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NASA is too reliant on old technology, report says

February 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Flight demonstrations may be pricey, but when industry partners are willing to pay for them they can help speed new NASA technology from the lab into real-life use, experts said in a report issued on Wednesday. The report scolds NASA's reliance on 40-year-old technology and says the agency needs to ...

Scientists halt controversial flu research

January 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Scientists working on a controversial project to create new forms of H5N1 bird flu agreed on Friday to stop their work for 60 days while the debate plays out. "We recognize that we and the rest of the scientific community need to clearly explain the benefits of this important research ...

Kepler telescope spots two Earth-sized planets

December 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA said its orbiting Kepler telescope has spotted two planets the size of Earth orbiting another star, although both are far too hot to sustain life. The discovery does, however, bring scientists a big step closer to finding an Earth-like planet that could harbor life. The planets, called Kepler-20e and ...

NASA launches mission to Mars

November 28, 2011 NASA and its commercial space partner, the United Launch Alliance, launched a new rover to Mars on Saturday morning - a mission the agency hopes will answer two questions: whether life ever survived on Mars, and what the future of U.S. space exploration will look like. The Atlas V rocket ...

Obama nominates new Medicare chief

November 23, 2011 President Obama said on Wednesday he plans to nominate Marilyn Tavenner as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to replace Dr. Donald Berwick, who has never won the support of Congress. Obama sidestepped the traditional confirmation process in July 2010 to make a recess appointment of Berwick. ...

NASA readies its new Mars rover

November 10, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA says it's ready to launch a supersized Mars rover later this month to search for evidence of life on the red planet. Curiosity, a car-sized robotic rover, is sitting on top of an Atlas V rocket awaiting its scheduled Nov. 25 liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, near ...

White House threatens veto of net neutrality bill

November 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House threatened on Tuesday to veto legislation that would overturn FCC net neutrality rules, aimed to create a more "open" Internet. "The administration strongly opposes Senate passage of S.J. Res. 6, which would undermine a fundamental part of the nation's Open Internet and innovation strategy - an enforceable, ...

NASA signs lease agreement for Kennedy Space Center

October 31, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA said on Monday that it has signed an agreement with Florida's aerospace economic development agency, Space Florida, to let it use several major facilities at the Kennedy Space Center, and that Boeing would use one large facility to build its reusable space capsule. Space Florida is leasing one big ...

White House pushes FDA-strengthening legislation to blunt impact of drug shortages

October 31, 2011 The Obama administration on Monday asked drug companies to give more of a heads-up about drug shortages, pressing Congress to move legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration more teeth to enforce early warnings and also doubling the small staff of an FDA office that deals with shortages. ...

Fewer people driving drunk, CDC finds

October 5, 2011 Drunk-driving incidents have plunged 30 percent over the past five years, perhaps because the economic recession is keeping people home, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday. That said, an estimated 4 million U.S. adults admitted to driving drunk at least once in 2010, the CDC found. ...