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A Rodent Helps Forecast the Weather

By Deborah Charles ShareAmerica Every year at the beginning of February, Americans look to a special groundhog known as Punxsutawney Phil to see if they’re going to have an early spring. A festival is held on February 2, which is known as Groundhog
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Nadia Green Nominated for The Congress of Future Science & Technology Leaders

Nadia Green, a 10th grader at Science Leadership Academy of Philadelphia is Delegate of the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, MA on June 29th - July 1st, 2016. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The purpose of this event is (more...)

Supercomputer Helps Design Wind Turbines

Supercomputer Helps Design Wind Turbines

Since 2005, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been researching, developing and testing materials in freezing conditions. By developing more efficient materials for wind turbines, researchers can increase turbine efficiency and reduce potential downtime for wind turbines in cold climates, the U.S. Department of (more...)

Polar Bear Range Moscow Meeting Focuses on Habitat Loss

Polar Bear Range Moscow Meeting Focuses on Habitat Loss

A two-day meeting in Moscow that concluded December 6 brought together polar bear scientists, wildlife managers, technical experts and representatives of native peoples of the Arctic to discuss current and future challenges faced by the polar bear. The meeting of the polar bear range states — the United (more...)

NASA Marks First Anniversary of Curiosity Mars Landing

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...)

Cassini to Take a Picture of You

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...)

Curiosity Radiation Data Guides Planning for Astronaut Safety

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...)

Europe’s Herschel Hunts Massive Stars

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...)

NASA Rover Finds Traces of Habitable Environment on Mars

NASA Rover Finds Traces of Habitable Environment on Mars

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer Seven months after the rover Curiosity landed on Mars, scientists announced March 12 that they’ve found what they were looking for: an environment that could have supported microbial life. Analysis of powdered material drilled out of a sedimentary rock in the Gale Crater landing site (more...)

NASA’s Cassini Watches Storm Choke on Its Own Tail

NASA’s Cassini Watches Storm Choke on Its Own Tail

In a new paper that provides the most detail yet about the life and death of a monstrous thunder-and-lightning storm on Saturn, scientists from NASA’s Cassini mission describe how the massive storm churned around the planet until it encountered its own tail and sputtered out. It (more...)

Cities Heat Changing Weather in Far-Away Places

Cities’ Heat Changing Weather in Far-Away Places

The heat that seeps out of leaky buildings and the warmth of cars purring in traffic contribute to the mass of heat that pulses into the atmosphere from urban centers. Scientists are now getting a handle on how that heat behaves in the upper atmosphere and influences (more...)

Herschel Spacecraft Eyes Asteroid Apophis

Herschel Spacecraft Eyes Asteroid Apophis

Scientists using the European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory made new observations of asteroid Apophis as it passed near Earth January 9. The data show the asteroid to be bigger than first estimated, and less reflective. Discovered in 2004, Apophis was initially thought to have a 2.7 percent (more...)

Energy Dept. Helps Cast Light on Diseases

Energy Dept. Helps Cast Light on Diseases

Two powerful X-ray instruments, the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) and the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL), are helping scientists learn more about diseases and could lead to new treatments. According to the U.S. Energy Department, which hosts both instruments at one of its labs, the LCLS produces (more...)

Mars Rover Reports Weather, Radiation Data

Mars Rover Reports Weather, Radiation Data

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer After more than three months on Mars, the rover Curiosity is using its scientific instruments to give Earth-bound scientists a view of the changing seasons on the Red Planet The rover carries 10 sophisticated instruments — known together as the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Rover Offers Clues on Mars’ Atmosphere, Past and Present

Rover Offers Clues on Mars’ Atmosphere, Past and Present

The rover Curiosity has sent back its first sniff of the Martian atmosphere, and NASA scientists are analyzing what the findings mean about the habitability of the planet at some time in the past. The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument, seen here before the mission launch, took
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