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Last Build Date: Fri, 26 May 2017 09:09:16 -0400


Analysis: The Trouble With Trump’s Uneven Approach to Transparency

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:09:16 -0400

By treating ethical guidelines as opt-in, the president is creating all sorts of problems for himself.

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Budget Spares NASA From Cuts As Deep As Other Research Agencies

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:28:47 -0400

The NASA plan includes cuts across most of the space agency’s programs.Kennedy Space Center in shown in February.

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Trump’s Budget Would Gut Government Science — Except for the U.S. Nuclear Program

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:59:00 -0400

Here's how Trump’s proposed budget would decimate government science programs, by the numbers.NIH scientists work in 2012.

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In Urgent Request, U.S. Special Ops Adds 350 Kamikaze Drones to Fight ISIS

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:19:56 -0400

And that's not all. The command is also opening a drone-hacker lab to help keep up with ISIS weaponeers.The AeroVironment Switchblade

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NASA Won’t Rush Astronauts Back to the Moon to Please Donald Trump

Mon, 15 May 2017 09:38:51 -0400

Trump's hope to slingshot some astronauts around the moon next year have just been dashed by NASA.

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France’s Macron Hack Likely By Same Russian Group That Hit DNC, Sources Say

Mon, 08 May 2017 09:59:06 -0400

A growing list of indicators point to a hack squad associated with the Russian GRU.Vladimir Putin speaks to French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, in the Kremlin in Moscow in March.

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The Military is Using Human Brain Waves to Teach Robots How to Shoot

Fri, 05 May 2017 15:39:46 -0400

Without even realizing it, soldiers could soon be training robot sharpshooters to take their jobs.A 2009 photo from the he Human Engineering Methods (HEM) Research Lab.

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The Military Has a New Technology to Finally Solve the Concussion Crisis

Thu, 04 May 2017 09:53:04 -0400

The Army is testing sensors that can detect the impact of explosions on the brain.

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The Shipping and Handling of a Gigantic Space Telescope

Tue, 02 May 2017 15:45:05 -0400

The James Webb will soon travel from Maryland to Texas, and the move requires a lot more than a “fragile” sticker slapped onto on the side of a box.

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The NSA Is Changing Some of the Information It Collects

Mon, 01 May 2017 09:58:18 -0400

The agency says it’s stopping the controversial practice of collecting Americans’ emails that mention foreign intelligence targets.

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Facebook Data ‘Does Not Contradict’ Intelligence on Russia Meddling

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:48:35 -0400

The social platform says it has a problem with government-run efforts to manipulate public opinion.

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Space: Trump's Least Controversial Frontier

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:34:02 -0400

Unlike in other policy areas, the president can pay significant attention to the U.S. space program with little risk of backlash.

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People Are Calling In to a New 'Criminal Alien' Hotline With Reports of Extraterrestrials

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:55:05 -0400

On Wednesday, the administration launched a new office to “assist victims of crimes committed by criminal aliens.” Some rang in with reports of UFOs.

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How Will the Federal Government Protect Nuclear Safety in an Anti-Regulatory Climate?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:00:00 -0400

The U.S. nuclear industry is struggling to compete with cheap natural gas and manage radioactive waste. Budget cuts and anti-regulatory pressure could worsen things by weakening federal oversight.Highly radioactive used nuclear fuel stored underwater at Unit 2, Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant, Southport, North Carolina.

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Could Donald Trump Really Send Astronauts to Mars in the Next Seven Years?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:40:52 -0400

With a little help, maybe.President Donald Trump, flanked by NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, left, and his daughter Ivanka Trump, speaks with International Space Station Commander Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer, Monday.

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Why Are Government Websites So Bad?

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:45:39 -0400

The DMV's online portal is a car crash unto itself.

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Is There Room for Broadband in the Trump Infrastructure Agenda?

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:00:00 -0400

President Trump has touted infrastructure investment as a way to boost the U.S. economy. At the moment, he's missing a key opportunity – expanding broadband internet service.

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Army Exploring ‘Devastating’ New Weapon For Use In War with Russia

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:32:23 -0400

The Kinetic Energy Projectile would be a tungsten warhead that moves at three times the speed of sound, destroying anything in its path.A monorail dry-run test at Holloman Air Force Base in July 2013 had no payload and used three representative carbon-epoxy panels mounted on the top and sides of the sled.

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The Steady Rise of Digital Border Searches

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:39:23 -0400

At the current rate, customs agents are on track to increase inspections of travelers’ electronic devices by a third this year.A CBP Officer processes an incoming passenger at the Newark International Airport in 2010.

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As Trump Meets China, US Worries About Beijing’s Supercomputers and Industrial Espionage

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:04:05 -0400

Network breaches? NSA research director says we ain’t seen nothing yet.

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How to Mourn a Space Robot

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 12:00:00 -0400

NASA’s Cassini probe will soon plunge into Saturn, ending its 13-year mission to the ringed planet and triggering a wave of grief among scientists, engineers, and an adoring public.

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The Five Coolest Drones from America's Biggest Naval Arms Show

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 10:09:38 -0400

New drones above and beneath the waves will change the way navies sail and fight in contested waters.The Flying Swimmer from ONR on display at Sea Air Space, April 5, 2017.

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The Air Force Is Reorganizing to Fight in Space

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 11:58:00 -0400

After a scathing report, service leaders are creating a three-star czar to oversee orbital warfare.A United Launch Alliance Delta IV-Heavy rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., June 11, 2016.

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Copyright Office Spent Millions on Flawed Computer System

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 16:53:17 -0400

Leaked consultant report to watchdog says agency covered up waste.The Library of Congress in Washington.

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