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Tim Fernholz covers state, business and society for Quartz.
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Cuba Says Cicadas Are Behind the 'Sonic Attacks' That Injured U.S. Diplomats in Havana

October 27, 2017 The US pulled the bulk of its diplomats from Cuba in September, blaming attacks on its staff that caused hearing loss and concussions. Cuba has denied any involvement, and now it is offering a counter-explanation: The alleged “sonic attacks” are coming from cicadas and crickets. That detail comes from an...

The US Is Funding Silicon Valley’s Space Industry to Spot North Korean Missiles Before They Fly

August 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The US doesn’t have the information it needs to stop an attack by North Korea. But it knows where to get it, thanks to a small unit within the Department of Defense that works like a Silicon Valley investment firm. North Korea’s recent ICBM test has analysts convinced that it...

The Pentagon is Funding Silicon Valley’s Space Industry to Watch North Korean Missiles

August 2, 2017 The US doesn’t have the information it needs to stop an attack by North Korea. But it knows where to get it, thanks to a small unit within the Department of Defense that works like a Silicon Valley investment firm. North Korea’s recent ICBM test has analysts convinced that it...

Will Democrats Need to Break Up Amazon And Google to Beat Donald Trump?

July 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As Democrats prepare a program to win the legislature in the 2018 legislative elections, one issue stands out as new: The idea of breaking up large tech companies. In an op-ed today, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer wrote that his party would “going to fight to allow regulators to break...

ExxonMobil Made Illegal Deals With Russia When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Ran the Company

July 20, 2017 When Rex Tillerson ran ExxonMobil, he made his name making deals in Russia, which in turn made Donald Trump’s decision to appoint him as secretary of State contentious. Skepticism about Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian state and its connections to the highest levels of the Trump administration dogged his confirmation hearings. Now,...

If The U.S. Really Wants To Go To Mars, Elon Musk Knows How To Bring Down The Price

July 14, 2017 “Our nation will return to the moon and we will put American boots on the face of Mars,” US vice president Mike Pence, newly ensconced as the head of the National Space Council, said last week in a speech at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The only problem? The US government’s...

U.S. Won't Launch a Military Space Corps—For Now

July 13, 2017 A handful of lawmakers are pushing for the creation of a new branch of the American military solely focused on deploying extraterrestrial power. The members of congress, led by Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers, have included a provision creating a new Space Corps in the bill authorizing the next year of...

Donald Trump Made a $3.7 Trillion Mistake In His Budget

July 13, 2017 Don’t ever underestimate Donald Trump. When his team released its budget in May, it was off by $2 trillion thanks to ultra-rosy economic predictions and a bit of accounting magic that used the same pot of money twice—once to pay for a tax cut and once to reduce the deficit....

U.S. Won't Launch a Military Space Corps—For Now

July 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A handful of lawmakers are pushing for the creation of a new branch of the American military solely focused on deploying extraterrestrial power. The members of congress, led by Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers, have included a provision creating a new Space Corps in the bill authorizing the next year of...

The US Isn’t Going To Launch a Military Space Corps—For Now

July 13, 2017 A handful of US lawmakers are pushing for the creation of a new branch of the American military solely focused on deploying extra-terrestrial power. The members of congress, led by Alabama representative Mike Rogers, have included a provision creating a new Space Corps in the bill authorizing the next year...