PR Newswire Broadcast Minute for Thursday, Jan. 1

Thursday, January 1, 2009 General News J E 4
NASA Kicks Off 2009 FIRST Robotics Season With Live Broadcast

NASA Television will broadcast the annual FIRST -- For Inspiration andRecognition of Science and Technology -- Robotics Kickoff event on Saturday,January third at seven A.M. Pacific Time from Southern New HampshireUniversity in Manchester. During the live broadcast, FIRST Robotics founderDean Kamen will reveal the competition scenario for 2009, launching a six-weekdesign and building frenzy for thousands of students in almost seventeenhundred international teams.

Each year, FIRST presents a new robotics competition scenario with twistsand nuances to challenge both rookie and veteran teams alike. Each teamreceives an identical kit of parts and has six weeks to design and build arobot based on the team's interpretation of the game scenario. Other thandimension and weight restrictions, the look and function of the robots is upto each individual team.

New Survey Shows Fitness Goals Trump Money Woes for Most

Despite the tough economy, a recent consumer survey conducted by OpinionResearch Corp. and sponsored by Anytime Fitness, revealed that most Americansare not willing to give up their health club memberships, but are taking costsinto consideration.

Among those who already belong to fitness clubs, sixty percent said theywill keep their current memberships. Another twenty-three percent plan todownsize to more affordable health clubs. When choosing health clubs,fifty-four percent of all surveyed said that cost is the most important factorthey consider. An additional twenty-one percent selected convenience oratmosphere as top considerations.

Recession Hits Mobile Phone Market, Cell Phone Makers Braced for Declinein Shipments; EIN News Offers Extended Coverage

Having enjoyed eight years of growth, the mobile phone industry isexpected to see a sharp decline in cell phone shipments this year. While someanalysts predict that sales will drop by a mere one-point-nine percent, othersput the figure at a staggering twenty-seven percent.

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