I just checked out the NASA effort to get the public involved in the project to send its new rover to Mars and have hot news about why you should vote to name the rover.
Eight out of the nine name choices are borrrrrrring, but one is highly vote-worthy: Amelia. They don't explain, but presumably this is in loving memory of the daredevil pioneering pilot Amelia Earhart, who died in a Pacific plane crash some 70 years ago.
Ladies, it's the least we can do. You have until March 29. Vote for Amelia!
The new Mars rover is scheduled to land on the Red Planet to look for wee microbial life in 2012. Your name could be aboard.
The US National Aeronautics and Space Agency wants you to try your luck by helping to name the new rover, which is scheduled for launch in 2011. Just vote for your fave among the 9 names NASA has selected from hundreds proposed by kids. I haven't seen the candidate rover names yet, but NASA says it will reveal them starting March 23.
The people names destined for Mars will be recorded on a chip installed on the rover before launch. NASA is collecting names from folks who vote in the rover-naming contest. Here's the link for voting. You have until March 29 to cast your ballot and maybe get your name to Mars.
We asked readers about "social network fatigue," which can mean either that you're getting tired of social networking sites or that you're simply exhausted from having too much of your time sucked up by online social networking (boredom, on the one hand, addiction on the other). And, indeed, it appears that, at least among those who participated in the poll, this phenomenon is real.
43% of participants said they're afflicted and have cut back since last year, which could mean the novelty has worn off for them and the experience is no longer so fascinating, or that they've stopped shopping around and have settled into one or two sites they use regularly (which is probably good news for established networks like facebook). For the 9% who said they're afflicted but haven't cut back (the addicts?), those who are still getting acquainted with the whole concept, and those who just don't care yet, new offerings may still appeal.