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.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.