This Week in Science Policy: April 4.1 Edition

European Space Agency: Antarctica Loses Grip According to the European Space Agency (ESA), Antarctica's underwater land mass has decreased by 1,463 km, roughly the size of Greater London. The ice mass loss has been measured by the ESA's CubeSAT, an orbital satellite that measures that ice sheet elevation. What's disconcerting about this ice loss is that …

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A Moon Colony: The Space Journey Continues

Since the days of the Apollo Mission, mankind has rarely traveled beyond low Earth orbit. This stagnation has led to lost opportunities to explore our Moon, and more importantly, a gateway to other worlds within the Solar System. However, that may change in the coming years with the NASA mission to build a Deep Space …

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

When it comes to innovative federal research, you can look no further than the work conducted at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). A federal agency that was first created after the launching of Sputnik have led to massive breakthroughs. Technologies that we used today, like the Internet, GPS, and automated voice recognition, were …

The Budget Control Act

In 2011, the federal government faced a crisis in rapid spending with the budget. Following the 2008 Financial Crisis, several initiatives went into effect to stimulate the economy and put the American worker back to work. However, because of this rapid expansion in federal spending, the federal deficit was predicted to reach $1.5 trillion in …

This Week in Science Policy: March 2018 3.2 Edition

This week in Science Policy, Secretary Rick Perry, former Governor of Texas, testified before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to discuss the upcoming 2019 fiscal year budget for the Department of Energy (DoE). Secretary Perry highlighted on several topics, including the need to enhance the nation's nuclear weapons arsenal, strengthening the energy …