Eastern United States

AWS’ high-security GovCloud heads to the Eastern U.S.

Amazon Web Services is spinning up its second set of data centers for government customers in the United States, this time in the Eastern U.S. The US-East region will provide cloud services that conform to government security and compliance regulations in data centers that are closer to Washington, D.C.

It’s a move by the cloud provider to offer government-oriented services closer to federal customers. AWS already serves agencies including the Department of Veterans Affairs, General Services Administration, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Overall, the region announced today will be AWS’ 20th worldwide. Each region includes a set…

Trackers may tip a warbler’s odds of returning to its nest

Cerulean warbler
Cerulean warblers wearing geolocators on their backs may be less likely to complete the usual return flight from South America to their breeding grounds in the eastern United States.

Strapping tiny trackers called geolocators to the backs of birds can reveal a lot about where the birds go when they migrate, how they get there and what happens along the way. But ornithologists are finding that these cool backpacks could have not-so-cool consequences.

Douglas Raybuck of Arkansas State University and his colleagues outfitted some Cerulean warblers (Setophaga cerulea) with geolocators and some with simple color tags to test the…