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Federal scientist cooked climate change books ahead of Obama presentation, whistle blower charges

February 08, 2017

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in a major 2013 report, concluded global temperatures had shown a smaller increase from 1998 to 2012 than any similar period over the past 30 to 60 years. But a blockbuster, June 2015 paper by a team of federal scientists led by Thomas Karl, published in the journal Science in June 2015 and later known as the “pausebuster" paper sought to discredit the notion of a slowdown in warming.

Uber hires a NASA expert to help develop flying cars

February 07, 2017

Uber has hired a NASA expert to build out its vision for flying cars Monday. Mark Moore, a 30-year veteran of the space agency with expertise in using electric motors to get a vehicle airborne, will help the ride-hailing giant execute on an expansive white paper it released last fall on developing VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) vehicles.

Four Reasons President Trump Could Send U.S. Astronauts To Mars

February 06, 2017

When Gene Cernan, the last U.S. astronaut to walk on the Moon, died only days before President Trump's inauguration, he was a disappointed man. Cernan had predicted after his Moon mission that Americans would land on Mars before the end of the 20th Century. It never happened. Like the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51, America's manned space program built an early lead, and then (to quote Atlanta's coach) ran out of gas.

10 best gadgets from CES 2017

February 06, 2017

From virtual reality to concept cars, thousands of tech companies showcased what they think you'll buy in the coming year. While it’s difficult to see all the products at the show and narrow down the best gadgets, here are 10 of the most impressive in various categories.

China's Intelligent Weaponry Gets Smarter

February 06, 2017

Last year, for example, Microsoft researchers proclaimed that the company had created software capable of matching human skills in understanding speech. Although they boasted that they had outperformed their United States competitors, a well-known A.I. researcher who leads a Silicon Valley laboratory for the Chinese web services company Baidu gently taunted Microsoft, noting that Baidu had achieved similar accuracy with the Chinese language two years earlier.

Russia open to increased cooperation with the United States on space programs

February 05, 2017

The Russian ambassador to the United States said Jan. 31 that Russia would be open to enhanced cooperation in space should the Trump administration pursue improved relations between the countries. Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, speaking at a meeting of the American Physical Society here, said that cooperation on space activities is improving in the aftermath of sanctions the U.S. enacted after Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Free professional development opportunities with AMS Education Program

February 02, 2017

The American Meteorological Society’s Education Program invites faculty at minority-serving colleges and universities to apply for the AMS Climate Studies Diversity Project and offer a dynamic course on the most current climate science and global change issues. AMS will select 25 minority-serving institution (MSI) faculty members to attend the expenses-paid Course Implementation Workshop in Silver Spring, MD from May 21 - 26, 2017. The application deadline is Wednesday, March 15, 2017 and workshop selections will be made by March 31. Please visit ametsoc.org/climatediversity for details and to send us the completed course license order form and application form if you would like to participate.

The workshop leverages the expertise of Washington, DC-area NSF, NASA, NOAA, and university climate scientists and will help prepare faculty to offer the AMS Climate Studies course. Under the Diversity Project, the license fee is waived for the first two years of course offering.

Please note that eligible MSIs include those Federally designated as well as undergraduate institutions with a 25% or greater enrollment of underrepresented minority students.

We welcome your questions concerning the project. Please call us at 202-737-1043 or e-mail onlineclimate@ametsoc.org.

Asteroid discovered hours before it passes between Earth and moon

February 02, 2017

While you were sleeping last night, an asteroid passed close to Earth -- very close. The object is known only as 2017 BH30, and it passed within 40,563 miles of the planet. That’s closer than the orbit of the moon, which is 238,000 miles away. The troubling part here is that astronomers didn’t detect 2017 BH30 until just hours before its closest approach. Luckily, it wasn’t large enough to pose a serious risk.

State of the States 2017: The Future is Automation

January 31, 2017

Traditionally, even tech-savvy governors have left specific mentions of IT-centric initiatives out of their annual addresses to the legislatures and citizens of their state. But over the past few years, that tide has shifted. Technology has increasingly snared a larger percentage of the limelight, indicative of its growing prominence in policy conversations. Vulnerabilities across the cyberspectrum have propelled IT security to the forefront, with many state leaders announcing the development of, or progress on, multi-agency cyberinitiatives to confront the growing threat to government and citizens alike.

Legendary Arecibo Observatory Faces a Bleak Future

January 30, 2017

It is the radio telescope that hunts killer asteroids, probes distant cosmic blasts and decades ago sent Earth’s most powerful message to the stars. Yet the storied Arecibo Observatory, an enormous aluminium dish nestled in a Puerto Rican sinkhole, might soon find itself out of the science game.

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