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Last Build Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:00:00 -0400


U.S. Air Force to Put Sensors on Allies’ Satellites

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:00:00 -0400

The move is intended to deter Russia or China from shooting down spacecraft — and provide backups if they do.The fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite undergoes production at Lockheed Martin’s satellite manufacturing facility in Sunnyvale, California.

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The Military Will Award $10 Million To The Company That Can Launch Satellites On Short Notice

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:00:09 -0400

The Air Force is desperate to replace larger satellites that are vulnerable to attack, and fast.Rocket Lab's Electron rocket zooms into orbit.

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Army Eyes Faster Weapons Development with a New Collaboration Hub

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 10:15:00 -0400

Super-strong materials, cyber defenses are on the agenda as the Army Research Lab launches new partnerships.Sgt. 1st Class Taikeila Dale uses the Mk-19 simulator with augmented reality head-mounted display in August.

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After London, How Lasers Will Play a Role in Detecting Chemical Attacks Sooner

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 11:00:00 -0400

A new technique can detect trace elements of dangerous chemicals in extremely small doses, a breakthrough of relevance to the horror show playing out in Salisbury, U.K.Army soldiers dressed in hazmat suits take part in a security drill at the Deodoro Olympic Park, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, March 11, 2016. Brazilian army personnel took part in the security drill as preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games.

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Regulating Facebook Won’t Prevent Data Breaches

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0400

The Cambridge Analytica scandal wasn't a data breach – it was a violation of academic ethics. Maybe it's universities, not social networks, that need to update their privacy settings.

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Why Is NASA's Space Telescope Running a Year Behind?

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 10:01:14 -0400

The James Webb will launch in 2020 instead of next year—and it will probably need more money from Congress to do it.

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Pentagon’s New Arms-Research Chief Eyes Space-Based Ray Guns

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:00:00 -0400

Neutral-particle beams, a concept first tried in the 1980s, may get a fresh look under Michael Griffin.As part of the Beam Experiments Aboard Rocket project, this neutral particle beam accelerator was launched from White Sands in July 1989 to an altitude of 200 kilometers (124 miles), operated successfully in space in July, 1989.

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The U.S. Military Is Making Lasers Create Voices out of Thin Air

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:00:00 -0400

Within three years, the Pentagon's non-lethal weapons lab hopes to have a direct energy weapon that can produce an effect like a haunted walkie-talkie or the biblical burning bush.A screen shot of a demonstration showing a laser weapon that modulates a plasma field to create a voice-like effect from thin air.

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Facebook Just Blocked This Cambridge Analytica Affiliate. Why Does It Still Have a State Department Contract?

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:00:00 -0400

Strategic Communications Laboratories worked with Cambridge Analytica, which reportedly used social media data to target likely Trump voters.

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If You Go Into Space For a Long Time, You Come Back a Genetically Different Person

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:37:01 -0400

Scott Kelly's year in space on the International Space Station made him a little less identical to his Earth-bound twin, Mark.

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Trump Calls for a Space Force, a Concept His Pentagon Opposes

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:00:00 -0400

The president’s words could reanimate a legislative proposal that the defense secretary and others thought they had killed.An Atlas V rocket launches with the X-37B spacecraft.

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NASA Says a Design Error is Behind The Failure of a 2015 SpaceX Mission

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:12:02 -0400

Whoops.Moments after launch, CRS-7 went up in a puff a smoke.

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Who's Running NASA?

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:05:19 -0400

An interim administrator has been overseeing the space agency for more than 13 months—and now he’s leaving, too.

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Jupiter Will Never Stop Surprising Scientists

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 10:12:06 -0500

NASA’s Juno mission keeps churning out stunning images of the gas planet’s clouds—and more mysteries about what lurks underneath.

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The U.S. is Accelerating Development of Its Own 'Invincible' Hypersonic Weapons

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 19:00:00 -0500

Russia isn’t the only country looking to build invincible hypersonic weapons. Here’s the latest on the U.S. efforts to send missiles and even aircraft five times faster than sound.The X-51 Waveglider

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Space Corps Is At Least ‘Three to Five Years Away,’ Its Congressional Champion Says

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 11:00:00 -0500

A bipartisan team of House lawmakers slams the Air Force for pushing back on the idea of a separate service for space operations.NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson is attired in a training version of her shuttle launch and entry suit in a 2009 training mission.

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NASA’s Next Space Telescope Is Running Out of Time

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 09:49:26 -0500

The James Webb, Hubble’s successor, may face more delays and even exceed its budget, according to a new government report.

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Government Regulation of Social Media Would Be a Cure Far Worse Than The Disease

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:00:00 -0500

Thirteen Russians were charged Friday with using social media to interfere with the 2016 election. A media expert explains why this should not lead to government regulation of social media.Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein answers a question after announcing that the office of special counsel Robert Mueller announced a grand jury has charged 13 Russian nationals and several Russian entities on Feb. 16.

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North Korea Is Upping Its Offensive Cyber Operations

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:00:00 -0500

As Pyongyang runs out of money for missile tests, expect more hacking.Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, and North Korea's nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam, wait for the start of the preliminary round of the women's hockey game between Switzerland and the combined Koreas at the Winter Olympics.

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The U.S. Air Force Is Giving Its Anti-Drone Efforts a Silicon Valley Twist

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:00:00 -0500

A new kind of investor-innovation partnership may help speed emerging technology to the front lines.A new kind of investor-innovation partnership may help speed emerging technology to the front lines.

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The White House's Spanish Language Site Is Still Missing

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:49:55 -0500

The Trump administration has not made good on its promise to provide information en español.

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Donald Trump Wants to Shut Down The International Space Station and Get Ready For Private Space

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:39:13 -0500

Trump's budget envisions NASA working closely with the private sector on every level.President Donald Trump, flanked by NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, left, and his daughter Ivanka Trump, gives a thumbs up following a video conference with the International Space Station

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One Year Later, NASA Still Doesn't Have a New Administrator

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:23:26 -0500

An interim director is steering the ship, but the delay between administrations is unprecedented.

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When Will Astronauts Launch From U.S. Soil Again?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:10:11 -0500

NASA is hopeful SpaceX and Boeing will soon free the country from dependency on Russia, but delays abound.A Soyuz spacecraft, which carries astronauts to space, sits on the launchpad at Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in December.

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How the (Likely) Next NSA/CyberCom Chief Wants to Enlist AI

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:00:00 -0500

A look at Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone’s public statements about artificial intelligence, offense, and defense.Ltg. Paul Nakasone discusses the future of AI and US Cyber Command at the second Defense One Technology Summit in June.

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