Peace Corps Volunteers Create Mobile Language App

Peace Corps volunteers, working closely with Zambian software developers, have developed a mobile application that will translate English words and phrases into any of seven languages spoken in Zambia. “Bantu Babel” is now available for Android-compatible devices in the
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U.S. Negotiators Discuss Issues in Trans-Pacific Partnership

“Twenty-first century issues” in the Trans-Pacific Partnership were the topic at a panel discussion hosted in Washington March 28 by the Washington International Trade Association. Jonathan McHale was one of four negotiators from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) who spoke at the panel. He discussed (more...)

Saturn Is Like an Antiques Shop, Cassini Suggests

A new analysis of data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft suggests that Saturn’s moons and rings are gently worn vintage goods from around the time of the solar system’s birth. Though they are tinted on the surface from recent “pollution,” these bodies date back more than 4 billion years. (more...)

2014 CLA 45 AMG at Mercedes-Benz Comes to US

The model Mercedes CLA 45 AMG made its debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show and will be put on sale in September,according to the company. " When compared to the standard CLA-Class, the new AMG version will add a more aggressive design language, with elements we have already (more...)

Philly311 Mobile App Available In 16 Languages

The City of Philadelphia Managing Director’s Office and PublicStuff have worked together to make the Philly311 mobile app now available in 16 languages, allowing non-English speakers to communicate with City staff in real-time through the app. Sixteen languages are currently available: Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Russian, Cambodian (Khmer), Italian, Vietnamese, (more...)

Euro-U.S. Space Mapping Reveals Older Universe

A new map of the oldest light searing through space reveals that the universe is older than previously believed — about 100 million years older. The findings come from the Planck Space Observatory, a European Space Agency (ESA) mission, which receives support from NASA and the (more...)

Boyfriend Trainer: How to Be Ideal Man

"Crack that whip and teach your guy a thing or two about being the Perfect Boyfriend! When scolding doesn"t work, just zap him, whack him and train him to be your ideal man!" reads the description for the "Boyfriend Trainer" app. This is a free "game", when (more...)

NASA Rover Finds Traces of Habitable Environment on Mars

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer Seven months after the rover Curiosity landed on Mars, scientists announced March 12 that they’ve found what they were looking for: an environment that could have supported microbial life. Analysis of powdered material drilled out of a sedimentary rock in the Gale Crater landing site (more...)

NASA, ESA Help Solve Riddle of Black Hole Spin

This is an artist’s conception of a supermassive black hole with millions to billions times the mass of the sun. Two X-ray space observatories, NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton, have teamed up to measure definitively, for the first time, (more...)

Curiosity Rover Collects First Martian Bedrock Sample

NASA’s Curiosity rover, for the first time, has used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample from its interior. This is the first time any robot has drilled into a rock (more...)

NASA Tracks Record-Sized Rock Zooming By Earth

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer An asteroid about the length of an Olympic pool is going to zip past Earth February 15. Amateur astronomers in Eastern Europe, Asia and Australia will be able to see the flyby with a moderately powered telescope. The Near-Earth Object Program at NASA announced the flyby February 7, (more...)

NASA’s Cassini Watches Storm Choke on Its Own Tail

In a new paper that provides the most detail yet about the life and death of a monstrous thunder-and-lightning storm on Saturn, scientists from NASA’s Cassini mission describe how the massive storm churned around the planet until it encountered its own tail and sputtered out. It (more...)

International Treaty Puts Free Internet in Jeopardy

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) warned U.S. lawmakers that the Internet “is under assault” following a United Nations telecommunications treaty that was adopted in December 2012 by the U.N.’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) at an international conference in Dubai. In (more...)

Cool, New Views of Andromeda Galaxy

Two new eye-catching views from the European Space Agency’s Herschel space observatory are fit for a princess. They show the elegant spiral galaxy Andromeda, named after the mythical Greek princess known for her beauty. The Andromeda galaxy lies 2 million light-years away, and is the closest large (more...)

Got a Space Station Idea? NASA Wants to Know

Are you mulling an idea to improve the International Space Station? NASA wants to hear your proposal for advancing or improving exploration technologies. You might have a brainstorm on improving the football-field-sized orbiting outpost, or some thoughts on tools to use the station as a springboard (more...)

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