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Written by Whitney Clavin
Pasadena, CA – Gone are the days of being able to count the number of known planets on your fingers. Today, there are more than 800 confirmed exoplanets — planets that orbit stars beyond our sun — and more than 2,700 other candidates.
What are these exotic planets made of? Unfortunately, you cannot stack them in a jar like marbles and take a closer look. Instead, researchers are coming up with advanced techniques for probing the planets’ makeup.
Written by Whitney Clavin
Pasadena, CA – NASA’s Kepler space telescope has witnessed the effects of a dead star bending the light of its companion star. The findings are among the first detections of this phenomenon — a result of Einstein’s general theory of relativity — in binary, or double, star systems.
The dead star, called a white dwarf, is the burnt-out core of what used to be a star like our sun. It is locked in an orbiting dance with its partner, a small “red dwarf” star. While the tiny white dwarf is physically smaller than the red dwarf, it is more massive.
Part of Wider Effort to Protect Taxpayers, Prevent Refund Fraud
Washington, D.C. – Continuing a year-long enforcement push against refund fraud and identity theft, the Internal Revenue Service today announced the results of a massive national sweep in recent weeks targeting identity theft suspects in 32 states and Puerto Rico, which involved 215 cities and surrounding areas.
The coast-to-coast effort against 389 identity theft suspects led to 734 enforcement actions in January, including indictments, informations, complaints and arrests. The effort comes on top of a growing identity theft effort that led to 2,400 other enforcement actions against identity thieves during fiscal year 2012.
Written by Guy Webster
Pasadena, CA – NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has for the first time used the camera on its arm to take photos at night, illuminated by white lights and ultraviolet lights on the instrument.
Scientists used the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) instrument for a close-up nighttime look at a rock target called “Sayunei,” in an area where Curiosity’s front-left wheel had scuffed the rock to provide fresh, dust-free materials to examine.
Written by D.C. Agle
Pasadena, CA – NASA has named the site where twin agency spacecraft impacted the moon Monday in honor of the late astronaut Sally K. Ride, who was America’s first woman in space and a member of the probes’ mission team.
Last Friday, Ebb and Flow, the two spacecraft comprising NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, were commanded to descend into a lower orbit that would result in an impact Monday on a mountain near the moon’s north pole.
Written by Guy Webster
Pasadena, CA – NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has used its full array of instruments to analyze Martian soil for the first time, and found a complex chemistry within the Martian soil. Water and sulfur and chlorine-containing substances, among other ingredients, showed up in samples Curiosity’s arm delivered to an analytical laboratory inside the rover.
Detection of the substances during this early phase of the mission demonstrates the laboratory’s capability to analyze diverse soil and rock samples over the next two years. Scientists also have been verifying the capabilities of the rover’s instruments.
Guy Webster and D.C. Agle
Pasadena, CA – A Martian dust storm that NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been tracking since last week has also produced atmospheric changes detectable by rovers on Mars.
Using the orbiter’s Mars Color Imager, Bruce Cantor of Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, began observing the storm on November 10th, and subsequently reported it to the team operating NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.
The storm came no closer than about 837 miles (1,347 kilometers) from Opportunity, resulting in only a slight drop in atmospheric clarity over that rover, which does not have a weather station.
More efficient and effective delivery of state services for taxpayers
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced that the state has been recognized as one of the top in the nation for use of digital technology to better serve Tennesseans and streamline operations. Tennessee was among six states to receive a grade of A- in the 2012 Digital States Survey, which was up from a B+, the state’s grade in the 2010 survey. Michigan and Utah were the only two states to receive an A.
“Our goal is for Tennessee to be the best managed state in the country, and technology plays a significant role in accomplishing that,” Haslam said. “We are always looking to improve the way we deliver state services to Tennessee taxpayers, and will continue to enhance online options.” «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Highway Patrol earns National Recognition by placing Second in 2012 National Law Enforcement Challenge
International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) has earned national recognition as a top finisher in a prestigious law enforcement agency competition. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has named the THP the second place winner of the 2012 National Law Enforcement Challenge.
Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Deputy Commissioner Larry Godwin and THP Colonel Tracy Trott accepted the award on behalf of the highway patrol earlier this week at the IACP Annual Conference in San Diego, CA. «Read the rest of this article»
San Diego, CA – Antonio Gates may have been sidelined with sore ribs, but that did not slow the San Diego Chargers Sunday. Dante Rosario stepped in and had a career day fueling the Chargers to a 38-10 win over the.
Rosario scored twice in the first quarter. The first on a 11 yard pass from Philip Rivers and the second on a 4 yard pass. This put the Chargers up 14-0 over the Titans. Rosario ended the day catching four passes for 48 yards and three touchdowns. «Read the rest of this article»
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