SCIENCE IN THE NEWS WEEKLY
Washington's Climate Change Debate: 'It's a Battle Over Big Bucks'
A major climate change bill was defeated in the U.S. Senate last week, and the Los Angeles Times was among those to point out that the issue was as much about money as about greenhouse gases. The bill proposed new pollution regulations on industries while expanding carbon "offsetting." Detractors said the bill could lead to $8-a-gallon gas, among other economic hardships.
Meanwhile, a NASA investigation found that, for at least two years, political appointees in the agency's public affairs office worked to spin and distort findings by its own scientists about climate change.
The investigation was prompted by reports in the Washington Post and other news outlets that Bush administration officials were trying to muzzle NASA climate scientists.
And the Washington Post also reported last week on the dismal failure of a $58 million state and federal government effort to bring oysters back to the Chesapeake Bay. Official estimates indicate that there are now fewer oysters in the bay and fewer oystermen trying to harvest them than there were when the program began in 1994.
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VIDEO: The Promise and Peril of Drones
The automation of tasks at work and at home is just around the corner, including driving cars, piloting planes, delivering packages, and transporting weapons. Unmanned aerial vehicles are rapidly evolving to meet both society’s and the military’s needs in automation and better efficiency.
During her time as one of the first female fighter pilots in the US Navy, Dr. Missy Cummings observed that computers could take off and land a plane more precisely than humans. Because of this breakthrough and her fascination with this growing technology, she began human–drone interaction research.
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