Three fourths of fatalities from direct exposure to a chemical or biological agent can be traced back to the first 15 minutes of an event. The Naval Research Laboratory’s CT-Analyst provides instant 3D predictions of agent transport, so first responders can spend more time saving lives.
Learn how the technology works to protect us in a video from NRL.
Image description: Mexican fruit flies (an invasive species) feed on citrus fruit.
A species is considered invasive when it is nonnative to the ecosystem and its introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proclaimed April to be Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month. USDA has developed “Seven Ways to Leave Hungry Pests Behind” to aid Americans in protecting America’s agricultural bounty and natural beauty.
Learn more about what you can do to stop pests.
Photo by Jack Dykinga, Bugwood.org.
Image description: A new set of publications from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) could make it easier, faster, and most importantly, more reliable, for forensic examiners to match a set of fingerprints with those on file in any database, whether local, state or national.
The fingerprints on the right side of the image have been colored-coded to with a “quality map.” The colors provide forensic examiners with a means of marking the quality of the data that can obtained from the print. Blue areas are excellent, green are satisfactory, yellow may potentially contain false or missed features, and red have no value at all.
Photo from NIST
When is the government going to release information about extra terrestrials?
Asked by Joshua on Facebook.
According to NASA, no branch of the United States government is currently involved with or responsible for investigations into the possibility of intelligent alien life on other planets.NASA has been investigating the possibility that the planet Mars was once the home to very simple life, such as microbes. The SETI project, which searches for evidence of transmissions from intelligent life in outer space, was a part of NASA until 1993 but is now private.
NASA’s Kepler mission is looking for planets that are similar to Earth, which would mean that they could possibly support life.
Learn about previous government efforts to search for extraterrestrial life and UFOs.
Image description: This animated gif shows the distribution of water vapor over Africa and the Atlantic Ocean. White areas have high concentrations of water vapor, while dark regions are relatively dry. The brightest white areas are towering thunderclouds. The image was acquired on the morning of September 2, 2010.
Learn more about the water cycle and why water is so important to the health of Earth from NASA’s Earth Observatory.