These rates are only good for a short time. Check the website for details. American Airlines getaway prices for Mother’s Day weekend.
In “Taking Europe’s Pulse,” The Economist magazine maps Europe’s economy in 2013.
USA Today reports on “10 great stylish European lodgings for less than 125 euros a night.”
Foreign Policy magazine’s list of the “500 most powerful people on the planet.”
Researchers in Austria present a novel approach for estimating human count from airborne video.
The U.S. Drought Monitor is produced in partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Drought Monitor map provides a summary of drought conditions across the United States and Puerto Rico.
What’s perhaps NEWWorthy is that there is a new tool, listed as COMING SOON, called The Drought Atlas, which will provide users with a comprehensive, site-specific assessment of the history, frequency, intensity, duration and patterns of drought in the past century.
In the history of human endeavors, juggling has been around a long time. What’s NEWWorthy is that The International Juggling Association (IJA) listed their top 10 video tutorials of 2013. I’ve posted links on rickslevine.com, my personal blog. Even if you think you can’t be taught to juggle, you might enjoy watching these experts show others how it’s done. If you know how to juggle 3 balls, here’s a trick you might not find too difficult to learn. Meagan Nouis teaches the viewer how to perform 3 ball underarm catches.
Sheep have been around for a long time, but they can be NEWWorthy Paris City Hall hired sheep to mow their lawn.
LUX, which came online in February 2013 so it’s pretty NEWWorthy, is the world’s largest dark matter detector. Alexander B. Fry, a grad student in astronomy at the Univ. of Washington writes about dark matter and the possibilities for LUX to find it. Below is a short video that explains how LUX works. Since no one is sure if dark matter exists, or if it does then how weakly it interacts with regular matter, it is unknown if LUX will find it.
MIT Technology Review blogger Tim Simonite reported that the internet has been pinged. Or at least 300 million devices replied.
MIT Technology Review blog reports today on “the world’s first ‘magnetic hose’ for transporting magnetic fields.” Could this be used in the future for quantum communication over ‘magnetic hose’ long distances cables similar to the way light is sent over optical fiber today? The transport of magnetic fields may already be happening in ‘bubbles’ in space.
New viruses appear all the time, and they even mutate, but what would be truly NEWWorthy would be global cooperation leading to a speedy understanding and control of the outbreak of H7N9. TheScientist reports on H7N9.
Can smartphones be the ‘brains’ of future satellites in space? Three Android smartphones made it into space recently. Below is a video showing what a PhoneSat looks like.
USA Today lists “10 things you can still ask for on a plane.” These offerings are not new, but anything you can still get on a flight in 2013 is probably NEWWorthy.
Enzyme based memory might be particularly useful in environments where conventional memory and processors would not function well. Time will tell.
If you enjoy riding a bicycle, and you have USB devices to charge, you might like Siva Cycle’s new Atom power generator.
Newsy Science looks at the latest happenings in the world of science. Recently they did a short video analysis of the gene patents case. The upcoming decision by the Supreme Court on gene patenting will likely be NEWWorthy.
The XBox is now over ten years old, but the next Xbox will be unveiled on May 21 according to Computerworld.
MIT Technology Review’s “10 Breakthrough Technologies 2013.”