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Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician And An Inspiration For ‘Hidden Figures,’ Dies At 101

Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who was one of NASA’s human “computers” and an unsung hero of the space agency’s early days, died Monday. She calculated the flight path for America’s first crewed space mission and moon landing, and she was among the women profiled in the book and movie Hidden Figures. She was 101. Continue Reading Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician And An Inspiration For ‘Hidden Figures,’ Dies At 101

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A mix of barley, peas and flax grows in a field at Casey Bailey's farm near Fort Benton, Mont. Bailey sells this crop to Montana dairy farmer Nate Brown, who has been feeding it to his goats.

An Airbnb For Cropland Hits A Snag, As Farmers Raise Data Privacy Concerns

American farmers spend about $32 billion each year to rent land, and Tillable CEO Corbett Kull thinks his company could be farmland’s AirBnB or Zillow. “This is one of the beauties of digital marketplaces, where you can bring two parties together that otherwise might never meet,” he says. Continue Reading An Airbnb For Cropland Hits A Snag, As Farmers Raise Data Privacy Concerns

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Acting BLM Director William Perry Pendley stands in the mostly empty suite of offices at the agency's new planned headquarters in Grand Junction, Colo. Kirk Siegler/NPR

BLM Director Defends Agency’s Controversial Move From D.C. To Western U.S.

The Bureau of Land Management decides who gets to do what on some 250 million acres of public land in the country, or to put it another way roughly one-tenth of all the land in the U.S. Relocating its headquarters to the West, where most of its actual land is, has been floated for years. But now the Trump administration is actually making it happen. Continue Reading BLM Director Defends Agency’s Controversial Move From D.C. To Western U.S.

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A new sign graces the entrance onto the Hanford site near Richland, Washington. CREDIT: ANNA KING

Federal Watchdog Criticizes Energy Department For Hanford Cleanup, Tunnel Collapse

The report from the independent Government Accountability Office says the U.S. Department of Energy has not found the root causes of the partial collapse of the waste-storage tunnel, and that failures in DOE’s investigation, inspections and maintenance of other aging and contaminated facilities is concerning. Continue Reading Federal Watchdog Criticizes Energy Department For Hanford Cleanup, Tunnel Collapse

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