Science & Technology

NASA Delays James Webb Space Telescope Again to May 2020

April 03, 2018

The James Webb Space Telescope is intended as the successor to Hubble, which is now more than 25 years old. Hubble was last services during one of the final Space Shuttle missions, and there are no plans to make another visit. When it stops working, that will be the end of the mission. The JWST was already supposed to be in space at this point, but it’s a complicated project costing more than $8 billion to date. NASA wants to get it right, and that has led to the latest delay.

China at a Quandary With US Tech Firms Amid Trade Dispute

April 02, 2018

While China and the United States seem to be negotiating in an effort to avert a trade war, Washington is unlikely to relent in its determination to stop advanced technology from leaving America for China. "I think there is a growing consensus in the United States that Chinese firms should be blocked from certain types of acquisitions of U.S. firms, of getting certain types of U.S. technology," said AlexCapri, an international trade scholar at the National University of Singapore.

Everything you need to know about a new EU data law that could shake up big US tech

April 02, 2018

GDPR is a piece of legislation that was approved in April 2016. European authorities have given companies two years to comply and it will come into force on May 25, 2018. It replaces a previous law called the Data Protection Directive and is aimed at harmonizing rules across the 28-nation EU bloc. The aim is to give consumers control of their personal data as it is collected by companies.

Scott Pruitt Bans Junk Science from Environmental Protection Agency

April 01, 2018

Junk science is no longer welcome at the Environmental Protection Agency. Administrator Scott Pruitt has declared war on what he calls “secret science” - the process whereby EPA regulators have been able to craft rules using non-publicly-available science data.

For women in science, busting barriers is just part of the job

March 29, 2018

As awareness of bias has increased, so too have efforts to address the subtle ways in which women find their work devalued. But in many institutions, women still struggle to get male peers and supervisors to acknowledge the problem.

NASA receives $20.7 billion in omnibus appropriations bill

March 28, 2018

The appropriations bill gives NASA $20.736 billion for the 2018 fiscal year, which started more than five and a half months ago. That is more than $1.6 billion above the administration’s original request of $19.092 billion. A House appropriations bill offered NASA $19.872 billion and its Senate counterpart $19.529 billion. An overarching two-year budget deal reached earlier this year raised spending caps for both defense and non-defense programs, freeing up additional funding.

Women In Tech: Educated, Ambitious And Underpaid

March 28, 2018

As Women's History Month nears its close in 2018, many people have been reflecting on the struggles women have faced in the past and the strides they are making toward changing the future. Tech is one area of specific interest here, as it's a place where women have traditionally been under-represented. But is that changing too?

Facebook thinks it knows whether you're liberal or conservative: Here's how to find out

March 28, 2018

The company’s core business that powers around $4 billion in monthly revenue is monetizing everything you do on Facebook to serve its advertisers. However, users may not know that the powerful social network already has an opinion about your political leanings -- and it’s fairly easy to find out what Mark Zuckerberg’s company thinks of your political preferences.

Pentagon's New Arms-Research Chief Eyes Space-Based Ray Guns

March 27, 2018

The next thing in space-based weapons could be decades old, according to Michael Griffin, the first defense undersecretary for research and engineering. “Directed energy is more than just big lasers,” Griffin said. “That’s important. High-powered microwave approaches can effect an electronics kill.

Cyber + Kinetic Forces = Intensified Threats

March 27, 2018

While stopping weapons of mass destruction and cyber attacks are high security priorities, the kinetic effects from cyber forces are a looming threat today. Malevolent uses for artificial intelligence combined with autonomous systems provide frightening new levels of capabilities to potential adversaries, and the U.S. Defense Department and the intelligence community are being called upon to address them with extraordinary vigor.

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