National news from across the United States of America.

Source: US Library of Congress Library of Congress Honors Colorado and Michigan Libraries for Service to Blind Readers (5/17/2018) - The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress will honor two of its cooperating libraries for their outstanding service in 2017 to readers who are visually or [...]
California Makes Historic Decision to Incorporate Solar On All New Homes (5/9/2018) - On May 9, 2018, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) welcomed California’s approval of a new policy that will require virtually all new homes in the state to incorporate solar panels starting in 2020. The [...]
ASTER image acquired May 6, 2018 picks up hotspots on the thermal infrared bands - shown in yellow. These hotspots are newly formed fissures and lava flows. Source: NASA NASA Satellite Images Show Fissures from Hawaii Volcano (5/8/2018) - The eruption of Kilauea Volcano on the island of Hawaii triggered a number of gas- and lava-oozing fissures in the East Riff Zone of the volcano. The fissures and high levels of sulfur dioxide gas [...]
Two of the many labels released with this smoked sausage product recall. Source: USDA FSIS Yet Another Recall for Potential Hard Plastic Bits in Ground Meats (5/5/2018) - Already in 2018, hundreds of thousands of pounds of food have been recalled, and wasted, for contamination by extraneous materials. For each of these recalls, customers were warned against eating the products. Whether  thrown away, [...]
This artist's concept shows the InSight lander, its sensors, cameras and instruments. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s First Mission to Study the Interior of Mars Awaits Launch on May 5 (5/4/2018) - All systems are go for NASA’s next launch to the Red Planet. The early-morning liftoff on Saturday of the Mars InSight lander will mark the first time in history an interplanetary launch will originate from the [...]
National Book Festival 2018 poster. Source: US Library of Congress Library of Congress and Mid-Atlantic Public Libraries Kick Off Summer Essay Contest (5/2/2018) - Rising 5th and 6th Graders Asked to Write About “A Book That Shaped Me” The Library of Congress today launched its annual summer essay contest, in conjunction with public libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region, to [...]
Farmer harvesting industrial hemp. Source: NC Industrial Hemp Association, ncindhemp.org. Hemp, Inc. Applauds Oklahoma for Becoming 37th State to Legalize Hemp (5/1/2018) - On April 30, 2018, Hemp, Inc. announced that the company applauds Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for signing legislation that will allow Oklahoma farmers to grow hemp. Gov. Fallin signed House Bill 2913 on April 23, 2018, which [...]
US HHS Purchases Anthrax Antitoxin for Strategic National Stockpile (4/25/2018) - Acquisition Augments Anthrax Treatments Currently Stockpiled The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) will purchase an anthrax treatment for $25.2 million from Elusys [...]
Solar panels on Staten Island Target. Source: Solar Energy Industries Association Corporations Are Leading US Solar Surge (4/20/2018) - America’s top companies are investing in solar in record amounts, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) new Solar Means Business 2017 report, which tracks on-site commercial solar installations and ranks top corporate solar users. This [...]
Leonard Bernstein conducting Young People's Concerts publicity photo, 1964. Source: US Library of Congress Library of Congress Announces Leonard Bernstein Collection (4/11/2018) - Bernstein’s Birth Centennial Celebration May 12-19 Features Variety of Events In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, the Library of Congress has made available online — for the first time — musical manuscripts and scrapbooks [...]
Source: NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Shapeshifters, Biobots, and Visionary Tech? NASA Says Yes And Invests (3/31/2018) - NASA is investing in technology concepts that include meteoroid impact detection, space telescope swarms and small orbital debris mapping technologies that may one day be used for future space exploration missions. Five of the concepts [...]
One of the two Member's Mark can sizes in Tony Downs Food Company canned chicken recall. Source: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Canned Chicken Recalled for Foreign Matter Contamination (3/31/2018) - Tony Downs Food Company, Inc., a Madelia, Minnesota establishment, is recalling approximately 96,384 pounds of chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically hard plastic, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and [...]
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 [...]