| Aug. 6, 2014, 11:39 a.m.
Just before Congress left for recess last week, it did something rare: It worked across the aisle to quickly clear legislation that filled what the Obama administration had declared an urgent need: authorization of 1,000 additional special visas to bring over Afghan citizens who helped the United States during the war there.
| Aug. 6, 2014, 11:33 a.m.
Technology experts and industry executives are almost evenly divided on whether advances in robotics and artificial intelligence will cause a net loss of jobs in the next decade, according to a report from the Pew Research Center and Elon University in North Carolina. Many of those who responded to a canvass on the future of the Internet did agree that the advances in those technologies would have a broad effect on daily life and that the nationís educational system isnít up to the challenge of preparing workers for the altered world.
| Aug. 6, 2014, 10:27 a.m.
Missouri voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected an increase in the stateís sales tax to pay for highways, roads, and bridges.
| Aug. 6, 2014, 10:15 a.m.
Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz will visit a nuclear waste dump in New Mexico next week and take part in a town hall meeting, the department announced.
| Aug. 5, 2014, 6:51 p.m.
Syria and Iraq have spiraled out of control, and Libya feels like it could be next on the list, now that the United States and other countries have evacuated many of their diplomats and officials amid fighting between Islamists and those opposed to them. But the rest of the world doesnít appear eager to intervene militarily in either Syria or Iraq, and any financial aid so far has been limited. So what could be done to help Libya, then?
| Aug. 5, 2014, 2:25 p.m.
The utility-scale solar power market in the United States is expected to falter in the next couple of years, contracting when the investment tax credit is no longer renewed, before expanding as a viable market, according to Ethan Zindler, head of policy analysis at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
| Aug. 5, 2014, 10:32 a.m.
Though often scorned because they havenít materialized as the energy-cure-all they were supposed to be, fuel cells have been getting a lot of recent attention, both as a power source for vehicles and for use in stationary backup power generation.
| Aug. 5, 2014, 10:30 a.m.
Concern about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has prompted a heightened response from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The federal health agency imposed tight security and safety precautions as the first Americans infected with the virus arrived in the United States from Liberia, where they had been working. Dr. Kent Brantly arrived on Saturday in Atlanta for treatment at Emory University Hospital, and Nancy Writebol is due to arrive on Tuesday. CNN reports that both received doses of an experimental drug. The report could lead to calls for wider use of the product, which has not been approved for use, based on anecdotal reports about promising results in the two patients.
| Aug. 5, 2014, 5:01 a.m.
Richard M. Nixonís fate was effectively sealed 40 years ago today. Itís a curious coincidence at the start of an August recess when the extraordinarily serious matter of presidential impeachment is going to be tossed around in such a cavalier and cynical manner.
| Aug. 4, 2014, 3:40 p.m.
As the Keystone XL pipeline lingers in legal limbo, companies are finding new ways beyond rail to move tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to refiners in the Gulf Coast and elsewhere.
| Aug. 4, 2014, 12:10 p.m.
With Congress out of town, itís the start of a quieter month, but there are at least a few events this week, including the FCCís monthly open meeting.
| Aug. 4, 2014, 11:23 a.m.
The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit is underway, as discussed last week. Here is the full schedule of that, and a brief preview on the security angle. For some other events this week, read on.
| Aug. 4, 2014, 10:13 a.m.
Seven years ago, 20-year-old Rachael Dean entered the doors of Sen. John McCainís campaign war room just as the Arizona Republicanís presidential race was getting off the ground.
| Aug. 4, 2014, 9:40 a.m.
Ioannis Ieropoulos and his team at Bristol Robotics Laboratory are studying how to produce electricity from urine, The Economist reports.
| Aug. 1, 2014, 4:58 p.m.
Lighting as we know it will be completely revolutionized in coming years, according to an executive at the worldís largest lighting company.
| Aug. 1, 2014, 4:06 p.m.
You may wear Chinese-made shirts and not even notice, so will you someday be flying aboard a Chinese-made passenger plane?
| Aug. 1, 2014, 3:16 p.m.
Say youíre trying to design a hypersonic plane. It will have to deal with shell temperatures of several thousands of degrees of steel-melting heat.
| Aug. 1, 2014, 3:01 p.m.
Just in time for the closing of a comment period on proposed new rules on nutrition labels on most packaged food products, Connecticut Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro weighed in with a letter to the FDA encouraging the plan to keep added sugar as a stand-alone line on the proposed food nutrition labels. It wasnít her only proposal this week on keeping the sweet ingredient in check.
| Aug. 1, 2014, 2:06 p.m.
Facebook on Thursday announced an app from Internet.org Ė a project among companies including Facebook which tries to expand Internet access in parts of the world where people arenít connected Ė that lets mobile phone users connect to certain websites without incurring data charges, starting with Airtel customers in Zambia. A couple articles say thatís a good thing or at least has the potential to do so, but they also lay out questions about implications on net neutrality and the digital divide.
| Aug. 1, 2014, 1:01 p.m.
The Department of Health and Human Services has announced a slight increase in the Medicare Part D programís premiums for next year. The prescription drug benefit, first implemented in 2006, now offers drug coverage to 39 million people.