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Energy & Environment, Industry

US installs record solar capacity as prices keep falling

September 21, 2022

Via: ArsTechnica

This week, the US Department of Energy’s Berkeley Lab released its annual analysis of solar energy in the US. It found that nearly half the generating capacity was installed in the US during 2021 and is poised to dominate future […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, Federal, Policy, Tech

US government to make all research it funds open access on publication

August 26, 2022

Via: ArsTechnica

Many federal policy changes are well known before they are announced. Hints in speeches, leaks, and early access to reporters at major publications all pave the way for the eventual confirmation. But on Thursday, the White House Office of Science […]


Networking & Wireless, Tech

Forget 5G wireless, SpaceX and T-Mobile want to offer Zero-G coverage

August 26, 2022

Via: ArsTechnica

SpaceX and T-Mobile announced an ambitious plan on Thursday evening to provide ubiquitous connectivity from space to anyone with a cell phone. The project would pair SpaceX’s Starlink satellite technology with the second-largest wireless carrier in the United States, T-Mobile […]


Industry, Workforce

Dmitry Rogozin has been dismissed as director general of Roscosmos

July 15, 2022

Via: ArsTechnica

The Kremlin has made it official in a short communique—Dmitry Rogozin is out as director general of the country’s state-owned space corporation, Roscosmos. The decree is effective immediately. Former Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov will replace Rogozin. The moves come […]


Hardware & Software, Tech

Quantum computer succeeds where a classical algorithm fails

June 9, 2022

Via: ArsTechnica

People have performed many mathematical proofs to show that a quantum computer will vastly outperform traditional computers on a number of algorithms. But the quantum computers we have now are error-prone and don’t have enough qubits to allow for error […]


Energy & Environment, Industry

Biden to use infrastructure money to keep nuclear plants open

April 21, 2022

Via: ArsTechnica

Nuclear plants occupy an odd position in the US’s energy landscape. They’re currently the most expensive form of generation out there, and many of the plants are a decade or more past their planned life span. At the same time, […]


Health Care, Industry

Biden steps up federal efforts to address long COVID

April 6, 2022

Via: ArsTechnica

President Joe Biden on Tuesday issued a memorandum directing the secretary of Health and Human Services to coordinate and speed efforts to understand and treat long COVID, which is estimated to affect up to 23 million Americans. In a White […]


Federal, Policy

Congress finally delivers a budget, and NASA gets most of what it wants

March 9, 2022

Via: ArsTechnica

Let’s face it, the US budgeting process is largely broken. The current budget year, fiscal year 2022, began back on October 1. This year is now nearly half gone, and the US Congress has yet to pass a budget for […]


Energy & Environment, Industry

How a carbon tax can fight inequality and climate change

December 6, 2021

Via: ArsTechnica

Carbon taxes can attract a lot of flak. On one hand, some groups hate taxes and are indifferent to climate change—in Canada, various provincial governments actively fought (and ultimately lost) against the federal government’s implementation of a carbon levy. On […]


Energy & Environment, Industry

China to stop building coal plants in developing nations

September 22, 2021

Via: ArsTechnica

Chinese President Xi Jinping used his speech to the United Nations General Assembly to announce a major new step towards controlling global emissions. After reiterating his own country’s climate pledges, Xi said that China would start making it easier for […]


Health Care, Industry

FDA authorizes 3rd COVID vaccine dose for immunocompromised

August 13, 2021

Via: ArsTechnica

Just before midnight on Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration updated the emergency use authorizations for both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, allowing immunocompromised people to receive a third dose of vaccine at least 28 days following the two-dose […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, Tech

Teach AIs forgetfulness could make them better at their jobs

May 14, 2021

Via: Tech Crunch

While modern machine learning systems act with a semblance of artificial intelligence, the truth is they don’t “understand” any of the data they work with — which in turn means they tend to store even trivial items forever. Facebook researchers […]


Federal, Policy

New White House panel aims to separate science, politics

May 10, 2021

Via: Washington's Top News

Eager to the turn the page on the Trump years, the Biden White House is launching an effort to unearth past problems with the politicization of science within government and to tighten scientific integrity rules for the future. A new […]


Education, Industry

Erase All Kittens raises $1M Seed round for Mario-style game which teaches girls to code

April 29, 2021

Via: Tech Crunch

Erase All Kittens (EAK) is an EdTech startup that created a ‘Mario-style’ web-based game designed for kids aged 8-12. However, the game has a twist: it places an emphasis on inspiring girls to code (since let’s face it, most coding […]


Defense, Federal, Industry, Policy

China targets rare earth export curbs to hobble US defense industry

February 16, 2021

Via: ArsTechnica

China is exploring limiting the export of rare earth minerals that are crucial for the manufacture of American F-35 fighter jets and other sophisticated weaponry, according to people involved in a government consultation. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology […]


Federal, Policy

Fauci: Vaccines for first-graders could be authorized by September

February 11, 2021

Via: ArsTechnica

Children as young as first-graders may be able to get the coronavirus vaccine by the time school starts in September, presuming trials are successful in those age groups, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious […]


Federal, Policy

In a parting gift, EPA finalizes rules to limit its use of science

January 6, 2021

Via: ArsTechnica

With the days counting down to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, the Trump administration has been undertaking a series of actions that will make it more difficult for its replacements to reverse any of its policies or pursue new […]


Hardware & Software, Tech

Google develops an AI that can learn both chess and Pac-Man

December 24, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

The first major conquest of artificial intelligence was chess. The game has a dizzying number of possible combinations, but it was relatively tractable because it was structured by a set of clear rules. An algorithm could always have perfect knowledge […]


Federal, Policy

FDA releases data on Moderna’s COVID vaccine: It looks good

December 15, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

As the first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine were administered yesterday, most of the US public began a potentially long waiting game, as the vaccine will be in short supply for many months and is being administered to healthcare workers […]


Federal, Policy

COVID-19 hospital data is a hot mess after feds take control

July 31, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

As COVID-19 hospitalizations in the US approach the highest levels seen in the pandemic so far, national efforts to track patients and hospital resources remain in shambles after the federal government abruptly seized control of data collection earlier this month. […]