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NASA Shares Earth’s Nighttime Glamour Shots

In 1972, we marveled at the beauty of our planet in a photo taken by the crew of Apollo 17 on its way to the moon. Dubbed the "Blue Marble," the iconic image depicted a blue-and-white globe floating in the blackness of space. On Thursday, we were treated to a different view of Island Earth, one with...

WEEKLY RECAP

The Verizon iPhone’s Silent Explosion

Just after the Verizon iPhone went on pre-order last week, the carrier boasted record-setting numbers of sales. Some estimates pegged the number at half a million units in only a few hours. When the actual phones made it to stores on Thursday, though, most places didn't see the kind of blocks-long l...

Obama Digs In for Nationwide Wireless Push

It was deja vu for President Barack Obama and the FCC, as both unveiled broad plans this week to expand broadband access. Obama revisited an idea he presented last June with the launch on Thursday of his Wireless Innovation and Infrastructure Initiative. Although White House officials spun the plan ...

NOAA Confirms Streamers of Oil Deep in the Gulf

There are multiple underwater oil plumes in the area surrounding BP's broken wellhead off the coast of Louisiana, but so far their concentrations seem to be "very low," according to a report released Tuesday by NOAA. Scientists analyzed water samples collected by the University of South Florida's R/...

EXPERT ADVICE

Steps Businesses Can Take Now to Gird for Hurricane Season

For professionals in the business continuity field, it is that time of year again: hurricane season. If you haven't started to exercise hurricane planning procedures, it isn't too late. I believe that it was The National Hurricane Center that stated that 2009 would be a moderate or "near-normal" yea...

Google Earth Sets Course for Open Seas

Google unearthed the latest version of its Earth mapping tool Monday at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Google Earth 5.0 adds a number of new features to the geo-mapping service, perhaps the most significant of which is providing some definition to the world's great bodies of wa...

SPACE

Virtual Space Travel, Part 1: One Small Step

For those of us old enough to remember life before the Internet, the term "virtual space travel" probably conjures memories of childhood visits to the local planetarium. Fast forward to today, and things are just a little different. In today's Internet-enabled world, ordinary citizens can explore th...

SCIENCE

Global Warming May Result in Fewer – but Nastier – Hurricanes

Atlantic hurricanes will be fewer in number but more intense as a result of global warming, a new study predicts. In the study, which was conducted by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, N.J., researchers performed h...

SPACE

3-D Images to Illuminate Sun’s Secrets

A pair of NASA spacecraft have recorded the first 3-D images of the sun, giving scientists and space weather experts a much-improved ability to monitor and predict solar storms that can disrupt communications satellites, interfere with widely-used GPS systems, and knock out electrical power grids. T...

Lesson of Hurricane Hugo: Plan Recovery

On the morning of September 22, 1989, in Charleston, South Carolina, there was no electricity or running water. There was no way to call to complain or find out when services would resume, because the telephones also were not working. Transportation options were limited to walking, riding a bicycle ...

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