NASA's Super-Sized Space Launch System Might Be Doomed

NASA's Super-Sized Space Launch System Might Be Doomed

But one thing was certain: on Orion’s first foray beyond Earth, a crew-less capsule would complete a six-day circuit of the moon; that’s the mission Bridenstine now says could launch atop a commercial rocket.

Fiat Chrysler Hit by Emissions Again With US Recall of 863,000 Cars

Fiat Chrysler Hit by Emissions Again With US Recall of 863,000 Cars

Block said the new strategy is meant to “increase consumer awareness and make it more likely vehicles are fixed.” The recall is beginning two months after Fiat Chrysler agreed to pay about $800 million in fines and costs to settle lawsuits brought by states, car owners and the U.S. Justice Department, which said the company’s diesel-powered pickups and SUVs violated clean-air rules.

Boeing's Grounded 737s Won't Cause Massive Flight Delays

Boeing's Grounded 737s Won't Cause Massive Flight Delays

That may sound like a lot of airplanes—but American Airlines alone operates almost 1,000 passenger jets. And unlike what happens when there is, say, a freak snowstorm or computer outage, most airlines should have time to reach out to customers scheduled to fly on the Boeing 737 MAX in the coming days and weeks.

How the FAA Decides When to Ground a Jet Like Boeing’s 737 MAX 8

How the FAA Decides When to Ground a Jet Like Boeing’s 737 MAX 8

“The FAA looks at all of this information and decides, ‘OK, if it’s just likely that there's a significant problem here, it doesn’t matter what the cost to the traveling public is—we have to put safety first and ground this aircraft,’” Balog says.

Trump's Budget Guts Science Agencies—But Favors the Moon

Trump's Budget Guts Science Agencies—But Favors the Moon

Trump's Budget Guts Science Agencies—But Favors the Moon Trump's budget would cut the Environmental Protection Agency's science and technology programs by 40 percent, while research on climate change science would drop from $95 million to $32 million.

US Hackers' Strike on Russian Trolls Sends a Message—but What Kind?

US Hackers' Strike on Russian Trolls Sends a Message—but What Kind?

Isolating one building I don't think is much of one." Cyber Command had, prior to the IRA's network shutdown, sent far more literal signals to the IRA staffers, as well as the hackers within the Russian military intelligence agency known as the GRU responsible for much of 2016's election interference.

Sunscreen Regulations Haven’t Aged Well

Sunscreen Regulations Haven’t Aged Well

In addition to the proposed regulations on product ingredients, the FDA is also asking manufacturers to submit more data on new forms of sunscreen, like SPF powders, wipes, body washes, and shampoos, before determining if those too are safe.

Ford Fesses Up on Emissions Early in Effort to Limit the Damage

Ford Fesses Up on Emissions Early in Effort to Limit the Damage

It’s too early in the investigation to say that.” Regulator Reaction The EPA said Ford informed the agency on Monday and briefed the regulator on its initial findings the following day.

The Government's New Weather Model Faces a Storm of Protest

The Government's New Weather Model Faces a Storm of Protest

For the past few weeks, the National Weather Service has been forecasting snowfall that ends up disappearing, according to Doug Kammerer, chief meteorologist at WRC-TV in Washington, DC.

What It Takes to Pull Off the Country's First Online Census

What It Takes to Pull Off the Country's First Online Census

And yet, thanks to years of budget cuts and a series of scaled-back field tests, some fear the Census Bureau and the broader US government are ill-equipped to handle any new issues that could arise as a result of the high-tech census, particularly at a time when hackers and propagandists seem to be working overtime to undermine American institutions.

The Shutdown Shows Just How Vital Government Scientists Are

The Shutdown Shows Just How Vital Government Scientists Are

"Important work is not getting done." President Trump says he will not sign legislation to operate large chunks of the federal government unless Democrats agree to approve more than $5.7 billion for a wall along the Mexican border.

The FCC Is Closing, So Hold Your Cell Phone Service Gripes

The FCC Is Closing, So Hold Your Cell Phone Service Gripes

The FCC will continue to auction off rights to use the wireless spectrum during the shutdown because those auctions are funded by the auctions themselves.

How Instagram Became the Russian IRA's Go-To Social Network

How Instagram Became the Russian IRA's Go-To Social Network

As Facebook and Twitter cracked down on foreign influence campaigns amid media scrutiny, the Kremlin’s Internet Research Agency (IRA) found unprecedented success in shifting its disinformation efforts to the photo-sharing app, according to a new report commissioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

How the CIA Trains Spies to Hide in Plain Sight

How the CIA Trains Spies to Hide in Plain Sight

GraffChina's 5 Steps for Recruiting Spies"One of our officers, probably working out of the American embassy, would have surveillance 24 hours a day; they'd have teams of people following them," says Mendez, who spent years as the CIA's disguise chief.

A SpaceX Delivery Capsule May Be Contaminating the ISS

A SpaceX Delivery Capsule May Be Contaminating the ISS

The crystals also significantly changed in frequency when the next Dragon docked, and the report estimates that this mission may have left behind up to 32 times the rule-abiding amount of extra matter on one sensor.The presentation was put together by the Space Environments team, a NASA and Boeing collaboration dedicated to understanding how the harsh realities of space mess with instruments and humans.

How and Where to Watch NASA's InSight Finally Land on Mars

How and Where to Watch NASA's InSight Finally Land on Mars

How and Where to Watch NASA's InSight Finally Land on MarsNASA/JPL-CaltechOn Monday, November 26th, following a six-month journey across hundreds of millions of miles of deep space, NASA's InSight spacecraft will arrive at Mars in suitably dramatic fashion, hitting the top of the planet's atmosphere at 12,300 miles per hour—several times faster than a speeding bullet—shortly before 12:00 pm PST (3:00 pm EST).If all goes as planned, it will take InSight (short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport) just seven minutes to decelerate completely and alight on Mars' surface.

Juul Pledges Big Changes, but the Impact May Be Small

Juul Pledges Big Changes, but the Impact May Be Small

Juul Pledges Big Changes, but the Impact May Be SmallGiorgos Zachos/Getty ImagesOn Tuesday, e-cigarette maker Juul announced an aggressive-sounding plan to prevent kids from using its nicotine products, including stopping the sale of most flavored pods in more than 90,000 US retail stores and shutting some of its social media accounts.

Typhoon Mangkhut: Storm Slams Philippines on Landfall

Typhoon Mangkhut: Storm Slams Philippines on Landfall

Typhoon Mangkhut struck the Philippines early Saturday after thousands of people evacuated their homes to dodge the 550-mile-wide storm as it roared across the Pacific.The ferocity of the storm — with maximum sustained winds of around 120 miles per hour — in some ways eclipsed Hurricane Florence on the other side of the world, which was pummeling the Mid-Atlantic Coast of the United States with life-threatening rains and flooding.As dawn was breaking in the Philippines, there was no official word on casualties or damage.The eye of Mangkhut, known as Ompong in the Philippines, made landfall on the northeastern portion of Luzon island, the country’s rice- and corn-growing heartland, at about 1:40 a.m.[Catch up on the rest of our storm coverage.]

FDA Cracks Down on E-Cigarettes to Curb Teen-Vaping 'Epidemic'

FDA Cracks Down on E-Cigarettes to Curb Teen-Vaping 'Epidemic'

Now, recent data, like a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that 2.1 million middle- and high-school students used e-cigarettes in 2017, is prompting the agency to rethink its position.“The FDA won’t tolerate a whole generation of young people becoming addicted to nicotine as a tradeoff for enabling adults to have unfettered access to these same products,” he said.Gottlieb’s offensive seems primarily aimed at Juul, the most popular of the e-cigarettes, with an estimated 70 percent share of the retail market according to Nielsen data.

EPA admits scrapping regulations will put more methane into atmosphere

EPA admits scrapping regulations will put more methane into atmosphere

The Trump administration is seeking to roll back regulations on methane leaks from oil and gas facilities. The Trump administration is moving to roll back Obama-era rules intended to reduce leaks of methane from oil and gas facilities.

Kavanaugh’s views on EPA’s climate authority are dangerous and wrong | Dana Nuccitelli

Kavanaugh’s views on EPA’s climate authority are dangerous and wrong | Dana Nuccitelli

EPA, the Supreme Court affirmed that greenhouse gases qualify as air pollutants, and EPA therefore has authority to regulate them if the agency determines that they may endanger public health or welfare.

The E.P.A.’s Review of Mercury Rules Could Remake Its Methods for Valuing Human Life and Health

The E.P.A.’s Review of Mercury Rules Could Remake Its Methods for Valuing Human Life and Health

The formulas are complex, but the bottom line is that reducing the emphasis on health makes it tougher to justify a rule.Last week the Trump administration took a crucial step toward de-emphasizing the life and health benefits in this calculus when the Environmental Protection Agency said it would rethink a major regulation that restricts mercury emissions by coal-burning power plants.

E.P.A. to Reconsider Obama-Era Curbs on Mercury Emissions by Power Plants

E.P.A. to Reconsider Obama-Era Curbs on Mercury Emissions by Power Plants

That rule would have restricted coal plants’ emission of a different pollutant: carbon dioxide, one of the chief causes of global warming.At the time the Obama administration put forth the mercury regulations, which took more than 20 years to formulate, E.P.A. officials estimated they would save thousands of lives and return economic and health benefits many times their estimated $9.6 billion annual cost.While owners of coal plants fought the rule in the courts, most have since complied with regulation.

SF Is Bringing Back Banned Electric Scooters—With Limits

SF Is Bringing Back Banned Electric Scooters—With Limits

Each company can operate at least 625 scooters, and permits will be finalized by October 15.Skip ScootersThe scooters are back in town.Three months after ejecting the networks of shared, sidewalk-cluttering vehicles from the city, officials with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency announced today the two winners of its e-scooter pilot sweepstakes: Scoot and Skip.The city chose the companies from a crowded field of 12, which submitted a collective 800 pages in proposals on their operations, safety, and plans to extend the scooter bounty to San Francisco's neighborhoods.