Security and privacy

What Obama’s Cybersecurity Strategy Leaves Out

In two new executive orders, the president makes no explicit mention of fighting terror and limits his administration’s privacy goals.

Neuroengineering

DARPA’s New Neural Implant Has a Sneaky Way of Getting Inside Heads

Researchers implanted a “stentrode” to record activity in the brains of live sheep without having to cut open their skulls.

Practical robots

A Strong Robot Hand with a Softer Side

A robotic gripper that combines strength with delicacy could help drones hold packages or industrial robots sort objects.

Computing

Parents: Don’t Panic About Your Kids’ Social Media Habits

Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd tries to puncture some myths about teenagers and the Internet.

Robotics

Smart machines are beginning to speak to us and act on their own.

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