The Battle for Bandwidth: The FCC Proposes Auction to Transfer Airwaves from TV to Wifi

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by Kaitlin Powers On Friday September 28, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a release announcing that it unanimously approved a proposal to shift use of public airwaves currently allocated for broadcast television to the realm of high-speed wireless broadband networks. The FCC is now seeking comments and additional suggestions by

Texas Court Gives TransCanada Permission to Build Keystone XL Pipeline

Monday, October 1, 2012 by Cara Richards There has been an ongoing battle in Texas between landowners and pipeline companies. A large amount of oil in Texas needs to be moved to refineries on the gulf coast and the most effective way of transporting the oil is through pipelines. In order to construct these pipelines,

Judge Refuses to Order YouTube to Remove Anti-Islam Video

Saturday, September 29, 2012, by Anu Madan The controversial anti-Islam film trailer, “Innocence of Muslims,” has spawned violent protests and unrest spread throughout the Muslim world.  The fourteen-minute trailer, which depicts Muhammad as a womanizer, fool, and child molester, remains posted on YouTube, despite objections from White House administrators.  YouTube has refused to take down

Who’s Behind the Wheel? California Legalizes Autonomous Vehicles

Friday, September 28, 2012, by Ashley McAlarney Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill, SB 1298, into law this Tuesday that allows the operation of “driverless cars” in the California for testing purposes. The state Department of Motor Vehicles is now required to develop safety regulations for the cars by 2015, which will include the stipulation

Robots Are So 20th Century! Here Come the Cyborgs

Friday, September 28, 2012 by Dylan Novak         The typical visionary future of a world where robots function as the human workforce is now a view of the past; instead, the new future might lie in harnessing the biotic power of animals. On August 28th, researches at N.C. State released a paper detailing their experiments with

SEC Can’t Seem to Get a Handle on Newfangled Computers

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, by Justin Mann On September 19, Emm Holdings, LLC filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.  Suing under the Freedom of Information Act, the firm is seeking evidence of the SEC’s inability to regulate the exploding field of “high-frequency trading” (HFT).  HFT consists

Library of Congress Introduces New Search Engine

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, by Amanda Jones Have you ever tried to research legislation on the Library of Congress webpage?  If so, the next time you go to look up your favorite piece of legislation, you will be in for a nice surprise.  Congress recently debuted a new search engine, Congress.gov, to replace the THOMAS

San Francisco Makes Bold Move Towards Renewable Energy

Friday, September 21, 2012, by Collier Johnson II This week, San Francisco, California made a bold step to a renewable energy future.  This Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, voted 8-3 to provide a renewable energy option to a majority of San Francisco residents.  Ironically, the plan will involve a major contract with a