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Friday, August 29th, 2014

Cellphone Tracking Records for Sale for Surveillance

Makers of surveillance systems are offering governments across the world the ability to track the movements of almost anybody who carries a cellphone, whether they are blocks away or on another continent. The technology works by exploiting an essential fact of all cellular networks: They must keep detailed, up-to-the-minute records on the locations of their

Friday, August 29th, 2014

EU Satellite Fired Into Wrong Orbit by ‘Software Bug’

Two satellites commissioned by the European Union were accidentally sent into the wrong orbit at launch because of a simple software bug – potentially rendering the multi-million pound devices less capable than intended, or even entirely useless. Russian newspaper Izvestia reports that a software error in the upper stage, which was developed by a Russian

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Better Road Map for Cutting New Roads

Roads today are proliferating virtually everywhere — for exploiting timber, minerals, oil and natural gas; for promoting regional trade and development; and for building burgeoning networks of energy infrastructure such as hydroelectric dams, power lines and gas lines. New research published today in Nature, unveils a global “roadmap” of where to put roads to avoid

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Sony to Begin Developing Drones

Officials of Sony say they have begun developing unmanned aerial vehicles commonly known as drones. Sony holds the leading global market share for sensors that work like human eyes. They are used in digital cameras and other devices. Sony wants to expand the use of the technology to drones. Read more via NHK World

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Botched Satellite Launch Shakes Russia’s Space Rocket Industry

Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, has launched an independent investigation into the cause of Friday’s botched launch of two brand-new European navigation satellites aboard a Soyuz rocket amid fears that the accident will destroy already weak consumer confidence in the country’s space industry. Four years behind schedule, Friday’s launch in Kourou, French Guiana, of the first two fully operational Galileo satellites — the EU’s answer to the U.S.

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

TRMM Satellite Out of Fuel

After 17 years of faithful service, the end is in sight for the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM). The joint NASA-Japanese mission is out of fuel (except for a small reserve amount for emergencies) and beginning its slow descent back to Earth. From that fall, the satellite is not going to recover. It’s expected to

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

The Whiteboard Doodles that Became Google Maps

The photograph, below, of seemingly random scribbles on a whiteboard is the thought bubble for what today is known as Google Maps. The annotations – revealed here publicly for the first time – were scrawled in 2004 by Australian software engineer Noel Gordon, one of the four men who founded the Sydney-based digital mapping start-up

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

China Makes Large Strides in Satellite Intelligence

Russian media say China has become one of the few nations capable of building a high-definition Earth observation satellite. The observation satellite Gaofen-2 launched Aug. 19 from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, is able to discern one-meter-long objects on the ground with high resolution in full color. China’s Aug. 19 satellite launch means that the

Monday, August 25th, 2014

3D Robotics – The Future of Autonomous Aerial Imaging

What started out as a simple request to review some of the 3D Robotics drones, has quickly become an obsession of diving deep into the autonomous technology that drives these aerial imaging machines. This is about looking at 3D Robotics approach to autonomous navigation with drones, cameras, imaging, the present and the future. Read more

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Earthquake Early-warning System Gave 10-second Alert Before Napa Quake Felt

Scientists at UC Berkeley released a video showing an earthquake early-warning system that sent an alert before the magnitude-6.0 Napa earthquake Sunday morning. Officials said the system provided an alert 10 seconds before the quake was felt. California is working to complete a statewide system, which could be unveiled in the next few years. Read

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