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Astronomers discover a planet almost identical to Earth

January 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just over a week after astronomers boldly announced that they would discover an Earth twin elsewhere in the universe within the year, NASA's Kepler telescope spotted a pretty good candidate. Unglamorously named KOI 172.02 -- KOI stands for Kepler Object of Interest -- this planet is the most Earth-like planet ...

AIG is thinking about suing the government for bailing it out

January 8, 2013 It's been almost five years since AIG's stock dropped 60 percent in a day leaving the company doomed to failure, when Uncle Sam swooped in with $182 billion to rescue it. But AIG must have a short memory, because on Monday night news emerged that the insurance company is actually ...

New online privacy loophole lets Facebook advertise to kids

December 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Mark Zuckerberg's been eager to find a way to get more kids on Facebook for years, and on Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission handed it to him on a platter. That might be overstating it a little bit. It's more like the FTC served it to him on a platter ...

'Zero Dark Thirty' is now officially wrong about torture

December 20, 2012 We already knew that Zero Dark Thirty messed up a couple of details about the bin Laden raid, but now, some senators would like the filmmakers to know they're straight up "incorrect." More specifically, Senators Dianne Feinstein, Carl Levin and John McCain wrote in a letter addressed to Michael Lynton, ...

Was Pentagon too helpful to 'Zero Dark Thirty' filmmakers?

December 18, 2012 As if Zero Dark Thirty needed more controversy, ABC News is now reporting that Undersecretary of Defense Michael Vickers is under investigation for leaking sensitive information to the filmmakers. "Specifically, Vickers is said to have disclosed to the filmmakers the identity of a member of SEAL Team Six -- though ...

What happens if the Syrian rebels steal Assad's chemical weapons?

December 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's scary enough to think of what the Assad regime could do with the several hundred tons of chemical weapons that are scattered across Syria. It's simply horrifying to think of what terrorists would do. U.S. officials are well aware of the threat, and in recent weeks, the Pentagon has ...

Google nails the timing on its iOS Maps release

December 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Have you been led astray by Apple's questionable Maps app? Do you find it odd that renderings of landscapes look like acid trips? Well, you'll be glad to hear that Google is launching its iOS maps app on Wednesday night. At least according to AllThingsD's Liz Gannes, it is. For ...

The CIA agent who found bin Laden is having trouble at work

December 11, 2012 If you're not already aware of the bull-headed CIA agent whose persistent pressure to track Al Qaeda couriers helped lead the way to Osama bin Laden's compound, you're about to be. The main character of Zero Dark Thirty, the controversial soon-to-be released Oscar bait that portrays the story of the ...

Video: Syrian rebels now have a tank powered by a Playstation controller

December 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As Syria's rebels work to overthrow the tank-equipped Assad regime, they've learned that it helps to have tanks of their own. They deserve bonus points for integrating video game technology. This is no exaggeration. Have a look at the opposition forces' "100 percent made in Syria" armored vehicle, the Sham ...

John McAfee can't stay out of the spotlight

December 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The John McAfee saga was intriguing at first and then exciting when everything got all action-packed. But as McAfee sits in a Guatemalan detention center awaiting his fate, things seem a little sad. It's not necessarily the situation that's sad. McAfee fled Belize so that he wouldn't have to face ...