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Stanford Hosts NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Symposium

January 31, 2014

Stanford University's Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center in Palo Alto, Calif., will be the site of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium Feb. 4-6.

NASA-Sponsored 'Disk Detective' Lets Public Search for New Planetary Nurseries

January 30, 2014

NASA is inviting the public to help astronomers discover embryonic planetary systems hidden among data from the agency's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission through a new website,

NASA Television to Broadcast Space Station Cargo Ship Activities Live

January 30, 2014

The departure of an unpiloted Russian cargo spacecraft and the launch and docking of another to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) will air live on NASA Television Monday, Feb. 3, and Wednesday, Feb. 5.

NASA's Hubble Helps Solve Mystery of Ultra-Compact, Burned-Out Galaxies

January 29, 2014

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Europe's Herschel Space Observatory have pieced together the evolutionary sequence of compact elliptical galaxies that erupted and burned out early in the history of the universe.

NASA Observes Day of Remembrance Jan. 31

January 29, 2014

NASA will pay will tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, as well as other NASA colleagues, during the agency's Day of Remembrance on Friday, Jan. 31.

NASA and ESA Space Telescopes Help Solve Mystery of Ultra-Compact, Burned-Out Galaxies

January 29, 2014

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Europe's Herschel Space Observatory have pieced together the evolutionary sequence of compact elliptical galaxies that erupted and burned out early in the history of the universe.

NASA Selects Physical Science Research Proposals for the International Space Station

January 29, 2014

NASA's Physical Science Research Program will fund seven proposals to conduct physics research using the agency's new microgravity laboratory, which is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station in 2016.

NASA Ramps Up Space Launch System Sound Suppression Testing

January 28, 2014

The first round of acoustic tests on a scale model of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) is underway. The tests will allow engineers to verify the design of the sound suppression system being developed for the agency's new deep space rocket.

NASA's 2013 Astronaut Candidates Promote STEM Education at Smithsonian Event

January 28, 2014

NASA Television will provide live coverage at 10 a.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 30 of an educational event at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington featuring the agency's 2013 astronaut candidate class.

NASA, JAXA Prepare Rain and Snow Satellite for Launch

January 27, 2014

The world enters a new era of global weather observing and climate science in February with the launch of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a new international science satellite built by NASA.

NASA 2013 Astronaut Class to Visit White House for State of STEM (SoSTEM) Address

January 27, 2014

At 10 a.m. EST Wednesday, Jan. 29, eight NASA astronaut candidates will join John P. Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and students from Washington area schools for the annual White House State of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (SoSTEM) address.

Application Deadline Approaches for NASA STEM Program for High School Girls

January 27, 2014

NASA is accepting applications until noon CST Monday, Feb. 3, for its 2014 Women in STEM High School (WISH) Aerospace Scholars program, in which high school junior girls can jump-start their future careers by exploring possibilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

NASA Discusses Lunar CATALYST Commercial Lunar Lander Initiative

January 24, 2014

NASA will host a media teleconference at 12:30 p.m. EST Monday, Jan. 27, to discuss the Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown (Lunar CATALYST) initiative.

NASA Instruments on European Comet Spacecraft Begin Activation Countdown

January 24, 2014

Three NASA science instruments are being prepared for check-out operations aboard the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft, which is set to become the first to orbit a comet and land a probe on its nucleus in November.

NASA TV Covers Russian Spacewalk from International Space Station

January 24, 2014

NASA Television will air live coverage of a six-hour spacewalk by two Russian members of the International Space Station crew beginning at 8:30 a.m. EST Monday, Jan. 27.

James Webb Space Telescope Passes a Mission Milestone

January 24, 2014

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has passed its first significant mission milestone for 2014 -- a Spacecraft Critical Design Review (SCDR) that examined the telescope's power, communications and pointing control systems.

NASA Offers Space Tech Grants To Early Career University Faculty

January 23, 2014

NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early career faculty members who are beginning their independent careers. The grants will sponsor research in specific, high priority areas of interest to America's space program.

Sierra Nevada Corporation Announces New Space Plans for NASA's Kennedy Space Center

January 23, 2014

In the latest example of NASA Kennedy Space Center's transformation into a multi-user spaceport, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) of Louisville, Colo., announced Thursday steps it will take to prepare for a November 2016 orbital flight of its Dream Chaser spacecraft from Florida's Space Coast.

NASA's Opportunity Rover Yields More Data on Changes to Mars' Environment

January 23, 2014

New findings from rock samples collected and examined by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity have confirmed an ancient wet environment that was milder and older than the acidic and oxidizing conditions told by rocks the rover examined previously.

NASA, ESA Discuss Rosetta Comet Mission in Media Teleconference

January 23, 2014

NASA will host a media teleconference at noon EST Friday, Jan. 24, to discuss the road ahead for the three U.S. science instruments, as well as other NASA support, that are part of the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta mission.

NASA Launches Third Generation Communications Satellite

January 23, 2014

NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite L (TDRS-L), the 12th spacecraft in the agency's TDRS Project, is safely in orbit after launching at 9:33 p.m. EST Thursday aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

NASA Set for a Big Year in Earth Science with Five New Missions

January 22, 2014

For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth science missions will be launched into space in the same year, opening new and improved remote eyes to monitor our changing planet.

Herschel Telescope Detects Water on Dwarf Planet

January 22, 2014

Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt, Ceres.

Montour Preserve Winter 2012 Newsletter

2 years 27 weeks ago

Sky Watch
January brings a brief but intense meteor shower on the 4th. The Quadrantid meteor shower will be best seen between moonset and twilight (from about 3-6 a.m.) if skies are clear.

Winter Solstice Meets Lunar Eclipse

3 years 30 weeks ago
Phases of the Dec. 21 Lunar Eclipse, snapped by Don Guthrie.

A very rare lunar eclipse occurred in the early morning hours of Dec. 21, giving those who could stay awake a spectacular--yet eerie--display of the heavens.

According to the website, lunar eclipses are common in winter, but the date on which the event occurred made the eclipse even more special. more»

My Mother and her iPad - update

December 31, 1969

My Mother had been keeping her distance from the iPad. I thought we were going to have a breakthrough when we found a Shirley Temple movie on NetFlix that she seemed interested in. We started watching the movie together, but it soon became clear that her hearing was not good enough for using an unamplified iPad. more»

What an iPad App needs to consider for seniors

December 31, 1969

First, an App needs to be tailored for the iPad, not an iPhone app running on the iPad. The screen size is just too small.

Next let's have nice big, high contrast text for navigation labels and instructions.

No Ads. It's too easy to tap them by mistake and get taken away from the App.

Easy to adjust music volume. more»

Introducing a senior to the iPad (my Mother)

December 31, 1969

After having the Apple iPad for just a day, I took it along on a Mom visit. Although I had put just a couple of apps I still felt it could be a positive meeting of the two. more»

iPad arrives - my first impressions

December 31, 1969

My Mother's iPad arrived Tuesday. Fed Ex mis-delivered it to the wrong address, but that was remedied quickly via a live chat on their web site. Just slight panic on my part when I checked the tracking and saw DELIVERED as the package status, but knew it wasn't delivered here. All is well now. more»

My Mother's iPad

3 years 43 weeks ago

The journey begins. I ordered an iPad from Apple for my 80+ year old, not a computer user, Mother.

I tried to introduce her to computing through several decades. I've had a computer since the late 70s. more»

Why choose the iPad for a senior?

December 31, 1969

I've used Windows and Mac computers. I have a Kindle and an iPhone. Video games at my house include an Xbox 360, a Wii and Wii Fit and Nintendo DS handheld games. So, why did I choose an iPad for my  80 plus year old Mom? more»

I ordered an iPad for my Mother

December 31, 1969

My Mothers iPad Author, more»

Researchers learn why invasive plants spreading so rapidly in forests

4 years 32 weeks ago

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Invasive plants are advancing into Eastern forests at an alarming rate, and the rapid spread has been linked by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to forest road maintenance and the type of dirt and stone used on roads. more»

Grant to support Penn State research on climate and infectious disease

4 years 32 weeks ago

UNIVERSITY PARK -- A nearly $1.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation is enabling a Penn State-led group of researchers to continue studies on the potential effects of climate change on the spread of infectious diseases, such as malaria and dengue. The grant is part of federal stimulus funding authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. more»

Catch the Leonid Meteor Shower

4 years 36 weeks ago

Stay up late or get up early and catch the annual Leonid meteor shower next week. A few dozen "shooting stars" will light up the constellation Leo in the early morning hours. The meteor shower activity, which observers expect to be visible Sunday through Nov. 19, is expected to peak on Tuesday, from 3:30 to 5:30 a.m. more»

Funding is Available for Alternative Fuel Transportation Projects

HARRISBURG – Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger today announced the opening of reimbursement grant funding for clean, alternative fuel transportation projects in Pennsylvania, and investment in Pennsylvania’s energy sector.

“The primary goals of the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program, or AFIG, are to improve Pennsylvania’s air quality and reduce consumption of imported oil through the use of homegrown alternative transportation fuels like biodiesel, natural gas and electricity that will help the state's economy and environment,” Hanger said. more»

Tips to stay safe online and protect your privacy

While Americans have been using the Internet for about 20 years, it can still feel like the wild, wild West. Despite many technological advances that reduce the risk of your identity being stolen, becoming the victim of an Internet scam or having your privacy invaded by others on the Internet still occurs all too often. And, as a number of recent incidents involving social networking Web sites have shown, it can even be deadly. more»

Digital learning tools drive student success

Across the country, colleges and universities are embracing innovative, digital technologies and customized learning platforms to drive academic achievement. While print textbooks remain the foundation of higher education course materials, publishers are creating new digital applications that enable institutions and faculty to become more effective, and engage digital learners to enhance their academic achievement and succeed in an increasingly competitive global economy. more»


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