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Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Dubai Satellite Manufacturing Facility ‘On Track’, Says EIAST

The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) has announced that construction work on a facility to build satellites is on schedule and expected to be completed in the next few months. The facility comprises a clean room for the manufacture of satellites, an electrical laboratory, as well as a mechanical lab, EIAST said.

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

If You Think the Water Crisis Can’t Get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers Are Drained

Aquifers provide us freshwater that makes up for surface water lost from drought-depleted lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. We are drawing down these hidden, mostly nonrenewable groundwater supplies at unsustainable rates in the western United States and in several dry regions globally, threatening our future. Read more in National Geographic

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Galileo Launch, Initially Hailed as Success, Is a Failure

The Aug. 22 launch of the first two fully operational Galileo positioning, navigation and timing satellites, initially cheered as a success, will now be registered as a failure of the Europeanized Soyuz rocket’s Fregat upper stage, which left the satellites in a useless orbit, government and industry officials said Aug. 23. Read more via Space

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Vizsafe Turns Mapping, Geolocation and Video Social Network Into Community Watchdog

Technology security expert and entrepreneur Peter Mottur has created an app and platform called Vizsafe, a community alert app that allows residents to post geolocation-based photos and videos of crimes being committed allowing police to monitor posts and respond as quickly as possible. The company has worked with the New York and New Jersey Port

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Chile Launches National Environmental Enforcement Network

Chile’s Environmental Superintendent, Cristian Franz, last week announced the launch of the National Environmental Enforcement Network (RENFA). The new network, comprising 16 agencies with environmental responsibilities under the Superintendent, will increase the number of environmental inspectors in the country from the current 100 to 600. It will also coordinate the work of the country’s various

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Vietnam Adjusts Earth Observation Satellite Orbit to Avoid Probable Collision

Vietnam’s first earth-observing satellite, VNREDSat-1, changed its orbit to duck a possible collision with another object cruising at high speed last week, the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology said on Wednesday. The academy’s Center for Small Satellite Control and Exploitation, made changes to the orbit on August 15 after it received a warning from

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Amazon’s Prime Air Drone Service Gets Notable New Hires

In July, Amazon hired Prime Air VP of Science Paul Viola, an MIT Ph.D. and former Microsoft researcher who led an engineering group at Bing which used machine learning to make dramatic improvements to Bing’s accuracy and precision. Another interesting new hire: Avi Bar-Zeev, now a senior manager at Prime Air. Bar-Zeev co-founded Keyhole, Inc., which

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Europe to Launch New Generation Global Positioning Satellites

Europe on Thursday is slated to launch the first of a new generation of global-positioning satellites as it seeks to divorce itself from reliance on the Pentagon’s GPS constellation that has become the backbone of global commerce. The first pair of fully operational Galileo satellites are scheduled to be lofted into space on a Russian-designed

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Public Lab Builds Environmental Monitoring Community, Online and Off

Tech is changing how we relate to the environment. But until recently, the mechanics of political influence in America created a segment of environmental activism that isn’t always about connecting people to the environment. Well financed national groups like the National Resources Defense Council and the Environment Defense fund have had notable successes pressing for

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

China Launches Gaofen-2 Earth Imaging Satellite

A Long March-4B carrier rocket carrying the Gaofen-2 satellite blasts off from the launch pad at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China’s Shanxi Province, Aug. 19, 2014. China successfully launched Gaofen-2, a high-definition Earth observation satellite, into orbit on Tuesday, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense

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