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Hunting for Government's Oldest Computer

What started out as an attempt to answer a (seemingly) simple question - what is the oldest computer still in use by a government agency - has seen spiraled into a project that touches on issues of national security, record keeping, and finally finding out whatever happened to Zeos.

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Stories FOIA told this week - no joke!

Our weekly series looking at the stories public records made possible.

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Stories FOIA told this week repealed but not replaced

Stories FOIA told this week has a last minute change of plans, but still coming through with your weekly round up of great stories FOIA and public records helped tell this week — plus news about changes (or potential changes) in state laws.

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NASA investigation into “stolen moon rocks” turns into the saddest short story

Through FOIA, Motherboard’s Jason Koebler managed to receive a handful of investigatory reports from NASA’s Inspector General, covering cases as weird as satellite parts ending up on eBay or a “wheelbarrow full” of sensitive documents ending up in a off-site dumpster. However, no case is stranger - or sadder - than the “stolen moon rocks.”

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FEMA and NASA team up to ward off the coming apocalypse

If you were hoping for divine intervention as a way out of the inauguration, we’ve got bad news - FEMA recently announced it had joined NASA and others to estimate its ability to counter potentially planet-threatening asteroids.

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Add “space” to the list of industries looking to get a Trump presidency push

Last week, Robert Bigelow, founder of Bigelow Aerospace encouraged broader spending in orbit. He suggested doubling NASA’s budget, which would bring the agency’s cut to a full one percent of federal spending. Docs released as part of the company’s BEAM project help show the regulatory concerns that leave space tourism an international grey zone.

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