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Last Build Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2017 10:24:53 -0500


The EPA Has Approved The Release of Weaponized Mosquitoes In 20 U.S. States

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 10:24:53 -0500

Biotech firm MosquitoMate says it has the green light to release its bacteria-infected mosquitoes, which prevent the insects from multiplying, into the open.

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A Twitter Employee Celebrated Their Last Day by Deleting Donald Trump's Account

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 10:17:40 -0400

The platform was able to restore the president's account shortly thereafter, including all followers and previous tweets.

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IGs Band Together for a Common Website to Share Results of Investigations

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 11:31:29 -0400

Project eases access to reports governmentwide while promoting watchdogs’ work.CIGIE Chair and Justice Department IG Michael Horowitz said the site will demonstrate the value of IGs.

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Twitter Says It’s Holding Trump to the Same Standards as Everyone Else, But Also Not, Because He’s President

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:56:45 -0400

Lots of people won't like Twitter's stance on the president's fiery remarks—but it makes sense.

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How Solar Power Can Protect the U.S. Military From Threats to the Electric Grid

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Military bases usually get their electricity from the civilian grid, which is vulnerable to attack and to disaster. Solar-powered microgrids could protect national security, and would save money.Marines work on solar panels in California in 2012.

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This Is the Way Cassini Ends

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:51:32 -0400

As the spacecraft prepared to plunge into Saturn, the mission's longest-serving members remembered its years-long journey.

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The Trump Administration is Hiding Data About How Its Crackdown on Illegal Immigration is Going

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:02:21 -0400

ICE won't say what it does with undocumented immigrants it asks sheriffs and local police to detain.

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GSA Awards Contract for $700B Federal Charge Card Program

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 17:14:08 -0400

Citibank and U.S. Bank will potentially run the government program until 2031.

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Lawmakers Question How to Best Protect Data Breach Victims

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 17:54:12 -0400

House members want the Government Accountability Office to determine better ways to protect victims whose personal information is exposed.

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NASA's New Space Telescope Is in Harvey's Path

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 15:47:23 -0400

Here’s how they’re protecting the $8.6 billion project.

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You Can Earn Six Figures From NASA If You’re Willing To Protect Earth From Alien Life

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:25:30 -0400

Who hasn't dreamt of being paid to protect the planet from alien life? An Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket is seen as it is rolled out to launch Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in 2014

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Does the U.S. Military Need a Space Corps?

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 09:50:03 -0400

A proposal in Congress would create the first new uniformed service in 70 years, but it faces opposition from the Pentagon.The 45th Space Wing, ... ]

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When The Federal Budget Funds Scientific Research, It’s The Economy That Benefits

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0400

Research dollars don't stay locked up in academia and government labs. R&D collaborations with the private sector are common – and grow the innovation economy.

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Air Force Wants Robots Watching Twitter

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:09:48 -0400

Tomorrow’s operations will be shaped by automated analysis of the world’s open-source data, says the service’s chief of staff.Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, before the House Armed Services Committee hearing.

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Mattis on 2018 Budget: ‘We Have Got to Get a Bill Passed’

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:15:44 -0400

Congress is working up budgets that bust spending caps, with little evidence of a deal to avoid automatic cuts.

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Here’s What You Need To Know Now About U.S. Customs Searches Of Your Phone

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:22:58 -0400

A new letter from the agency is being spun as a victory for travelers—but it's not that simple.

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If The U.S. Really Wants To Go To Mars, Elon Musk Knows How To Bring Down The Price

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:05:05 -0400

It would take a little old-fashioned competition and a lot less government control.

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Tomorrow Soldier: How The Military Is Altering the Limits of Human Performance

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:49:39 -0400

Breakthroughs in biometric science mean future troops will fight with weapons that understand them — inside and out.

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For Sale: Artificial Intelligence That Teaches Itself

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 09:58:56 -0400

An AI startup with dozens of aviation-industry customers sets its sights on the U.S. military.SparkCognition’s CEO says his company’s AI might be able to diagnose and predict engineering problems like the ones that have bedeviled the USS Coronado and other U.S. Navy littoral combat ships.

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GSA Watchdog Details Clash That Drove Sharpe from Acquisition Service

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:38:40 -0400

Alleged whistleblower retaliation included threats of negative review and transfer.Former GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth. Roth allegedly retaliated against Sharpe.

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The NSA Confronts a Problem of Its Own Making

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:44:14 -0400

Recent cyberattacks show what happens when America’s secret-keepers can’t keep their secrets.

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The U.S. Will Ban Laptops On 180 International Airlines Unless They Meet Mysterious New Security Rules

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:49:27 -0400

It's hard to tell whether it will be easy or difficult for airlines to comply, since officials didn't provide any details.

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The Mars Robot Making Decisions on Its Own

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:44:05 -0400

Thanks to artificial-intelligence software, the Curiosity rover can target rocks without human input.

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How Not to Win an AI Arms Race With China

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:45:51 -0400

A lawmaker’s proposal to curb Chinese investment in U.S. artificial-intelligence firms has more than a few critics. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, wants to make it harder for the Chinese to invest in U.S. technology development, including in companies developing artificial intelligence.

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