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Obama Scales Back Military Equipment Sharing for Cops

May 18, 2015 The White House has announced that federal programs to pass certain surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies will come to an end. The programs have garnered attention as public concern has grown about the blurred lines between policing and military operations, especially as relations between law enforcement officers...

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Obama Will No Longer Give Police Bayonets and Grenade Launchers

May 18, 2015 The White House has announced that federal programs to pass certain surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies will come to an end. The programs have garnered attention as public concern has grown about the blurred lines between policing and military operations, especially as relations between law enforcement officers...

SpaceX’s Mission Today Tested if it Can Protect Astronauts on its Spaceship

May 6, 2015 Astronauts frequently compare riding a rocket to sitting on top of a bomb. Given how badly things can go wrong with the kind of controlled explosion needed to break free of gravity, it’s easy to sympathize with their point of view, especially when everyone else watching the launch is at...

Jeff Bezos Has a Rocket Now, too

April 30, 2015 Blue Origin, the space company created by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, had its first successful test flight yesterday. Its launch vehicle, the New Shepard, powered by a BE-3 engine, reached an altitude of 307,000 feet, where the space capsule separated to float gently back down to earth. The only failure...

The Latest Disruptive Space Technology Is a Battery-Powered Rocket Engine

April 17, 2015 The next technology that could upend the space business might be batteries. Rocket Lab, a US and New Zealand-based defense research company, has exploited the increasing power packed by small batteries to develop a new rocket it’s calling the Electron. It says it will cost $4.9 million to launch small...

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A Coverage Dispute Between Uber, Lyft and Insurers Leaves Drivers Exposed

March 23, 2015 If a US driver gets in an accident while a friend is in the car, the driver’s insurance will usually cover the costs. But if the driver gets in an accident while shuttling a passenger paying for the ride through a car-service app such as Uber or Lyft, things get...

SpaceX's Biggest Military Advantage Isn't Just Cheap Rockets

March 18, 2015 Is SpaceX so successful that it is jeopardizing the US government’s ability to access space? That’s the case its chief competitor in national security rocket launches made yesterday, while asking for permission to purchase more rocket engines from the Russian government. Tory Bruno, the new CEO of United Launch Alliance,...

The Space Suit You Could Be Wearing In a Few Years Is Being Designed in a Small Workshop in Brooklyn

March 17, 2015 While you can always find next season’s most cutting-edge looks in Manhattan’s Garment District, the most futuristic outerwear in New York City wasn’t on the runways during the recent Fashion Week. Rather, it’s to be found in a small studio in Brooklyn, where an émigré Russian engineer and a US-born...

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ISIS May Be Using Bitcoin and This is Worrying Treasury Department Regulators

February 13, 2015 Bitcoin fans may not enjoy the government’s attention, but they should be flattered: It means the technology they are developing is powerful stuff. At a recent forum that brought together government officials and bitcoin entrepreneurs to discuss the future of the cryptocurrency, paeans to the protocol’s efficiency mingled with law...

Terrorism Finance Trackers Worry ISIS Already Using Bitcoin

February 13, 2015 Bitcoin fans may not enjoy the government’s attention, but they should be flattered: It means the technology they are developing is powerful stuff. At a recent forum that brought together government officials and bitcoin entrepreneurs to discuss the future of the cryptocurrency, paeans to the protocol’s efficiency mingled with law...