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This Painfully Honest Look at the Space Industry Just Got an Executive Fired

March 17, 2016 Students at the University of Colorado got an unexpected lesson about the speed of business transformation recently, when a recording of their guest’s candid remarks was posted to the internet, and led to his resignation the next day. Brett Tobey, an aerospace industry veteran who worked at Lockheed Martin for...

The Reason SpaceX Keeps Aborting Launches

February 29, 2016 Last night, SpaceX aborted its third attempt in four days to launch the SES-9 satellite, which bodes ill for a company hoping to demonstrate a speedy and predictable pace of rocket launches this year. After bad weather on the first attempt, the last two failures to launch were linked to...

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Hillary Clinton Re-Embraces the Public Option for Health Care

February 23, 2016 When the Democrats spar over health care, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton likes to remind the audience that after the Obama administration’s health care reforms, “we are at 90% coverage. We have to get the remaining 10.” The question is how to do it, and Clinton doesn’t have a...

Why a US Army Vet Cast a Muslim-American Woman to Lead His Afghan War Movie

February 15, 2016 More than one Academy Award-winner has been accused of demonizing Muslims, but “Day One,” the Oscar-nominated short film set against the US war in Afghanistan, makes a Muslim-American woman its hero. Writer and director Henry Hughes served in the 173rd Airborne Brigade (paywall) for five years, including two deployments in...

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Three Private Firms Just Landed Huge NASA Contracts to Haul Cargo to Space

January 15, 2016 NASA picked three companies today (Jan. 14) to operate an orbital mule train, hauling supplies and experiments to and from the International Space Station from 2017 through 2024, the end of the laboratory’sexpected lifespan. The three companies are OrbitalATK and SpaceX, which currently hold contracts bringing cargo to the space...

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Massive Voter Database Left Unsecured

December 30, 2015 An un­se­cured data­base con­tain­ing in­form­a­tion on more than 190 mil­lion U.S. voters has been float­ing around the in­ter­net, and nobody seems to know how it got there. That’s a troub­ling sign as polit­ic­al cam­paigns be­come in­creas­ingly de­pend­ent on col­lect­ing, ana­lyz­ing, and util­iz­ing per­son­al voter in­form­a­tion. In­ter­net re­search­er Chris Vick­ery found...

Who Left a Gigantic US Voter Database Sitting Naked on the Internet?

December 29, 2015 An unsecured database containing information on more than 190 million U.S. voters has been floating around the Internet, and nobody seems to know how it got there. That’s a troubling sign as political campaigns become increasingly dependent on collecting, analyzing, and utilizing personal voter information. Internet researcher Chris Vickery found...

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Hillary Clinton is America’s Most-admired Woman for a Record 20th Year

December 29, 2015 For the 14th consecutive year and the 20th year overall, Hillary Clinton is the woman whom Americans are likely to say they admire most—a record for anyone, male or female, in the the open-ended poll conducted by Gallup annually since 1948. The most admired man in 2015 is Clinton’s erstwhile...

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25% of Trump’s Political Spending Goes to His Own Companies

December 29, 2015 “It’s very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it,” Donald Trump told Fortune in 2000, during his first abortive run for president. He was referring to a $1 million motivational speaking deal he got from Tony Robbins that he timed to...

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Clinton Has a Plan to Cure Alzheimer’s

December 23, 2015 Millions of Americans are celebrating Christmas or using the holiday period to visit family, and will be forced to confront reality: Their relatives are getting old, and someone has to take care of them. Hillary Clinton’s campaign is carefully prepared to capitalize on those holiday anxieties, rolling out a plan...