Meet NASA’s Susan Finley, still exploring ‘the final frontier’ at 81

By Lauren Monsen At NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, Susan Finley is accustomed to pushing boundaries — “to boldly go where no one has gone before,” as the Star Trek TV show might say. In 1958, Finley was
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SpaceX Successfully Launches Largest Rocket Yet

The private space company SpaceX has launched its largest rocket yet Tuesday, sending a cherry red Tesla Roadster into an elliptical Earth-Mars orbit. The Falcon Heavy rocket lifted off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center on the same launch pad from which NASA's Apollo 11 lifted off in 1969 on the (more...)

1969: The First Whisper Of The Internet

With the world so interconnected by the internet today, it’s hard to appreciate that just a half-century ago it didn’t even exist.  In fact, social media, your favorite news sites, even the word “online” wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the transmission of two letters from a computer
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In Alaska, Linguists Preserve Russian Dialect

By ShareAmerica The town of Ninilchik seems unremarkable. Located on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula about 185 miles from Anchorage, the sleepy village serves as a pit stop for tourists in need of gas as they head south on the Sterling Highway. But Ninilchik’s unassuming character belies a fascinating cultural history — one that (more...)

How Consumers Can Find the Best Deals on Black Friday

Many consumers will be taking advantage of Black Friday to seek out a bargain to kick off their Christmas shopping. But how can shoppers make the most of the deals they find in store and online on Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Use a price comparison website or app. On  (more...)

U.S. Scientists Win Nobel Prize for ‘Internal Clock’ Research

By Lauren Monsen Three American scientists who have been studying the gene responsible for circadian systems had their own biological rhythms disrupted — with an early-morning phone call telling them they had just been awarded the Nobel Prize. Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young were awarded the 2017 Nobel (more...)

Students Built Robots to Enter This Global Competition

By Caitlin M. Quinn Photo - (State Dept./D.A. Peterson) Alejandra Mercado Avalos had never written a line of computer code before January. She had never built a robot before April. She had never left Nicaragua before July. So it was a big deal when the 17-year-old aspiring engineer and her four teammates traveled to Washington (more...)

Check Out the Latest And Coolest Tech Gadgets

By Michael Buchanan Want to know what’s next in tech? The International Consumer Electronics Show is a great place to start. Thousands of companies descended on Las Vegas in early January to show off cutting-edge car concepts, super-thin TV screens, next-generation (more...)

Constellations And Their Symbols

NASA SciencePlace Some curious symbols ring the outside of the Star Finder. These symbols stand for some of the constellations in the zodiac. What is the zodiac and what is special about these constellations? Imagine a straight line drawn from Earth through the Sun and out into space way beyond our (more...)

Cassini Probe Beams Back Images of Saturn’s Atmosphere

NASA’s Cassini space probe has beamed back the first close up views of Saturn’s atmosphere. The images show the gas giant’s northern hemisphere, which is home to a hexagon-shaped jet stream. The current phase of Cassini’s mission, called Ring-Grazing Orbits, began November 30, as Casini started 20 week-long orbits that skim the (more...)

Judge Approves Record $14.7 Billion Volkswagen Settlement

A U.S. federal judge has authorized Volkswagen AG to pay a record-setting $14.7 billion to resolve the largest auto-scandal settlement in U.S. history U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in the northwestern city of San Francisco, California signed an order Tuesday that allows the owners of about 475,000 Volkswagens and Audis with (more...)

To Get to Mars, Head for the Moon

Since the last mission to the moon, half a century ago, space enthusiasts have been talking about a trip to Mars. President Barack Obama this week reiterated the call for a U.S. mission to Mars that he first proposed in April 2010. He called for a partnership with private (more...)

Four States Sue to Stop Obama Administration’s Internet ‘Giveaway’

VOA Attorneys general from four U.S. states have filed a lawsuit to stop the Obama administration from handing over control of the internet to an international governing body. The White House had planned to officially hand the reins of the internet address system over to a group of international stakeholders on October (more...)

Europe-Russia Relations Warm When it Comes to Mars Mission

Relations between Europe and Russia may be rocky on Earth, but next month's planned landing of a module on Mars — a first step in the broader search for life on the Red Planet — shows that cooperation in space is another story. In a joint mission between the Paris-based European (more...)

Apple Unveils iPhone 7

Apple announced a new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus , as well as a new model of the Apple watch, in a much-anticipated event in San Francisco Wednesday. The new iPhone will not have an analog headphone jack, possibly leading to a significant shift in the way people listen to (more...)

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