As you probably know, we get a lot of stars here at NPR West. Sometimes they're stars who study stars. Our Science Correspondent Joe Palca says UCLA astronomer Andrea Ghez is "a real hotshot scientist," a status confirmed by her many honors including a MacArthur "genius grant" Fellowship and the Crafoord Prize, which in LA terms is astronomy's equivalent to an Oscar.
Of all the stuff on metadata I've seen in the past few weeks, this is my favorite:
It's my favorite in large part because it's my metadata. It comes from my Gmail account. The relationships it maps are, more or less, my life — orange circles for Planet Money, purple for Brooklyn, brown for college. The big red circle that gets cut off at the bottom of the screengrab is my mom.
You may not know the name Marie Duplessis, but odds are you know some stories about her. She inspired a French novel, which was turned into a successful play, several movies (including one starring Greta Garbo), a ballet and, most famously, a great Italian opera — La Traviata.
The case of Edward Snowden has put a spotlight on the large number of people who have security clearances: 5 million people in the United States have been granted the authority to look at classified information.
And 1.4 million of them have top-secret clearances, the highest classification.
Everyone with a security clearance has to undergo a background check. Those investigations are overseen by the federal Office of Personnel Management, but they are often conducted by outside contractors.
The biggest of those contractors is now under investigation.