Matt Powell

441 Flips | 3 Magazines | 36 Likes | 1 Following | 26 Followers | @MattPowell232 | Keep up with Matt Powell on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Matt Powell”

I Was a Muslim in Trump's White House

When President Obama left, I stayed on at the National Security Council in order to serve my country. I lasted eight days.<p>In 2011, I was hired, straight out of college, to work at the White House and eventually the National Security Council. My job there was to promote and protect the best of what …

The White House

Astronauts will soon wear these new lightweight spacesuits—Reebok boots included

Athleisure for astronauts?<p>Boeing has unveiled new lightweight spacesuits that could make their launch-pad debut as early as next year, when the aerospace company’s CST-100 Starliner space capsule is scheduled to take its first manned test flight and, eventually, carry astronauts to the …

World's Largest Telescope Will Revolutionize The Future Of Astronomy

Want to see deeper into the Universe than ever before. Build a bigger telescope. No matter what other tricks you use, there’s no substitute for size. The bigger your primary mirror is:<p>the more light you gather,<br>• the better your resolution is,<br>• and more details can be seen, more distant and faster than …

Telescopes

World’s First Semisynthetic Organism Created: Scientists Expand Life’s Genetic Code To Include Two Artificial DNA Bases

All DNA-based life forms on Earth contain, at their core, a genetic code made up of four bases — adenine (A), thymine (T), guanine (G), cytosine (C). …

SpaceX won’t attempt a landing after its next launch

It’s a heavy satellite going to a high orbit, so there won’t be much propellant leftover<p>Over the past year, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 missions have become major online spectacles, mostly because each launch has been followed by an attempt to land the rocket after takeoff. But the landing part of the show …

Space Travel

At Least 500 Women Signed Up to Train for Office After Yesterday’s Marches

America (and the world, really) had a pretty amazing day yesterday when we united as one to make our voices heard re: women’s rights. The Women’s Marches may be over now, but the spirit of that day doesn’t have to be: not by a long shot.<p>President Trump has recognized the rights of the people to …

These robots are transforming how we see wildlife

Wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas had long wanted to add up-close-and-personal images of iconic African animals to his portfolio. But to get …

Seafloor

The City Of Las Vegas Is Now Powered Entirely By Renewable Energy

Las Vegas just became the largest U.S. city to rely solely on green energy to power its municipal facilities.<p>All Las Vegas city facilities ― from government buildings to streetlights ― are now running entirely on renewable energy, city officials have announced.<p>“We can brag that the city, this city …

Renewable Energy

So what attracted tech bosses to the billionaire president-elect Donald Trump? | John Naughton

Obviously it’s impossible to say exactly what drew Silicon Valley’s finest to Trump Tower, but power and money may have something to do with it<p>On Wednesday, a curious spectacle could be observed in New York. A swarm of tech billionaires arrived in their private jets and were whisked to Trump Tower, …

First US offshore wind farm opens off Rhode Island's coast with GE turbines twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty

The United States' first offshore wind farm has opened off the coast of Rhode Island, ushering in a new era in the country for the industry.<p>GE and Deepwater Wind have partnered to build five massive turbines three miles off Block Island to power about 17,000 homes, a project costing about $300 …

This interactive map shows why renewables and natural gas are taking over the US

This one’s for the energy nerds out there. The University of Texas Austin’s Energy Institute has put out an incredibly useful interactive map showing what types of power plants are cheapest to build in every county in the continental United States. (No, really, it’s fascinating.)<p>Playing around with …

NASA's new satellite will circle the globe repairing broken space robots

Restore-L could fix broken satellites and clean up space junk<p>When a satellite runs out of fuel or fails to deploy its solar panels, who you gonna call? Right now, nobody. There's currently no reliable way to physically repair things in orbit, which means a multimillion-dollar satellite can be …

A New Prime Number Has Been Found, And It's 9.3 Million Digits Long

It could help us solve a decades-old puzzle.<p>Thousands of collaborators from all over the world have come together to find one of the largest known …

Mathematics

Tesla powers a whole island with solar to show off its energy chops

Tesla completed its $2.6 billion acquisition of SolarCity this week, and, to celebrate, the company has announced a major solar energy project: wiring up the whole island of Ta’u in American Samoa. Previously, the island ran on diesel generators, but over the past year Tesla has installed a …

Tesla

Political Road Map: This is why it takes so long to count votes in California

In an era when there's almost nothing that can't be found out quickly, the long wait for final results from an election in California feels interminable. And yet, there's a pretty simple reason why it takes so long to count all the votes.<p>California is not just home to more voters than any other …

France is serious about carbon: will stop using coal by 2023, might carbon tax US goods if US pulls out of climate agreements

France will shut down all of their coal power plants by 2023, French President Francois Hollande has announced. The announcement took place at COP22, the UN’s annual climate change conference happening now in Marrakech.<p>France has been a leader in non-polluting electricity sources for a long time, …

SpaceX Successfully Tests its Mars Ship Out at Sea

A Small Step to Mars<p>Mars just got a step closer for SpaceX this week. On Wednesday, Elon Musk’s venture space company announced that it successfully …

Inside SpaceX's Massive Plan to Beam Satellite Internet to Earth

The FCC application gives us new insight into Elon Musk's grand plans for global domination.<p>SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by the Mars-hungry tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, just made a big move to enshroud the planet in high-speed internet coverage.<p>On November 15, the company filed a lengthy …

SpaceX wants to launch 4,425 internet satellites

SpaceX has just asked the FCC for permission to launch 4,425 satellites that can provide high-speed (1 Gbps) internet around the globe. That's more than <i>thrice</i> the current number of active satellites orbiting our planet, based on the data posted by the Union of Concerned Scientists. SpaceX chief …

Chinese Scientists Become First to Use CRISPR Gene-Editing on Humans

Chinese scientists are attempting to use CRISPR to develop a new treatment for cancer patients, and the U.S. will soon follow their lead.<p>A team of Chinese scientists from Sichuan University in Chengdu have become the first to inject a person with cells modified with the gene-editing tool …

20 Weird & Wonderful Datasets for Machine Learning

Findings from my hunt for amazing datasets<p><b>They say great data is 95% of the problem in machine learning.</b> We saw first hand at Udacity that this is …

iPhone update adds a hidden way to call the police in an emergency

Apple has added a discreet way to call the police or ambulance into its next iPhone update, which is set to be released in the coming weeks.<p>Pressing the power button (the one that locks and unlocks the phone) five times in a row will dial the emergency services number, as well as alerting a …

Secular groups fight exclusion from AA: 'The best support system in the world'

Alcoholics Anonymous’ religious undertone is under fire in Canada, where an atheist lodged a human rights complaint and secular groups have been delisted<p>The Almighty plays a central part in the hallowed 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Six of them make reference to God, Him or Power. In one step, …

Human Rights

Jury selection in Dylann Roof trial begins

CHARLESTON — Jury selection in the trial of a white man accused of killing nine African-Americans begins Monday in Charleston, once again putting South Carolina and race relations in the South in a national spotlight.<p>But in the case of Dylann Roof, rendering judgment likely will be an intensely …

How the US military trains to take any air base, anywhere in the world, in just 18 hours

What happens when all hell breaks loose and the US military needs to act within hours?<p>Enter the 5,000 specialists of Global Response Force, from the Army's 82nd Airborne Brigade, Joint Special Operations Command, and the US Air Force, capable of deploying anywhere in the world within 18 hours.<p>"We …

Military

Schools shut down, expats flee, and the visiting UK PM risks losing hours from her life as Delhi chokes

New Delhi is ghastly right now.<p>So much so that the government in the national capital has shut down 1,800 schools for the first time ever, forcing a million students to stay at home to avoid breathing in the deadly smog that continues to shroud the city. This comes a week after firecracker residue …

Pollution

Top 19 geovisualization tools, APIs and libraries that will let you create beautiful web maps

Creating a good web map is not an easy task but over the years we’ve seen plenty of amazing geovisualization examples. Almost all of them have been …

This man built a cutting-edge stealth boat for the US Navy. Then the government tried to put him out of business.

In the summer of 2007, a US Navy carrier strike group of approximately 20 ships was decimated while on patrol in the Middle East. Some 20,000 sailors were killed.<p>The group, comprised of an aircraft carrier, five amphibious ships, and several cruisers, was overwhelmed by a swarm of fast attack boats …

Military

Florida’s outrageously deceptive solar ballot initiative, explained

Amendment 1 is a utility scam.<p>Many Florida voters are about to get tricked.<p>There’s an initiative on the state ballot this year called Amendment 1. Read casually, it appears to be pro-solar. In fact, it would lock innovative solar companies out of state markets and lead to higher rates and fees for …

Solar Power

Justice Department will send election monitors to North Carolina.

The United States Department of Justice escalated its efforts to protect voting rights in North Carolina on Wednesday, informing four North Carolina …