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.
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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...)

Scientist Wins Food Prize for Key Agricultural Discovery

By Kathryn McConnell Staff Writer While in school in Hinsdale, Illinois, Mary-Dell Chilton took a series of standardized academic aptitude tests. After the tests, an evaluator told Chilton she did so well on the science portion that some examiners thought perhaps she had cheated. She had not. In fact, the (more...)

EU, U.S. Coordinating Electric Vehicle, Smart Grid Development

Celebrating the launch of the Electric Vehicle–Smart Grid Interoperability Center at Argonne National Laboratory, outside of Chicago, are (from left) Giovanni De Santi, director of the European Commission’s Institute for Energy and Transport; Dominique Ristori, director-general of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre; Phyllis Yoshida, (more...)

City Of Philadelphia Selected As A Microsoft CityNext Showcase City

The City of Philadelphia was named a Showcase City last week as a part of Microsoft Corporation CityNext, a global initiative to empower cities, businesses and citizens to re-imagine their futures and cultivate vibrant communities.  As a Showcase City, Philadelphia will receive at least three years of priority attention (more...)

Cassini to Take a Picture of You

The Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn is maneuvering into place to take pictures of Earth. The picture taking will occur between 21:27 and 21:42 UTC on July 19. Cassini will be nearly 1.5 billion kilometers away from Earth. NASA is encouraging the public to look and wave in the direction (more...)

Philly311 Releases Language Assistance Widget

Philly311 has released a new widget, called Language Assistance, which will help non-English speaking residents learn about language services and community resources through the Philly311 Mobile App. In addition to English, information on language assistance is now available in the five most requested languages: Spanish, Korean, Russian, Chinese (Traditional) (more...)

Artist Envisions Next Mars Rover

Planning for NASA’s 2020 Mars rover envisions a basic structure that capitalizes on the design and engineering work done for the NASA rover Curiosity, which landed on Mars in 2012, but with new science instruments selected through competition for accomplishing different science objectives. Above is an artist’s (more...)

Mars Rover Opportunity Keeps Moving, Nine Years On

NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity has driven more than half of the distance needed to get from a site where it spent 22 months to its next destination. The rover has 800 meters to go to finish a 2-kilometer dash from one crater-rim segment, where it had worked since (more...)

Moldovans Preserving 9,000-Year-Old House with U.S. Help

Although improving transportation in Moldova is a high priority for the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), preserving the country's cultural sites is just as important. When MCC-funded contractors in Moldova recently uncovered the remnants of an ancient house while rehabilitating a road, they halted work and brought (more...)

NOAA Uses Earth’s Colors for Forecasting

The oceans’ deep blue dominates most Earth images taken from space. But NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have a new video that makes Earth’s green the starring attraction. The National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) is the latest generation (more...)

Aging Opportunity Still Delivers New Findings from Mars

A pioneering craft in planetary science soon will celebrate its 10th anniversary. The rover Opportunity roams the surface of Mars alone, but its creators on Earth remain enthralled with what the craft discovers. Opportunity left Earth in 2003 and landed on Mars for what was planned (more...)

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