Zach Rausnitz

Articles by Zach Rausnitz

Paper: Non-invasive scans see into deteriorating infrastructure

Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory have shown that muons, which are a type of subatomic particle, can be used to look inside infrastructure and find deterioration before catastrophe strikes.

ISIS shows knack for recruiting Western women

Hundreds of Western women have managed to join ISIS, and many others have been arrested at airports for allegedly trying to travel to Syria and join the group. They are generally between the ages of 16 and 24, and most come from Muslim families, though a significant number are converts, says a recent report.

Dispersed nature of jihadist propaganda networks makes them resilient, new analysis finds

In one example, a jihadist video was viewed on YouTube 150,000 times before it was removed a few days later. By then, the video had been copied to other sites, where it was still available, and those interested in finding it could also search Twitter.

Agencies embrace mobile, but apps need to prove effectiveness

The importance of mobile devices is plenty apparent now, but federal agencies should be cautious and make sure they can get value out of building native mobile apps, says the General Services Administration on its DigitalGov blog.

Report: Education, training needed in field of cyber-physical systems

Cyber-physical systems seem poised to flourish in the near future as technology advances, but a recent report from the National Research Council says education and training in the United States needs to improve to fulfill the demand for talent in this area.

Lacking clear policy, US struggles to turn tide against the Islamic State, observers say

More than a year after the the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria took control of Iraq's second-largest city, efforts by the U.S.to weaken the terrorist group don't seem to be working, panelists said at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event.

Report: U.S. education about Islam lacking

As the values and beliefs of Islam have entered public debate in light of fears about terrorist attacks carried out by Muslim extremists, there's an imperative for public schools to better educate students about the religion, says a report from the Brookings Institution.

Drought in western U.S. sets up early wildfire season

The historic drought conditions in California are expected to lead to earlier wildfires this year, says a report from the National Interagency Fire Center.

On Mexico's other border, trade and travel largely uncontrolled

Conditions at Mexico's southern border show little to suggest that Mexico and Guatemala have enough capacity for or interest in building the kind of strict controls seen at Mexico's northern border, a new report indicates.

Appeals court: Immigrant tortured in Mexico wrongly deported

A federal appeals court ruled that a Mexican immigrant was wrongly deported after he failed to prove that he couldn't escape torture by relocating to another part of Mexico. Instead, whether or not internal relocation is an option should be just one factor weighed in determining whether the person is likely to be tortured, the ruling says.