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The Thorniest Subject at NASA Right Now

The space agency is carefully following pandemic measures. Elon Musk thinks they’re overblown. But both are going to the moon together.

Astronaut Advice: How to Cope with Social Distancing

If you think social distancing is tough, imagine doing it in space. Veteran astronaut Michael E. Fossum offers some tips on coping with isolation.

Artificial Intelligence Outperforms Human Intel Analysts In This One Key Area

An experiment from the Defense Intelligence Agency shows that AI and humans have different risk tolerances when data is scarce.

Analysis: How to Protect Civil Liberties in a Pandemic

There are much bigger worries than temporary stay-at-home orders.

GovExec Daily: Oversight and the JEDI Contract

Frank Konkel joins the podcast to explain the Pentagon IG report on the huge defense cloud contract.

What’s Wrong With the Air Force’s ‘Connect Everything’ Project

In a new report, GAO watchdogs say officials can’t say how much it costs or if it’ll even work

The Mission NASA Doesn’t Want to Postpone

So far, the pandemic isn’t stopping the space agency from moving forward with a historic SpaceX launch next month.

GovExec Daily: How Supercomputing is Aiding in Fighting the Pandemic

Nextgov's Brandi Vincent joins the podcast to talk about the federal agencies using computing to combat coronavirus.

The Army Wants Your Ventilator Ideas

A new contest seeks new designs to meet a growing need.

Weird Hours, Contractor Concerns: How the Intelligence Community Is Grappling with Coronavirus

Intelligence agencies are trying to adapt to social distancing guidelines, but that’s leaving many employees and contractors in limbo.

The Early Internet Years in Government Are a Model For Fostering Innovation

It’s critical to begin with a compelling vision for how life could be made better for the end user.

Genomic Study Points to Natural Origin of COVID-19

No, the virus was not engineered in a lab. The director of the National Institutes of Health debunks the claim and explains what scientists know about the novel coronavirus.

The Pentagon Is Using Zoom. Is it Safe?

Experts say the ubiquitous videoconferencing tools bear some risk of accidentally exposing mundane details, and even inviting a new wave of deep fakes. But the risks can be managed.

Can Better Airplane Boarding Procedures Slow the Spread of Coronavirus?

A new computer model offers a better way to understand how people move in tight spaces, which can affect how viruses spread.

How to Survive Pandemic Re-entry

Astronauts have given us some useful tips for surviving isolation, but we’ll need more to weather a pandemic.

The Army’s Next Attack-Reconnaissance Helicopter Is Coming Into Focus

Bell Textron and Sikorsky will build test models as the service seeks a replacement for the Kiowa and some Apache missions.

The Coronavirus Has Tied Us to Earth

Space missions around the world are on hold—a poignant reminder of how the pandemic has upended civilization.