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Friday, July 25th, 2014

President Obama to Issue Executive Order on Drone Privacy

President Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order to develop privacy guidelines for commercial drones operating in U.S. airspace, POLITICO has learned. The order would put the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an arm of the Commerce Department, in charge of developing the guidelines. NTIA would bring together companies and consumer groups to hammer

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Mapping the Spread of Drought Across the U.S.

Droughts appear to be intensifying over much of the West and Southwest as a result of global warming. Over the past decade, droughts in some regions have rivaled the epic dry spells of the 1930s and 1950s. About 34 percent of the contiguous United States was in at least a moderate drought as of July

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Earth Observation Satellites Help Scientists Understand Global Change

Global warming is affecting more than just atmospheric temperatures — it is also changing water cycles, soil conditions, and animal migrations. Earth observation satellites aid scientists in measuring and monitoring these changes so societies can better adapt. Here is a gallery of satellite projects that scientists are using to better understand how the planet is

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Wikia Maps a Playground for Amateur Cartographers

Hold on to your compasses amateur cartographers, for there’s an exciting new online tool at your disposal. Jimmy Wales’ profit-making wiki-hosting service Wikia, sibling to the not-for-profit Wikipedia, is introducing a feature called Wikia Maps. Wikia Maps is a fan-authored mapping tool that will allow you as a user to create maps of real or

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Mapping Groundwater Beneath the Canada-U.S. Border May Help Water Woes

Drill a well into the aquifer near Taber, Alberta, 100 kilometres north of Sweetgrass Hills and the water can be close to a half million years old, says Alfonso Rivera, Canada’s chief hydrogeologist. His team is piecing together a 3-D model of the aquifer straddling the Alberta-Montana border in the most comprehensive look yet at

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Location Analytics + Maps: 10 Eureka Moments

A digital map can be like a thick deli sandwich: the bottom slice of bread represents the geographic coordinates of an area, and each layer added to it is another data set spread over those coordinates. Weather. Sales trends. Highway layouts and transportation networks. Building configurations. Office locations. Natural resources identified and targeted for exploration.

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

China to Launch Earth Observation Satellite for Venezuela

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has signed an agreement with Venezuela for in-orbit delivery of a second remote sensing satellite for the country, the company said on Tuesday. China sent a remote sensing satellite, the “VRSS-1,” into space from northwest China’s Gobi desert for Venezuela in 2012. Read More

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Korea Makes Plans for Earth Observation Satellite Launch in 2019

According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, and National Commission on Space of Korea, the launch of the first spatial information satellite has been delayed a year from 2018 to 2019. An infrared camera will be installed in the satellite with a resolution of 50cm. This

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Drones on a Different Mission

The military use of armed drones is well known and contentious. But the use of much smaller unmanned planes, closer in size to the remote-controlled planes hobbyists fly, is spreading into all sorts of areas, particularly when they are equipped with cameras. Drones have been used to monitor seabird populations off Australia and rain forests

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

StormTag Provides a Means to Further Crowdsource Weather and Climate Data

OpenSignal launched its meteorological data crowdsourcing program, called WeatheSignal, 14 months ago, and since then it’s grown from a handful of users to 50,000 Android phone wielders intent on using their phones sensors to help track and maybe someday help predict the weather. OpenSignal is now looking to the next phase of its weather crowdsourcing program. With

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