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NASA Spacecraft Spots Its First New Asteroid Near Earth

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By Glynn Wilson – A reactivated NASA spacecraft designed to identify the population of potentially threatening near-Earth objects has spotted a new asteroid about 27 million miles (43 million kilometers) from Earth. Based on its infrared brightness, scientists estimate it to be roughly 0.4 miles (650 meters) in diameter and extremely dark, like a piece…

Domestic Spying Story Finally Grows Legs

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Let’s face it. All things are political in America. I woke up this morning to find, according to my RSS feed, that all of a sudden the Fourth Amendment domestic spying story has grown long, spidery legs — seven years too late. The headlines scream scandal, and…

Alabama Police Plan to Launch Drones to Monitor College Campuses

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Officials at an Alabama university have divulged a new plan to use unmanned aerial drones to help police monitor, and supposedly protect, students on campus. Law enforcement officials unveiled the plan Wednesday at a press conference at the University of Alabama Huntsville, saying the aircraft would provide an “eye in the sky” that could help…

President Obama Stresses Importance of Science and Technology as National Academy of Sciences Celebrates 150th Anniversary

President Obama Stresses Importance of Science and Technology to the Nation’s Future from The National Academies on Vimeo. The National Academy of Sciences is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. President Barack Obama addressed the group in Washington, D.C. on Monday, April 29. The President reflected on Abraham Lincoln’s founding of the National Academy of…

Study Shows Natural Gas Fracking Contaminates Water From Treatment Plants

FRACK FLOW – Treated wastewater flows out of a sewage plant in Pennsylvania. Facilities like this one sometimes treat water produced during natural gas production – By Kyle Ferrar – When energy companies extract natural gas trapped deep underground, they’re left with water containing high levels of pollutants, including benzene and barium. Sometimes the gas…

Spring Forward: An Alternative Plan for the Future

The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – While the vernal equinox and the first day of spring is still 10 days off, since Daylight Savings Time begins today and the weather has warmed up and the sun’s shining for a change around here, let’s just say spring has sprung in Alabamaland and be done…

What Will the Alabama Super Tea Party Majority Do Next?

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The Big Picture – by Glynn Wilson – CAMP GUNTER HILL, Ala. – The rain has finally stopped in Montgomery, after a February deluge that swelled creeks to overflowing and made for a soggy government tea party downtown. The boys of Agribusiness munched on shrimp and pimento cheese and crackers Tuesday night, giving legislators an…

Alabama May Be Number One in Football

But It’s Also Home to The Number Two Worst Power Plant in the Country for Mercury Pollution – Alabama Power’s Miller Steam Plant on the Locust Fork River held the number one distinction for a few years – By Glynn Wilson – Alabama has a chance to be number one in the nation in football…

Neil Armstrong’s Death Marks the End of an Era

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Reading the obituaries for Neil Armstrong over the past couple of days, I’m reminded again of the month when I came kicking early into this world. If timing means anything, it was an auspicious moment in the history of science, since the Cold War era “space race” began on…

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In the months before a U.S. Presidential election, the quality of political discourse hits new lows, according to Renee DiResta, who along with her husband Justin Hileman, has come up with an interesting interactive map to show what states are known for according to key words associated with the state in Google searches. “Blue State/Red…

Air Force Secret Space Plane Lands in California After Mysterious Mission

The U.S. Air Force’s robotic X-37B space plane finally returned to Earth Saturday, wrapping up a mysterious mission that lasted more than year in orbit. The unmanned X-37B spacecraft, also known as Orbital Test Vehicle-2 (OTV-2), glided back to Earth on autopilot, touching down at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base at 5:48 a.m. PDT (8:48…

Freedom of the Press is Not Free

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson It’s summertime in Alabama now. No matter what the official calendar says. The mercury hit 91 here today. That was probably in the shade. We just got back from the local farmer’s market, where Alabama farmers show up every Thursday to sell their goods directly to the public. There…

Web Blackout Protest Impacts Copyright Debate in Washington

NY Tech Meetup/More Photos Emergency NY Tech Meetup Advance Story by Glynn Wilson You’ve got to love it when the public gets involved in the Democratic process. Thousands of Websites and who knows how many tens of thousands of people who get their news through the Internet took a day off Wednesday to protest two…