An independent review team chartered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration urges the agency to immediately start development of a gap filler satellite to head off the high probability of a gap in polar-orbiting satellite data.
The White House announced Nov. 12 new commitments that add to its list of projects supported by the Obama Administration's $200 million big data initiative, which it launched in March 2012. Among the new collaborations is a partnership with big pharma manufacturers to help enhance clinicaltrials.gov and a partnership with Amazon Web Services to publicly host NASA Earth-observing data.
When it comes to agency information technology management the Office of Management and Budget can mandate things--but that doesn't mean that the agencies will do them.
An interagency team has produced a technology that can detect a human heartbeat buried in rubble. The technology, called Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response, was developed for search-and-rescue missions by the Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate together with NASA.
Rather than using radio frequency for communication, NASA's Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration system uses a pulsed laser beam to transmit data. The system recently broke a bandwidth record by transmitting data 239,000 miles between the Earth and moon at a 622 megabits per second download speed and 20 Mbps upload rate, said NASA in an Oct. 22 announcement. That's five-times the current radio communication capabilities from lunar orbit, according to NASA.
Only 19 percent of American adults say they trust the government to do what is right most of the time or always, nearly setting a new record low, according to a Pew Research Center poll.
Contractors and subcontractors can no longer receive reimbursement from the government for the costs of defending themselves against whistle-blower lawsuits deemed legitimate. The fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act called for the change.
Americans ranging from researchers to investors are finding the government shutdown is hampering their work as online data sources go offline.
Insufficient funds for the new fiscal year caused the much of the federal government to close on Oct. 1. In addition to somewhere between one-third and half of federal employees being furloughed, many federal websites are also on a hiatus. The response from federal web managers, however, appears inconsistent.
Constrained funding for NASA's Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle slowed down the development process and delayed testing, an Aug. 15 NASA inspector general report (.pdf) says. The MPCV Program anticipates receiving approximately $1 billion per year over the next 16 years, the report says.