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Supreme Court Blocks Obama's Climate-Change Plan

February 10, 2016 The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday night blocked the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan for the duration of legal challenges against it, placing President Obama’s foremost effort to combat climate change in serious jeopardy. The Court’s order in West Virginia v. EPA, which is currently being heard in the D.C....

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The U.S. Predicted the Ethiopian Food Crisis Months Ago

February 3, 2016 Thanks to El Niño, some parts of Ethiopia are currently facing the worst drought in 30 years. More than 10 million people in the country will likely need food aid this year. Over the weekend, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon implored the world to attend to this, one of its...

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Why Are Government Weather Forecasts So Shouty?

January 22, 2016 PERHAPS AS THIS WEEK’S HISTORIC STORM HAS LOOMED OVER YOUR REGION … YOU’VE TURNED TO FORECAST DISCUSSIONS … LOOKING FOR WISDOM … CONTEXT … AND CLARITY. FORECAST DISCUSSIONS ARE ONE OF THE MOST HELPFUL TOOLS THAT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PRODUCES. WRITTEN TWICE A DAY BY GOVERNMENT METEOROLOGISTS THEMSELVES …...

Elon Musk Triumphs: SpaceX Vertically Launches Orbital Rocket

December 23, 2015 On Monday evening, for the first time in aerospace history, a rocket took off vertically from its launchpad, pierced the boundary of space and deposited its second stage into orbit, and returned intact to Earth, landing upright not far from where its journey began. The private American company SpaceX—and its...

NASA’s About to Have Its Biggest Budget in a Decade

December 18, 2015 If Con­gress passes the om­ni­bus spend­ing bill that it’s now con­sid­er­ing, the Na­tion­al Aero­naut­ics and Space Ad­min­is­tra­tion will en­joy a lar­ger budget in 2016 than it has had in at least half a dec­ade. NASA will be able to spend $19.3 bil­lion next year, ac­cord­ing to the budget, an in­crease...

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NASA's 2016 Budget Is the Biggest in At Least a Decade

December 17, 2015 If Congress passes the omnibus spending bill that it’s now considering, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration will enjoy a larger budget in 2016 than it has had in at least half a decade. NASA will be able to spend $19.3 billion next year, according to the budget, an increase...

Where in the U.S. Can Americans Be Tracked Without a Warrant?

November 12, 2015 Smartphones handle the jobs of many other objects: walkie-talkies, calculators, cameras. They pretend to be landlines and laptops and lightbulbs. They accomplish much of this multi-purposeness by tying into networks far vaster than any single device: into the GPS network, into the Internet, and into the cell network. Many Americans...

Where Americans Can Be Tracked Without a Warrant

November 12, 2015 Smartphones handle the jobs of many other objects: walkie-talkies, calculators, cameras. They pretend to be landlines and laptops and lightbulbs. They accomplish much of this multi-purposeness by tying into networks far vaster than any single device: into the GPS network, into the Internet, and into the cell network. Many Americans...

Some Local Governments Have Dismal Police Body Camera Laws

November 10, 2015 In the past year, protestors and activists have accused the U.S. police departments of systemic racism and abuse. The nation has an app for that: Police body-worn cameras. Since last fall, outfitting every cop on the streets with a body camera has moved from a fringe issue to de facto...

What Technology Should Be Un-Invented?

November 4, 2015 Hearing from the leaders of the tech world is always revealing, and very often surprising. In our second annual Silicon Valley Insiders Poll, a panel of 101 executives, innovators, and thinkers weigh in on some of the biggest technological, political, and cultural questions of the moment. Silicon Valley celebrates and...