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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Boom in Satellite Ship Tracking

All vessels over 300 gross tons (and all passenger ships irrespective of size) are mandated to carry transponders that push out data that includes not just position, course, and speed, but also information about a ship’s type, draught, cargo – even its eventual destination. AIS was established in the first instance as a safety system

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Russia Demands Data of US Satellite Over the Space where MH17 was Shot Down

The Russian authorities have demanded American government to provide and publish the space photos and data captured by US satellite that was over the space of area where Malaysia Airlines MH17 was shot down because Russia believes that Ukraine Air Force military jet SU25 was following MH17 and its distance from the Malaysian Boeing was

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The Man Behind the World’s Most Successful Navigation App

Michal Stencl, the 35-year-old chief executive and co-founder of Slovakia’s Sygic talks about early programming experience that helped to build a GPS giant, with turnover in 2013 reaching $18m (£10.5m). Sygic has been installed on some 50 million phones, making it the world’s most downloaded offline navigation app. By the end of 2014, Michal hopes,

Monday, July 21st, 2014

China Prepared to Launch High-resolution Satellite Gaofen-2

China will launch Gaofen-2, a high-definition Earth observation satellite, to space this year, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND). As one of China’s major science and technology projects, the Gaofen satellite series will help in geographic and resources surveys, environment and climate change monitoring, precision agriculture, disaster

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Real Adventurers Read Maps

Using printed maps requires travelers to work together. You become a team. Driver and navigator. Your ability to get along and solve problems is tested in valuable, revealing ways. GPS removes that entire interpersonal dynamic. It encourages a passive form of journeying: sit back and drift, because the vaguely Australian-sounding computer lady will tell you

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Alaska Spill Planning Tool Expands to Coastal Mapping

The coastal mapping endeavor ShoreZone’s Alaska debut was as a Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council pilot project in 2001. Now, about 80 percent of Alaska’s coastline is mapped including Southeast Alaska and the North Slope. ShoreZone provides public access to a coastal map that includes several elements: high-resolution photos, videos, and data on the

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Advanced Satellite Company DigitalGlobe Sets Sights on Ukraine

When Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared in March, a Colorado company allowed the world to search for clues from its satellite photos. Now, that same team is working to capture images of the debris field in Ukraine following the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash, CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen reports. If you want to see

Friday, July 18th, 2014

First of Its Kind Map Reveals Extent of Ocean Plastic

When marine ecologist Andres Cozar Cabañas and a team of researchers completed the first ever map of ocean trash, something didn’t quite add up. Their work, published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, did find millions of pieces of plastic debris floating in five large subtropical gyres in the world’s

Friday, July 18th, 2014

As China Stalks Satellites, U.S. and Japan Prepare to Defend Them

Besides testing missiles that can intercept and destroy satellites, the Chinese have developed jamming techniques to disrupt satellite communications. In addition, says Lance Gatling, president of Nexial Research, an aerospace consultant in Tokyo, the Chinese have studied ground-based lasers that could take down a satellite’s solar panels, and satellites equipped with grappling arms that could

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

GIS Technology Helps Eradicate Polio

In the battle to eradicate polio, even a 99% success rate is failure. But the World Health Organization (WHO) expects that the efforts of its dedicated professionals — combined with vaccines, other local and international resources, and tools such as geographic information systems (GIS) — will eradicate the crippling and potentially deadly disease worldwide by

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