Martian Geography Bears Marks of Tectonic Plates

Earth’s crust is composed of seven tectonic plates, which shift, collide and occasionally cause earthquakes. The surface of Mars is composed of similar structures, a NASA/University of California-Los Angeles geologist reports in an August publication, and may
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NASA Lands Mars Rover; Images Returned from Red Planet

By Charlene Porter
Staff Writer
The U.S. space agency landed a 1-ton vehicle on Mars August 5, and the craft, named Curiosity, began returning images of its new surroundings within moments of its touchdown. "Absolutely incredible; it doesn't get any better than this," said Charles Bolden, NASA's administrator, on NASA (more...)

Coastal Tribes Explore Effects of Climate Change

How climate change affects U.S. indigenous coastal cultures is the focus of a symposium called First Stewards, taking place on July at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington. The coastal treaty tribes of Washington state — the Hoh, Makah, Quileute tribes and the Quinault (more...)

Telstar Introduced Era of Global Communications

By Mark Trainer
Staff Writer
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy said the Telstar satellite would “throw open to us a vision of an era of international communications.” Fifty years later, we are living in the era Kennedy spoke of. At slightly less than a meter in diameter and weighing 77 (more...)

Higgs Boson: A Tiny Particle with Big Implications

In 1964, while the Beatles were busy taking over the world, a young British physicist named Peter Higgs was busy trying to explain how the fundamental particles in the universe acquire the different amounts of mass that allow them to interact and form atoms, the building blocks (more...)

Space Telescope Opens Its X-Ray Eyes

NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has snapped its first test images of the sizzling high-energy X-ray universe. The observatory, launched June 13, is the first space telescope with the ability to focus high-energy X-rays, the same kind used by doctors and dentists, into crisp (more...)

Venus: A Planetary Portrait of Inner Beauty

A Venus transit across the face of the sun is a relatively rare event: occurring in pairs with more than a century separating each pair. On June 6 (June 5 from the Western Hemisphere), Earth gets another shot at it — the last for a good long (more...)

Pennsylvania Is One of The Top 10 “Biotech States”

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz "America’s economy is on the rebound, and in large part due to the strength of innovative emerging industries, including cutting-edge health sciences such as biotechnology. For over a decade, I have worked on bipartisan public-private policy solutions to grow the biotech sector, and I am proud that Pennsylvania is now one of (more...)

The Benefits of Bilingualism

By Yudhijit Bhattacharjee Science Staff Writer This article originally appeared in The New York Times, March 17, 2012. © The New York Times All rights reserved. Used by permission and protected by the copyright laws of the United States. Speaking two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an (more...)

U.S. Scientists Hope to Learn More About Atmospheric Ozone

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer U.S. scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) await new data that will lead to a greater understanding of the planet’s stratosphere, the atmospheric layer shielding the global population from harmful solar radiation. The new data will be coming from a device on (more...)

U.S. Harnesses Innovation for Global Development

By Kathryn McConnell Staff Writer Private sector and government leaders gathered at the White House February 8 to highlight progress in using science, technology and innovation to address global challenges. They heard about several new public-private partnerships to accelerate progress toward development goals in health, agriculture, education, climate change, (more...)

Space Environment at Risk

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer The United States will join other nations and the European Union to develop an International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities to maintain “long-term sustainability, safety, stability, and security of space by establishing guidelines for the responsible use of space,” according to (more...)

Motor Shoes, 3D-Printer And Many More From CES

This year's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas brought more than 140,000 people  to gawk at an array of cheaper tablets, thinner laptops and sleeker TVs on display. But not only that. Intel's "ultrabook," a marketing term for thin, light and powerful laptop computers was presented on display this (more...)

Remembering “Extra-Special” Space Shuttle Flight

By Louise Fenner Staff Writer Joan Higginbotham remembers how the Earth looked when she saw it from the space shuttle Discovery in 2006. There is nothing in space to distort the view, she said, “and when you look down on the ocean there are such vibrant blues and greens (more...)

Opportunity Rover Readies for Another Winter on Mars

The Exploration Rover Opportunity is settling down on a sunny slope for the Martian winter at a place the rover’s watchers have christened Greeley Haven. The sun exposure on the site will help maintain the rover’s solar power during the craft’s fifth winter on the surface of (more...)

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