NASA Releases New App To Increase Asteroid Detection-Now Available To The Public

On Sunday, during a panel in Austin, Texas, NASA representatives discussed how citizen scientists have made a difference in asteroid hunting.  According to a press release, they have launched a software application that has the potential to increase the number of new asteroid discoveries made by amateur astronomers.

They also announced the release of a desktop software application developed by NASA in partnership with Planetary Resources, Inc., of Redmond, Washington. The application is based on an Asteroid Data Hunter-derived algorithm that analyzes images for potential asteroids. It’s a tool that can be used by amateur astronomers and citizen scientists.

The Asteroid Data Hunter challenge was part of NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge. The data hunter contest series, which was conducted in partnership with Planetary Resources under a Space Act Agreement, was announced at the 2014 South by Southwest Festival and concluded in December.

“The Asteroid Grand Challenge is seeking non-traditional partnerships to bring the citizen science and space enthusiast community into NASA’s work,” said Jason Kessler, program executive for NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge. “The Asteroid Data Hunter challenge has been successful beyond our hopes, creating something that makes a tangible difference to asteroid hunting astronomers and highlights the possibility for more people to play a role in protecting our planet.”

NASA said that the data hunter challenge incorporated data provided by the Minor Planet Center (MPC), at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and images provided by the Catalina Sky Survey, an astronomical survey project run by the University of Arizona, Tucson, and focused on the discovery and study of near-Earth asteroids and comets.

“We applaud all the participants in the Asteroid Data Hunter challenge. We are extremely encouraged by the algorithm created and it’s already making a difference. This increase in knowledge will help assess more quickly which asteroids are potential threats, human destinations or resource rich,” said Chris Lewicki, president and chief engineer at Planetary Resources. “It has been exciting for our team to work with NASA on this project, and we also look forward to future space-based systems leveraging these results.”

Astronomers find asteroids by taking images of the same place in the sky and looking for star-like objects that move between frames, an approach that has been used since before Pluto was discovered in 1930. With more telescopes scanning the sky, the ever-increasing volume of data makes it impossible for astronomers to verify each detection by hand. This new algorithm gives astronomers the ability to use computers to autonomously and rapidly check the images and determine which objects are suitable for follow up, which leads to finding more asteroids than previously possible.

“The beauty of such archives is that the data doesn’t grow stale, and with novel approaches, techniques and algorithms, they can be harvested for new information. The participants of the Asteroid Data Hunter challenge did just that, probing observations of the night sky for new asteroids that might have slipped through the software cracks the first time the images were analyzed,” said Jose Luis Galache of the MPC. “Moreover, this software can now be used to analyze new images and is available to any observer who wants to use it. The Minor Planet Center applauds these efforts to provide superior tools to all, and looks forward to receiving new asteroid observations generated with them.”

The desktop software application is free and can be used on any basic desktop or laptop computer. Amateur astronomers may take images from their telescopes and analyze them with the application. The application will tell the user whether a matching asteroid record exists and offer a way to report new findings to the Minor Planet Center, which then confirms and archives new discoveries.

The new asteroid hunting application can be downloaded at:

For information about NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge, visit:

Photo Credit:

PIA18469-AsteroidCollision-NearStarNGC2547-ID8-2013” by NASA/JPL-Caltech – Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Opinion: Fake Privatization: Shut Down the Red-Light Racket

Red-light cameras sound like easy money to revenue-hungry city governments. Instead of paying police officers to enforce traffic laws and ticket offenders, they outsource the job to companies like American Traffic Solutions and Redflex. Those firms install the cameras, monitor their output, and sometimes even handle the mailing of traffic tickets to motorists who run red lights, collecting a share of the fines from their government clients in return for their services.

But Americans aren’t very comfortable with receiving traffic tickets from private sector corporations on the basis of remote video monitoring.

Among other problems, they note that it’s generally impossible to establish who was driving a car when it ran a red light without actually pulling the driver over at the scene. They also question the legality of allowing private sector actors, often not even located in the same states as the alleged offenders, to issue traffic citations. And of course there’s the “creepy” factor: Most Americans read George Orwell’s 1984 in high school. We don’t like the idea of being watched everywhere we go.

The cities, and the companies, claim that the cameras are all about safety rather than revenue. They cite statistics claiming reduced fatality numbers at intersections equipped with the cameras. But a 2014 report from Florida’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Governmental Accountability says that traffic accidents increase by 12% — and that rear-end collisions of the type occasioned by sudden brake application to avoid running lights increase by a whopping 35% — at such intersections.

Citizen protests — and legislative and judicial responses to those protests — are beginning to cut into the red-light camera racket. On March 16, two Broward County, Florida judges threw out 24,000 red-light camera tickets, representing $6.3 million in prospective revenue. The reason? While local police departments formally issued the tickets, they did so on the assurances of American Traffic Solutions employees in Arizona, not on their own observation of offenses or even on the basis of viewing the videos themselves.

Which brings up a fourth problem. The cities with red-light cameras, and the companies which operate them, note that these systems free up police officers for other duties. They sell that as a feature. I consider it a bug.

Cops who aren’t kept busy enforcing traffic safety laws are freed up to instead enforce laws against victimless “crimes” like gambling, prostitution and drug possession. When we consider the results — a burgeoning US prison population and growing body count of Americans gunned down by police officers on our streets — it may be that red-light cameras cost more than they bring in.

Real privatization is about getting government out of various areas of our lives, not leaving it in charge of those areas while allowing it to shunt the actual work off to unaccountable, rent-seeking “private” actors. If city governments want to privatize their streets, they should put those streets up for auction. Otherwise, they should shoulder the costs and the responsibilities of providing public roadways themselves.

Thomas L. Knapp is director and senior news analyst at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism ( He lives and works in north central Florida.

Walker Aide Resigns After Controversial Tweets About Iowa

Ali Elkin of Bloomberg is reporting that Scott Walker aide Liz Mair, who was hired to handle online communications for his possible 2016 Presidential campaign, has resigned after Tweets regarding Iowa and ethanol subsidies and Iowa’s first in the nation status.



The New York Times, in a detailed report, about the issue quoted Iowa GOP Chair Jeff Kaufman had said “It’s obvious she doesn’t have a clue what Iowa’s all about.” “I find her to be shallow and ignorant and I’ll tell you, if I was Governor Walker, I’d send her her walking papers.”

Mair tweeted the following this morning saying her tweets were mischaracterized as hating Iowans:


Although to make sure we stay offended (Editor’s note: we at the Iowa Free Press are never offended, but we find the subject disgusting) Liz posted the following on Twitter this morning:




Photo Credit:

By [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

FAMiLY LEADER Announces New Date For The 4th Annual Family Leadership Summit

The FAMiLY LEADER’s 4th Annual Family Leadership Summit will be held on Saturday, July 18th at Stephens Auditorium in Ames. The event was originally scheduled was August 15th, but due to other events scheduled for August, The FAMiLY LEADER has moved their Summit to July 18th.

Bob Vander Plaats, President & CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER said, “For the fourth year in a row, The FAMiLY LEADER is excited to offer its annual Family Leadership Summit for Iowans who are eager to learn more about and hear from conservative leaders. Between the Family Leadership Summit, the Iowa Straw Poll, and the first RNC debate, these important events will inspire, motivate, and educate conservatives on the leading issues facing America. A midsummer event on July 18th will be a great opportunity for Iowans to hear directly from – and directly engage with – an extraordinary group of conservative leaders.”

The FAMiLY LEADER is pleased to announce a partnership with Frank Luntz and his team at Luntz Global Partners, Frank will host individual town-hall forums, along with potential focus groups, to add a unique opportunity for Iowans.

The FAMiLy Leader called Frank Luntz one of the most honored communication professionals in America today. “The Nostradamus of pollsters,” said Sir David Frost, and one of the “hottest pollsters” in America according to the Boston Globe. Frank was named one of the four “Top Research Minds” by Business Week and was a winner of the coveted Washington Post “Crystal Ball” award for his accuracy as a pundit. His focus groups have become so influential that as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama commented, “When Frank Luntz invites you to talk to his focus group, you talk to his focus group.”

The FAMiLY LEADER is also pleased to announce that the National Organization for Marriage is their first national partner for the Summit, Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage said, “It’s an honor to continue our partnership with The FAMiLY LEADER at the 2015 Family Leadership Summit to advance pro-family, pro-conservative, and pro-freedom conservative values. Iowans play a critical role in presidential politics and it’s a privilege to work with them at this most important Summit.”

The purpose of The FAMiLY LEADERSHIP SUMMIT is to inspire, motivate, and educate conservatives regarding worldview application and the most pressing issues facing America’s families. The Summit will provide Iowans the opportunity to engage with national conservative leaders and hear their leadership vision on the issues that matter most to the future of America.

Last year’s Summit held in Ames, had more than 1,200 attendees and 100 members of the media. Many of the conservative movement’s most prominent leaders joined the Summit last year, such as Dr. Alveda King, Governor Rick Perry, Senator Tim Scott, Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Mike Huckabee, Tony Perkins, Joel Rosenberg, Ken Cuccinelli, and many others. Press releases will be sent as speakers are confirmed.

For more information about The FAMiLY LEADER to go, or learn about last year’s Summit, visit

Kraft Foods Voluntarily Recalls Select Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Boxed Dinners

NORTHFIELD, Ill., March 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling approximately 242,000 cases of select code dates and manufacturing codes of the Original flavor of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner – due to the possibility that some boxes may contain small pieces of metal. The recalled product is limited to the 7.25-oz. size of the Original flavor of boxed dinner with the “Best When Used By” dates ofSeptember 18, 2015 through October 11, 2015, with the code “C2” directly below the date on each individual box.  The “C2” refers to a specific production line on which the affected product was made.

Some of these products have also been packed in multi-pack units that have a range of different code dates and manufacturing codes on the external packaging (box or shrink-wrap), depending on the package configuration (see table below).

Recalled product was shipped to customers in the U.S. and several other countries, excluding Canada.  The affected dates of this product were sold in only these four configurations:

  • 7.25 oz. box, Original flavor
  • 3-pack box of those 7.25 oz. boxes, Original flavor
  • 4-pack  shrink-wrap of those 7.25 oz. boxes, Original flavor
  • 5-pack shrink-wrap of those 7.25 oz. boxes, Original flavor

The following is being recalled:

Product Size

Name of Product

Sell Unit 

Best When Used By Code Date &
Mfr. Code

Individual Box

Best When Used By Code Date & Mfr. Code



Multi-Pack Unit

7.25 oz. each

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
Boxed Dinner
Original Flavor


18 SEP 2015  C2


11 OCT 2015 C2

0 21000 65883 1


3-Pack Box
(Three 7.25 oz. Boxes)
Net Wt. 21.75 oz.

3-Pack Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Boxed Dinner
Original Flavor

09 SEP 2015 XDG
27 SEP 2015 XDG

01 OCT 2015 XDG

02 OCT 2015 XDG

03 OCT 2015 XDG

20 NOV 2015 XDG

18 SEP 2015  C2


11 OCT 2015 C2

0 21000 65883 1

0 21000 05076 5



(Four 7.25 oz. Boxes)

Net Wt. 29 oz.

4-Pack Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Boxed Dinner
Original Flavor

18 SEP 2015 C2

19 SEP 2015 C2

08 OCT 2015 C2

18 SEP 2015  C2


11 OCT 2015 C2

0 21000 65883 1

0 21000 72540 3

(Five 7.25 oz. Boxes)
Net Wt. 36.25 oz.

5-Pack Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Boxed Dinner
Original Flavor

18 SEP 2015


11 OCT 2015

  XAR or C2

18 SEP 2015  C2


11 OCT 2015 C2

0 21000 65883 1

0 21000 77436 4

No other sizes, varieties or pasta shapes and no other packaging configurations are included in this recall.  And no products with manufacturing codes other than “C2” below the code date on the individual box are included in this recall.

Kraft has received eight consumer contacts about this product from the impacted line within this range of code dates and no injuries have been reported.  We deeply regret this situation and apologize to any consumers we have disappointed.

The recalled product was shipped by Kraft to customers nationwide in the U.S.  The product was also distributed to Puerto Rico and some Caribbean and South American countries — but not to Canada.

Consumers who purchased this product should not eat it.  They should return it to the store where purchased for an exchange or full refund.  Consumers also can contact Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at 1-800-816-9432 between 9 am and 6 pm (Eastern) for a full refund.


Kraft Foods Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: KRFT) is one of North America’s largest consumer packaged food and beverage companies, with annual revenues of more than $18 billion.  The company’s iconic brands includeKraft, Capri Sun, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Lunchables, Maxwell House, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Planters andVelveeta.  Kraft’s 22,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada have a passion for making the foods and beverages people love.  Kraft is a member of the Standard & Poor’s 500 and the NASDAQ-100 indices.  For more information about Kraft, visit and

Opinion: The Espionage Act and the “Golden Key” to Stop the State

The recent release of the documentary Citizenfour has refocused media attention on Edward Snowden, who last week restated his willingness to return to the U.S. to face the music if permitted a fair and impartial trial.

Of course, this isn’t something he will receive; the state has repeatedly claimed that Snowden has egregiously wounded national security, but cannot say exactly what has been damaged because of … well … national security. They would likely make this claim whether it was the case or not, largely because the real reason they won’t give Snowden a fair trial is that he struck a serious blow to their institutional legitimacy.

As Critical Art Ensemble pointed out in their 1996 classic Electronic Civil Disobedience and Other Unpopular Ideas, “The key indicators of power value [to a government] are the extent to which a location or commodity is defended, and the extent to which trespassers are punished.” In other words, an activist can tell how effective their activism is by how the state reacts to the injury.

There is little that matters more to a state institution than public confidence; as former intelligence director Michael Hayden noted, the “great harm of Snowden’s efforts to date is the erosion of confidence in the ability of the United States to do anything discreetly or keep anything secret … Snowden shows that we have fallen short and that the issue may be more systemic rather than isolated.” No matter the value of the leaks themselves, cracks in the facade must be swiftly and severely punished.

Such is the case with the Department of Justice’s intent to prosecute Snowden under the draconian Espionage Act of 1917. The Act remains a remarkable souvenir of nationalist paranoia during the First World War that managed to hang on into the current century, with apparently little chance of reform. President Woodrow Wilson’s choice of words is indicative of the almost comically authoritarian mindset he was in when he called for the legislation in 1915 to “crush” potential traitors to the state.

He said, “I urge you to enact such laws at the earliest possible moment and feel that in doing so I am urging you to do nothing less than save the honor and self-respect of the nation. Such creatures of passion, disloyalty, and anarchy must be crushed out. They are not many, but they are infinitely malignant, and the hand of our power should close over them at once.”

Those “infinitely malignant creatures” prosecuted under the Act included anti-interventionist newspaperman Victor L. Berger in 1919 and Nixon-era whistleblower and renowned journalist Daniel Ellsberg in the 1970’s. Wilson’s nationalism-fueled hysterics also included hostility toward Irish, German and Italian-Americans, declaring “any man who carries a hyphen around with him carries a dagger that he is ready to plunge into the vitals of the republic.”

A law born from this sort of paranoid mentality will be ripe for abuse by hysterical bureaucrats in any era. Perhaps the most insidious feature of the Act is that it doesn’t just punish leaks that are damaging to national security. Indeed, it prevents anyone from mounting any defense that might delineate different qualities or categories of leaked information, or claims that some leaked info is not relevant to security interests and might therefore qualify for a lesser charge. It demands that courts treat all leakers with the same fire-spewing nationalist venom that Wilson birthed the Act with.

The fact that the state imposes such massively inflexible punishment for information leaks is a strong indicator that it considers revealing privileged information of any sort to be a far greater threat to its legitimacy than think tanks, newspapers, grassroots advocacy, or the largely symbolic oversight of legislators and secret courts. Such a secretive and vigorously defended beast can only be wounded from within.

And thus a new kind of protester is born: the Electronic Civil Disobedient.

Snowden’s heroism indicates that the leaker-hacktivist is an inversion of the “golden key” that the NSA has aggressively sought from cybersecurity vendors to invade privacy indiscriminately: a failsafe security flaw to be utilized in the event of a serious threat from the state against the civil liberties of the individual.

Regardless of the actual threat posed by a leaker to the public good, the state will fiercely defend the worst of its blatantly unjust and unnecessary bludgeons like the Espionage Act. But its own ferocity could work against it: future Edward Snowdens are beginning to realize they may in fact be tools of today’s Woodrow Wilsons.

Jason M. Farrell is a contributing writer to The Center for a Stateless Society. A technolibertarian, blockchain enthusiast and former think tanker, he has been published in The Federalist, The Daily Caller, Policy Mic and United Liberty among others. He blogs at and can be found on Twitter @Jason_M_Farrell


AT&T Invests More Than $150 Million Over Three-Year Period To Enhance Local Networks In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa, March 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T* has invested more than $150 million in its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in Iowa from 2012 through 2014, driving a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and performance for residents and business customers.

As part of its Project Velocity IP (VIP), an investment plan focused on network enhancement and expansion, AT&T in 2014 made 154 network upgrades in Iowa, including new cell sites and the addition of wireless and wired network capacity.

“With a growing range of connected home appliances, cars and wearable devices, we depend more on network connectivity than ever before,” said Cheryl Riley, Northern Plains president, AT&T. “AT&T’s continued investment in Iowa brings a host of new, innovative opportunities for residents and businesses to connect with each other and their customers.”

Notable Iowa network enhancements in 2014 included the launch of AT&T’s home automation and security service, Digital Life, in Council Bluffs in May.

AT&T provides the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network today, covering more than 300 million Americans with 4G LTE service.** AT&T’s network also has the nation’s strongest LTE signal.*** During 2014, several markets in Iowa were added to AT&T’s extensive LTE network, including Ames, Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.

AT&T* was recently recognized by FORTUNE magazine as the Most Admired Telecommunications Company in the world in 2015. Additionally, FORTUNE ranked AT&T #47 among all companies in all industries in its list of the Top 50 Most Admired companies in the world. FORTUNE’s Most Admired Companies lists are among the most highly respected indicators of corporate performance and reputation.

AT&T operates an extensive Wi-Fi network including more than 34,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers, and provides access to more than 1 million Hot Spots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly wireless data plans.****

If the AT&T-DirecTV merger is approved by regulators, the combined companies will have an opportunity to redefine the video entertainment industry by delivering content to consumers across multiple screens – mobile devices, TVs, laptops, the backseat displays of connected cars, and even airplanes. AT&T has also committed to expand and enhance its deployment of both wireline and fixed wireless high-speed Internet to cover at least 15 million customer locations across 48 states – most of them in underserved rural areas.

For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Iowa or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.

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Prepare Yourself For The Business Startup Trends Of 2015

Every year businessmen are looking new places and areas to invest; helping entrepreneurs who want to start a business to know the year’s trends, or in other words the opportunities of the year.

heres-what-happened-when-we-strapped-a-bunch-of-people-into-the-oculus-rift-virtual-reality-headsetVirtual Reality

Since the 90’s, thousands of people have been waiting for the rising of virtual reality, and since the first appearance of the Oculus it makes this new technology a game’s changer in the business world.

One of the signs of the relevance of Virtual Reality is the acquisition of the Oculus by Facebook, and also the announces of Microsoft and Apple that they are going to explore the new fields that Virtual Reality is bringing.




You may hear of famous websites like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, and the reason behind of their success relies on two reasons.

First, if you have an awesome idea and the only thing that you need is to find people who want to help you by financing your idea, crowdfunding is a good opportunity to achieve this by just creating a campaign. And second, if you want to start a crowdfunding company this year will be important, more websites like this are starting to appear making them not just popular but a trend among people who are looking for success and crowd funders.


epatient1Digital Health 

The Internet has become one of the main platforms for making business. It is so important right now, that all companies have a website.

People are using more and more the Internet to get all the services and products that they want. Is well known that most people are starting to look for medical assistance on the Internet, let’s take for example, the Apple’s HealthKit technology, an application that would not only diagnose but help the user.




Online Marketplacee-marketplace

There’s not much to say about this. Companies like Ebay, Amazon and Craiglist are still keeping their success on the top, making the E-Commerce as one of the most important businesses areas in the latest years.

Tons of businessman have realized of this and this is the reason why more innovative websites like this are appearing. So, if you’re looking for a new idea to start a company, you should keep a close eye to the online marketplaces because this year it will become more relevant in the business world.



youtubeとリモコンOnline Video

You may not know about the success behind Youtubers who are using in creative ways social networks like YouTube. The fact is that producing online videos is still becoming tons of entrepreneurs successful.

Monetizing videos are not as easy as you think and it needs two things, a good idea, and an awesome video. More companies and entrepreneurs are starting to use YouTube for new ways to create a new business. And if you don’t believe me, just check the famous Youtuber ‘PewDiePie’, a man who earns from $800.000 to $8 millions with YouTube.

Jimmy Kimmel’s Shocking Story About His Penis

You may have not heard about everything that Jimmy Kimmel’s penis experienced. During a SXSW panel this weekend, the famed 47-years old comedian and host shared his story of the two surgeries he received for treating a disease called closed urethra.

“It just kind of closed up on its own” Said Kimmel during the interview with E! News. He added, “I don’t know why it happened, I still don’t know why”.

Though he didn’t want to share the date when the surgeries take place he talked about what his doctor said to him, “the guy said, ‘your urethra’s closing up and you need it operated on’, and then they did”. He also told, “And then they said, ‘Yea, we didn’t get it, it didn’t quite work. We need to do it again.’ And they did it again”.

He even joked around about this situation saying he was a “real pee hole”, though he recalled the unpleasant experience that the surgeries were.

Kimmel expressed that that the surgeries went down “a long time ago”. Despite the unfortunate surgeries, his plumbing is working correctly, and happy for receiving a third child the last summer.

Photo Credit: Angela George [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Webb Hires Iowa Coordinator

Former Virginia Senator, Jim Webb, has hired Rania Batrice to coordinate his Iowa 2016 Presidentail exploratory campaign.

Below is the statement released by Webb on his Facebook page this morning.

Glad to report that Rania Batrice is joining our team as senior political adviser, including coordinating Iowa. More about Rania.

Rania Batrice brings deep and varied experience in politics and humanitarian causes to the Webb presidential exploratory committee. She was the campaign manager for Iowa U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack’s re-election in 2008. She worked in Iowa and South Carolina for John Edwards’ presidential campaign in 2007. She was the campaign manager for Kinky Friedman’s bid for governor in Texas.

More recently, Batrice was campaign manager in a North Dakota congressional race, communications director for the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party, and executive director of the Freedom Project to help survivors of human trafficking. She has a 2003 degree in psychology and art from Austin College in Texas.