NASA’s RapidScat Keeps Watchful Eye on Ocean Storms

On September 20, NASA launched an Earth science mission that is a hit with researchers and forecasters of hurricanes and other tropical cyclones. Designed and built at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, and lodged on the exterior of
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Robots Get Real

Lauren Monsen In science fiction, robots are sometimes indistinguishable from people, but until recently, robots used by industry, the military or law enforcement have been designed to look like machines and to complete highly specific, mechanical tasks. Enter researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, who are creating robots (more...)

MADD’s Has Strengthened Drunk Driving Laws in 24 States

Ignition interlock laws protect the public and stop drunk driving When Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) launched its Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® in the fall of 2006, one state, New Mexico, had an all-offender ignition interlock law. Since then, 23 states have passed all-offender ignition interlock legislation. The Campaign (more...)

New Online Resource For Reviewing Zoning Appeals

The City of Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses & Inspections (L&I) announced the launch of a new online resource that will allow the public to review information about zoning applications in their neighborhoods. “This new resource will provide citizens with easier, more streamlined access to L&I’s zoning application process and hearing information,” (more...)

Make Sure Your Family Has a Disaster Plan

By Jason Alderman June marked the beginning of hurricane season. Meanwhile, across much of the Western U.S., major droughts have greatly increased the danger for summer wildfires. And don't forget last winter's record-breaking winter storms – or the ongoing potential for earthquakes, tornado, floods and other natural (more...)

NASA Widens Its 2014 Hurricane Research Mission

During the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, NASA is redoubling its efforts to probe the inner workings of hurricanes and tropical storms with two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft flying over storms and two new space-based missions. Collecting and sharing the data help protect the United States and (more...)

0.4% of Workers Commute by Bike in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania had 0.4% percent of commuters bike to work, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today in a new brief focused on biking and walking to work. Nationally, 0.6 percent of workers commute by bike. “Through efforts to increase local transportation options many U.S. cities, have contributed to the increase the (more...)

K’NEX® Philadelphia Airport Display Fascinates Visitors

K’NEX: Innovative Engineering @ Play exhibit features more than 48,000 K’NEX Parts. K’NEX, the only U.S. construction toy company committed to Building Worlds Kids Love®, is excited to announce the launch of the K’NEX: Innovative Engineering @Play exhibit at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).  The exhibit will be on display in Terminal (more...)

The Internet Iron Curtain

This blog post by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry originally appeared on the State Department’s Dipnote blog. The Internet Iron Curtain by John Kerry Since the printing press, no technology has had a greater capacity than the Internet for individual empowerment, economic development, and human expression. How telling then that, while (more...)

What Is a MOOC?

Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, take education out of the classroom and make classes from top-rated universities available for free to anyone who can connect to the Internet. MOOCs are in their infancy, but their potential is huge. To some, MOOCs offer a glimpse of education’s future. (more...)

DNA, Like You’ve Never Heard It

Michael Gallant Rie Takahashi, a young scientist from Los Angeles, has discovered an unexpected new tool that can help anyone, anywhere, begin to understand the hidden secrets of human genetics — the iPod. “In my junior year at the University of California, Los Angeles, I took a seminar that (more...)

Starting and Maintaining a Blog

The Internet and social media have transformed the way people create, discover and share information. People have transitioned from being mere consumers of information to being creators of content. Blogs are at the forefront of this transformation. Blogging enables anyone with a computer and an Internet connection (more...)

Obama on New Cybersecurity Framework

Cyber threats pose one the gravest national security dangers that the United States faces. To better defend our nation against this systemic challenge, one year ago I signed an Executive Order directing the Administration to take steps to improve information sharing with the private sector, raise (more...)

Facebook Has Acquired Messenger Service WhatsApp

Facebook has acquired the mobile messenger service WhatsApp for $19 billion. The company will pay $4 billion in cash and the remaining $12 billion in Facebook shares. It calls for an additional $3 billion in restricted stock units to be granted to WhatsApp founders and employees that (more...)

NASA Data Find Some Hope for Water in Aral Sea Basin

new study using data from NASA satellite missions finds that although the long-term water picture for the Aral Sea watershed in Central Asia remains bleak, short-term prospects are better than previously thought. NASA reported the study’s findings in a February 14 news release. The Aral Sea, once the fourth-largest (more...)

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