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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.

6 upcoming space missions worth keeping an eye on

January 30, 2017

Having pretty thoroughly explored the Earth, humanity has since turned its attention to the stars. There are a myriad of missions already in the history books, and many more underway. We’re at a pivotal time in our exploration of space. With a bit of luck and science, we may soon be able to explore more freely and understand the nature of the universe — it’s a bright future. These are six of the most important upcoming missions that will get us there.

The US military could start using commercial drones

January 26, 2017

Tiny drones could scout high-rise buildings and underground tunnels for possible threats to US troops in cities of the future. But instead of spending years cooking up the necessary drone technologies in military research labs, the Pentagon might be better off shopping for the latest civilian drones coming soon to stores.

The best of the best U.S. jobs are tech, tech and tech, again

January 26, 2017

Hey kids, want to grow up to land the best job in the country? Then keep poring over those math and science textbooks. Jobs that require a range of STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and math) claimed 14 spots in Glassdoor's new "50 Best Jobs in America" survey, out Monday.

How China plans to clamp down on foreign technology

January 24, 2017

China’s largest chip maker has announced it will invest $30bn to build a new semiconductor factory, as the world’s second largest economy seeks to reduce its dependence on foreign technology. The state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup will open the facility in the city of Nanjing in eastern Jiangsu province, where it will mainly produce chips used in consumer electronics such as cellphones, cameras and computers, according to a statement posted on the company’s official website.

How Broadband Populists Are Pushing for Government-Run Internet One Step at a Time

January 24, 2017

In a series of tactical skirmishes that distract attention from their broader strategy, a loose coalition of advocacy groups and academics is methodically working to transform America’s successful private-sector, competitive Internet model into at least a heavily regulated utility, if not government-owned networks.

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