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Help the TSA create a more efficient screening process

Think you can help make TSA more efficient? Could you use an extra $2,500 - $15,000? Then you should enter the TSA “Next Generation Queue Design and Model” challenge.

TSA is looking for ideas to redesign its security queues in airports to better accommodate TSA Pre-check flyers. TSA Pre-check is an expedited screening program that allows low-risk travelers to experience a faster, more efficient security screening. They need the new design to include, but not be limited to the following lanes:

  • TSA Pre-check

  • Standard travelers

  • Premier Passengers (first class, business class, frequent flyers)

  • Employees & flight crews

  • PWD (wheelchair access)

The deadline for entry is August, 15th. For details and requirements, see the challenge overview.

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From the Bureau of Land Management:

Calling All Tumblrs - Great Opportunity for Photographers!  

Wilderness50, in partnership with Nature’s Best Photography and the Smithsonian Institution, recently announced the opening of this summer’s “Wilderness Forever” public photography contest. Winning images will be part of a 2014 exhibition in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. that will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Contest guidelines and entry instructions are available online at

The BLM is proud to manage many of the nation’s wilderness areas and to participate in the Wilderness50 group.  Check out the Wilderness50 website for more information:

Have a great photo of winter weather near you? Send it to NASA and they might feature it on their website. Learn more.

Create a video showing how you’ll use technology to accomplish your health-related New Year’s resolutions and you could win up to $2,000 in prizes.

Teachers of grades K-12 can enter their students in a NASA contest to name the two spacecrafts heading to the Moon right now.