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NASA Radar Demonstrates Ability to Foresee Sinkholes

March 6, 2014

New analyses of NASA airborne radar data collected in 2012 reveal the radar detected indications of a huge sinkhole before it collapsed and forced evacuations near Bayou Corne, La. that year.

NASA Awards Contract to Modify Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building High Bay 3

March 5, 2014

NASA has selected Hensel Phelps Construction Co., of Orlando, Fla., to modify High Bay 3 in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the processing of the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.

NASA Coverage Set for March 16 SpaceX Mission to Space Station

March 5, 2014

The next SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Sunday, March 16, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Chandra and XMM-Newton Provide Direct Measurement of Distant Black Hole's Spin

March 5, 2014

Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency's (ESA's) XMM-Newton to show a supermassive black hole six billion light years from Earth is spinning extremely rapidly. This first direct measurement of the spin of such a distant black hole is an important advance for understanding how black holes grow over time.

NASA Administrator Bolden's Statement on the Agency's FY 2015 Budget Request

March 4, 2014

The following statement is from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the Obama Administration's budget request for the 2015 fiscal year:

NASA Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Briefing Now a Teleconference

March 3, 2014

Because of inclement weather in the Washington area, NASA's Fiscal Year 2015 budget media briefing on Tuesday, March 4 now will be a teleconference. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and NASA Chief Financial Officer Elizabeth Robinson will brief reporters starting at 2 p.m. EST.

NASA, Honeywell Celebrate 10 Years of Inspiring Students with FMA Live!

March 3, 2014

NASA and Honeywell kicked off the 2014 tour of "FMA Live! Forces in Motion" with middle school students at Wunderlich Intermediate School in Houston today. This year marks the 10th anniversary of this innovative collaboration designed to ignite students' interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM.)

NASA Commercial Crew Partners Complete Space System Milestones

February 28, 2014

NASA's aerospace industry partners continue to meet milestones under agreements with the agency's Commercial Crew Program (CCP), as they move forward in their development of spacecraft and rockets that will transport humans to destinations in low-Earth orbit.

NASA Astronaut Steve Swanson Available for Interviews Before Space Station Mission

February 28, 2014

NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, who is making final preparations for a March launch to the International Space Station, is available for live satellite interviews from 8 -9 a.m. EST Friday, March 7.

NASA Selects Stellar Interns as Student Ambassadors

February 28, 2014

NASA has inducted 105 top-performing interns, representing 29 states and 67 universities, into its 2014 Student Ambassadors Virtual Community.

NASA Honors Astronaut Neil Armstrong with Center Renaming

February 28, 2014

Two generations of aerospace engineering excellence will come together Saturday, March 1 when NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., is redesignated NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center.

NASA Officials to Discuss Fiscal Year 2015 Budget

February 27, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will brief reporters about the agency's fiscal year 2015 budget at 2 p.m. EST on Tuesday, March 4, from Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. NASA Chief Financial Officer Elizabeth Robinson and Goddard Center Director Chris Scolese will join Bolden.

NASA and JAXA Launch New Satellite to Measure Global Rain and Snow

February 27, 2014

The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a joint Earth-observing mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), thundered into space at 1:37 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 27 (3:37 a.m. JST Friday, Feb. 28) from Japan.

NASA Updates Media on Spacewalk Safety Investigation

February 26, 2014

NASA will host a teleconference at 2 p.m. EST today to discuss the findings of an investigation into the July 2013 spacewalk at the International Space Station when water built up in an astronaut's spacesuit helmet.

NASA's Kepler Mission Announces a Planet Bonanza, 715 New Worlds

February 26, 2014

NASA's Kepler mission announced Wednesday the discovery of 715 new planets. These newly-verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system.

Missouri and Pennsylvania Students to Talk Live with Space Station Crew

February 25, 2014

Crew members of Expedition 38, currently aboard the International Space Station, will make space-to-Earth connections with students and faculty in Pennsylvania and Missouri this week to share what it is like to live and work in space.

NASA Responds to California's Evolving Drought

February 25, 2014

NASA is partnering with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to develop and apply new technology and products to better manage and monitor the state's water resources and respond to its ongoing drought.

NASA to Hold Asteroid Initiative Opportunities Forum

February 24, 2014

As the next step in advancing NASA’s asteroid initiative, the agency will host an Opportunities Forum March 26 at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

NASA to Discuss Earth Science Help for California Drought

February 24, 2014

NASA officials will participate in a media briefing at 9:30 a.m. PST Tuesday, Feb. 25 about the agency's work to use its Earth observation assets to help the state of California better manage its water resources and monitor and respond to its ongoing drought.

NASA Launches STEM-in-Sports Online Series

February 21, 2014

Teachers and students can learn the science behind scoring a touchdown, throwing a slam-dunk or a hitting a homerun with a new distance-learning program called NASA STEM Mania.

NASA Hosts Media Teleconference to Announce Latest Kepler Discoveries

February 21, 2014

NASA will host a news teleconference at 1 p.m. EST, Wednesday, Feb. 26, to announce new discoveries made by its planet-hunting mission, the Kepler Space Telescope.

Montour Preserve Winter 2012 Newsletter

2 years 32 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.
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Winter Solstice Meets Lunar Eclipse

3 years 34 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 www.science.nasa.gov 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 47 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 36 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 36 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 40 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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