ends contract By Ann FinkbeinerJun. 27, 2019 , 1:30 PM After 59 years of service, Jason, the famed science advisory group, was being fired, and it didn’t know why. On 29 March, the exclusive and shadowy group of some 65 scientists received a letter from the Department of Defense (DOD) saying it had just over a month to pack up its files and wind down its affairs. “It was a total shock,” said Ellen Williams, Jason’s vice chair and a physicist at the University of Maryland in College Park. “I had no idea what the heck was going on.”The letter terminated Jason’s contract with DOD’s Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USDR&E) in Arlington, Virginia, which was Jason’s contractual home—the conduit through which it was paid for all of its government work. So, in effect, the letter killed off all of Jason’s work for defense and nondefense agencies alike.Just days away was the group’s spring meeting in Washington, D.C., where members and government sponsors would refine the dozen or so problems Jason would tackle in San Diego, California, during members’ summer leave from their campuses and labs. Jason had to keep functioning, even as it prepared to die. It told sponsors it was still planning to do the studies, and advised members to keep their calendars open but not sign summer leases. 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Invented by Jason, the technique can help a telescope correct for jitters in the air. The reprieve leaves Jason without a long-term home—and still facing an existential question: Can a group created during the Cold War’s nuclear and missile races, when the U.S. government was keenly aware it needed scientific advice, survive today? Times and national problems have changed. The government employs many more of its own scientists and has many options for getting scientists’ advice. “If Jason didn’t exist, who would create it? Maybe nobody,” says Henry Abarbanel, a physicist at the University of California (UC), San Diego, and a Jason since 1975.But the group has always had a plan for survival. It actively self-renews—between two and five young scientists join Jason every year—and it is diversifying its customer base. Traditionally, Jason did national security studies for DOD, DOE, and the intelligence agencies. In the past 5 years, though, it has ramped up its nondefense studies and now works with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Census Bureau, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).Catherine Woteki was USDA’s chief scientist in 2016 when she commissioned a Jason study on ways to remotely detect crop yields. She thinks the group is as relevant as ever. “Science agencies need external advice,” she says. “And especially in times like this, where science advice is perhaps undervalued by the public, it’s more important that the science agencies get things right.”Many of Jason’s customers seem to agree. Even after its near-death experience, Jason had 13 studies to work on, starting the morning after the reception. Pragmatic as always, its members left the reception a half-hour before it was set to end.A mythical beginningJason was created in 1960 by a group of physicists who had summers off and were familiar with government consulting. They also had prestige: Eleven early Jasons—including Charles Townes, Murray Gell-Mann, and Burton Richter—eventually won Nobel Prizes. Their main customer was DOD’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which originally dubbed them Project Sunrise—a name that seemed presumptuous to them. So, inspired by Mildred Goldberger, wife of one of the founding members, they renamed themselves in honor of the mythical Jason, leader of the Argonauts.The name change was a small but telling example of the group’s independence. “I used to tell sponsors from the get-go,” says Roy Schwitters, a physicist at the University of Texas in Austin (UT Austin) and Jason’s head from 2005 to 2011, “that we tell people things they might not want to know.”That independence sometimes gets the group in trouble. In 2002, the long relationship with DARPA dissolved when the agency tried to nominate members for Jason. Within months, the group used its connections to find a new home within DOD: USDR&E. Such dust-ups aren’t surprising. Political appointees don’t always want independent advice, says Albert Teich, a science policy expert at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and former head of science policy at AAAS (publisher of Science). “They want the advice that supports the positions they’ve already carved out for themselves,” he says. As a result, Teich says, study requests come mostly from civil servants, who are more likely to know their agencies’ technical problems.In Jason’s early decades those problems were physics-related defense questions, like how to detect the infrared signals of an enemy’s missile launch or decipher the seismic signals of an underground nuclear weapon test. In an early study for the Navy, Jason devised a communications system for nuclear submarines, first called Bassoon, that bounced low-frequency radio signals off the ionosphere and into the oceans. It operated from 1989 until 2004, when the Navy declared it an unnecessary Cold War system. Bureau During the Vietnam War, Jason designed a forerunner to the electronic battlefield: an anti-infiltration barrier that linked hidden acoustic and seismic sensors on the ground to bombers and artillery. In the mid-1980s, the group invented a way for telescopes to detect and compensate for the jitters caused by atmospheric turbulence, by using a laser to create an artificial guide “star”—a glowing spot high in the atmosphere. The technology, intended for tracking satellites and missiles, remained classified until 1991, when lobbying by Jasons helped convince the Air Force to open it up to astronomers. In 1989, the group reviewed the Star Wars antimissile program called Brilliant Pebbles, judging it technologically unsound; the program was canceled in 1993. In 1995, Jason’s study on what could be learned from small nuclear tests—not much—helped convince then–DOD Secretary William Perry to recommend that the United States sign the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (The Senate, however, refused to ratify it.)With the end of the Vietnam and Cold wars, Jason members began to branch out from physics and engineering. In 1977, they did their first assessment of global climate models and later advised DOE on which atmospheric measurements were most critical for the models. Since the mid-1990s, Jason has studied biotechnologies, including techniques for detecting biological weapons.Membership has shifted along with the subjects under study. Many first generation Jasons have died or retired. (Notable exceptions are Freeman Dyson, 95, emeritus faculty at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and Richard Garwin, 91, retired from IBM, both still regularly involved as senior advisers.)Jasons are, as they always have been, selected only by other Jasons. The criteria for selection include intellectual brilliance—maybe a third are members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine—in fields that are more or less matched to the current range of studies. As a result, though half of the Jasons are still physicists, the group now includes statisticians, mathematicians, computer scientists, chemists, oceanographers, geologists, atmospheric scientists, materials scientists, aeronautical engineers, and electrical engineers, along with what William Press of UT Austin, a former Jason chair, calls a “critical mass with esprit” of biologists and biochemists. Initially called .Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Research and Engineering (Click on the timeline and scroll right to see more.) Jason—a secretive group of Cold War science advisers—is fighting to survive in the 21st century 20 physicists. models Sallie Keller, University of Virginia DIRECTED ENERGY DIRECTORATE/U.S. AIR FORCE Project Sunrise..Members develop concept of electronic , astronomer Claire Max, joins Jason.Study finds little benefit to nuclear .Members propose laser relationship .First study for U.S. Census 1960196519701975198019851990199520002005201020202015 Jason founded Services Evolve or die By taking on more studies unrelated to national security, Jason has expanded its customer base. But the Department of Defense has severed its relationship with the group. barrier for Vietnam War.Group’s first assessment of global climate N. DESAI/SCIENCE guide “star” with Jason.Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ends of about and Human as a group Meanwhile, members hurriedly wrote emails and made urgent phone calls, looking for other contractual homes. Then, on 25 April, the night before the reception, came a reprieve. Williams and Jason’s chair, Russell Hemley, a materials chemist at the University of Illinois in Chicago, heard from the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), which for decades had commissioned Jason to study the health of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile. Now, NNSA said it couldn’t afford a gap in its studies and pledged to pick up the Jason contract, at least until January 2020.At the reception, in an auditorium at MITRE Corporation, Jason’s administrator in McLean, Virginia, Jason members appeared relieved by NNSA’s decision, although what went wrong at DOD was unclear. “The department remains committed to seeking independent technical advice and review,” a USDR&E spokesperson said in a statement. “This change is in keeping with this commitment while making the most economic sense for the department.” Mike Griffin, a former NASA administrator who heads USDR&E, declined to speak to Science about the dismissal. in maintaining stockpile.First study for Department of Health weapon testing It is also no longer just a boys’ club. Jason took 23 years to invite its first female scientist: Claire Max, now the director of the UC Observatories in Santa Cruz. Today, women are being invited to join at higher rates: Nine of the 23 Jasons who have joined since 2010 are women. Many take on the leadership of studies. “Contributing to Jason is one of the most important things I do,” says Sallie Keller, a statistician at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville who joined in 2007 and led Census Bureau and HHS studies.They’re reportedly paid $1200 per day—a goodly amount but less than what many of them could make as industry consultants. Upward of half of their studies are classified—perhaps explaining why their membership list is not public and why they prefer not to name other Jasons. They’re generally allergic to publicity: Six of the 17 Jasons approached for this story refused interviews.But they are not allergic to work. They spend some or all of 6 weeks, every summer, at General Atomics, a defense and energy contractor in San Diego. They take over the second floor of a secure building, a hallway lined with small offices, two or three people per office. “It looks cheap and it is,” Schwitters says. “We bump into each other when we roll back in our chairs.” Jasons say the forced proximity favors interdisciplinary cooperation.The working culture is no-nonsense. There’s no recognition or prizes for the work. It’s get the job done, says Douglas Finkbeiner (no relation to the author), an astrophysicist at Harvard University who joined in 2014. “It’s this brutal efficiency,” he says, “like, ‘We need this info, I’ll email’—‘No don’t email, get them on the phone, now.’” A draft report is critiqued in real-time by other Jasons and sent to the sponsor by 1 October.Expanding horizonsIn the past 5 years, the range of studies Jason has done for nondefense agencies has broadened. HHS, for instance, has sponsored Jason only since 2013. The first of its three studies for the agency proposed an information systems architecture that would allow electronic health records to be operable across all health systems. In response, HHS formed a Jason Task Force that helped implement the report’s recommendations through something called the Argonaut Project. “The health community has a unique sense of humor,” says Teresa Zayas-Cabán, chief scientist at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS in Washington, D.C.The next HHS studies, in 2014 and 2017, were broader. One was about how data not in electronic health records—environmental data, data from health apps and fitness devices, social media data—could be used to improve personal health without threatening privacy. The other, Keller says, studied how to apply artificial intelligence (AI) to health, given the problems of uneven data quality and opaque, irreproducible AI models. Zayas-Cabán says one reason she likes Jason is the group’s independence. The field of health care has “many powerful and entrenched interests,” she says, “so independent and expert study of our issues can be extremely valuable.”The Census Bureau commissioned Jason after John Thompson, the bureau’s director at the time, happened to sit on a national committee with Keller. “You got these brainy people to look at our problems,” Thompson says, “and the price wasn’t that much, it was a buy.” The 2020 census will be the first to be conducted mainly online, which could open up new avenues for fraud. Jason’s first report, in 2015, said the threat to the integrity of the census would come less from individual mischief than from large, organized attempts at fraud. Jason’s second report, on the 2030 census, suggested that 90% of the population could be located simply by combining, for instance, Social Security and Internal Revenue Service data.In 2016, USDA asked Jason about using data from remote sensors for midsummer estimates of fall crop yields, instead of relying on farmers’ reports. Woteki, now at Iowa State University in Ames, says one reason she commissioned Jason was that it knew about DOD’s remote-sensing capabilities.The impact of Jason reports is sometimes hard to assess. Many sponsors talk in generalities about their value: For instance, John Abowd, the Census Bureau’s chief scientist in Suitland, Maryland, says only that Jason’s report on the 2030 census “has been incorporated into our thinking.”Part of the reason for that fog is that a finished report belongs to the sponsor, who can implement all, some, or none of it, and can publish it or keep it private. For sponsors, owning the report is self-protective. Jason can say your program “is stupid,” says Gerald Epstein, who is now at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., but worked loosely with Jason when he was at the Department of Homeland Security, “but they don’t have to tell your boss or the rest of the world.”What happens when Jason’s contract with NNSA expires in 2020 is unclear. One possibility is yet another home within DOD: This month, the U.S. House of Representatives added a line to DOD’s preliminary budget directing the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment to pick up Jason’s contract.Many people say the government ought to find a way to tap into Jason’s blunt advice. “Yes, there’s a continuing need,” says John Holdren, a physicist at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government who was former President Barack Obama’s science adviser. “And yes, Jason should be kept alive to help meet that need.” Abowd thinks Jason has lasted this long “because of its reputation for not being manipulable,” he says. “You can’t stack the deck.”But if nobody picks up the contract, Williams says, “is Jason revocable or irrevocable?””I don’t want to go there,” she says. “For now, I’m feeling optimistic. But I really don’t know.” Contributing to Jason is one of the most important things I do. with Jason. for missile detection systems. 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A new LeEco flagship phone is doing the rounds of the internet. The said phone, codenamed the Le X850 was spotted on Chinese certification website TENAA giving out its key hardware specs. LeEco is yet to formally announce the phone.The LeEco Le X850, as per the TENAA listing comes with a 5.7-inch QHD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor under the hood. The phone comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory with no word on expendable storage.The phone weighs 185 gram and measures 7.99 mm in thickness. It sports a 13-megapixel dual camera setup on the rear alongside a 16-megapixel front selfie cam. The phone is backed by a 3,900 mAh battery.Going by the specs, the alleged Le X850 looks like a top-tier flagship phone and could be the successor to the Le Max 2. The Chinese company has been recently spreading its wings. First it entered India, and very recently it made its US debut with phones and smart Android-based TVs.LeEco was notably the first company to ditch the standard 3.5 mm audio jack in its Le 2 and Le Max 2 phones. Both the phones instead come with a single USB Type-C connectivity port that doubles as audio out. The phones support LeEco’s proprietary Continual Digital Lossless Audio or CDLA technology that allows them to churn out lossless audio when paired with compatible headphones. This means, what you see is what you get in terms of audio output.There is a provision to use standard 3.5mm headphones via an adapter that ships along with the box as well. However, your standard 3.5mm headphones will not be able to make use of the CDLA technology since it is integrated right into the compatible headphones. advertisementAlso Read: LeEco ditches 3.5mm audio jack and that’s a good thing
Yesterday at our headquarters in New York City, we hosted ‘the den’: digital education for nonprofits., the first in a series of workshops that 360i plans to host across the U.S. We welcomed nonprofit marketers from organizations that do good, for a day of programming designed to share best practices and tricks of the trade for being smart, nimble nonprofit marketers in the digital age.To kick off the day we dug into some compelling in-house research around the best ways to connect with Millennial donors. The research set the stage for a full day of programming where experts in Social Marketing, Paid Social, Insights, SEO/SEM, Crisis Communication and more shared tips on how to optimize efforts and make a difference in the digital world. We also welcomed guest speakers from Facebook, Google and Crowdrise, who spoke to ways nonprofit marketers can best leverage their respective platforms.At the end of the day, we invited our guests to our terrace for drinks, networking and a birds-eye-view of the city.To capture the event for those who couldn’t attend in person, we livestreamed the workshop on Facebook. Our totally reach was 500,000+ people with total impressions over 900,000. Immediately following the den, one attendee from West End Residences HDFC, Melanie Meadows, and their social media consultant began to rethink West End’s social media strategy, shifting focus to great client stories. Meadows who is the Development Director for West End Residences, said that as a result, “[West End’s] fundraising became more successful, pulling in lots of new donors, many of whom [said] they gave because of the social media content they had been seeing. We ran our most successful annual appeal to date… The den contributed much of that success. I can’t wait to attend again.”To help extend the content covered at ‘the den’ workshop beyond the event, we’re sharing a top-level guide to some of the insights, tools and best practices covered during the day. Additionally, those interested in ‘the den’ can watch archived videos of the livestream on the event’s Facebook page. Thank you to our partners that made the day possible, and to all the nonprofit marketers that joined us for ‘the den’! It is our intention to continue this series, with additional workshops to come.Follow 360i on Twitter to know when the next workshop is happening. Learn more about ‘the den’ in our introduction blog post or by watching the video below.
Executive SummaryIn May we hosted our first digital education for nonprofits workshop (‘the den’) at our headquarters in New York City. We welcomed nonprofit marketers spanning various verticals and organizations that do good for a day of programming designed to share best practices and tricks of the trade for being smart, nimble nonprofit marketers in the digital age.To help extend the content covered at the den workshop beyond the event, we’re sharing a top-level guide to some of the insights, tools and best practices covered during the day. Additionally, those interested in the den can watch archived videos of the livestream on the event’s Facebook page.
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Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Threat Level is a great guy, a creative visionary and a starter of things. But most importantly alexis (or kn0thing as he is known online) is single-handedly responsible for what modest success I have as an entrepreneur — and any future success I might have. He’s second only to my mother in making me possible. This bold admission was arrived upon after some negotiation with alexis. His modesty would not allow him to take full credit for my success. (His modesty is widely acclaimed and demonstrated through his use of all lower-case characters for many proper nouns associated with him — hence the weird capitalization in the title of this article.) Back to why alexis is responsible for my success. alexis and reddit Favorite Business Book(s)? startup blog Steve Huffman , but after his vote on the telecom immunity bill, I’m denying him the shoutout. You’re on notice, Barack. Discipline: the ability to commit to something and get it done. Your first “real” job?: alexisohanian.com Originally published Jul 30, 2008 1:36:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 ). So there you have it. alexis begat reddit begat OnStartups.com begat HubSpot begat my plan for global domination. Former Fannie Mae CEO, Franklin Raines. My laptop. Granted, I’m typing on her right now, so I’d better answer that way. The Guardian Blog you read most frequently? Where Do You Do Your Best Thinking? My mother and father inspire me on a near daily basis. Who Was Your Best Manager? Why? The last time I was asked this, I said Obama alexis ohanian, the co-founder of Gmail begat reddit (this is the first time I’ve used the word begat in a sentence — it feels good). reddit sort of begat OnStartups.com (my What Do You Most Value In Employees/Colleagues? alexis ohanian Proust Questionnaire Social Media Tool you actually use? Speech & debate. Or cuddling. But not both at once. TechCrunch Favorite Newspaper(s)? (Real answer: Person that inspires you? Your Favorite Software Application? Device you would never give up? — it helps me learn English, too. I had to Google “Social Media Tool,” but I’m still not sure what it is. All the results I got were Twitter-related; it’s just not stable enough for me. I do actually use my BlackBerry every day, though. Tony, my manager for two years at Pizza Hut. He told me I could make a successful living as a professional waiter in a big city like New York. This means a lot to a 16 year old, as did the fact that he let me take free pizzas home. What Would You Like To Be The World’s Best At? Shower. That’s why I sometimes take so long in there, honest. One day, after helping a customer choose between two mice, he handed me his business card and offered me a sales job at his company (food-related, I remember). I was an overweight kid until the end of high school, so he probably thought I was older — and would enjoy a job working with food. Just kidding! I get all my startup news from the conversations I overhear in SF cafes; I strive for credibility. Frankly, I don’t think I’ve had one. My first non-lawnmowing job was in the summer after 8th grade, when I worked as a sales rep for a now-bankrupt company called Sidea. We demoed software and hardware in a booth at my local CompUSA. Dot.con – How America Lost Its Mind And Money In The Internet Era Which business visionary would you most like interviewed next? marketing software startup For more about what alexis is doing now (like breadpig), visit and , which is owned by my parent company.) ) by driving a bunch of traffic in the early days and helping build that crucial initial readership. OnStartups.com sort of begat HubSpot (my current The Lorax
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England battled to 96 for four in their second innings by the end of a dramatic fourth day at Lord’s to lead Australia by 104 runs and leave the second Ashes test on a knife-edge on Saturday.England had bowled out Australia for 250, Steve Smith making 92 after retiring hurt when he was struck on the neck by a venomous Jofra Archer bouncer.Smith left the field for treatment and returned 40 minutes later, adding 12 runs before he was trapped lbw by Chris Woakes.England, 1-0 down in the series, led by eight runs on first innings but they quickly slumped to 9-2 on a gloomy evening as Pat Cummins dismissed Jason Roy and Joe Root in successive deliveries.England vs Australia Ashes 2019 highlights 2nd Test Day 4The fast bowler caught and bowled Roy for two and produced a superb outswinger which captain Root nicked to wicketkeeper Tim Paine.Rory Burns and Joe Denly scrambled 55 runs for the third wicket, Denly making 26 before he was caught and bowled by Peter Siddle.Burns’s battling knock of 29 ended when he edged a lifting delivery from Siddle to Paine but Ben Stokes, dropped by David Warner at slip off Nathan Lyon, survived to reach 16 not out at the close with Jos Buttler on 10 to give England hope of setting the touring side a testing target on the final day.The first day and much of the third were washed out by rain and Australia had resumed on 80-4 in reply to England’s 258, losing only one wicket on a sunny morning when Matthew Wade, on six, edged Stuart Broad to Burns at third slip.advertisementArcher, on his test debut, and Woakes beat the bat on several occasions but Smith, who made 144 and 142 in Australia’s emphatic first test victory, again proved to be an immovable object.Archer removed Paine for 23 after lunch, caught at short leg by Buttler, and he hit Smith on the arm before another rapid delivery in a hostile spell from the Barbados-born fast bowler struck the prolific right-hander’s neck.Smith fell to the ground and lay prone for several minutes, receiving treatment before getting to his feet and leaving the field to a standing ovation.Siddle made nine before he edged Woakes to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow, bringing Smith back to the crease.He immediately went on the attack, hitting Woakes for successive boundaries before misjudging a straight delivery. Smith reviewed the decision but replays showed the ball would have hit the stumps and he trudged off to another warm reception.The former Australia captain did not field in England’s second innings as he went to the hospital for a precautionary X-ray on his forearm.England quickly wrapped up the tail, spinner Jack Leach dismissing Lyon and Broad snaring Cummins for 20.
Steve Smith ensured Australia couldn’t lose, and Pat Cummins ensured England couldn’t think of winning.The fate of the fourth cricket Test and the Ashes series still heavily favored Australia after an eventful fourth day on Saturday at Old Trafford.Australia set England an unlikely 383 runs and just more than a day to win or save the Test, and Cummins undermined the home team’s hopes by dismissing Rory Burns and captain Joe Root for ducks in the first over.Jason Roy defended Cummins’ hat trick ball, and from 0-2 after only four deliveries, England reached stumps on 18-2 from seven overs.Ashes 4th Test, Day 4: HighlightsWith the five-match series at 1-1, Australia can retain the Ashes with victory at Old Trafford. That’s more likely than England surviving a fifth-day pitch against an Australia team full of self-belief. The forecast is for a dry Sunday.The worst possible start.Scorecard/Clips: https://t.co/rDgrysSBQA#Ashes pic.twitter.com/PQbWa9J3LzEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) September 7, 2019After England’s first innings was ended on 301, conceding a lead of 196, Smith and Matthew Wade revived Australia from 44-4 in their second innings with a stand of 105.With uncharacteristic haste to give his side the chance to declare, Smith made 82 from just 92 balls, his lowest score in this series after a double century, two centuries, and a 92.Wade added 34, and captain Tim Paine had the luxury of declaring their second innings on 186-6 in the middle of the 43rd over, and a lead of 382. On 23 not out at the time, Paine sprinted off the Old Trafford field so he could give his bowlers seven overs to attack England in evening light.advertisementCummins’ double strike in two balls exceeded expectations.Burns, trying to work the ball to the leg side, popped the ball to short cover.Root came out and a length ball zipped past his defense and took out his bails.Root was almost disbelieving, as he became the first England captain to make three ducks in a Test series.Also Read | Steve Smith out for his lowest Ashes 2019 score in ManchesterAlso Read | MS Dhoni should be playing more often if he is in scheme of things for T20 World Cup 2020: Anil KumbleAlso See: