Science & technology

Buzz Aldrin Calls On US Government To Prioritize Mars Colony

The former astronaut is not interested in another mission to the moon, however. Instead, Aldrin wants the United States to focus on not just sending man to Mars but establishing a colony on the Red Planet. NASA has plans of sending astronauts to Mars but those flights are not going to happen until the 2030s.

Testimony of John Elbon U.S. Human Exploration Goals and Commerce Space Competitiveness

Mr. Chairman, America’s economic growth and competitiveness depend on our capacity to innovate, to reach beyond today’s possibilities and stretch farther, faster than our competitors around the world. Our future depends on developing the next generation technologies – but more important are the next generation minds. We need to inspire scientists, engineers, researchers and technologists everywhere by offering the opportunity to be part of something that transcends known boundaries.

NASA Administrator Remembers Leonard Nimoy

“Leonard Nimoy was an inspiration to multiple generations of engineers, scientists, astronauts, and other space explorers. As Mr. Spock, he made science and technology important to the story, while never failing to show, by example, that it is the people around us who matter most.

GOP denounces 'power grab over the Internet'

The rules are a “317-page power grab over the Internet,” added Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the head of the House Commerce Committee. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), meanwhile, said in a speech on the chamber floor that the rules would “strike a blow to the future of innovation in our country.”  “Republicans, Democrats, consumer groups, and investors all agree that we need sustainable protections to preserve the Internet as we know it,” GOP members of the House subcommittee said. “A 3-2 party-line vote is not the policy consensus this issue deserves.”

FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules For 'Open Internet'

The Federal Communications Commission approved the policy known as net neutrality by a 3-2 vote at its Thursday meeting, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler saying the policy will ensure "that no one — whether government or corporate — should control free open access to the Internet." The Open Internet Order helps to decide an essential question about how the Internet works, requiring service providers to be a neutral gateway instead of handling different types of Internet traffic in different ways — and at different costs.

FCC poised to favor Internet users over service providers

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to adopt a contentious set of rules Thursday that, in order to preserve the freedom of consumers and content providers online, dramatically limits the freedom that Time Warner Cable, AT&T and other Internet service providers have long enjoyed.

Net neutrality neuters innovation

Today the Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on whether to regulate the Internet under Title II, or “common carrier,” regulations as a public utility, and all indications are that the Commission will do so.

Why FCC Meeting Matters for Ed Tech

Each month the FCC’s five commissioners convene, and tomorrow’s meeting will cover a lot of ground. The Commission will be voting on two significant issues—net neutrality and community broadband—both of which have considerable implications for schools and libraries.

15 Cities That Are Hidden Gems for Tech Job Seekers

Maybe it's time to check out some of the country's lesser-known cities with solid salaries and strong tech scenes. Here are 15 cities, from east to west, gleaned from data provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics and Robert Half Technology.

Apple Is Forming an Auto Team

Many of Apple’s newer employees have come from companies that specialize in battery and automotive technologies. Apple has hired many engineers from A123 Systems, Tesla and Toyota to work on advanced battery technologies. Apple’s hiring spree of automotive experts more recently accelerated as the company’s plans came into sharper focus, according to a lawsuit filed this month in Massachusetts federal court.

Why It's So Hard For Americans To Talk About Science

This is leading to real problems. When we don’t understand the point of scientific experiments, we don’t tell our legislators to keep funding those projects. When we don’t understand the science behind a vaccine, we wind up with a dangerous measles outbreak because too many people decided not to get their kids immunized. When we don’t understand the science behind genetically modified food, we push to ban it—even when it may be the most promising path to feeding millions of hungry people around the world.

U.S. must invest to keep ahead of China in space

"China right now is experiencing its Apollo years," Joan Johnson-Freese, a professor at the U.S. Naval War College, told the hearing. "China gets the funding its needs." While the budget of the U.S. space agency NASA has been cut substantially, China's space program has benefited from its economic boom and political support from President Xi Jinping down, said Kevin Pollpeter, a China technology expert at the University of California-San Diego.

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works Chief: U.S. Next Generation Fighters Need Stealth

The Navy and the Air Force both are conducting early developmental work into each service’s next fighters past their latest crop – the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and the F-22 Raptor. Those new fighters – Navy’s F/A-XX and the Air Force’s F-X – will need stealth, Rob Weiss said during the Lockheed Martin Media Day. “Stealth is and will remain foundational to any new airplane design and I will assert that based on the threat analysis we’ve done the technology assessments that we’re making,” he said.

The White House Names Dr. DJ Patil as the First U.S. Chief Data Scientist

Today, I am excited to welcome Dr. DJ Patil as Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy and Chief Data Scientist here at the White House in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. President Obama has prioritized bringing top technical talent like DJ into the federal government to harness the power of technology and innovation to help government better serve the American people.

Survey Shows Scientists Favor Getting Involved in Policy

In a newly published survey, an overwhelming majority of scientists say it's important for them to take an active role in public policy debates — and are doing it mostly through face-to-face encounters with the public. The Pew Research Center's survey also suggests that social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter are taking hold as well.

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