Nobel Prizes for 2012 Recognize Five Americans

By Mark Trainer
Staff Writer
The 2012 Nobel Prizes recognized five Americans for groundbreaking work in the fields of physics, chemistry and economics. Lloyd Shapley (left) and Alvin E. Roth's work
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Sweeping Changes in Marcellus Shale Law

Senator Jim Ferlo was joined by numerous community and environmental groups today as they expressed outrage over the revocation of local zoning rights under Act 13, and together called on the legislature to enact a drilling moratorium during which a comprehensive study on the effects of (more...)

Scientists Theorize Global Sunblock Could Lessen Warming

By Charlene Porter
Staff Writer
Blocking the sunlight that reaches Earth might be another means to lessen the effects of climate change, some U.S. scientists theorize. Scientists backed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are testing the idea with computer projections on future climate change. “It’s (more...)

NOAA Satellites Have Helped Save Lives for 30 Years

The U.S. part of an international program that has rescued more than 30,000 people worldwide is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its first lifesaving rescue, which occurred October 10, 1982. The U.S. Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking system, or Cospas-SARSAT, a part of NOAA, operates several satellites and the U.S. Mission (more...)

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 will provide for weather forecasting models. The European Organisation for the (more...)

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...)

Apple iPhone 5 Event Planned for September

According to iMore, Apple is planning to debut iPhone 5 at a special event, September 12, 2012, release date - September 21. iPhone 5 pre-orders are currently planned to begin that same day, at least in the U.S.Reportedly, the gadget will be a bit more, the display will be

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...)


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