News Briefs Dec. 10, 2010

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STAR TREK SIMULATOR RIDE
Star Trek the Exhibit: Where Science Meets Science Fiction has added a new attraction for visitors to enjoy. A simulator ride started on Nov. 26 and will continue until Jan. 2 in accordance with the Festival of Lights celebration. The ride will be open Monday through Thursday from noon until 6 p.m. and Friday through Sunday noon until 8 p.m. Tickets for the simulator are $3 per person. It is located on the corner of University Avenue and Main Street.

UCR CREATES NEW TWEET APP
Computer science graduate students and professors introduced a new phone application that will allow users to control who views each their tweets. The application has been named “Twitsper,” a combination of the words ‘Twitter’ and ‘Whisper.’ Twitsper allows users to create private lists of their followers. Once the list is created, the creator and those on the list can send tweets back and forth that only they can see. The application can be downloaded by Android systems.

RIVERSIDE: GREAT LIVING
The city of Riverside was recently recognized as one of the world’s most livable communities by and international panel of judges at the 2010 International Awards for Livable Communities (LivCom) in Chicago, Ill. Riverside received a Silver LivCom Award, which places it as a leader in the areas of environmental best practices and stainability. The objective of the annual awards is to “encourage best practice, innovation, and leadership in providing a vibrant, environmentally stable community that improves the quality of life.” Mayor Ron Loverage said that Riverside is “’now known around the world for our policies, and our commitments to renewable energy and sustainable living practices,” in a press release issued on Nov. 19.