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Arms Sales Are Down for the First Time in Decades

February 19, 2013 The world's largest weapons manufacturers just saw the first decline in sales since the mid-1990s. Collectively, the top 100 arms manufacturers in the world saw $410 billion in sales in 2011, a five percent decline from the year before. "Austerity policies and proposed and actual decreases in military expenditure as ...

The FDA Just Approved a Bionic Eye that Lets Blind People See

February 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Imagine telling your grandma in 2003 that within a decade we'd invent a wearable video camera that wirelessly transmits images to your eyeball, effectively allowing the blind to see. She would've laughed you out the door! And then she would've asked you to read the TV Guide listings with your ...

What We Know About North Korea's Nuclear Test

February 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just hours after reports suggested that North Korea had abandoned its plan to detonate a nuclear device, the U.S. Geological Survey reported a 4.9-magnitude earthquake north of the 38th parallel on Tuesday. The Korean peninsula, by the way, is not prone to earthquakes. Not natural ones, anyways. The United Nations ...

Though It Might Take Out a Couple Satellites, This Asteroid Will Not Destroy Earth Next Week

February 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Good news, Earthlings! The day after Valentine's Day a 150-foot-wide asteroid will fly so close to our planet that it will pass through the orbit of several satellites, but experts said on Thursday that it will not hit us. In fact, the so-called DA14 asteroid will be such a close ...

Did Bing Just Reveal the Location of the Secret Saudi Drone Base?

February 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You know that top secret drone base in Saudi Arabia everyone's been crowing about lately? If Wired's sources are correct, that's a picture of it above. Runways, hangar, sand — it's all there. It's not very secret, either. The base is hard to find, sure. But there it is hiding ...

Somebody hacked the Fed during the Super Bowl

February 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two days after Anonymous bragged about its latest government website breach and data dump, the United States Federal Reserve admitted that it had been hacked and robbed. "The Federal Reserve system is aware that information was obtained by exploiting a temporary vulnerability in a website vendor product," a Fed spokesperson ...

Hillary Clinton just quietly disbanded her presidential committee

February 5, 2013 Don't read too far into this, but Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign organization, Hillary Clinton for President, has finally paid its debts and closed its doors. Documents filed with the Federal Election Committee (FEC) on Monday confirm as much, and the transfer of the old organization's leftover cash to a ...

Obama is now America’s hacker in chief

February 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the possibility of destructive cyberwarfare inches towards reality, the government is scrambling to figure out who holds the keys to America's malware arsenal. Obviously, it's President Obama. The New York Times just published the findings of an investigation into a secret legal review that set out to determine who ...

Why did the lights go out at the Super Bowl?

February 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sometime between the Baltimore Ravens beating the San Francisco 49ers and the Ravens crushing the 49ers, half of the lights in the Superdome went dark, and Twitter lit up with curiosity — and jokes. "Is this the part when Bane comes out with a kidnapped nuclear physicist?," wondered CNN's Peter ...

China hacked the New York Times for four months straight

January 31, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You might say that The New York Times was asking for trouble when it got into the business of reporting the truth about potentially corrupt Chinese leaders. And trouble is exactly what they got. Over the course of the past four months, the Grey Lady has been at the receiving ...