Close up of an iris scan with a PIV card in the pupil

Smart ID to offer options for iris scanning, on-card fingerprint matching

Updated specifications from NIST for the PIV card now include an option for iris scans in addition to fingerprint authentication and the ability to do on-card matching of fingerprints.

A quad rotor vehicle flying to validate research on elements of a futuristic control system

The FAA's rules on domestic UAV flights

The agency is selecting sites for UAV tests that could eventually open up the airways, but for now there are two paths to getting authorization for unmanned flights.

NASA Dryden DROID small unmanned research aircraft

The tech that will make drones safe for civilian skies

Sense-and-avoid technologies are close to ensuring safe UAV flights on a large scale. It's mostly a matter of time, standards and FAA rules.

Warrior Web prototype studies the stress on soldiers

Army's exoskeleton to help soldiers carry the load

In order to reduce soldiers' fatigue and injury, the Warrior Web prototype reduces the stress on the troops who carry 100 pounds or more of equipment.

Wi Vi system detects motion on the other side of a wall

Using Wi-Fi signals to see through walls

MIT researchers' Wi-Vi system uses two transmitters and a single receiver to detect motion on the other side of a wall or door.

Abstract image depicting satellite communications

Tapping satellite spectrum could greatly expand, improve Wi-Fi service

Globalstar and research organization Jarvinian have successfully tested Terrestrial Low Power Service, which adapts satellite communications spectrum for Wi-Fi.

A lithium ion battery the size of a grain of sand printed out of electrochemical inks

Tiny 3D printed battery could power devices of the future

A research team prints a lithium ion battery the size of a grain of sand out of electrochemical inks, opening the door for microscopic medical implants, communications devices and other gear.

Ballista allows a single operator to simultaneously manage multiple unmanned vehicles

New drone OS allows control of multiple types of UAS

DreamHammer's Ballista is the first commercial software that can be integrated into the military's UCS architecture.

Augmented reality view of people in an airport

Augmented reality comes into focus for government

Advances in AR technology are opening up the field to a wide array of public-sector uses, a Deloitte report says.

Labor iPhone app can help employees keep the boss in check

Labor Department's smart phone application helps workers keep track of hours.

Concept of global internet

Cybersecurity's best bet: An Internet that learns to defend itself

During the first 40 years of the Internet, security has been about patching mistakes; the future will be about creating an environment that is secure by design and protected by big data.

Encryption via quantum computing

Unbreakable encryption remains a pipe dream, even on a quantum Internet

Despite efforts to use the principles of quantum computing to create unbreakable encryption, the system fails outside a lab or highly controlled setting.

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