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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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Gen. Stanley McChrystal Takes up Teaching at Yale

Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former International Security Assistance Force commander in Afghanistan, will teach a class on leadership at Yale University this fall. McCrystal recently resigned after Rolling Stones magazine published  an interview in which he criticized White House policies. Ruling out working with a government contractor for now, …

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Napolitano: Threats to US Evolving

Terrorists are adapting to a new environment, said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in a speech to first responders in New York on the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Accordingly, the United States needs a comprehensive and ever-evolving approach to preventing terrorism, the secretary said. “That requires …

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CSC, Google Bring Cloud Computing to L.A. Government Employees

A partnership between CSC and Google has brought cloud computing to more than 15,000 Los Angeles City workers, the companies announced last week. In addition to setting up the Google Apps suite for collaboration, video and email, CSC will work on security, training and systems integration. “Thanks to the CSC-led …

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US Government to Launch New Video Platform

The U.S. government will launch a new Video.gov platform, said White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer Andrew McLaughlin at a Gov 2.0 Summit last week. So far, there are millions of public-domain videos in government archives, but many are not digitized or posted for public viewing. Nonprofits, such as Public.Resource.Org, …

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Pentagon Looks to Renew Military Ties with China

During an economic delegation visit to Beijing, Chinese officials suggested they were interested in resuming military talks with the United States. A meeting is planned between President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao in early 2011, “so we very much would like to make progress before the end of …

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