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NASA Announces Fifth Round of CubeSat Space Mission Candidates

February 6, 2014

NASA has selected 16 small satellites from nine states to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard rockets planned to launch in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The proposed CubeSats come from universities across the country, a primary school, non-profit organizations and NASA field centers.

NASA Evolves Student Rocketry Challenge, Enhances Ties to Space Launch System

February 5, 2014

Student teams from 26 colleges and universities in 16 states and Puerto Rico will design and launch innovative rockets and payloads as part of the 2013-2014 NASA Student Launch rocketry competition.

Kepler Finds a Very Wobbly Planet

February 4, 2014

Imagine living on a planet with seasons so erratic you would hardly know whether to wear Bermuda shorts or a heavy overcoat. That is the situation on a weird, wobbly world found by NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope.

NASA Astronaut Shares Space Workouts, Joins Elite Athletes for Google+ Hangout

February 3, 2014

Seeking fitness inspiration? NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio, along with four fitness professionals and athletes, will share workout tips during a special Google+ Hangout from space at 12:15 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 6.

NASA Administrator Bolden, Senator Mikulski View Progress on James Webb Space Telescope

February 3, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland congratulated the James Webb Space Telescope team Monday for the delivery of all flight instruments and primary mirrors to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

NASA Selects Space Launch System Adapter Hardware Manufacturer

January 31, 2014

NASA has selected Teledyne Brown Engineering of Huntsville, Ala., to design and build a key component of the new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket the agency is developing to send humans farther than ever into deep space.

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'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 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.

Montour Preserve Winter 2012 Newsletter

2 years 28 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 31 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 44 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 33 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 33 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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