Are Green Jet Fuels Finally Ready for Takeoff?

Are Green Jet Fuels Finally Ready for Takeoff?

One engine was burning standard petroleum-based aviation fuel from a Texas refinery, while the other was running on gas produced entirely from leftover cooking oil and grease from a factory in Los Angeles.

The FAA Weighs the SpaceX Launch Site's Environmental Effects

The FAA Weighs the SpaceX Launch Site's Environmental Effects

On a foggy day in March, a prototype of SpaceX’s giant silver rocket known as Starship, dubbed Serial Number 11 or SN11, was supposed to reorient itself vertically while landing and deftly touch down on a pad at the company’s launch site near Boca Chica, Texas, a couple miles from the Mexico border.

The Grid Isn’t Ready for the Renewable Revolution

The Grid Isn’t Ready for the Renewable Revolution

Or extreme weather can suddenly spike the demand for energy just when the grid is least able to provide it, like during last winter’s Texas freeze and subsequent power system failure.

In New Zealand, People (and Moths) Rediscover Dark Skies

In New Zealand, People (and Moths) Rediscover Dark Skies

The man had made his way from Texas to the Mackenzie region of New Zealand’s South Island for the landscapes, to see vivid swathes of violet lupins set against blue glacial lakes and snowy peaks rising beyond golden tussocked hills.

Former US Intelligence Operatives Admit They Hacked for UAE

Former US Intelligence Operatives Admit They Hacked for UAE

India May Have Used US-Company's Tech in Hacking SpreeBased in Austin, Texas, Exodus Intelligence is a so-called zero day broker, a firm that sells information about vulnerabilities in software that the developers don't know about—and therefore can't fix—and the exploits required to compromise them.

Tech Companies Wade Into Abortion Politics in Texas

Tech Companies Wade Into Abortion Politics in Texas

“This law is incompatible with people's basic rights to privacy, our community guidelines, the spirit of rideshare, and our values as a company,” Lyft wrote in a statement to drivers.

The Texas Abortion ‘Whistleblower’ Site Still Can't Find a Host

The Texas Abortion ‘Whistleblower’ Site Still Can't Find a Host

On Saturday evening, simply started redirecting to the Texas Right to Life homepage rather than reviving its previous incarnation as a tip submission system.“We contacted the owner of the domain, who agreed to disable the collection of user submissions on this domain,” Epik said in a statement on Saturday.

New York City Wasn’t Built for 21st Century Storms

New York City Wasn’t Built for 21st Century Storms

Wildfire thunderclouds in the West, blackouts in Texas , hurricanes in the South , torrential downpours in the East: “It's all the stuff we said would happen 20 years ago,” says Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientist and the director of climate and energy at the Breakthrough Institute.

Texas’ Icy Disaster Makes the Case for Uniting the US Grid

Texas’ Icy Disaster Makes the Case for Uniting the US Grid

But neither the eastern nor the western half of the national grid sticks tendrils into Texas in a way that would have let the state borrow large amounts of power when facing a massive, sudden freeze.

When the Grid Goes Down, Can a Fleet of Batteries Replace It?

When the Grid Goes Down, Can a Fleet of Batteries Replace It?

How many cars like Littlejohn’s would it take to replace the energy that was missing last week from the Texas power grid?

The Energy Sector Must Prepare for More Extreme Weather

The Energy Sector Must Prepare for More Extreme Weather

Last week, Texas was hit by a different kind of extreme weather event: Record-smashing cold temperatures and heavy snow.But other states manage much colder weather every year without these types of power outages.

The SolarWinds Investigation Ramps Up

The SolarWinds Investigation Ramps Up

Now, after a federal career that many credited with helping to secure the 2020 presidential election from foreign interference, Krebs is venturing into the other massive cybersecurity story of the last year: the Russian hacker intrusion into SolarWinds , a Texas-based company whose software was hijacked and used to penetrate the networks of at least half a dozen federal agencies.

Texas Accuses Google and Facebook of an Illegal Conspiracy

Texas Accuses Google and Facebook of an Illegal Conspiracy

Facebook, the complaint says, agreed to “curtail its header bidding initiatives” and send the millions of advertisers in its Facebook Audience Network to bid on Google’s platform.

Operation Ponderosa: Saving a Forest, Pandemic Edition

Operation Ponderosa: Saving a Forest, Pandemic Edition

Poloskey, an education and outreach coordinator for The Nature Conservancy in Texas , spent the summer collecting about 2,260 pine needles in the rugged yet fragile Davis Mountains of West Texas, fieldwork to help gain a better understanding of the genetics of ponderosa pines.

The YOLOers vs. Distancers Feud Is Tearing Us Apart

The YOLOers vs. Distancers Feud Is Tearing Us Apart

From my vantage here in Central Texas, home to one of the largest groups of the newly Covid-immune, I've noticed that all these wonderful antibodies are actually making our existing, pandemic-related social cohesion problems considerably worse.

To Navigate Risk In a Pandemic, You Need a Color-Coded Chart

To Navigate Risk In a Pandemic, You Need a Color-Coded Chart

Giving people permission to do things that seem likely to be safe was an important part of formulating the next guide to be published, which was drawn up by the Covid-19 Task Force of the Texas Medical Association and released July 8.

Trump's New Intelligence Chief Spells Trouble

Trump's New Intelligence Chief Spells Trouble

Perhaps the clearest sign that three-term Texas congressman Ratcliffe is manifestly unqualified to serve as the nation’s director of national intelligence isn’t the fact that he embellished his résumé, nor that only a minority of the US Senate would vote to confirm him, nor that the first time he was floated for the post last summer he was so soundly rejected that he withdrew almost immediately.

Covid-19's Toll on Prison Labor Doesn't Just Hurt Inmates

Covid-19's Toll on Prison Labor Doesn't Just Hurt Inmates

In at least 20 states, from Florida to Michigan to Texas to California, incarcerated workers are making hand sanitizer, face masks, and protective gowns at prison manufacturing facilities.Social distancing is hard in prison workplaces, and incarcerated people are unable to self-quarantine to avoid Covid-19 when they’re off the job.

The Coolest Kingfishers from Six Continents

The Coolest Kingfishers from Six Continents

Photo © Jeff Bryant / Flickr Green kingfisher is more abundant in Central and South America, but the species can be located in the southwestern reaches of the United States from Arizona to Texas.

WIRED's 7 Big Science Stories That Shaped 2019

WIRED's 7 Big Science Stories That Shaped 2019

Another private forensics lab, in Texas, began building its own crowdsourced database exclusively for police searches this year.But when the child rapist Jeffrey Epstein died, and more of his nominally philanthropic donations became public, science faced a reckoning.

Book Review: Secrets of Snakes

Book Review: Secrets of Snakes

Fortunately, wildlife biologist and science communicator David Steen has taken the most common snake myths, tall tales and snake safety rules and applied real science to them in his wildly entertaining Secrets of Snakes: The Science Beyond the Myths (Texas A&M University Press).A lot of our wildlife myths are about creatures that we believe we know.

What's the Hardest Shot in Bowling? It's Complicated

What's the Hardest Shot in Bowling? It's Complicated

Malott, however, has developed a more discerning eye for analyzing his ball's movement, as the professional bowler and ten-time national title holder recently explained to me at the United States Bowling Congress, in Arlington, Texas.

Why These Geese Wear Tiny Backpacks and Fly in a Wind Tunnel

Why These Geese Wear Tiny Backpacks and Fly in a Wind Tunnel

To find out, University of Texas at Austin physiologist Julia York went above and beyond, raising goose chicks to gain their trust before training them to fly in a wind tunnel under low oxygen conditions.To learn more, including the understandable difficulties of getting geese to fly in wind tunnels, take a look at the video above.

John Ratcliffe Is a Dangerous Pick for Director of National Intelligence

John Ratcliffe Is a Dangerous Pick for Director of National Intelligence

The news Sunday that Trump planned to tap representative John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) as director of national intelligence, replacing former senator Dan Coats, left many even on Capitol Hill scratching their heads: Who?

SpaceX Just Unleashed Its Starship Rocket for the First Time

SpaceX Just Unleashed Its Starship Rocket for the First Time

Late on Thursday night, at a launch facility in Boca Chica, Texas, SpaceX performed the first flight test of its next-generation Starship rocket , which may one day carry humans to Mars.

The Hard-Luck Texas Town That Bet on Bitcoin—and Lost

The Hard-Luck Texas Town That Bet on Bitcoin—and Lost

Bitmain, a Chinese company that makes specialized computers for “mining” cryptocurrency, said it would invest $500 million in what was to be the world’s largest bitcoin -mining facility at the closed Alcoa smelter, which, crucially, was still connected to massive electrical lines.

The World Cup Was a Prime Target for Amazon Counterfeiters

The World Cup Was a Prime Target for Amazon Counterfeiters

And last summer, CBP caught four shipments of fake World Cup soccer jerseys headed to Texas that were worth an estimated $66,000.At least for now, Amazon likely can’t catch every sports-related knockoff that third-party sellers try to list on its site.

SpaceX's Starship, Meant for Mars, Prepares for a First Hop

SpaceX's Starship, Meant for Mars, Prepares for a First Hop

SpaceX's Starship, Meant for Mars, Prepares for a First Hop SpaceX Last Sunday, as much of the country tuned into the Super Bowl, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and a crew of engineers were gathered in McGregor, Texas, the small city where the company maintains a rocket test site.

San Francisco Could Be First to Ban Facial Recognition Tech

San Francisco Could Be First to Ban Facial Recognition Tech

“This is the first piece of legislation that I’ve seen that really takes facial recognition technology as serious as it is warranted and treats it as uniquely dangerous.” Woodrow Hartzog, Northeastern University Privacy laws in Texas and Illinois require anyone recording biometric data, including face scans and fingerprints, to give people notice and obtain their consent.

The Heir to the V-22 Osprey Flies Through a Year of Testing

The Heir to the V-22 Osprey Flies Through a Year of Testing

The two aircraft don’t share any hardware, but they both use swiveling rotors to switch between flying vertically (to take off and land like a helicopter) and horizontally (to cruise like a plane).That connection has concentrated extra attention on the aircraft’s testing phase, and Bell and partner Lockheed Martin, which is in charge of the avionics and weapons systems, have done just about everything they can to smooth out its adolescence.“The whole idea from the beginning has been to find simple solutions for complex designs,” says Jeff Josselyn, manager of V-280 flight maintenance at Bell’s Arlington, Texas, headquarters.

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