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NASA Gov Doc: Earth Atmosphere Visualization
This visualization shows early test renderings of a global computational model of Earth’s atmosphere based on data from NASA’s Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version 5 (GEOS-5). This particular run, called Nature Run 2, was run on a supercomputer, spanned 2 years of simulation time at 30 minute intervals, and produced Petabytes of output.

NASA Gov Doc: Earth Atmosphere Visualization

This visualization shows early test renderings of a global computational model of Earth’s atmosphere based on data from NASA’s Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version 5 (GEOS-5). This particular run, called Nature Run 2, was run on a supercomputer, spanned 2 years of simulation time at 30 minute intervals, and produced Petabytes of output.

ACA-registration Librarians take note.

Almost 7 million uninsured individuals who missed the March 31 enrollment deadline still have an opportunity to enroll in health insurance before November if they experience one of several qualifying events that triggers a Special Enrollment Period (SEP).

Examples of qualifying life events include permanently moving to an area where different plans are available on the marketplace, getting married, having or adopting a child, and becoming a citizen, national, or lawfully present individual.

HT: thehill.com

NOAA Gov Doc/Data: Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters

On August 6, NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center released updated information on 2013 Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters and several new tools to assist users in analyzing the data. These new features allow users to better explore the type, frequency and cost of U.S. billion-dollar events by state and year, from 1980 to 2013. 

Based on updated financial information, NOAA is adding two new disasters to the 2013 total to include an Illinois Flooding and Severe Weather that occurred April 16-19, 2013, and a Midwest Severe Weather event that occurred August 6-7, 2013.   This brings the total number of 2013 billion-dollar weather and climate events to nine. The estimated cost of damages from these events is $23 billion dollars.

NOAA also reanalyzed the entire period of record to examine events that were close to $1 billion threshold. Based on this reanalysis, 17 were added events to the entire period of record dating back to 1980, including several drought in the early part of the record.

Census Gov Doc/Data: State-to-State Migration for States of 8 Million or More

This graphic, using data from the American Community Survey, illustrates the total number of movers between states for the 12 most populous states, based on 2010 population. While there is considerable gross domestic migration (total number of movers) between states each year, the number of movers in and the number of movers out are similar, resulting in relatively small net gains or losses.

In early August 2014 two American healthcare workers who contracted Ebola virus infections while working to stem an outbreak in West Africa returned to the United States to continue receiving medical care here. Ebola infection is highly deadly and there is no approved specific treatment. Although the patients were to be transported and cared for under strict isolation protocols, some have voiced concern about Ebola infection being brought to the United States for the first time intentionally.

Ebola infection is one of several communicable diseases for which aliens are generally barred from entry into the United States. Although U.S. citizens are entitled to certain constitutional protections related to the right to travel and reenter the United States, these rights may be balanced against the government’s interest in preventing the spread of a dangerous communicable disease. In any event, U.S. practice has been to isolate and/or quarantine arriving U.S. citizens who have been infected with or exposed to a dangerous communicable disease, rather than barring their entry into the country outright (though circumstances could conceivably arise where this practice would be altered).

SSA Gov Doc: “Boldly Go” to www.socialsecurity.gov

Patty Duke explains to George Takei that people of all ages should “Boldly Go” to www.socialsecurity.gov in one of seven PSAs.

NIH Gov Doc: NIBIB Bionic Man: Cutting-Edge Biotechnology Research

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering recently launched the “NIBIB Bionic Man,” an interactive Web tool that allows students and the public to learn about cutting-edge research in biotechnology.

The bionic man features 14 technologies currently being developed by NIBIB-supported researchers. Examples include a powered prosthetic leg that helps users achieve a more natural gait, a wireless brain-computer interface that lets people with paralyzed legs and arms control computer devices or robotic limbs using only their thoughts, and a micro-patch that delivers vaccines painlessly and doesn’t need refrigeration.

SSA Gov Doc: “John’s First Job” Comic Book (1956)

During the 1950s-1960s SSA published a series of comic books on Social Security-related topics, in an effort to reach the youth audience, which in those days used comic books as their hottest medium of communication.

Smithsonian Gov Docs: 20,000+ Open-Access Digital Images from the National Gallery of Art

NGA Images is a repository of digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art. On this website you can search, browse, share, and download images. A standards-based reproduction guide and a help section provide advice for both novices and experts. More than 20,000 open access digital images up to 3000 pixels each are available free of charge for download and use. NGA Images is designed to facilitate learning, enrichment, enjoyment, and exploration.

USGS Gov Doc: Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

jtotheizzoe:

Face It, Bugs Rule

Welcome to my new favorite spot on the internet*, the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab’s Flickr page. It’s got more than a thousand macro portraits of bees, wasps, beetles, birds, butterflies, hoppers and who-knows-whats. And they are all Creative Commons licensed.

USDA AMS : Searchable Farmers Market Database

The Directory lists over 8,100 markets that feature two or more farm vendors selling agricultural products directly to customers at a common, recurrent physical location. Maintained by the Agricultural Marketing Service, the Directory is designed to provide consumers with convenient access to information about farmers market listings to include: market locations, directions, operating times, product offerings, accepted forms of payment, and more.
 
You can search for markets by zip code, geographic proximity, product availability, payment method and even whether the market participates in Federal nutrition programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). You can also search by typing the official name and indicating state.

Image: USDA Gov Doc: Having Fun at Your Local Farmers Market Coloring Book

via hotopics.askcarlos.com/coloringbooks