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Relax, Your Driver’s License Will Still Be Accepted at Airport Security

December 28, 2015 On Dec. 22, the Department of Homeland Security alerted state officials in Illinois and Missouri that their exemptions to a federal identification standard will end. In practice, this means that driver’s licenses from those states wont be valid to pass through security at various federally operated or regulated facilities—such as...

What We Know About the Hack of the CIA Director’s Private Email

October 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A hacker claims to have accessed the personal email account of John Brennan, director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. In a Twitter post that is no longer available, the hacker posted an image of what appears to be a spreadsheet containing the personal information of a number of government...

The FBI and Secret Service are Investigating Reports That The CIA Director's Email Was Hacked

October 20, 2015 The FBI and the Secret Service are investigating a report that a hacker broke into the personal email accounts of CIA director John Brennan and secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, CNN reports. The alleged hacker—a teenager interviewed by The New York Post over the weekend—tweeted on Monday, Oct. 19...

Don’t Hate Mondays — They’re the Best Day to Apply For a Job

September 28, 2015 The next time you find yourself with “a case of the Mondays” act fast and apply for a job—it’s the best odds you’ll get all week. In the US at least, 30% of Monday job applicants make it to the next stage in the hiring process, according to Bright.com. The...

NASA’s First Image of The Whole Earth Since 1972 is Breathtaking

July 21, 2015 If you think you’ve seen a new photograph of the full Earth taken by NASA in the last few decades, you’ve been tricked. It hasn’t taken a full Earth snapshot in 43 years—until now. Today (July 20) NASA released an image from the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), marking the...

The Justice Department is Investigating Airfare Price Collusion

July 2, 2015 The Department of Justice is investigating the pricing practices of airlines as part of an antitrust investigation, the Associated Press (AP) reports. The AP learned of the inquiry through a document it obtained, which it says indicates the investigation is trying to determine whether airlines have colluded to slow their...

Scientists Measure Nepal Earthquake by Bouncing Radar Beams off Kathmandu From Space

May 9, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The ground has shifted beneath Nepal’s feet, and space agencies around the globe are rushing to measure it. But they’re not all hopping on airplanes to Kathmandu; many are simply downloading data collected in space. Using satellites that bounce radar waves off the earth and listen to the echo, scientists...

At Least 10% of Los Angeles Is Using Waze

April 24, 2015 Los Angeles is a city of drivers. Whether it’s rolling the Imperial Highway with a big, nasty redhead at your side as Randy Newman proclaimed, cruising down the street in your 1964 Impala as Easy-E rapped, or just getting around from town to town like the Beach Boys harmonized, Angelenos...

Police in Ferguson May Have the Look But They Lack the Tactics of Soldiers

August 14, 2014 The protests following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri—a suburb of St. Louis in the middle of the US—have put on wide display the surprising level to which US local police has been militarized. Police have manned the demonstrations in armored transports, while wearing combat boots with bloused...

Workers Are Taking World Cup Breaks, and We Have the Data to Prove It

July 1, 2014 The US Mens National Soccer team plays Belgium in the World Cup tomorrow—July 1—at 4pm. If the team captivates Americans as it did during its last match, you can expect business to slow significantly on Tuesday afternoon. Using conference calls as a proxy for productivity, the impact of a World...