April 1, 2010 By Karen Stewartson
NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer became the first person to tweet unassisted from space on Jan. 22. Creamer tweeted via a private Web access, called the Crew Support LAN, which uses existing communication links to and from the station to let astronauts browse and use the Web. The system will provide astronauts with direct private communications to enhance their quality of life during long missions by helping to ease the isolation associated with living in a closed environment. - NASA.gov
President Barack Obama hopes that 25 percent of U.S. energy will come from renewable sources by 2025, but could sunflowers be the solution? Researchers are attempting to map the DNA sequence of sunflower seeds, which they think could be a viable source for ethanol. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. departments of Energy and Agriculture, and aligns with Obama's vision of creating clean, renewable energy.
8- to 18-year-olds spend more time with media than any other activity besides sleeping. That's an average of more than 7.5 hours a day, seven days a week, and excludes time spent texting. - Generation M²
66% of all government agencies currently use some form of social networking - from blogs and wikis to instant messaging and discussion boards, according to the report Social Networking in Government: Opportunities & Challenges.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.