What we’re reading: TSA Pre-Check expands, 787 fix has layers, MarsFest in Death Valley


TSA adds Pre-Check to 5 more airports

TSA has announced it is expanding its Pre-Check program to five more airports.

By April 1, 2013, eligible passengers flying on participating airlines out of Austin-Bergstrom International (AUS), Cleveland Hopkins International (CLE), Memphis International (MEM), Nashville International (BNA) and Raleigh-Durham International (RDU) airports may receive TSA Pre✓™ benefits.

Boeing 787 fix has layers to prevent fires, FAA says

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said that Boeing has proposed several layers to prevent battery fires.

Huerta said the Boeing proposal contains three general safety layers: attempting to ensure none of the eight individual cells within a battery overheats, preventing a failed cell from harming adjacent cells, and protecting the plane from damage if all the cells burn.

Celebrate MarsFest in Death Valley National Park this weekend

If you love all things space and you’ll be in Death Valley this weekend, you’ll get a chance to meet and chat with scientists and other fans.

The second annual MarsFest will take place in the park starting Friday, March 1, running through Sunday, March 3. The event is designed to allow scientists and space enthusiasts to interact with one another as they jointly explore the possibilities of space exploration, something that Death Valley has played a crucial role in for decades.