By David Roberts
Posted 12.12.2011 at 7:00 pm 6 Comments
When it comes to the physics of climate change, no one year is more important than any other. But for the politics of climate, 2012 will be a big one, less about what officials may do than what they may block or undo.
The Senate has confirmed General Keith Alexander, director of the NSA, to lead the Pentagon's new cyber command. The command, which is planned to be operational in October, will be conveniently based at NSA headquarters.
The command will be responsible for defending the nation against computer attacks from abroad, and also for attacking enemy computer networks.
In an attempt to shorten the gap between the end of the Space Shuttle and the deployment of its replacement, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) has introduced a bill that would extend the life of the Shuttle by two years. The bill directly contradicts the White House's space policy, which favors a rapid decommissioning of the Shuttle, followed by an emphasis on the private sector to maintain support of the International Space Station (ISS).
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.