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Jacob Ward

Oakland, CA
As seen in:  Al Jazeera, Popular Science

Now: Exploring my biases on public television. Then: correspondent for Al Jazeera, editor-in-chief of Popular Science. Data, darkness, the exploded view.Now: Exploring my biases on public television. Then: correspondent for Al Jazeera, editor-in-chief of

Legal or Illegal? In America, the Line on Guns is Very Thin

jacobward.com — In California, home of the nation's strictest firearms regulations, the parts of an illegal assault rifle are perfectly legal to own. Only putting them together is a crime, as one gun owner showed us in our San Francisco studios. This entry was posted in Al Jazeera America and tagged filmed, Video.

New Ships, New Prizes for Ocean Research

jacobward.com — The R/V Neil Armstrong and a new Ocean XPrize are rare bright spots at a dark time in ocean science. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3K0nerb2Vk http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/live-news/2015/12/aboard-the-neil-armstrong.html

France’s New Laws Allow Almost Endless Surveillance

jacobward.com — While the United States tries to back away from mass surveillance, at least publicly, France is moving in the opposite direction. As of July, the country has some of the most permissive surveillance laws in the Western world, allowing the state to collect citizens' communications, break into homes, and watch anyone even remotely associated with a terror inquiry.

As Military Robots are Promoted, Humans Lose All but “Veto Power”

jacobward.com — Robotic systems allow militaries around the world to operate faster and more efficiently than human soldiers possibly can. The result is that humans are losing their place in the "kill chain" - the sequence of decisions that leads to pulling a trigger. Now Human Rights Watch and other advocacy groups are trying to establish a Geneva Convention...

Why the FAA Shut Down an Uber for Planes

jacobward.com — It seems sensible: private pilots with flight time on their hands offering passage to willing passengers on the Internet. And consider that while there are only 500 commercial airports in the country, there are 5000 regional airports - 10 times more available destinations. Nonetheless, the FAA has shut down Flytenow, a company offering flight-sharing services.

Solar Power Used to Drill Oil, Not Replace It

jacobward.com — A new project in Oman will be one of the largest solar fields in the world. But its purpose is to get more oil out of the ground. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOBGskpxcLk

A Climb Into the World’s Largest Trees

jacobward.com — The ancient trees are losing limbs and needles like scientists have never seen before. Jacob Ward follows researchers into the canopy to assess the double threat of climate change and drought on the world's largest organisms. http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/live-news/2015/9/california-drought-crippling-the-mighty-sequoias.html This entry was posted in Al Jazeera America and tagged filmed, Video.

How Ebola Workers Are Becoming Infected Despite Their Suits

jacobward.com — Jacob Ward models the critical mistake that puts aid workers at risk of infection. http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/live-news/2014/9/-ebola-protectivesuitsmaycausemoreharmthanhelptoaidworkers.html

Unidentified Pearl Harbor Remains Exhumed in Hawaii, Thanks to DNA Testing

jacobward.com — Families of the dead at Pearl Harbor - specifically, those men on the USS Oklahoma who lay together in unnamed graves - have finally won their battle with the Department of Defense to DNA test the unidentified remains. This entry was posted in Al Jazeera America and tagged filmed, Video.

The Brutal Fight Against Wildfires - and Climate Change - in Alaska

jacobward.com — We traveled to remote corners of Alaska to document the effects of climate change there - namely violent forest fires that dwarf anything the rest of the United States experiences. Alaska is warming twice as fast as the lower 48, and as its permafrost melts and its forests burn, it's giving off huge amounts of carbon, meaning...
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