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Where does Earth's atmosphere end and space begin?

August 02, 2018

If astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell's calculations are correct, the cosmic boundary where the laws of airspace suddenly give way to the laws of orbital space might be a lot closer than we think -- a full 12 miles closer than previous estimates suggest.

Senate sends $717B defense policy bill to Trump's desk

August 02, 2018

The Senate approved the compromise fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in a 87-10 vote, sending it to Trump’s desk for his expected signature and keeping it on track to become law before the start of the fiscal year for the first time since the fiscal 1997 bill.

Who Lost China?

August 01, 2018

After World War II, the American foreign-policy establishment was caught up in an intense debate: “Who lost China?” Someone had to be blamed for Mao’s takeover. Today we are hearing the stirrings of a new debate: “Who lost China a second time?” China is marching toward global technological leadership and increasingly challenges the United States both economically and militarily in what Michael Lind has termed Cold War II. Who was responsible for letting this happen?

Paid Prioritization: Why We Should Stop Worrying and Enjoy the "Fast Lane"

August 01, 2018

Policymakers should not write off a permissive prioritization regime in net neutrality legislation. With simple rules, paid prioritization can make the Internet work much better for some services without making others worse off or harming the Internet’s characteristic openness.

Pentagon Delays Space Force Report

August 01, 2018

The delay comes one day after Defense One published details from a draft of the report, which was slated to go to Congress on Aug. 1. The draft says the Pentagon will in coming months create a combatant command for space warfighting, a joint office to buy new satellites and develop new technology, and a corps of space experts from across the military.

China Leaving US Behind on Artificial Intelligence: Air Force General

August 01, 2018

"Speed is of the essence in the digital age," said Lt. Gen. VeraLinn "Dash" Jamieson, deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance on the Air Staff at the Pentagon. She painted a grim picture: While "great instigator" Russia has the desire to do ambitious experiments with A.I., China already has the means.

How Technology Is Helping Close the Gender Gap and Empower Women

July 31, 2018

There is an emergence of educational organizations that are addressing this problem by reaching girls from a very young age. Platforms like Girls Who Code, Girls Learning Code, and Kode With Klossy offer girls in K-12 the opportunity to learn how to code while receiving mentorship from female leaders in technology. These programs have already reached hundreds of thousands of girls in North America alone.

U.S. House passes defense bill targeting Chinese investments

July 31, 2018

The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act, which must also be approved by the Senate, passed the House by a vote of 359-54. While the measure puts controls on U.S. government contracts with ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd because of national security concerns, the restrictions are far weaker than initially drafted.

Congress wants to keep defense tech out of China's hands. It wants universities to help.

July 31, 2018

“As China continues to challenge United States hegemony, it is imperative that our institutions of higher education collaborate effectively with” the government to “ensure that sensitive, academic-rooted R&D is protected and is not being exported to near-peer competitors,” U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and six of his colleagues said in a July 18 letter to the House and Senate Armed Services committees advocating for the change.

House Science Committee Demands Answers on James Webb Space Telescope Delays

July 30, 2018

"It is truly staggering to behold how this space telescope's cost and schedule projections went from costing the same as a Space Shuttle mission around half a billion dollars with an original launch goal in 2007to now becoming an expenditure exceeding $9 billion with a new launch goal in March 2021," said Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith. "That is nineteen times the original cost and a delay of fourteen years. It's hard to get much worse than that."

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