Libra could become more successful than other cryptocurrencies because it has the backing of multiple large international corporations. Shutterstock Cryptocurrencies have become a global phenomenon in the past few years. Now Facebook is launching it’s own cryptocurrency, in association with Visa, MasterCard, Uber and others. The stated aim of Libra is to […]

At a meeting last week, Anna Verghese, director of the Audacious Project, and Chris Anderson, head of the TED group, detailed the fundraising success so far for eight ambitious projects, several of them focused on science. DIAN LOFTON/TED (CC BY-NC-ND) The TED organization, whose slick online video presentations have helped […]

Brazil’s synchrotron light source, Sirius, is scheduled to launch later this year, but 80% of the funds it depends on have been frozen. SEBASTIAO MOREIRA/EPA-EFE/SHUTTERSTOCK SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL—The latest federal budget news coming out of Brasília has Brazilian scientists fearing the worst. On 29 March, faced with a stagnant economy […]

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) would propel astronauts and cargo into deep space, but its power is limited with only its base components in the budget. (Credit: NASA) NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine was at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday to talk about the proposed NASA budget for 2020. While Bridenstine referred […]

The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine: “President Trump’s fiscal year 2020 NASA budget is one of the strongest on record for our storied agency. At $21 billion, this budget represents a nearly 6 percent increase over last year’s request and comes at a time of constrained resources across […]

A Landsat view of Mount St. Helens in 2011. Credit: U.S. Geological Survey Landsat is one of the most important U.S. satellite systems. Since the program’s launch in 1972, Landsat satellites have provided the longest-running terrestrial satellite record and collected more than 5.6 million images. For a long time, the U.S. government […]

Smog. Credit: Artic_photo/ U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey are calling for a “Green New Deal” that would involve massive government spending to shift the U.S. economy away from its reliance on carbon. Their congressional resolution goes into great detail about the harms of climate change and what the […]