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Thursday, June 5th, 2014

The Unlikely History of the Origins of Modern Maps

Efforts to explain what GIS actually is almost invariably wax philosophical. At its most essential, GIS is a system for marrying data sets with geography. But it can better be understood as the product of a specific historic moment whose fruit is just coming to bear – a moment arising from the spontaneous amalgam of

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Seminar Urges Disciplinary Fusion for Sustainable Earth

The seminar brought some 80 experts to discuss air, water and soil pollution, the impact of urbanization on the environment, sustainable development and food security. Mark Smith, chairman of Future Earth Science Committee, said the integration of disciplines in natural and social sciences, humanities and even artistic areas is necessary for the survival of nine

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

UNESCO Integrates Preservation of Heritage Sites with Sustainable Development

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is working to ensure that its World Heritage sites function as models of heritage conservation and sustainable human living. The organization employs an integrated and transdisciplinary approach to improve the living conditions of locals and alleviate poverty through the promotion of cultural heritage and sustainable tourism.

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Russia Excludes Use of GPS Stations for Military Purposes on Its Territory

US GPS (Global Positioning System) ground stations located in Russia will continue to operate under existing agreements but their use for military purposes will be excluded, Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said on Sunday. Read More

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Redlands Tech Company Esri Aims for a Better World

Jack Dangermond wants to make the world a better place. And he’s found an answer at the intersection of maps and technology. Since the late 1960s, Dangermond, 68, has found a way to empower industry, government and the public using software to solve problems by analyzing information geographically. Read More

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Google to Invest $1 billion on Satellites to Spread Internet Access

Google Inc. plans to spend more than $1 billion on a fleet of satellites to extend Internet access to unwired regions of the globe, people familiar with the project said, hoping to overcome financial and technical problems that thwarted previous efforts. Details remain in flux, the people said, but the project will start with 180

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Google Balloon that Fell to Earth Thursday Hit Power Lines

Authorities said Friday that a high-tech, high-altitude balloon belonging to Google became entangled in power lines when it fell to Earth near a mint field about 2 miles south of Harrah early Thursday. It knocked out power to a small number of homes in the immediate area of Harrah and Fort roads when it crashed

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Army’s Augmented Reality System Makes Its Way to the Commercial Market

For the past six years, the scientists at Applied Research Associates (ARA) have been working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop an augmented reality system called ARC4. Imagine the name of your bartender, the height of the building in the distance, the location of your car, all floating right before your

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

New U.S. Arctic Research Vessel to Cast Off

A brand-new research vessel is buoying the hopes of US oceanographers. In the first week of June, the University of Alaska Fairbanks plans to take possession of the RV Sikuliaq, a US$200-million, 80-metre ship that is currently floating in the Great Lakes. It is the first research vessel built for the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Tree-mapping Drone Start-up Has Sky-high Ambitions

Mapping the trees in Finland’s forests sounds like a Herculean task – there are 30 billion of them, making it Europe’s most densely wooded nation. But for one start-up that’s just the warm-up act to its plan to use laser-equipped drones to shake up industry at large. From package deliveries to nuclear power plant examinations,

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