0.4% of Workers Commute by Bike in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania had 0.4% percent of commuters bike to work, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today in a new brief focused on biking and walking to work. Nationally, 0.6 percent of workers commute by bike. “Through efforts to increase local transportation
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K’NEX® Philadelphia Airport Display Fascinates Visitors

K’NEX: Innovative Engineering @ Play exhibit features more than 48,000 K’NEX Parts. K’NEX, the only U.S. construction toy company committed to Building Worlds Kids Love®, is excited to announce the launch of the K’NEX: Innovative Engineering @Play exhibit at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).  The exhibit will be on display in Terminal (more...)

The Internet Iron Curtain

This blog post by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry originally appeared on the State Department’s Dipnote blog. The Internet Iron Curtain by John Kerry Since the printing press, no technology has had a greater capacity than the Internet for individual empowerment, economic development, and human expression. How telling then that, while (more...)

What Is a MOOC?

Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, take education out of the classroom and make classes from top-rated universities available for free to anyone who can connect to the Internet. MOOCs are in their infancy, but their potential is huge. To some, MOOCs offer a glimpse of education’s future. (more...)

DNA, Like You’ve Never Heard It

Michael Gallant Rie Takahashi, a young scientist from Los Angeles, has discovered an unexpected new tool that can help anyone, anywhere, begin to understand the hidden secrets of human genetics — the iPod. “In my junior year at the University of California, Los Angeles, I took a seminar that (more...)

Starting and Maintaining a Blog

The Internet and social media have transformed the way people create, discover and share information. People have transitioned from being mere consumers of information to being creators of content. Blogs are at the forefront of this transformation. Blogging enables anyone with a computer and an Internet connection (more...)

Obama on New Cybersecurity Framework

Cyber threats pose one the gravest national security dangers that the United States faces. To better defend our nation against this systemic challenge, one year ago I signed an Executive Order directing the Administration to take steps to improve information sharing with the private sector, raise (more...)

Facebook Has Acquired Messenger Service WhatsApp

Facebook has acquired the mobile messenger service WhatsApp for $19 billion. The company will pay $4 billion in cash and the remaining $12 billion in Facebook shares. It calls for an additional $3 billion in restricted stock units to be granted to WhatsApp founders and employees that (more...)

NASA Data Find Some Hope for Water in Aral Sea Basin

new study using data from NASA satellite missions finds that although the long-term water picture for the Aral Sea watershed in Central Asia remains bleak, short-term prospects are better than previously thought. NASA reported the study’s findings in a February 14 news release. The Aral Sea, once the fourth-largest (more...)

Sunscreen Chemical Threatens Coral Reefs, Researchers Find

National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science researchers and their partners have discovered that a sunscreen chemical commonly used in many soaps, cosmetics and body fragrances is highly toxic to corals. The team’s data show that even very low concentrations of benzophenone-2, or BP-2, can quickly kill (more...)

Olympics 2014: Let the Science Begin!

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia will be featuring many exciting events for the world to see. Though the Olympics Games is the premier athletic competition worldwide, the games also bridge the gap between science and sports by covering a number of Earth science topics as (more...)

NASA Satellite Eyes Sochi Olympic Sites

It’s not often that the Winter Olympic Games come with an ocean view, but that’s what we are getting this year at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. Sochi is the warmest city ever to host the Winter Games, which officially run February 7–23. Two images of (more...)

NASA Picks Physics Experiments for Space Station

NASA will fund seven proposals to conduct physics research using the agency’s new microgravity laboratory, which is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station in 2016. NASA’s Cold Atom Laboratory will provide an opportunity to study ultra-cold quantum gases in the microgravity environment of the space (more...)

How You Can Help the Ocean

All water on Earth is connected. Even if you don't live near the coast, water that goes down your drain or runs off from your yard can eventually make its way into the oceans. For example, oceans that seem remote, such as the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica, are (more...)

Herschel Telescope Detects Water on Dwarf Planet Ceres

Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest object in the asteroid belt, Ceres. Plumes of water vapor are thought to shoot up periodically from Ceres when portions of its icy surface warm slightly. Ceres is classified as (more...)

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