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Alex Brown

Alex Brown
Alex Brown is a Technology reporter for National Journal.
CIO Briefing

Ted Cruz Thinks NASA Spends Too Much Worrying About Climate Change

The new space subcommittee chairman thinks the Obama administration has the agency overly focused on climate change at the expense of exploring the cosmos.

Emerging Tech

Everything You Need to Know About NASA's Space Taxi Announcement

The space agency will soon use commercial partners to put its astronauts into orbit.

CIO Briefing

Rep. Eshoo Calls for ‘Re-brand’ of Net Neutrality

Americans “can’t tell which jargon box to check,” says the California Democrat.

IT Modernization

DOT Plan to Make Skies No-Call Zone Might Cost Fliers a Pretty Penny

Airlines are opposing a ban on in-flight cell-phone calls—and they could make you pay for the right to travel in peace.

Emerging Tech

Ready for Hologram: Could Virtual Campaigners Shake Up Elections?

One company thinks beamed-in candidates are the future of campaigning.

News

'Let Me Google That for You'—Now a Congressional Bill

A new bill -- and the Internet -- could kill a small agency.

CIO Briefing

One Congressman’s Crusade to Save the World From Killer Robots

Robots could one day keep troops out of combat, but opponents say deploying them will have dangerous consequences.

Emerging Tech

Here's How NASA Thinks We'll Find Aliens

The agency thinks we'll find life on other planets soon, but we may not be exchanging messages for a while.

Emerging Tech

Safer Roads or Stronger Wi-Fi?

Limited spectrum has connected-car advocates at odds with expanded-Wi-Fi supporters.

CIO Briefing

Hollywood Producers Want to Use Drones to Film Their Movies

If the FAA approves, filmmakers could be among the first to use commercial drones.

Emerging Tech

NASA Has a New Plan to Save Its Zombie Spaceship

A long-lost spaceship may still have some life left in it—if a California company can figure out how to talk to it.

CIO Briefing

Russia Aims to Ground the Pentagon's Satellites

In sanction return-fire, Russia is cutting off access to rocket-engine sales and cutting the lifespan of the International Space Station.

Emerging Tech

Why You Can't Fly a Drone at Yellowstone

The National Park Service says its ban on drones doesn’t just apply to Yosemite.

Emerging Tech

Is Space the Key to Bitcoin's Future?

A satellite-based plan to broadcast bitcoin data could make the digital currency safer and more accessible, advocates say.

CIO Briefing

FEC Considers Allowing Bitcoin Donations to Political Campaigns

Could virtual currency be the next form of campaign clout?

Emerging Tech

How to Go Viral From Space

Orbital YouTubing made Chris Hadfield an Internet sensation—and got millions of people hooked on science.

CIO Briefing

Watch a Congressional Candidate Shoot Down a 'Government Drone'

House contender Matt Rosendale of Montana wants Big Brother out of his airspace.

Emerging Tech

Space Lasers Will Beam Astronauts’ Superfast Video

'It's like upgrading from dial-up to DSL.'

Emerging Tech

NASA Tries to Cash In on Russia Tensions

The space agency isn't letting the Crimean crisis go to waste.