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Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Mining Social Media Can Help Improve Disaster Response Efforts

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., Jan. 20, 2015—Leveraging publicly available social media posts could help disaster response agencies quickly identify impacted areas in need of assistance, according to a Penn State-led team of researchers. By analyzing the September 2013 Colorado floods, researchers showed that a combination of remote sensing, Twitter and Flickr data could be used to

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

A New Study Puts Temperature Increases Caused by CO2 Emissions on the Map

Montreal, January 20, 2016 — Earth’s temperature has increased by 1°C over the past century, and most of this warming has been caused by carbon dioxide emissions. But what does that mean locally?

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Camera Traps Reveal that Tropical Forest Protected Areas Can Protect Biodiversity

Arlington, Va., USA (January 19, 2016) – Biodiversity in tropical forest protected areas may be faring better than previously thought, according to a study publishing in the Open Access journal PLOS Biology on January 19th. The study, “Standardized Assessment of Biodiversity Trends in Tropical Forest Protected Areas: The End is Not in Sight,” was based

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

World View to Launch from Spaceport Tucson, Arizona

TUCSON, AZ – Arizona is poised to become a hub for the space tech industry, as World View – the commercial balloon spaceflight company – today announced that Tucson will become home to its global headquarters, conducting launches from Spaceport Tucson. The announcement follows today’s affirmative vote on a public-private partnership with World View and

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Assessing the Impact of Human-Induced Climate Change

The past century has seen a 0.8°C (1.4°F) increase in average global temperature, and according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the overwhelming source of this increase has been emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants from human activities. Scientists have also observed that many of Earth’s glaciers, ecosystems and other systems are

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

NASA, NOAA Analyses Reveal Record-Shattering Global Warm Temperatures in 2015

Earth’s 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record-keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Fires Burning in Africa and Asia Cause High Ozone in Tropical Pacific

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – While efforts to limit ozone precursor emissions tend to focus on industrial activities and fossil fuel combustion in the United States and China, a new University of Maryland-led study suggests that future regulations may need to address the burning of forests and vegetation. The study, which was published online January 13,

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Esri Unveils ArcGIS Earth to the World

Redlands, Calif., Jan. 19, 2016—Esri, the world leader in mapping technology, has launched ArcGIS Earth, a free, desktop-based interactive globe that anyone can use to explore the world and work with a variety of 3D and 2D map data formats including KML. ArcGIS Earth allows users to quickly display data on the globe, sketch place

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Greenhouse Gas Can Escape the Deep Ocean in Surprising Way, New Study Says

A new scientific journal article reports that carbon dioxide can emerge from the deep ocean in a surprising way — a new piece of the global carbon “puzzle” that researchers must solve to fully understand major issues like climate change.

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

NextNav’s Metropolitan Beacon System Brings GNSS-like Positioning to Indoor and Urban Environments

Sunnyvale, Calif., Jan. 19, 2016—Today, NextNav announced that the final specification for 3GPP Release 13 will include messaging support for Terrestrial Beacon System (TBS) location technologies, including the Metropolitan Beacon System (MBS). NextNav has adopted MBS for its nationwide deployment, an innovative “terrestrial constellation” bringing GNSS-like positioning performance to indoor and urban environments where satellite-based

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