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NASA Is Paying Russia $71 Million for a Ride to Space

March 25, 2014 NASA astronaut Steve Swanson was set to hitch a ride early Wednesday morning to the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, costing the federal agency a cool $70.7 million that will surely end up in the Kremlin's coffers. Swanson will join cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev on...

Google Just Made It Harder for the NSA to Snoop on Your Mail

March 21, 2014 Google announced last night that it has upped its email security measures following "last summer's revelations," a not-too-subtle reference to Edward Snowden's massive NSA document leak. Gmail Security Engineering Lead Nicolas Lidzborski wrote in a blog post that "Your email is important to you, and making sure it stays safe...

New App Wants to Help You Read Things Four Times Faster

March 11, 2014 People are getting excited about Spritz, a new questionably-named speed-reading app that promises readers the ability to read up to 1,000 words per minute — about four times as many words as the average American reads. It even sort of has a celebrity (investor) endorsement. Spritz works by showing one...

What NASA Wants to Do With Its 2015 Budget

March 4, 2014 NASA on Tuesday unveiled its budget request for fiscal 2015. In a teleconference discussing the budget, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden focused on salient aspects of the budget, which will remain basically the same as this year if approved. Here are some of the most significant things next year's budget would...

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Exhibit to Showcase New Works by George W. Bush

February 26, 2014 Art enthusiasts! Get thee to the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas this spring if you'd like to view more art by a former president who may have been divisive as a leader, but is universally beloved as a kooky self/pet portraitist. An exhibit generously titled "The Art of...

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Afghanistan Releases 65 Prisoners, Angering U.S.

February 13, 2014 Afghanistan has released 65 prisoners in a step towards shuttering a former military prison Afghan leaders believe is stoking conflict with the Taliban -- despite harsh criticism from American leaders, who believe the prisoners to be dangerous. The move highlights increasing tension between Kabul and Washington and threatens to make...

Colorado Terror Suspect Is First to Challenge Warrantless NSA Surveillance in Court

January 30, 2014 Jamshid Muhtorov, an Uzbeki man who moved to Colorado in 2007 as a political refugee, is challenging the U.S. government for relying on communication gathered without a warrant to arrest him in 2012. Muhtorov was accused of aiding an Islamist militant group overseas. According to Muhtorov's defense team, an amendment...

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Military Bad Behavior Goes All the Way to the Top

January 28, 2014 More than two dozen U.S. generals and admirals have been investigated for personal misconduct over the past 15 months, according to a report by The Washington Post, many of them for charges of sexual assault. The Post got hold of previously confidential files via the Freedom of Information Act that...

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Who Gets to Sit With Michelle Obama During This Year's State of the Union?

January 27, 2014 The White House announced today the first round of guests to be invited to sit with President Barack Obama's two top ladies — Michelle and senior advisor Valeri Jarrett — during Tuesday's State of the Union address. As always, the honor goes to model U.S. citizens, recognized for excellence or...

Two Arrests May Be Linked to Target Data Breach

January 21, 2014 Two people were arrested for spending tens of thousands of dollars with more than 90 stolen credit cards in an incident that may (or may not) have been related to the massive Target data breach. Authorities stopped Mary Carmen Garcia, 27, and Daniel Guardiola Dominguez, 28, of Monterrey, Mexico, as...