U.S, European Satellites Work Together for Weather

A new satellite launched by a European group has taken its place in a polar orbit around Earth, and scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are readying themselves for the new data the craft
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Ground Team Learning to Operate Curiosity on Mars

By Charlene Porter
Staff Writer
Scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) say the almost flawless performance of the vehicle they landed on Mars one month ago demonstrates quality in the development of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) and the Curiosity rover by NASA engineers. Mike Watkins, the manager of (more...)

Rover Sends Human Voice and Panoramic View from Mars

By Charlene Porter '
Staff Writer
The human voice has been transmitted from Mars across the solar system to Earth for the first time. The rover Curiosity carried a recording from NASA Director Charles Bolden when the craft landed on the red planet August 6 (August 5 at the Jet Propulsion (more...)

Mars Flight Director Gains Celebrity as “Mohawk Guy”

By Charlene Porter
Staff Writer
The world was watching the control room August 6 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and the question on everybody’s mind was, “Will the craft land safely on Mars?” But apparently many were also asking, “Who’s that dude with the Mohawk-style haircut at the console?” That dude (more...)

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 be subject to some of the same hazards. “Mars is (more...)

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...)