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The Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment (ASPIRE) 2 payload undergoes testing in the sounding rocket payload facility at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia, prior to transport to the launch pad on Wallops Island. Credits: NASA/Berit Bland NASA to Launch Parachute Test off Virginia Coast on Mar. 27 (3/20/2018) - NASA will test a parachute for possible future missions to Mars from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Live coverage of the test begins at 6:15am (EDT) on the Wallops’ Ustream. The launch [...]
Rev. Jered Weber-Johnson blessing solar panels at St. Alban's Parish, Washington DC. Photo: Carlo La Porta The Faithful Are Organizing Climate Action Events (3/19/2018) - Faith Climate Action Week, being celebrated from April 14- 22, 2018 as part of international Earth Day, is a US faith movement focused on finding solutions to climate change. Each year, faith communities around the country hold [...]
Label released with the Johnsonville recall March 2018. Source: USDA Recall Issued for Smoked Sausage Possibly Contaminated with Hard Plastic (3/15/2018) - Johnsonville Recalls Smoked Pork Sausage Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination On March 15, 2018, Johnsonville, LLC recalled approximately 109,603 pounds of smoked pork sausage products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the [...]
Husqvarna's robotic mower, Automower, features Amazon Alexa integration, starting September 1, 2018. Source: PRNewsfoto/Husqvarna The Strange-ness: “Just ask Alexa!” to Mow The Lawn (3/15/2018) - Husqvarna robotic mowers will be compatible with the cloud-based voice service Alexa On March 15, 2018, at a press event in Aycliffe, United Kingdom, Husqvarna demonstrated the functions of “Just ask Alexa” and future Amazon Alexa [...]
Zoohackathon logo. Source: Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Zoohackathon 2018 Dates Announced (3/15/2018) - “Coding to End Wildlife Trafficking” The Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) in partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) will host the third annual global [...]
NASA Pi Day Challenge 2018, to be released on March 9, features the agency's InSight Mars lander, Kepler space telescope, and Juno spacecraft at Jupiter -- plus a visit from an interstellar object. Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech Celebrate March 14 “Pi Day” The NASA Way (3/7/2018) - March 14 is Pi Day, a celebration of the beloved number known as pi. JPL is celebrating Pi Day with the fifth annual “Pi in the Sky” illustrated math challenge, featuring pi-related space problems that [...]
Label released with recall. Source: US FDA More Pet Food Recalled for Potential Contamination (3/6/2018) - Updated on March 6, 2018, with additional, recent pet food recalls added. Steve’s Real Food Voluntarily Recalls Raw Frozen Dog Food Turkey Canine Recipe Issued March 2, 2018 Steve’s Real Food of Salt Lake City, [...]
Source: US Coast Guard Coast Guard Releases Photos of Florida Rescue (3/5/2018) - The Coast Guard rescued five adults and two children from their disabled 14-foot boat in Tampa Bay, Florida on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Rescued were Tampa natives, Ivelise Hernandez, 22, Lucy Hernandez, 44, Carlos Martinez, [...]
Phil Reed, SELC founding trustee, talented attorney and committed environmental advocate; 1946-1993. Source: SELC, Charlottesville VA. Winners of 2018 Reed Environmental Writing Awards Announced (3/2/2018) - On March 2, 2018, the Southern Environmental Law Center announced the winners of the 2018 Phillip D. Reed Environmental Writing Awards. J. Drew Lanham, an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University, was [...]
AGU Testimony Given on Ending Harassment in Science (2/27/2018) - Early on February 27, 2018, American Geophysical Union (AGU) Executive Director and CEO Chris McEntee delivered testimony before the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology during a hearing entitled “A review of Sexual Harassment and [...]
Chicken products label released with USDA FSIS Recall. Chicken Products Shipped to Schools, Institutions, Recalled for Rubber Contamination (2/17/2018) - Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation Recalls Ready-to-Eat Chicken Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination On February 16, 2018, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., a Waco, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 101,310 pounds of ready-to-eat breaded chicken patties that [...]
Mobile Hemp Decorticator. Source: Cory Sharp, HempLogic Mobile Hemp Decorticator to Tour US (2/15/2018) - Washington-based HempLogic plans to tour the US this year, showcasing equipment that will help hemp farmers process their crops closer to the source. Schedule is being set for hemp-friendly locations and festivals where they can [...]
An example sexual assault kit. Many kits go untested for months or years, leaving victims waiting and potentially allowing offenders to escape detection. Source: End The Backlog. Joyful Heart Foundation New PSA Draws Attention to Rape Kit Backlog (2/13/2018) - On February 13, 2018, the Joyful Heart Foundation today released Shelved, a public service announcement (PSA) highlighting the backlog of hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits languishing in law enforcement storage facilities across the United [...]
Photo of raw turkey product packaging released with US FDA recall. Pet Foods Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination (2/12/2018) - The US Food and Drug Administration issues recalls for human foods and pet foods considered a health hazard. This week, three pet foods were recalled for potential salmonella contamination, and owners are encouraged to not [...]
A pod of narwhals in Melville Bay, Greenland. New research may shed a bit of light on these enigmatic marine mammals. Credit: Kristin Laidre Research Uncovers The Mysterious Lives of Narwhals (2/9/2018) - Narwhals are some of the most elusive creatures in the ocean, spending most of their lives in deep water far from shore. But research being presented at the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland, Oregon [...]
Label from recalled Guymon Extracts Inc. pork products. Source: USDA FSIS Pork Products Recalled for Potential Pathogen Growth (2/7/2018) - Guymon Extracts Inc., a Guymon, Oklahoma establishment, is recalling approximately 4,202 pounds of fully cooked pork products due to a processing deviation that may have allowed potential spore-forming pathogen growth including Clostridium botulinum and Clostridium perfringens, the US [...]
Mister Rogers Forever Stamp. Source: USPS Mister Rogers Stamp Dedication to Be Held in Pittsburgh (2/6/2018) - Make the most of a beautiful day in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by attending the First-day-of-issue Dedication Ceremony for the United States Postal Service’s new Mister Rogers Forever stamp. Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Megan J. Brennan,  the [...]
Pipeline build. Source: Southern Environmental Law Center Conservation Groups File Challenge to National Forest Service’s Hasty Decision (2/5/2018) - NFS Decision Fails to Protect Public Lands from Destructive Pipeline On February 5, 2018, the Southern Environmental Law Center and The Sierra Club on behalf of a coalition of conservation groups filed suit in federal [...]
Source: US FDA/Panera Panera Bread Preemptively Recalls Cream Cheese Products (1/29/2018) - While there have been no reported illnesses, out of an abundance of caution, Panera Bread is conducting a nationwide preemptive, voluntary recall of all 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese products sold in its [...]
President Jimmy Carter to Publish Book on Faith (1/27/2018) - President Jimmy Carter will publish a new work on faith, announced by Simon & Schuster on January 17, 2018. In FAITH: A Journey for All, to be published in March 2018, the former President contemplates how his [...]
Groups to Congress, “Protect Endangered Species from Pesticides” (1/26/2018) - A broad coalition of more than 250 conservation, consumer, agricultural and other public interest groups sent a letter to Congress opposing all efforts to weaken or gut Endangered Species Act (ESA) requirements that address the effects of [...]
Members of the 1937 American League All-Star team, Lou Gehrig, Joe Cronin, Bill Dickey, Joe DiMaggio, Charlie Gehringer, Jimmie Foxx and Hank Greenberg gather on the field for the fifth annual All-Star Game in Washington, D.C. Source: Library of Congress Library of Congress to Open Major Exhibition on Baseball in Summer 2018 (1/26/2018) - A major exhibition opening in June at the Library of Congress will celebrate baseball as community, including the people, from amateur players to professionals, baseball diamonds from city lots to rural fields, and places across [...]
One of the meatball labels released with the recall. Source: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Beef Meatballs Recalled for Possible Contamination (1/24/2018) - Rich Products Corporation, a Vineland, New Jersey establishment, is recalling approximately 3,420 pounds of beef meatball products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced [...]
Solar panel installation. Source: US Dept of Energy DOE Announces Competition to Accelerate US Solar Manufacturing (1/24/2018) - On January 24, 2018, the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced a $3 million prize competition to re-energize innovation in US solar manufacturing. The competition announcement came within days of the US government imposing tariffs on solar [...]
Not Your Grandparents’ Deal (1/22/2018) - By Greg LeRoy, Good Jobs First Good Jobs First executive director Greg LeRoy made the following statement concerning’s announcement of a 20-site short list for its second headquarters, or HQ2, location. “Amazon continues to behave [...]
Fossil Free U.S. Launches with Events on Jan. 31 (1/10/2018) - Launches Fossil Free US Campaign in Large-Scale Event the Day After the State of the Union The day after the State of the Union, will launch Fossil Free U.S. in an immediate rebuke of the [...]
Regal Entertainment Group-4DX logo. Source: PRNewsfoto/Regal Entertainment Group New DC Cinema with 4DX: You Must Be Tall Enough To Ride (1/7/2018) - Groundbreaking Immersive Movie Experience Now Open Regal Entertainment Group, a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating one of the largest theatre circuits in the United States, announces that Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14 will be the [...]
At Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, a Great Blue Heron surveys the area. Photo Credit: Jackie Orsulak US Fish and Wildlife Service Offers Birding Festivals Year-round (1/3/2018) - By Vanessa Kauffman, National wildlife refuges are home to more than 700 species of birds. More than 200 national wildlife refuges were established especially to protect, manage and restore habitat for migratory birds. So [...]