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DARPA Kills Program That Would Have Launched Satellites with Fighter Jets

December 1, 2015 The U.S. military research lab that funds some of the most important (and terrifying) scientific work out there is scrapping a program that would have launched satellites with fighter jets, after the next-generation rocket fuel involved turned out to be a little too explosive. DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects...

The US Military Just Ditched Plans to Launch Satellites with F-15s

November 30, 2015 The US military research lab that funds some of the most important (and terrifying) scientific work out there is scrapping a program that would have launched satellites with fighter jets, after the next-generation rocket fuel involved turned out to be a little too explosive. DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects...

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Congress Has Passed the First American Space Law for Asteroid Mining

November 11, 2015 For aspiring asteroid miners—there are more than you think—the challenges of extracting metals from the inner solar system go beyond the fuss of getting prospecting platforms into space. There areimportant legal considerations, too. Existing space laws were written for governments, since at the time of their writing, governments were the...

The Pentagon's Afghan 'Slush Fund' Will Now Have to Answer to Angry Lawmakers

November 11, 2015 The Department of Defense has refused to answer questions about hundreds of millions of dollars spent by a controversial task force focused on economic redevelopment in US war zones. Now, an exasperated US senator has given the department 48 hours to turn over its files. The Task Force for Business...

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The Defense Department's Afghan Slush Fund Will Answer to Angry Lawmakers Soon

November 11, 2015 The Department of Defense has refused to answer questions about hundreds of millions of dollars spent by a controversial task force focused on economic redevelopment in US war zones. Now, an exasperated US senator has given the department 48 hours to turn over its files. The Task Force for Business...

Troops' Privacy at Center of $43M Gas Station Tussle Between Pentagon, Watchdog

November 3, 2015 In 2011, the US built a $43 million natural gas filling station in Afghanistan, which government auditors figure is about $42.5 million more than it should have cost—before you take into account that very few Afghan cars appear to run on compressed natural gas. But if that is absurd, consider...

Ohio Could Create the First Marijuana Grower Monopoly

November 2, 2015 Voters in Ohio will have a chance tomorrow (Nov. 3) to make the Buckeye state the first in the U.S. to authorize recreational marijuana use without approving medical licensing first. But it also would grant complete control over the cultivation of the cash crop to the consortium of deep-pocketed investors...

The Tech Start-Up Running Hillary Clinton’s Campaign

October 19, 2015 The Ground­work, a polit­ic­al tech­no­logy start-up fun­ded by Al­pha­bet ex­ec­ut­ive chair­man Eric Schmidt, has main­tained its po­s­i­tion as the top tech­no­logy pro­vider to Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cam­paign. Can­did­ates re­por­ted their fun­drais­ing and ex­pendit­ures for the third quarter to the pub­lic on Thursday, and a Quartzana­lys­is shows that The Ground­work con­tin­ued to...

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As the Speaker Election Drama Continues, The US is Nearing a Debt Default

October 9, 2015 The date is fast approaching when the United States risks finding itself in default on its debt. The US Treasury is running out of money because it is facing the statutory debt limit, setting up a ticking clock for a constitutional crisis just as the legislature is going off the...

SpaceX Booked its First Moon Mission—and it Uses Ridesharing

October 7, 2015 An Israeli group seeking to win a $30 million prize will fly its spacecraft to the moon in 2017, with the help of a SpaceX rideshare. Designed by nonprofit SpaceIL, the unmanned dishwasher-sized probe will attempt to land on the moon, transmit digital pictures and video back to earth, and...