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Memphis Airport Adds Full-Body Scanners as Additional Security Measure

Department of Homeland Security announced last week Memphis International was one of eight airports receiving full-body scanners, which can detect hidden objects on a person. The scanners, also called Advanced Imaging Technology units, are being installed at four different checkpoints throughout the airport as an additional security measure. Currently, there …

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NASA Kicks Off Zero-G Competition for Students

NASA is hosting two national science competitions that challenge student teams to develop and prepare a microgravity experiment. “Dropping In a Microgravity Environment,” or DIME, is the competition for high-school student teams. “What If No Gravity?” or WING, is the competition for student teams in sixth through ninth grades. Both …

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DoD to Curb Consumption of Fuel, Water

In a White House directive to make federal agencies more environmentally friendly, the Department of Defense has vowed to cut use of fuel and water in the military by 20 percent over the next 10 years. The measures will include building improvement, using renewable sources of energy, and emphasizing telework …

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DIA Moves to Block Controversial Afghan War Book

In an unusual move, the Defense Intelligence Agency has entered negotiations with St. Martin’s Press to purchase all 10,000 copies of Operation Dark Heart, the controversial memoirs of former undercover operative Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer. The move is unusual because the book had already been cleared for publication by the …

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Military Invests in Glow of Fireflies

The military is investing in the phenomena of bioluminescence – the glow that lights up fireflies and plankton – in hopes of making warzones safer. The Air Force Office of Scientific Research awards about $500,000 worth of grants annually; the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation also …

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Air Force to Invest in Autonomous, Green Technologies

The U.S. Air Force is preparing its vision for how its technology will change over the next 20 years, according to Chief Scientist Dr. Werner J.A. Dahm. Dahm outlined the Technology Horizons project, which aims to determine which strategic, technological and budgetary concerns will shape Air Force innovations during the …

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Gov. McDonnell Investigating Cyber Schools for Virginia

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Secretary of Education Gerard Robinson recently toured the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School in Midland, Pa., in hopes of implementing a similar program of charter schools and cyber charter schools in their state. According to Pennsylvania cyber teacher Christine Crow, there are many benefits of a …

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BAE Evaluates Selling up to $2 Billion in Assets

BAE Systems has hired two banks to explore its options in selling its platform solutions business, the company confirmed this week. J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo & Co. will help BAE evaluate its  platform solutions division, comprising bus and truck hybrid propulsion systems and flight controls. “They may be assembling …

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