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Tim Fernholz covers state, business and society for Quartz.
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Obama Came Up With a New Retirement Plan Inspired by Behavioral Economics

January 29, 2014 One unexpected idea on US President Barack Obama’s to-do list is a new public pension powered by behavioral economics. Obama touted the MyRA, a “new savings bond” for private-sector workers who don’t have pensions (which is most of them) or tax-advantaged retirement investments like 401ks and IRAs (about 40%). More ...

Your Internet Connection Is Slower Than Advertised

January 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Netflix has updated its public data on how fast it streams movies to customers around the world. Viewers in the Netherlands see their movies with the best quality, at an average rate of 3.25 megabits per second, while Mexico comes in the slowest with an average of 1.76 Mbps. But ...

Google’s Nest Acquisition Will Speed Along the Smart Grid

January 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google is buying Nest, the maker of a smart thermostat for homes, for $3.2 billion in cash. With it comes a relatively untapped source for a company that aspires to organize all the world’s information: detailed data about power consumption. The search giant’s financial power and ambition could help accelerate ...

Why the U.S. Isn’t the World Leader in Speedy Internet Access

December 31, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you’ve heard about the backward state of US internet infrastructure, you’ve probably read the anecdotes about Riga, the Latvian capital that has faster-than-fast internet speeds, or Estonia, where a post-Soviet technology obsession has helped the country become an internet leader. Still, both countries lag behind the US on the ...

China Is the Top Foreign Investor in U.S. Firms Critical to National Security

December 23, 2013 China overtook the United Kingdom last year as the country that received the most scrutiny of its US investments, according to the US government. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) is charged with reviewing mergers, acquisitions, and other transactions where a foreign entity might take control of ...

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 ...