mPING App: Crowdsourcing Weather Reports

The NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory is collecting public weather reports through a free app available for smart phones or mobile devices. The app is called "mPING," for Meteorological Phenomena Identification Near the Ground. mPING reports are immediately archived into a database at NSSL, and are displayed on a map accessible to anyone. To use the app, reporters select the type of weather that is occurring, and tap "submit." The anonymous reports can be submitted as often as every minute.


Interactive Astrobiology at ASU

Ariel Anbar and ASU staff member Lev Horodyskyj designed a course along these lines called "Habitable Worlds." The class is an introductory science course for non-majors that covers basic biology, chemistry and physics by way of the search for extraterrestrial life in the universe. Students are introduced to the topic by looking at a star field. Their task, over the course of the semester, is to determine how many planets within that field might host intelligent life with which we could communicate.


Second ESA Space Station Robot Challenge to Launch

"A space robotics competition opens today for school students. The aim is to design a robot that can move cargo from one end of an International Space Station (ISS) mock-up to another. The competition is open to any school student aged between 11 and 19 from an ESA member state*. This is the second time that ESA has run a space robotics competition."


DIY Science: Astrobiology, Using Earth Rocks to Look for Alien Life

"The search for life in space involves scientists of all stripes--biologists, physicists, astronomers, chemists...and geologists? NASA-funded UW-Madison geoscientists use Earth's rock and fossil record to shape the search for life in our solar system and beyond. At this DIY event, you'll explore the creative ways these researchers are trying to answer the age-old question: Are we alone? This event is in collaboration with the Department of Geoscience and NASA-funded UW-Madison geoscientists part of the NASA Astrobiology Institute."


Online Course: Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

"Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life by The University of Edinburgh. Self-paced online course. Statement of Accomplishment: None. Subtitles: English. Learn about the origin and evolution of life and the search for life beyond the Earth. Instructor: Charles Cockell, Professor, Astrobiology, The University of Edinburgh"


Indian Students Build Mobile Planetarium

"Inspired by the National Aeronautical Space Agency (NASA) website, a team of engineering students of Mysuru have developed a low-cost portable mobile planetarium. The team lead by M Pajwal, a first grade college student of the National Institute of Engineering, decided to dispel beliefs about common myths and create awareness on galaxies and the universe. The project, named Cosmic Egg, began with a simple idea to promote scientific knowledge and erase popular myths like astrology. Initially, the planetarium was designed to be hexagonal in shape. This turned out to be a difficult task and it was then lead mentor Abhinandan who suggested them to develop a low-cost model that would reach at least 20 schools. With sustained efforts, a mobile planetarium was developed. The project was inspired by the NASA Educational website, says Pajwal."


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