Technology

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How to protect your smartphone from cyberattacks

With billions of people accessing the internet through smartphones, cybersecurity is more important than ever. Here's how to protect your device.
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Who gets to use messaging apps in Iran?

Lawmakers in Iran are working to ban foreign-owned messaging apps for Iranian citizens even as the regime uses those apps to spread propaganda.
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The spirited history of presidential debates

Technology has changed U.S. presidential debates since the days of Abraham Lincoln, but debates still give voters important information about candidates.
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Presidential debate milestones [infographic]

From the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858 to present day contests, presidential debates have given voters valuable information about candidates.
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U.S. labs focus on making the indoors safer

A researcher has developed a ventilation system that would limit the transmission of pathogens, including the coronavirus, inside airplanes and vehicles.
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Database offers transparency on U.S. foreign aid

The Foreign Aid Explorer, a free, comprehensive, interactive database, helps users see what the United States spends on foreign aid.
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The global reach of the Chinese government’s hackers and thieves

The People's Republic of China's intellectual property thieves are targeting companies worldwide. Learn more about the hackers' global reach.
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How the Chinese Communist Party steals science

Learn how the Chinese Communist Party steals research and technology from other countries to boost its military and economic power.
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Innovation’s essential ingredient: Failure [video]

In May, SpaceX became the first private company anywhere in the world to launch two humans into Earth's orbit. But it took some practicing to get there.