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Tim Fernholz covers state, business and society for Quartz.
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The U.S. and China May Work Together in Space Now That This Guy Is Retiring

December 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last week, when a U.S. Navy destroyer narrowly avoided a collision with a Chinese naval vessel, there was at least something of a protocol in place for the two ships to communicate with one another. The same thing can’t be said of the two countries’ space programs. But that may ...

NASA Taps Silicon Valley Space Miners to Crowdsource Asteroid Threats

December 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA is taking a new approach to spotting potentially threatening space rocks hurtling toward earth: Crowdsourcing. Last month the US space agency announced it would begin working with Planetary Resources Inc. to expand its ability to detect asteroids. In February, in what amounted to a wake-up call for space scientists, ...

Why is NASA.gov shut down while CIA.gov is still open?

October 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As some US government websites have gone dark during the shutdown, others remain up, and some are up but have notices saying they’re not being updated. It seems like there’s no rhyme or reason to these decisions. So what’s the deal? "It's that you need people to run them,” a ...

The Medical Device Industry Is Trying to Turn the Government Shutdown to Its Advantage

September 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A government shutdown isn’t good for business: It hurts confidence and dings the bottom line. But one industry spent the weekend trying to paint a silver lining on a dark cloud: Medical device makers want the engine of a spending compromise to be a gift to their shareholderes. Over the ...

Here's the Main Reason Iran's President Is Warming Up to the West

September 20, 2013 Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, has been making all the right noises about diplomatic rapprochement: sending his best wishes for the Jewish new year, freeing political prisoners, and sending friendly letters to US president Barack Obama. Now, it seems, the two leaders may have a tête-à-tête at next week’s meeting ...

The Secret Financial Market Only Robots Can See

September 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What if someone told you the stock market crashed and spiked 18,000 times since 2006, and you had no idea? That’s the contention of a group of scientists who study complex systems after analyzing market data, collected by Nanex, since the advent of high-speed trading. While the fallout of computerized ...

Analysis: The Internet of Things Will Save the U.S. From the Great Stagnation

September 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I know the coffee’s ready because the light in the Quartz kitchen is purple, not pink. The light knows the coffee is ready is because there are sensors—heat and pressure—taped to the coffee maker. This is the Internet of things. It will save us all from economic ruin. Or at ...

Chart Shows U.S. Running Out of Cash As Soon As Oct. 18

September 11, 2013 With so much focus in the US on Syria, where even President Barack Obama says there is no immediate threat to American interests, it might be worth re-focusing for a moment on this chart from the Bipartisan Policy Center. It shows the government’s supply of cash running out sometime between ...

Why US Power Companies Don’t Want You Putting a Solar Panel on Your Roof

August 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The short answer: It will destroy their business model forever. In the US, electrical utilities are in a charged battle—complete with negative political ads—against solar panel distributors over rules that both sides say could put them out of business. Consumers are caught in the middle. A relatively new swathe of ...

Ten Billion Reasons Why the Government Should Make Life Easier for Homeowners

August 9, 2013 Fannie Mae, the nationalized US housing lender that US president Barack Obama would like to eliminate, will pay $10 billion back to the government this quarter—a boon to the deficit reduction project, but a problem for efforts to speed up the still-slow US economic recovery. The news comes in today’s ...