NASA Spacecraft Reactivated to Hunt for Asteroids

A NASA spacecraft that discovered tens of thousands of asteroids throughout the solar system before being placed in hibernation will return to service for three more years starting in September, helping the agency identify the population of
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NASA Rover Gets Movie as a Mars Moon Passes Another

The NASA illustration above provides a comparison for how big the moons of Mars appear to be, as seen from the surface of the red planet, in relation to the size that Earth's moon appears to be when seen from the surface of Earth. Earth's moon actually (more...)

Next iPhone 5.S: Faster Processor And Better Camera

According to AllThingsD., "Apple is expected to unveil its next iPhone at a special event on Sept. 10. The company will debut a new lower-cost iPhone alongside whatever update it has in store for the current iPhone 5." Analysts have said the " next iPhone, which some call the iPhone 5S, (more...)

SmartVP Now Available for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Individuals in Pennsylvania

Deaf individuals across Pennsylvania now have access to a free, innovative new videophone that provides almost life-like video conversations through the television Deaf individuals throughout Pennsylvania now have access to SmartVP—a new, innovative videophone unveiled with a limited release in April by Purple Communications, Inc. SmartVP combines the latest in (more...)

Opportunity Explores New Martian Landscape

The Mars rover Curiosity has become an international celebrity since landing on the planet in August 2012. In the meantime, the senior NASA rover on the Martian surface, Opportunity, is quietly preparing to tuck in for its fifth winter on the Red Planet. Opportunity is studying an area (more...)

Cosmonauts Set Russian Spacewalk Record with Space Station Work

Two cosmonauts, Fyodor Yurchikhin and Alexander Misurkin, set a new record for the longest Russian spacewalk August 16, spending a total of seven hours and 29 minutes outside the International Space Station. The cosmonauts installed power and data cables for a new Russian laboratory module expected (more...)

NASA’s Juno Is Halfway to Jupiter

NASA’s Juno spacecraft is halfway to Jupiter. The spacecraft reached the milestone August 12 at 12:25 UTC. “Juno’s odometer just clicked over to 9.464 astronomical units,” said Juno principal investigator Scott Bolton of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. “The team is looking forward, preparing for the (more...)

If We Landed on Europa, What Would We Want to Know?

Most of what scientists know of Jupiter’s moon Europa they have gleaned from a dozen or so close flybys from NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1979 and NASA’s Galileo spacecraft in the mid-to-late 1990s. In these fleeting, paparazzi-like encounters, scientists have seen a fractured, ice-covered world (more...)

Sun’s Magnetic Field About to Flip

Something big is about to happen on the sun (seen above in ultraviolet). According to measurements from NASA-supported observatories, the sun’s vast magnetic field is about to flip. “It looks like we’re no more than three to four months away from a complete field reversal,” said solar (more...)

How To Reduce Plastic Bag Pollution?

State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today reintroduced a bill that would encourage consumers to shift away from using inefficient plastic shopping bags by imposing a $0.02 fee for each bag provided by a retail establishment. “Plastic shopping bags represent a disconnect in our consumer culture,” Leach said. “They are used for (more...)

Important Changes to Allowed Translation Services

The Bureau of Driver Licensing is pleased to announce the availability of the driver knowledge test in eight (8) additional languages. All driver knowledge tests are being made available in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Hindi, Korean, Russian, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. This is in addition to the previously available English and (more...)

NASA Marks First Anniversary of Curiosity Mars Landing

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer One year since landing on Mars, the rover Curiosity and the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) on board have answered the big question the craft was sent there to investigate: Have Martian environmental conditions ever been conducive to life? Yes, is Curiosity’s answer. What (more...)

How Did Earth’s Primitive Chemistry Get Kick-Started?

How did life on Earth get started? Three new papers co-authored by Mike Russell, a NASA research scientist, strengthen the case that Earth’s first life began at alkaline hydrothermal vents at the bottom of oceans. Scientists are interested in understanding early life on Earth because if humankind (more...)

“Cool Roofs” Can Reduce Energy Costs, Last Longer

As part of the effort to move toward a more sustainable future, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is promoting “cool roofs.” A cool roof is one that has been designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof. Cool roofs can be made of a (more...)

World Energy Appetite Seen Growing by 56 Percent by 2040

The world will consume 56 percent more energy in 2040 than it consumed in 2010, according to a projection issued July 25 by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). “This is good news, this is rising prosperity,” said EIA head Adam Sieminski, as he presented the agency’s findings (more...)

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