Yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published temperature data for 2008. In the United States, the temperature was "0.2 degrees [Fahrenheit] above the 20th Century average [of 53.2 degrees F]." Also, "The average [U.S.] December 2008 temperature of 32.5 degrees F was 0.9 degrees below the 20th Century average."
President-elect Barack Obama has been described as always being joined at the hip to his Blackberry - literally. And, even though it’s been said he’ll have to give it up before stepping into the White House as President, he's working to keep that from happening.
NASA announced yesterday that in May, 2006, a huge unidentified light source was visible for 200 days. The spectrum of light it showed up in does not correlate to any known phenomena. NASA is at a loss to explain its origins.
The VTech most people know got its reputation from home phones and kids' electronics. The company is breaking that mold at CES this year, unveiling a WiFi music streaming device, the IS9181, priced at around $200.
There's an article on NewScientist.com that might seem astounding. It basically states that laser-based, desktop-sized "atom smashers" could be as effective or more at probing the secrets of the universe as the $9 billion Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland, but for a tiny fraction of the cost.
The manner in which the Milky Way galaxy is depicted on television, in works of art, and in print makes most individuals think astronomers knew pretty much what the galaxy looks like. However, we're now finding out it wasn't so. Recently, it has been discovered that the size of the galaxy has actually been highly underestimated, and that its overall shape is notably different.
One would think celebrities lead fun, interesting and robust lives filled with exciting events, parties, and lots of things to do. In this particular case, however, the fun may have run out as hackers broadcast defaming messages, making Twitter's Tweeting untwustworthy.
The National Academy of Sciences, under direction by NASA, has concluded the first economic data study on solar activity and the Earth. The report quantifies the effects fluctuations in the Sun's magnetic field have on our planet and is looking for ways to prevent damage from this "extreme space weather."
Many may be unaware there's an organization called Secure World Foundation (SWF). It's a private entity fostering cooperative and effective use of space exploration by all States to the benefit of the Earth, its security and mankind in general. In June 2008, SWF was granted permanent observer status to the UN Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). They also chair the International Astronautical Federation (IAF). Primarily a research body, SWF is now looking to 2009 and the Obama administration and growing relationships with all member states.