Drew Venegas

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Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier

How the ex-spy tried to warn the world about Trump’s ties to Russia.<p><b>Audio:</b> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>In January, after a long day at his London office, Christopher Steele, the former spy turned private investigator, was stepping off a …

Russia

Photography and Photos of the Day

Follow Nat Geo Photography<p>Community<p>Join Your Shot, our photography community. Submit to assignments and get feedback from our photo editors.<p>From the Archives<p>Look through a curated collection of historical photos from our archives on National Geographic's Found Tumblr.<p>Picture Stories<p>Check out the …

Russia's Putin unveils 'invincible' nuclear weapons

<b>Russia has developed a new array of nuclear weapons that are invincible, according to President Vladimir Putin.</b><p>Mr Putin made the claims as he laid out his key policies for a fourth presidential term, ahead of an election he is expected to win in 17 days' time.<p>The weapons he boasted of included a …

Russia

NASA Space Tourism Posters – Free To Download & Print

Reading time: about 1 minute.<p>American<br>• Art<br>• Space<p>These NASA Space Tourism Posters were developed by a creative team of visual strategists inside JPL …

This New Kind of Battery Can Be Fully Charged in Less Than 30 Seconds

We need this SO bad.<p>A novel approach to an energy storage device run on an aqueous electrolyte can go from flat to fully-charged in just 20 seconds, …

The Internet of Growing Things

Connected sensors and big data are changing how farmers grow crops and raise livestock—making food safer and better for everyone.<p>The Internet of Things (IoT) is turning the ancient practice of farming into precision agriculture. Sensors implanted in the soil can tell you when and where to irrigate. …

Farming

The US military predicts 10,000 troops could be wounded in combat if war breaks out with North Korea — and that's just the beginning

US military leaders who attended a classified exercise in Hawaii learned that a war with North Korea could result in around 10,000 American combat-related casualties in the opening days, according to a New York Times report published on Wednesday.<p>The tabletop exercise (TTX), which tests …

North Korea

Did Kushner use White House to benefit his family business?

The New York Times is reporting that Jared Kushner's family business got over $500 million in loans from companies after officials from those …

We might have figured out how to make ourselves resistant to space radiation

Humans want to be an interplanetary species. Stephen Hawking wants us to become an interplanetary species. Elon Musk wants us to become an …

Bye bye black box: Researchers teach AI to explain itself

A team of international researchers recently taught AI to justify its reasoning and point to evidence when it makes a decision. The ‘black box’ is becoming transparent, and that’s a big deal.<p>Figuring out why a neural network makes the decisions it does is one of the biggest concerns in the field of …

7,000-Year-Old Native American Burial Site Found Underwater

In an unprecedented discovery, archaeologists identify a site where prehistoric people once buried their dead—now submerged beneath the waves.<p>Venice is Florida's unofficial capital of fossil hunting. Divers and beachcombers flock to this city on the Gulf Coast, mostly seeking palm-sized teeth of …

An Air Force pilot took a U-2 spy plane to the edge of space — and the photos are incredible

Ross Franquemont is a U-2 pilot and instructor at the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron, based at Beale Air Force Base, California. Fortunately for the rest of the world, he is also a great photographer.<p>In fact, the incredible images you can find in this post were taken by Ross during missions flown at …

U2

Easing the brakes on the "immortality" enzyme could slow aging

Most of us accept that aging and eventually death are just the inevitable prices we pay for being alive in the first place – but maybe there's a way …

Pagedraw UI builder turns your website design mockup into code automatically

For years, one of the holy grails of web design has been trying to automate turning front-end design into clean code. Early attempts included tools like Dreamweaver and FrontPage. Pagedraw, a member of the Y Combinator Winter 2018 class, has developed a tool to fulfill that vision in a modern …

Computer Science

Robert Mueller Is Going Way Beyond Trump’s Red Line

The special counsel is digging deeper into Trump’s business ties to Russia—including how his financial interests might intersect with the origins of his presidential campaign.<p>Last summer, <b>Donald Trump</b> cautioned that <b>Robert Mueller</b> would be crossing a red line if he began digging into his family’s …

After the 'sunrush': what comes next for solar power?

The fall in costs that has driven solar’s rapid growth is slowing - but scientists are exploring the next generation of materials that can harness more energy from the sun<p>Some people call it the “sunrush”: a 25-year period in which solar power has grown exponentially, transforming the technology …

Clean Energy

After rising for 100 years, electricity demand is flat. Utilities are freaking out.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is the latest to be caught short.<p>The US electricity sector is in a period of unprecedented change and turmoil. Renewable energy prices are falling like crazy. Natural gas production continues its extraordinary surge. Coal, the golden child of the current …

Natural Gas

Freaky Theory Offers Totally New Explanation of the Moon’s Origin

A favorite pastime of astronomers is to debate the origin of Earth’s Moon, but despite decades of research, they don’t seem to be any closer to …

Artificial eye flexes muscle to do what the human eye can't

Harvard has reported a breakthrough flat artificial eye just 30 microns in depth which can exceed the capabilities of the human eye. The technology, …

Nasa slams Elon Musk’s SpaceX for launching a Tesla car into the heavens

It was hailed as the future of space exploration.<p>But Nasa has taken a dig at Elon Musk for sending a Tesla Roadster into the heavens during the test …

Palantir has secretly been using New Orleans to test its predictive policing technology

Palantir deployed a predictive policing system in New Orleans that even city council members don’t know about<p>In May and June 2013, when New Orleans’ murder rate was the sixth-highest in the United States, the Orleans Parish district attorney handed down two landmark racketeering indictments against …

New Orleans

The Cute Robot That Follows You Around the City

Piaggio, the Italian company that makes Vespa scooters, is building cargo droids for city pedestrians.<p>“This is Gita.” Jeffrey Schnapp pronounces the “T” in the crisp, Italian way—near the teeth rather than the soft palate—which makes me feel like I should have worn more expensive shoes to the …

Robotics

First light which ever shone in universe picked up by astronomers in 'revolutionary' breakthrough

The first light which ever shone in the universe has been detected by astronomers scouring the skies for the earliest stars.<p>Using a simple radio antenna positioned in the quietest place on Earth - the western Australian desert - scientists picked up a signal of the long-sought ‘cosmic dawn.’<p>The …

Sessions pushes back on Trump after 'disgraceful' insult

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Attorney General Jeff Sessions pushed back against President Donald Trump's latest insult on Wednesday, prolonging an increasingly awkward public spat between the President and his top law enforcement official.<p>Trump chastised Sessions over an investigation into alleged …

Donald Trump

The Moon is getting a 4G network next year

Nokia and Vodafone Germany are to hook up Audi lunar rovers with LTE connection as they examine Apollo 17's lunar vehicle.<p>Vodafone is set to do …

The world of self-driving cars is set to change in April

If you live in California, you’re going to have to get used to cars driving with nobody behind the wheel.<p>The California DMV got approval Monday (Feb. 26) for its plan (pdf) to put self-driving cars on the road with no safety driver, a measure that ensured a human could take over if the car’s …

Warrantless surveillance law proves it’s time to take privacy into our own hands

David Gorodyansky Contributor<p>David Gorodyansky is the CEO and co-founder of AnchorFree.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>This is the future if net neutrality is repealed; the creeping, costly death of media freedom<p>The warrantless surveillance law, otherwise known as Section 702 of the Foreign …

Surveillance

Boycotting the NRA is guaranteed to backfire

In the wake of the Parkland massacre, the National Rifle Association is on its heels.<p>A mass shooting like the one in Parkland, Fla., is the sort of …

The Army says its next-generation assault rifle will pack a punch like a tank's main gun

The Army claims its new assault rifle will unleash a hailstorm of specially-designed shells with as much chamber pressure as a battle tank to tear through even the most advanced body armor — and if all goes according to plan, the soldiers will get them to play with sooner than they thought.<p>The …

Military

Ce*sored! China bans letter N (briefly) from internet as Xi Jinping extends grip on power

Amid fallout from the decision to allow Xi to be president for life, censors also crack down on letters, phrases and George Orwell’s Animal Farm<p>It is the 14th letter in the English alphabet and, in Scrabble, the springboard for more than 600 8-letter words.<p>But for the Communist party of China it is …

China