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Herschel Links Water Around Jupiter to Comet Impact

Astronomers have finally found direct proof that almost all water present in Jupiter’s stratosphere, an intermediate atmospheric layer, was delivered by comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which famously struck the planet in 1994. The findings reveal more water in Jupiter’s southern hemisphere, where the impact occurred, than in the north. The (more...)

Information Technology Becomes Tool to Stop Human Trafficking

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer Human traffickers have been exploiting the innocent for millennia and continue to do so today, even while global moral and legal standards condemn the newest methods of enslavement. Many nations have revised laws to better crack down on trafficking, prevent prosecution of victims (more...)

NASA Invites Public to Fly Along with Voyager

A gauge on the Voyager home page tracks levels of two of the three key signs scientists believe will appear when the spacecraft leave our solar neighborhood and enter interstellar space. When the three signs are verified, scientists will know that one of the Voyagers has (more...)

Scientists Find More “Rain” than Expected on Saturn

A new study tracks the “rain” of charged water particles into the atmosphere of Saturn and finds there is more of it and it falls across larger areas of the planet than previously thought. The study, whose observations were funded by NASA and whose analysis was (more...)

Remaining Martian Atmosphere Still Dynamic

Mars has lost much of its original atmosphere, but what’s left remains quite active, recent findings from NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity indicate. Rover team members reported diverse findings April 8 at the European Geosciences Union 2013 General Assembly, in Vienna, NASA said in a news release the (more...)

BMW X4 Sport Activity Coupe Concept Would Debut Next Year

BMW confirmed that its long-awaited Concept X4 crossover would debut next year and will be introduces the at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month. "The face of the concept is an attractive blend of the current 3 Series sedan and the X3, while the roofline has (more...)

U.S.-Russia Presidential Commission Science Panel Meets in Moscow

Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy John P. Holdren and Russian Minister of Education and Science Dimitry Livanov are co-chairing the fourth meeting of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission (BPC) Working Group on Science and Technology Cooperation April 4 in Moscow. Established (more...)

Nonprofits Rallying Volunteers for 2-month ‘Scrub’ of Schuylkill

Last year, participants in the Schuylkill Scrub organized over 2,000 volunteers at more than 90 sites across the Schuylkill Valley — a six-fold increase over 2011.  This spring, leaders at the Schuylkill Action Network hope to increase participation even more. Anyone hosting a riverside cleanup between April (more...)

“Like a Disco Wonderland for Stars”

NASA says it’s “like a disco wonderland for stars.” The tip of the "wing" of the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) galaxy is dazzling in pink and purples in a new view from NASA's Great Observatories. The Small Magellanic Cloud is a small galaxy about 200,000 light-years (more...)

Volkswagen Golf Won World Car Of 2013 Year Crown

Volkswagen Golf won prestigious World Car of the Year 2013 crown at New York Motor Show. The car was chosen ahead of three other finalists: the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Porsche Boxster/Cayman and the combined entry Subaru BRZ Toyota GT 86. Vehicles are voted upon by an international jury panel of 66 (more...)

Europe’s Herschel Hunts Massive Stars

In this new view of a vast star-forming cloud called W3, the Herschel space observatory tells the story of how massive stars are born. Herschel is a European Space Agency mission with NASA contributions. W3 is a giant gas cloud containing an enormous stellar nursery, some 6,200 (more...)

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 Google Play store, the Peace Corps said in an (more...)

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...)

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