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Last Build Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:55:05 -0400


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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Trump is Reportedly Going to Demand Foreigners Share Their Phone Passwords to Get Into the U.S.

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:50:46 -0400

Are travelers willing to have their Facebook and Instagram feeds examined by immigration officials?

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Why You Can’t Shoot Terrorists With Lasers, Yet

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:10:22 -0400

Military leaders are eager to have the precision of a directed-energy weapon — yet plenty of legal and practical obstacles remain. HH-60 Pavehawk from the 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, performs a night-time Helicopter Air-to-Air Refuel (HAAR) with a C-130 Hercules from the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron during a night training flight over Djibouti, Africa, March 20, 2017.

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The Founding Fathers Encrypted Secret Messages, Too

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:00:49 -0400

Centuries before cybersecurity, statesmen around the world communicated with their own elaborate codes and ciphers.Rembrandt Peale's official portrait of Thomas Jefferson.

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A Bot That Can Tell When It's Really Donald Trump Who's Tweeting

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:59:00 -0400

Using machine learning to figure out when the president is writing his own tweets

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The U.S. is Facing a Choice Between the International Space Station and a New Deep Space Rocket

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:51:58 -0400

Two great tastes that are wildly pricey together.Astronauts participate in ISS maintenance in 2006.

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Is Trump Still Tweeting From His Unsecured Android Phone?

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:49:06 -0400

If so, he’s extremely vulnerable to being hacked.

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NASA Didn’t Catch an Error in the International Space Station’s Data Until a Kid Pointed It Out

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:56:55 -0400

Big things happen when you pay attention in physics class.Michael Gernhardt performs a Station spacewalk around the International Space Station in 1995.

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Why Women Weren't Allowed to Be Astronauts

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:36:46 -0400

Critics had plenty of reasons for wanting to disqualify women from spaceflight in its early stages—but none of them stuck.Astronaut Nicole Stott participates in the STS-128 mission's first spacewalk as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station in 2015.

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GOP Lawmaker to FBI: Stop the Leaks in Russia Probe or Lose A Key Surveillance Tool

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:53:48 -0400

After top cop confirms investigating the Trump campaign, a House member threatens to hold investigatory powers hostage.

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Russia’s Spear Phishing Tactics in the 2016 Election Are Boring Compared to its 2008 Hack of the U.S. Military

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 16:06:20 -0500

Their methodology was worthy of a blockbuster spy movie.Senior Airman Andrew Dawson updates a computer system at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, in 2016.

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CIA Silent as Wikileaks Claims to Publish Thousands of Agency Files

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 15:56:47 -0500

The group says the 8,000-plus files detail the existence and function of key hacking tools.

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The White House Declines to Substantiate Trump's Wiretapping Claims

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 12:00:20 -0500

A day after the Trump charges “Nixon/Watergate” level misconduct by his predecessor, the administration says that “neither the White House nor the president will comment further.”President Donald Trump walks near the White House in February.

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