Tech & Science

NASA Launches Its Third Global 'Codeathon' with New Coastal Flooding Challenge

March 19, 2014

NASA along with space agencies around the world are preparing for the third annual International Space Apps Challenge, which will be held April 12-13. Participants will develop mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth.

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Solar Orbiter Mission

March 18, 2014

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Centennial, Colo., to launch the Solar Orbiter Collaboration mission to study the sun in July 2017.

NASA Announces Small Business Industry Awards

March 18, 2014

NASA announced Tuesday the recipients of the agency's Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Small Business Industry Awards (SBIA) program at its inaugural Industry Forum. More than 30 nominations were received from all NASA centers.

NASA Releases First Interactive Mosaic of Lunar North Pole

March 18, 2014

Scientists, using cameras aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), have created the largest high resolution mosaic of our moon’s north polar region. The six-and-a-half feet (two-meters)-per-pixel images cover an area equal to more than one-quarter of the United States.

Hubble Celebrates 24th Anniversary with Infrared Image of Nearby Star Factory

March 17, 2014

In celebration of the 24th anniversary of the launch of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have captured infrared-light images of a churning region of star birth 6,400 light-years away.

Media Invited to Tour Ames Research Center with NASA Administrator

March 14, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will visit the agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., on the afternoon of Monday, March 17, for demonstrations of and briefings on select aeronautics and space research activities performed at the center.

NASA Administrator Visits Marshall, Views Space Launch System Progress

March 14, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden toured on March 14 the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., where testing is underway on the avionics unit for the largest, most powerful rocket ever built.

NASA Names David W. Miller as Agency’s New Chief Technologist

March 13, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced Thursday that David W. Miller, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass., has been named the agency’s new Chief Technologist.

NASA Associate Administrator to Highlight Rocket for Orion's Flight Test

March 13, 2014

NASA Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot will address media at the facility where two booster stages for the Orion spacecraft's first trip to space are being prepared for launch.

Future Space Station Crew to Participate in NASA TV News Conference, Media Interviews

March 12, 2014

The crew of International Space Station Expedition 40/41, including NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, will participate in a NASA Television news conference and media interviews Tuesday, March 18, at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

NASA's Operation IceBridge Begins New Arctic Campaign

March 12, 2014

Researchers aboard NASA's P-3 research aircraft left the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., March 10 for Greenland to begin a new season of collecting data on Arctic land and sea ice.

NASA Administrator to See Space Launch System Progress at Marshall

March 11, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will get a firsthand look at the work being done on the Space Launch System (SLS) avionics and flight software during a visit Friday, March 14 to the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Long-Term Warming Likely to Be Significant Despite Recent Slowdown

March 11, 2014

A new NASA study shows Earth's climate likely will continue to warm during this century on track with previous estimates, despite the recent slowdown in the rate of global warming.

Be an Asteroid Hunter in NASA's First Asteroid Grand Challenge Contest Series

March 10, 2014

NASA’s Asteroid Data Hunter contest series will offer $35,000 in awards over the next six months to citizen scientists who develop improved algorithms that can be used to identify asteroids.

Space Station Crew Returns to Earth, Lands Safely in Kazakhstan

March 10, 2014

Three crew members from the International Space Station returned to Earth Monday after 166 days in space, during which they made 2,656 orbits around the planet and traveled almost 70.5 million miles

NASA Picks Small Business Tech Proposals for Development

March 7, 2014

NASA has selected 108 research and technology proposals from U.S. small businesses that will enable NASA's future missions while benefiting America's new high technology-driven economy right here on Earth.

NASA's WISE Survey Finds Thousands of New Stars, But No 'Planet X'

March 7, 2014

After searching hundreds of millions of objects across our sky, NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed "Planet X."

NASA Selects 10 Proposals for Unprecedented Twin Astronaut Study

March 7, 2014

Only one set of twins has ever been into space, and now those twins are providing an unprecedented opportunity for scientists to understand better the effects of microgravity on the human body.

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 Television Set to Cover March Soyuz Landing Operations

March 6, 2014

Three crew members aboard the International Space Station are scheduled to end almost six months on the orbiting laboratory on March 10, and NASA Television will provide complete coverage.

NASA's Hubble Telescope Witnesses Asteroid's Mysterious Disintegration

March 6, 2014

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has recorded the never-before-seen break-up of an asteroid into as many as 10 smaller pieces.

NASA Officials to View New Solar Array System at Ohio's Plum Brook Station

March 6, 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Associate Administrator for Space Technology Michael Gazarik will visit the agency's Glenn Research Center's Plum Brook Station Wednesday, March 12, to see an advanced solar array system being tested at the facility.

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 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.

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.

Montour Preserve Winter 2012 Newsletter

2 years 33 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 36 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 49 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 38 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 38 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 42 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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