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Marina Koren Marina Koren is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic. She was previously the news editor at National Journal.
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Using Twitter to Save a Newborn From a Flood

August 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As torrential rain continued and floods swelled in Texas this weekend, thousands of people trapped in Harvey’s path started calling 911 and other emergency lines for help. When they couldn’t get through, some started tweeting. “Please help I’m stranded with my kids I need help fast,” a user wrote to...

Using Twitter to Save a Newborn From a Flood

August 28, 2017 As torrential rain continued and floods swelled in Texas this weekend, thousands of people trapped in Harvey’s path started calling 911 and other emergency lines for help. When they couldn’t get through, some started tweeting. “Please help I’m stranded with my kids I need help fast,” a user wrote to...

Why the Curiosity Rover Stopped Singing 'Happy Birthday' to Itself

August 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When the Curiosity rover studies soil on Mars, it does it with a little shimmy. Its robotic arm collects a pinch of soil and drops it into the sample-analysis unit in the robot’s belly. The unit vibrates at different frequencies, shaking the powdery sample so it settles down into small...

The Street View From Space

July 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When people aren’t scanning Google Street View for directions to their next mundane destination, they might be using it to tour the bustling markets of Bangkok, float over colorful corals in the Bahamas, or count Adélie penguins in Antarctica. For a few minutes, they can immerse themselves in strange and...

The Mars Robot Making Decisions on Its Own

June 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In 2012, the Curiosity rover began its slow trek across the surface of Mars, listening for commands from Earth about where to go, what to photograph, which rocks to inspect. Then last year, something interesting happened: Curiosity started making decisions on its own. In May last year, engineers back at...

The Mars Robot Making Decisions on Its Own

June 23, 2017 In 2012, the Curiosity rover began its slow trek across the surface of Mars, listening for commands from Earth about where to go, what to photograph, which rocks to inspect. Then last year, something interesting happened: Curiosity started making decisions on its own. In May last year, engineers back at...

Why Are So Many People Applying to Be Astronauts?

June 7, 2017 More American workers than ever seem to want the world’s longest commute. NASA announced Wednesday its newest class of astronauts, five women and seven men, ranging in age from 29 to 42. They were selected from a pool of more than 18,300 applicants. That’s a record for the space agency,...

Budget Spares NASA From Cuts As Deep As Other Research Agencies

May 23, 2017 The White House’s newly released budget request for NASA includes cuts across most of the space agency’s programs, representing a nearly 3-percent decrease in the funding approved for the 2017 fiscal year. President Donald Trump requested on Tuesday $19.1 billion in funding for NASA, an amount that comprises about one...

What Is America's Secret Space Shuttle For?

May 9, 2017 Top-secret military spaceplanes certainly know how to make an entrance. The U.S. military’s X-37B, an uncrewed spacecraft that looks like a miniature version of the retired space shuttles, returned to Earth over the weekend after spending nearly two years in low-Earth orbit. It sent shockwaves rippling through the air as...

The Shipping and Handling of a Gigantic Space Telescope

May 2, 2017 The James Webb Space Telescope is ready for the next step in its journey to becoming the most powerful space observatory ever, tasked with glimpsing the oldest stars and galaxies in the universe. NASA has finished testing the telescope’s 21-foot-tall, honeycomb-like gold-coated mirrors and scientific instruments at NASA’s facility in...