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
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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...)

GRAIL Mission Solves Mystery of Moon’s Surface Gravity

NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission has uncovered the origin of massive invisible regions that make the moon's gravity uneven, phenomenon that affects the operations of lunar-orbiting spacecraft. Because of GRAIL’s findings, spacecraft on missions to other celestial bodies can navigate with greater precision in (more...)

Curiosity Radiation Data Guides Planning for Astronaut Safety

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer An astronaut crew aboard the space voyage that took the rover Curiosity to Mars would have been exposed to an excessive level of radiation, NASA scientists announced May 30. Analysis of data collected by a Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) on board the flight is (more...)

Electric Cars Advance in U.S. as Tesla Motors Repays Loan Early

Cleaner vehicles are part of the federal government’s comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, build “clean” industries and reduce the nation’s dependence on imported oil, the Department of Energy says. White House National Security Advisor Tom Donilon said in April that U.S. energy-related greenhouse gas emissions (more...)

Galaxy’s Ring of Fire

Johnny Cash may have preferred this galaxy’s burning ring of fire to the one he sang about falling into in his popular song. The “starburst ring” seen at center in red and yellow hues is not the product of love, as in the song, but is instead a region of (more...)

NASA Works on Long-Term Plan to Send Humans to Mars

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer The U.S. space program is pursuing two goals to expand the dominion of the human race: flying astronauts to an asteroid by the year 2025 and landing astronauts on Mars by the 2030s. NASA Director Charles Bolden called on the space community and the (more...)

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