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NASA Creates Awesome iPad App for Science Education

The new "Visualization Explorer" app takes NASA's trove of satellite data and brings it to life in a free app.


The space shuttle program may be over, but NASA's ability to inspire the next generation of science, technology, engineering and math experts is as strong as ever. On Tuesday they released a free iPad app, the Visualization Explorer, which "allows users to easily interact with extraordinary images, video, and information about NASA's latest earth science research."

Designed by media specialists at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, the app's incredible visuals come from computer images based on data captured by NASA's satellites. The app has the potential to make teaching and learning about science a lot cooler. Imagine how instead of simply reading about topics like "climate change, aerosols, glaciers, hurricanes, volcanoes and wildfire" in a textbook, students with access to the app can explore the data-based visualizations and see those topics truly brought to life.

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In Face of Historic Drought, Texas Governor Ignores Science, Calls for "Days of Prayer"

We too are hoping and praying for the drought to end in Texas. But we better listen to science, too.


Texas has been bone dry for months, and the record droughts have resulted in severe wildfires that have already burned over 1.8 million acres and destroyed over 200 homes this year.

Last week, in the face of this crisis, climate science-denying governor Rick Perry issued an official proclamation for "Days of Prayer for Rain in Texas."

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