NASA Widens Its 2014 Hurricane Research Mission

During the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, NASA is redoubling its efforts to probe the inner workings of hurricanes and tropical storms with two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft flying over storms and two new space-based missions. Collecting and
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First Steps Made in Nuclear Scale-Back in Iran

A top U.S. official says a six-nation coalition eager to prevent the development of nuclear weapons in Iran has made notable progress on implementing the early stages of an agreement to achieve that end. U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman appeared before the U.S. (more...)

U.S. Women Bobsledders Look Ahead to Sochi Olympics

Elana Meyers of Georgia and Aja Evans of Illinois are two bobsledders with a common goal: They want to represent the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Meyers notes in her blog that Olympic hopefuls know that anything can happen in their quest. “There is (more...)

U.S., Russia Can Make Bilateral Progress, DOD Official Says

By Jim Garamone American Forces This article was originally published on the Defense Department website on September 5. Washington — The United States and Russia disagree on some aspects of their bilateral relations, but there are many areas where the countries can and do cooperate, the deputy assistant secretary of (more...)

Obama Acknowledges “Emerging Differences” Between Russia, U.S.

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer President Obama said that while the United States and Russia have made much progress and cooperated on many important issues during the past four years, there are “emerging differences” between the two nations, but still room for both to work together for the betterment (more...)

NASA to Beam Data from Space with Laser

NASA will use the International Space Station to test a new communications technology that could dramatically improve spacecraft communications, enhance commercial missions and strengthen transmission of scientific data. The Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) could improve NASA’s data rates for communications with future spacecraft by a (more...)

New Supplies, Technologies Shift Global Energy Markets

By Kathryn McConnell Staff Writer Oil, gas and renewable energy supplies in the United States, Canada and Brazil are shifting the balance of global energy markets, according to U.S. energy authority Daniel Yergin. “There is greater confidence today than there was five years ago” in having enough energy to meet (more...)

Obama’s Call with Russian President Putin

Readout of President Obama’s Call with President Putin President Obama spoke by phone today with President Putin of Russia to convey his condolences on the tragic hospital fire outside of Moscow that killed dozens last week, and to reiterate his appreciation for the close cooperation that the United (more...)

Obama Challenges Iran to Resolve Nuclear Standoff Diplomatically

President Obama said the United States seeks to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, and he urged Iran’s leaders to resolve their dispute with the international community through diplomatic means. Speaking with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem March 20, Obama said there is still time (more...)

Biden: U.S. Will Handle Economic Challenges “Just Fine”

Vice President Biden said economic conditions in the United States are improving, and he urged European countries to resolve their economic crisis, saying a “strong and capable Europe” is in the interests of the United States and the rest of the global community. Speaking at the Munich Security (more...)

U.S. Presidential Inaugurations Serve Multiple Purposes

By Jane Morse Staff Writer The inauguration of the president of the United States is a quasi-religious holiday, a celebrity gala and an opportunity for political management all rolled into one, according to professor Michael Cornfield, a political scientist at George Washington University in Washington. Speaking January 18 at (more...)

Astronomers Reveal Largest-Known Spiral Galaxy

The spectacular barred spiral galaxy NGC 6872 has ranked among the biggest stellar systems for decades. Now a team of astronomers from the United States, Chile and Brazil has crowned it the largest-known spiral, based on archival data from NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) mission. Measuring tip-to-tip (more...)

Irish Immigrants in the United States

By Kevin Kenny Irish immigrants had a rough start in the United States, stuck in urban poverty and taunted by some of their neighbors. They and their descendants overcame the obstacles and prevailed. Kevin Kenny is professor of history at Boston College in Boston, Massachusetts. In the century after (more...)

New Year’s Day Celebrates Renewed Opportunity

Observed on January 1 in the United States, New Year’s Day celebrations actually begin the night of December 31 with parties, concerts, fireworks and special events of all kinds. The New Year itself is often symbolized by a baby wearing just a diaper, a festive hat and a (more...)

Statement by Acting Deputy Spokesperson on Russia’s Yakovlev Act

We deeply regret Russia’s passage of a law ending inter-country adoptions between the United States and Russia and restricting Russian civil society organizations that work with American partners.  American families have adopted over 60,000 Russian children over the past 20 years, and the vast majority of these (more...)

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