Become a Rocket Scientist!

NASA has launched a new program called CosmosCode, which is an attempt to open source space mission software. The Wired News article on the project details some of the goals and thoughts behind the project’s co-founders. The idea is to leverage the power of open source programming to create software needed for space flights. I find the idea pretty intriguing, but I do worry about quality control. While bugs in open source software are often found incredibly fast (and fixed faster), something like space flight is notoriously unforgiving of even the slightest bug. Writing a web application isn’t in the same league as writing software that simply can not fail. However, if you feel you’re game and have the programming chops to pull it off, take a look at the CoLab page for more information about the CosmosCode Project!

Water Found on Extrasolar Planet

For the first time, scientists have found solid evidence of water on a planet outside our solar system. The planet in question is relatively close to Earth and clearly has water in its atmosphere. While the temperatures on the planet are way hotter than anywhere on Earth, they say water can survive in an amazing range of temperatures. We know water is mandatory for all we know about life, so that’s one criteria down!

AAG up for an award

The AAG is being recognized for its strength in wrangle a bunch of Geographers into a fairly cohesive unit.

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is pleased to announce the five finalists for The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management. … The award winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 following a best-practices workshop featuring participants from all five organizations.

It is great to see the AAG be noticed for its efforts. Congrats!

Center for Nonprofit Advancement