even fiber optics.

DHS' expanded drone use in Caribbean targets drug runners

The plan calls for doubling the UAV coverage area along U.S. borders, but there are doubts about how well drones can work over water.

Microsoft Surface: Is this the tablet for government?

The company's foray into hardware has some great productivity features, such as a cover/keyboard and a USB port. But will it live up to government needs better than the iPad?

Cities using AI for pre-crime monitoring of surveillance videos

A system being installed by San Francisco's transit authority can flag suspicious activity and even shut down a train automatically.

Bills would require warrants for domestic drone surveillance

Companion bills in the House and Senate want Fourth Amendment protections applied to UAV use.

Ray Bradbury inspired technology but also warned against it

The sci-fi writer's visionary works inspired generations of techies, but his view of the future, or the present, wasn't rosy.

Echograph: The return of low-bandwidth animations?

Old is new again. The animated GIF makes a comeback, but in a new, easy-to-use form that gives you creative options.

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