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Landmark Steps to Liberate Open Data

Today, as he heads to Austin, Texas, for a Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour, President Obama signed an Executive Order directing historic steps to make government-held data more accessible to the public and to entrepreneurs and others as fuel for innovation and economic growth. The Executive …

‘Open Data’ Brings Potential And Perils for Government

Open Data: the very name is a virtuous pairing of transparency and science. No one is going to argue against openness, and data has the appeal of nonjudgmental objectivity.<p>Governments and public officials are rushing to embrace the concept, throwing open the vast panoply of publicly collected …

NCDC’s Data Help Track the Emergence of Periodical Cicadas | National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) formerly known as National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)

Periodical cicadas are often known as “17-year locusts,” but they are not true locusts. Locusts are a type of grasshoper.<p>In spring 2013, the return …

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HHS Launches Health.Data.gov to Share Open Health Data

Last October, Todd Park, the chief technology officer at the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) announced HealthData.gov at the HealthCamp in San Francisco. Today, Health.Data.gov went live. (When the domain name propagates properly through the Internet, HealthData.gov will send online …

How Obama’s Open Data Order Could Save Lives, Energy Costs And Make Cool Apps

Readers may have noticed this morning that their geekiest politically oriented friends are freaking out like teenage girls at a Justin Bieber concert. Today, the big man in the White House signed a rare executive order that all federal data be made freely accessible in a form that can be utilized …

Scenes from a Dive - what’s big data got to do with fighting poverty and fraud?

A more detailed recap will follow soon but here’s a very quick hats off to the about 150 data scientists, civic hackers, visual analytics savants, …

Solar Eclipse 2013: Spectacular 'Ring Of Fire' Will Be Visible To Skywatchers May 10

By: Miriam Kramer<p>Published: 05/06/2013 01:31 PM EDT on SPACE.com<p>The moon will block the sun in a potentially spectacular solar eclipse this week — a celestial event that will transform the sun into a cosmic "ring of fire" in the daytime sky.<p>The ring-shaped solar eclipse, known as an annular …

Three Women Found In Ohio Years After Disappearing

Three women, at least two of whom had been missing since they were teenagers a decade ago, were found alive in a residential area near Cleveland, news agencies reported.<p>Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus were found alive Monday a few miles from where they disappeared in 2003 and 2004 respectively, along …

Quantum network can transmit secure video in real-time, been active for 2.5 years

It's not quite a quantum internet — yet. But researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico have developed a new, ultra-secure computer network that is capable of transmitting data that has been encrypted by quantum physics, including video files. The network, which currently consists …

Local Hero Charles Ramsey Gives Awesome Interview After Saving 3 Abducted Girls From Neighbor’s Home in Cleveland

“<i>And like I say, my neighbor, you got to have some pretty big testicles to pull this off, bro. Because we see this dude every day. I mean every …

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Leonard Nimoy vs. new Spock Quinto in Audi ad

Leonard Nimoy reprises his Star Trek role to take on his Spock successor, Zachary Quinto, in a race of sorts. Audi ad shows hilarious side of Leonard …

Home Brewing: Soon To Be Legal In All 50 States

The Alabama Legislature has approved a bill making it legal to brew beer at home, a practice that had been forbidden in the state. If Gov. Robert Bentley signs the bill, as is expected, home brewing will soon be legal in all 50 states.<p>Alabama lawmakers voted on the bill to legalize home brewing …

Can't get to Australia? Get an online look at the 'ring of fire' solar eclipse

If you can't make it to the South Pacific's eclipse zone in time to watch the sun turn into a "ring of fire" on Thursday, you can still get in on the spectacle online.<p>The annular solar eclipse begins at 6:30 p.m. ET (22:30 GMT) in western Australia. Over the course of several hours, the moon's …

Parkour robot can leap ledges in a single bound

Your Roomba can’t jump, can it? UPenn researchers presented the acrobatic feats of their X-RHex-Light robot today at the IEEE International …

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International Space Station leaking power system coolant, NASA says everyone is safe

The International Space Station is leaking the chilled ammonia coolant it uses to cool its power systems into space, but there’s no danger to the crew, NASA announced on Thursday. The four solar arrays that provide power to the station are each cooled independently with their own thermal control …

W.H., Hill press military on assaults

The White House is joining frustrated lawmakers who want to crack down on sexual assault in the military, though it’s unclear if President Barack Obama would sign a key measure that backers say would help address the problem.<p>But one thing is clear — a cascade of scandals have shaken Washington’s …

Immigration reform debate marred by angry clashes in US Senate

Angry scenes marred the first serious debate on immigration reform on Thursday as Senate Republicans and Democrats clashed over proposals to grant …

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Watch these straight people answer a question gay people have been asked for years.

Travis Nuckolls and Chris Baker hit the streets in Colorado Springs a few years ago to ask straight people a few questions.<p>Their subjects had no …

NASA - NASA and Amateur Radio Operators Piece Together the PhoneSat Picture

Although the ultimate goal of the PhoneSat mission was to determine whether a consumer-grade smartphone can be used as the main flight avionics for a …