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Tag: Scientific Method


Networking & Wireless, Tech

A future for light-powered wireless connectivity, thanks to graphene

July 21, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

In my younger days—about the time that Erik the Red was making a name for himself—I was really into electronics. Countless never-quite-working-as-expected circuits should have taught me the futility of telling electrons what to do. Yet my interest in electronics […]


Federal, Policy

Trump wants a talk-radio host to be the USDA chief scientist

July 21, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

Yesterday, the Trump administration formally named its candidate for the Department of Agriculture’s undersecretary of research, education, and economics, a post that serves as the agency’s chief scientist. Its choice? Sam Clovis, who has no scientific background but is notable […]


Policy, State & Local

California approves cap-and-trade scheme until 2030

July 19, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

California lawmakers voted to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program another 10 years on Monday night. The bill includes language that would gradually tighten restrictions on businesses, reducing the amount of greenhouse gases they’re allowed to put in the atmosphere by […]


Federal, Policy

Rick Perry talks nuclear energy research investment, Paris Agreement

June 28, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

Energy Secretary Rick Perry spoke briefly this afternoon to a group of reporters to address topics in energy. The Trump administration has deemed this week “Energy Week” and tasked its appointees, including Perry, to pitch what an “energy-dominant America” looks […]


Federal, Policy

Energy Dept. faces lawsuit after weeks of no movement on efficiency standards

June 14, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

Nonprofit consumer and environmental groups as well as 11 states sued the Department of Energy (DOE) today for failing to enact energy efficiency standards (PDF) promulgated by the Obama administration. The standards apply to portable air conditioners, uninterruptible power supplies, […]


Federal, Policy

Trump admin. delays Obama-era reboot of nutrition label amid industry pressure

June 14, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

Following pressure from the food and beverage industry, the Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it would indefinitely delay the rollout of new nutrition labels that were designed to help consumers better evaluate the contents and of packaged foods. […]


Hardware & Software, Tech

A year of digging through code yields “smoking gun” on VW, Fiat diesel cheats

May 30, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

Researchers from Bochum, Germany, and San Diego, California, say they’ve found the precise mechanisms that allowed diesel Volkswagens and Audis to engage or disengage emissions controls depending on whether the cars were being driven in a lab or driven under […]


Hardware & Software, Tech

First the cloud, now AI takes on the scientific method

May 29, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

Back when I was doing research, one of my advisors once joked that, if you wait long enough, you can produce an old result using new methods, manage to get it published, and everyone will be impressed. I think his […]


Federal, Policy

NASA inspector questions why agency built rocket test stands in Alabama

May 19, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

As part of rocket development, aerospace engineers extensively test booster components before they are assembled into a larger launch vehicle. To that end, NASA has built two big test stands at Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama to test its […]


Policy, State & Local

Government funding’s impact three times larger than we thought

March 31, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

In recent years, funding for research provided by the National Institutes of Health has struggled to keep up with inflation. A recent paper published in Science suggests this could mean bad things for the overall economy. Ana analysis of 27 years of […]


Federal, Policy

Rick Perry confirmed as Energy Department head, Ryan Zinke takes Interior post

March 3, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

On Tuesday the US senate confirmed former Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke to lead the Department of the Interior, and on Wednesday it confirmed former Texas governor Rick Perry to lead the Department of Energy. Both men will have considerable influence […]


Federal, Policy

Trump orders “1 in, 2 out” rule for federal regulations

January 31, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

Last week was a busy one for controversial executive orders, and this week started with another. On Monday, President Trump signed a far-reaching Executive Order directing federal agencies to get rid of two existing regulations for every new regulation added—regardless […]


Federal, Policy

Under Tom Price’s ACA-killing plan, 18M lose insurance and premiums rise

January 18, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

Republican legislation that guts the Affordable Care Act would cause 18 million people to lose their insurance and would increase premiums of individual plans by about 20 to 25 percent, all within a year of being enacted, a report released […]


Federal, Policy

Obama, top official make ACA plea as 8.8M sign up, research shows it’s working

January 10, 2017

Via: ArsTechnica

“Why, why, why… ?” In a speech Monday at the National Press Club, US Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell puzzled over the GOP’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act without having replacement legislation at the ready. […]


Uncategorized

Four things SpaceX can do in 2017 to get its groove back

December 28, 2016

Via: Ars Technica

For rocket company SpaceX, 2016 was both the best of times and the worst of times. The company landed its orbital Falcon 9 rocket in April on an autonomous drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean—a captivating, unprecedented spectacle that promised a […]


Federal, Policy

Feds say Chicago e-recycler faked tear-downs, then sent CRTs to Hong Kong

December 21, 2016

Via: ArsTechnica

According to an indictment filed in Chicago federal court (PDF) late last week, 45-year-old Brian Brundage cut some serious corners while running his e-recycling businesses. He was arrested on Monday on charges of income tax evasion, mail fraud, and wire […]


Federal, Policy

Trump taps Oklahoma attorney general, friend to fossil fuels, to run EPA

December 8, 2016

Via: ArsTechnica

President-elect Donald Trump made his choice for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency today, and that choice is fossil-fuel-friendly Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. Pruitt was trained as a lawyer before becoming a state senator in 1998 and attorney general […]


Federal, Policy

Trump’s health pick, Tom Price, sparks bitter infighting among doctors

December 5, 2016

Via: ArsTechnica

President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of six-term Congress member Tom Price (R-Ga.) for secretary of health and human services has inflamed the medical community bigly this week, causing widespread and bitter infighting. Price is not a particularly shocking pick by Trump—the […]


Policy, State & Local

What might have been: US introduces plan for “deep decarbonization”

November 18, 2016

Via: ArsTechnica

The stated goal of recent international climate negotiations includes keeping global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial conditions. The Paris climate agreement included emissions limits that everyone recognized would be insufficient to meet that goal, but […]


Policy, State & Local

EpiPen maker Mylan may have used illegal deals with schools to price gouge

September 7, 2016

Via: ArsTechnica

On Tuesday, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that his office is investigating Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc, the maker of EpiPen, for potentially using anticompetitive terms in contracts it had with many school systems. Those terms allowed schools to receive […]