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NASA admits mistake in blocking access to scientist

June 12, 2006 NASA recently acknowledged it made a mistake in blocking news media access to its top climate scientist. "An internal inquiry has revealed that one recent media request to interview Dr. James Hansen, of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, was inappropriately declined," wrote Brian Chase, NASA's assistant administrator for legislative...

Collision Course

June 1, 2006 FAA and unions deadlock over plan to rein in controller salaries. The nation's 15,000 air traffic controllers are among the highest paid civil servants, some earning more than the $165,200 brought in by most members of Congress. A campaign to bring down sky-high operating costs has left the Federal Aviation...

Eyes on The Storm

May 15, 2006 The National Weather Service rides a tide of praise into the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season. An urgent message from the National Weather Service office in Slidell, La., issued 20 hours before Hurricane Katrina made landfall last August, provided an eerily accurate description of the future of New Orleans: "Most of...

Rethinking TSA

May 1, 2006 Transportation security critics turn up the volume on calls for an overhaul. It's long past sunset for the Transportation Security Administration, but the agency formed to safeguard aviation and other modes of travel in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks trundles on. It has outlived by almost 18...

Fear Factor

April 15, 2006 The Energy Department has to figure out how to reassure Americans before it rolls 77,000 tons of nuclear waste through cities and towns across the country. With more than 1.8 million residents and a tourist population approaching 40 million a year, Clark County, Nev., is one of the fastest-growing areas...

Exporting E-Junk

April 15, 2006 Discarded government computers land in countries looking for high-tech hand-me-downs. Memo to a former World Bank employee in Washington: Someone found your old computer in a dump in Nigeria and read the contents of its hard drive. Your curriculum vitae from Harvard University, where you studied for a master's degree...

Muzzled or Misunderstood?

April 12, 2006 James Hansen was just a highly regarded climatologist until he warned last December that Earth could become a "different planet" if greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced significantly in the next 10 years. Today, the director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York is something of a...

Getting to Liftoff

April 1, 2006 NASA's mission management team puts a new philosophy on the flight line for Discovery. Wayne Hale's nightmare came true on a midsummer Wednesday last year in Houston. Then deputy manager of NASA's space shuttle program, he didn't notice the time exactly, but he knew it was pretty late. After all,...

Muzzled or Misunderstood?

April 1, 2006 A public relations scandal rocks the space agency. James Hansen was just a highly regarded climatologist until he warned last December that Earth could become a "different planet" if greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced significantly in the next 10 years. Today, the director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space...

Riding Herd

March 15, 2006 Government is turning to industry not just to round up players for huge projects, but to honcho them, too. One of the most memorable Super Bowl commercials is an ad for a technology services company featuring men on horseback trying to drive squalling cats across an open plain. "Anybody can...

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