Sci/Tech

NASA's Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in 'Habitable Zone'

on Thursday, 17 April 2014. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

Paul Hertz: “The discovery of Kepler-186f is a significant step toward finding worlds like our planet Earth.”

NASA's Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in 'Habitable Zone'

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun.

NASA Solicits New Collaborative Partnerships with Commercial Space Industry

on Wednesday, 26 March 2014. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

Gerstenmaier: "The growing U.S. commercial spaceflight industry is opening low-Earth orbit in ways that will improve lives on Earth, drive economic growth and power 21st century innovations."

NASA Solicits New Collaborative Partnerships with Commercial Space Industry

Building on the success of NASA's commercial spaceflight initiatives, agency officials announced Monday plans to solicit proposals from U.S. private enterprises for unfunded partnerships to collaboratively develop new commercial space capabilities.

VTOL X-Plane Program Takes Off

on Tuesday, 18 March 2014. Posted in Aerospace, Sci/Tech

DARPA tasks four companies with designing new aircraft to revolutionize vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) flight capabilities.

VTOL X-Plane Program Takes Off

For generations, new designs for vertical takeoff and landing aircraft have remained unable to increase top speed without sacrificing range, efficiency or the ability to do useful work. DARPA’s VTOL Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) program seeks to overcome these challenges through innovative cross-pollination between the fixed-wing and rotary-wing worlds, to enable radical improvements in vertical and cruise flight capabilities. In an important step toward that goal, DARPA has awarded prime contracts for Phase 1 of VTOL X-Plane to four companies: 

Mr. Rohrabacher's Additional Views on the Science Space & Technology FY 2014 Budget

on Tuesday, 11 March 2014. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech, Opinion, Letter From Congress

Rep. Rohrabacher: "We have not yet received a budget request from the President for Fiscal Year 2014, and the previous request did not contain any real budget planning for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)."

Mr. Rohrabacher's Additional Views on the Science Space & Technology FY 2014 Budget

By the office of Congressman Dana Rohrabacher 

Although I strongly agree with much of the Committee’s Views and Estimates, there is one specific area on which I wish to state a different view, as I have done for the past few years.

NASA Picks Small Business Tech Proposals for Development

on Friday, 07 March 2014. Posted in Small Business, Aerospace, Business, Sci/Tech

Michael Gazarik: "NASA's future successes depends on the innovative capacity of American small businesses, and their ability to bring new technology to bear on the problems NASA tackles."

NASA Picks Small Business Tech Proposals for Development

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.

True Story: Snake Eats Crocodile

Written by ADH Staff on Tuesday, 04 March 2014. Posted in Biology, Sci/Tech

Witnesses in Australia watch as a giant snake captures, kills and devours a crocodile.

True Story: Snake Eats Crocodile

Rumor has it that sometimes large snakes, especially pythons, capture, kill and eat crocodiles. In Australia, it was caught on Camera. Witnesses in western Queensland, Australia had the unusual opportunity to watch one of the rarities of the animal kingdom: a large python killing and eating a crocodile.

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

on Thursday, 27 February 2014. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

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.

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

Nearly 95 percent of these planets are smaller than Neptune, which is almost four times the size of Earth. This discovery marks a significant increase in the number of known small-sized planets more akin to Earth than previously identified exoplanets, which are planets outside our solar system.

NASA Responds to California's Evolving Drought

on Wednesday, 26 February 2014. Posted in Environment, Sci/Tech

"We value the partnership with NASA and the ability of their remote sensing resources to integrate data over large spatial scales, which is useful for assessing drought impacts," said Jeanine Jones, Interstate Water Resources Manager.

NASA Responds to California's Evolving Drought

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.

Seed Dispersal Study Shows Value of Conservation Corridors

on Tuesday, 25 February 2014. Posted in Environment, Sci/Tech

NSF program director Betsy Von Holle: "This study demonstrates that influences on wind-dispersed species are more complex than previously thought."

Seed Dispersal Study Shows Value of Conservation Corridors

Field ecologists go to great lengths to get data. Radio collars and automatic video cameras are among their tools for documenting the natural world.

Climate Propaganda Posing as Climate Science

on Monday, 17 February 2014. Posted in Environment, Sci/Tech

Progressives desperately want everyone to believe that nearly all scientists believe in global warming.

Climate Propaganda Posing as Climate Science

In the popularity contest that has become the debate on a scientific theory so accurate it’s gone from global cooling (1970’s) to global warming (1990’s) to Climate Change (2000’s) we are either “deniers” or “believers.” When the supporters of global warming run out of facts they fling down “99 percent of scientists believe in global warming.”  Ta Dah!

NASA Technology to Help Develop Noninvasive Medical Treatments

on Monday, 10 February 2014. Posted in Space, Biology, Health, U.S., Sci/Tech

Kushman: “It's not just science fiction anymore. All indications are that 21st century life sciences will change dramatically during the next several decades, and GRoK is working to define the forefront of a new scientific wave.”

NASA Technology to Help Develop Noninvasive Medical Treatments

NASA has signed two patent license agreements with GRoK Technologies LLC of Houston to help develop novel biotechnology approaches that could have multiple applications in space and on Earth. The agreements are the results of the agency's Technology Transfer Program, which helps opens up NASA's research and technology to the public for use and development.

Is Anyone There? How To Get A Real Person On The Line

on Tuesday, 04 February 2014. Posted in Computers, Sci/Tech

Automatic phone interaction systems are critical to helping businesses manage call volumes. Sometimes, though, it is necessary to employ strategies that get you to a real customer service representative.

Is Anyone There? How To Get A Real Person On The Line

It is becoming increasingly common for businesses of all sizes to utilize an automated call system. After all, this enables them to reduce their expenses because it eliminates the need to have a live receptionist available at all times. Additionally, these call systems can be useful for customers at times because they can help connect you with the appropriate voice mail box even if you call after hours. However, there are many occasions when callers simply want to be connected to a live person instead of jumping through automated hoops.

Kennedy Runway a Proving Ground for Hennessey

on Wednesday, 22 January 2014. Posted in Space, Automotive, Business, Sci/Tech

David Cox: "There needs to be a strong research and development aspect to the test runs in order to justify the use of a unique, taxpayer-funded facility."

Kennedy Runway a Proving Ground for Hennessey

A major name in automotive development brought one of his exotic vehicles to the 3.5-mile-long runway at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida recently to evaluate its aerodynamics and to see how the car would handle throughout its performance range.

NASA's Commercial Crew Partners Aim to Capitalize on 2013 Successes in 2014

on Wednesday, 15 January 2014. Posted in Space, Aerospace, Sci/Tech

Kathy Lueders: "The new year offers exciting opportunities for these companies to demonstrate the reach and potential of their hard-earned innovations."

NASA's Commercial Crew Partners Aim to Capitalize on 2013 Successes in 2014

Several companies, working closely with NASA, ended 2013 with an impressive string of achievements to build on in 2014 as the American aerospace industry continues to develop and demonstrate commercial human spaceflight capabilities with the potential to support both commercial and government customers.

NASA, Obama Administration Highlight International Space Station Extension at Global Forum

on Friday, 10 January 2014. Posted in Space, Sci/Tech

Deputy Secretary of State William Burns: "We all share a deep stake in extending humanity’s reach further into the solar system, advancing innovation further and faster, and extending the benefits of discovery to more people in more places."

NASA, Obama Administration Highlight International Space Station Extension at Global Forum

Speaking at a global space exploration forum Thursday, John P. Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, explained the importance of President Obama's decision to extend International Space Station (ISS) operations until at least 2024.

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