NASA Research Could Save Commercial Airlines Billions in New Era of Aviation

The nation’s airlines could realize more than $250 billion dollars in savings in the near future thanks to green-related technologies developed and refined by NASA’s aeronautics researchers during the past six years. These new technologies, developed under the purview of NASA’s
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Space Station Gets New Life as International Collaboration Grows

By Charlene Porter, Staff Writer The Obama administration announced January 8 that it will support a four-year extension of operations at the International Space Station (ISS) and urged its international partners in the enterprise to do likewise. In their joint announcement of the extension, Assistant to the President (more...)

World Energy Appetite Seen Growing by 56 Percent by 2040

The world will consume 56 percent more energy in 2040 than it consumed in 2010, according to a projection issued July 25 by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). “This is good news, this is rising prosperity,” said EIA head Adam Sieminski, as he presented the agency’s findings (more...)

EU, U.S. Coordinating Electric Vehicle, Smart Grid Development

Celebrating the launch of the Electric Vehicle–Smart Grid Interoperability Center at Argonne National Laboratory, outside of Chicago, are (from left) Giovanni De Santi, director of the European Commission’s Institute for Energy and Transport; Dominique Ristori, director-general of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre; Phyllis Yoshida, (more...)

Patents, Copyright, Trademarks

This article is excerpted from the book Outline of the U.S. Economy, published by the Bureau of International Information Programs. The innovation and technology-driven information age has pushed the question of intellectual property to the top of the world’s trade agenda. It is an issue with a long pedigree. (more...)

Growth in U.S. Energy Production Brings Global Policy Changes

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer Use of new technologies is bringing unexpectedly large increases in available, affordable energy for the United States, a trend that will ripple through global markets, the energy supply chain and economies. At the same time, the world faces scientifically confirmed changes in the environment, brought (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...)

Got a Space Station Idea? NASA Wants to Know

Are you mulling an idea to improve the International Space Station? NASA wants to hear your proposal for advancing or improving exploration technologies. You might have a brainstorm on improving the football-field-sized orbiting outpost, or some thoughts on tools to use the station as a springboard (more...)

New Titan Supercomputer Named Fastest

The new “TOP500” list of the world’s fastest supercomputers released November 12 named Titan, a new supercomputer at the U.S. Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the most powerful in the world. Ten times more powerful than its predecessor, the Jaguar system, Titan

Panetta Presents $614 Billion Defense Budget Request to Congress

By MacKenzie C. Babb Staff Writer Defense Secretary Leon Panetta presented U.S. lawmakers with the Pentagon’s $614 billion budget request for the year starting October 1, a significant drop from last year’s request, representing cuts across the department intended to help reduce the U.S. deficit. Panetta said the United States (more...)

Internet Was Tool for Expression and Repression in 2011

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer The United States and its international partners “made a great deal of progress” in 2011 in adopting measures that can “turn our commitment to Internet freedom into reality,” according to U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael H. Posner. Speaking (more...)


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