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Shots all around! The World Wide Web is now old enough to drink

August 8, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Twenty-one years ago, Tim Berners-Lee published the first webpage. Web page, in the parlance of the time. This was part of a project Berners-Lee had embarked on while working at CERN, and it really was just a project: a protocol for linking documents via hypertext, one effort among many that ...

Database captures every bomb the U.S. has dropped since World War I

August 2, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For the past six years, Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jenns Robertson has been compiling a database of the bombs the U.S. military has dropped since World War I. Every. Single. Bomb. The project -- which began as a hobby and has since become Robertson's full-time job -- finds Robertson searching ...

Video: Astronaut Sally Ride defied gravity

July 23, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sally Ride died today after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 61. Ride will best be remembered for being the first American woman in space: Nearly 30 years ago, on June 18, 1983, Ride joined the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger for its seventh mission, STS-7. She ...

What the Internet actually looks like

July 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Here is what the Internet looks like: not a series of GIFs or a video of surfing goats, but a spindly collection of fiberoptic cables. The Internet, as a physical thing, actually looks a lot like a series of tubes. We know this, of course, but it's nice to be ...

Obama saw initial, incorrect health care ruling reports

June 28, 2012 This morning, at just after 10 am Eastern time, President Obama was doing exactly what millions of his fellow Americans were doing: watching the news, waiting for the Supreme Court's health care decision. Unlike his fellow Americans, though, the president was watching the proceedings from the "Outer Oval" of the ...

It's official: Apple computers are no longer virus-free

June 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of Apple computers' key selling points -- besides their cultishness, their coolness, etc., etc. -- has been their resistance to viruses. Mac hardware is "built on the world's most advanced operating system," the company's site declares; and part of that system's sophistication, Apple has emphasized, has been an exceptionally ...

Canada will spy on people, politely

June 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Here is a Canadian initiative: Airports and border crossings are being fitted with cameras and microphones that can eavesdrop on travelers' conversations. The Canadian Border Services Agency announced the installations this weekend, noting that audio-video monitoring and recording are already in place at "unidentified CBSA sites" at airports and border ...

Video: Don Pettit is about to become your favorite astronaut

June 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One thing about life on the International Space Station: You end up with a lot of time on your hands. Really, apparently, a lot. And while most of us, should we find ourselves bored, could remedy the situation by going on a walk or catching a movie ... if you ...

The founder of the Web wants to protect you from the Web

April 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Martial Trezzin/AP file photo Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has moved into a new role: the defender of the World Wide Web. And, more specifically, the defender of the users of the World Wide Web. In an interview with The Guardian, the innovator-turned-advocate argued that users ...