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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...

A Brief History of the US Government’s Awful Graphic Design

June 7, 2013 The revelation that major US technology companies are participating in a National Security Administration surveillance program was shocking enough. And that was before we saw the top-secret slides used by the government to describe the spying operation. They are, to put it mildly, heinously ugly… The slides immediately attracted scorn...

Kenya Is a Model for Green Energy Even Though the Entire Country Is Without Power

May 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A failure of the national power grid today has left 2 million people in Kenya without electricity. Kenya Power, the majority government owned operator of the country’s power system, said that the failure was a result of “tripped” transmission lines between Nairobi and the Olkaria geothermal load center. The company...

Analysis: There’s No Such Thing as a Tech Company Anymore

March 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What is it about Groupon, Skype, Facebook, and Amazon.com that make them all “tech” companies? None of these companies competes in the same markets. None offers technology as its central product. Each has a website and conducts business on it—but don’t all big, serious companies? The label haphazardly persists. The...