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Could a $500 Gadget Have Prevented the Metro-North Tragedy?

December 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Investigators are still studying what caused the derailment of a Metro-North commuter train on its way to Grand Central Terminal just over a week ago, killing four passengers and injuring 70 when the front cars of the train, traveling at 82 miles per hour on a tight 30 mph curve ...

Buggy software: Achilles' heel of big-data-powered science?

December 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We've heard a lot about scientific fraud recently, and it's a serious concern. But how reliable are honest research results? On the science website iSGTW, the journalist Adrian Giordani points to a growing concern with software defects: In October 2012, a workshop about maintainable software practices in e-science highlighted that ...

Is the high-tech ID another form of security theatre?

June 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Drivers in New Jersey and other states are facing longer lines in the Federal government's efforts to require still more proofs of identity in obtaining and renewing driver licenses, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. The inconvenience would be worth it, of course, if it truly prevented fraud and terrorism. But ...