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Snowed in at NASA, Keeping Watch Over a Space Colossus

February 1, 2016 On Friday, January 22, as the first snowflakes of a historic blizzard began piling atop America’s east coast, a team of more than twenty engineers and scientists hauled food, clothes, cots, and mattresses into a building at NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The team would remain at the...

Snowed in at NASA, Keeping Watch Over a Space Colossus

February 1, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Friday, Jan. 22, as the first snowflakes of a historic blizzard began piling atop America’s east coast, a team of more than 20 engineers and scientists hauled food, clothes, cots and mattresses into a building at NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The team would remain at the...

ATLAST: The gargantuan telescope designed to find life on other planets

October 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Twenty years ago, in the year Bill Clinton was elected president, scientists first confirmed the existence of a planet outside our solar system. Now, we know there are thousands of other planets just in our galaxy, even if we've only detected them indirectly. We also finally know what it's going...

Meet Mira, the supercomputer that makes universes

September 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cosmology is the most ambitious of sciences. Its goal, plainly stated, is to describe the origin, evolution, and structure of the entire universe, a universe that is as enormous as it is ancient. Surprisingly, figuring out what the universe used to look like is the easy part of cosmology. If...

Amid partisanship, everyone agrees: ARPA-E Is a fascinating experiment

September 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last week, the New York Times reported on an exciting new energy project that is scheduled to begin testing off the coast of Oregon in early October. A company called Ocean Power Technologies is going to lower a 260-ton generator into the Pacific ocean, just 2.5 miles from the shore,...

Cyber and drone attacks may change warfare more than the machine gun

March 23, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Air Force From state-sponsored cyber attacks to autonomous robotic weapons, twenty-first century war is increasingly disembodied. Our wars are being fought in the ether and by machines. And yet our ethics of war are stuck in the pre-digital age. We're used to thinking of war as a physical phenomenon, as...

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