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Glowing plants a sign of health

12 February 2014

Radiant skin is considered a sign of good health in humans, but plants also glow when they are well. 

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Sochi at night

Three months after bearing the Olympic torch outside their orbiting home, the astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) got to look down on that flame from above. On the evening of February 10, 2014, an Expedition 38 crew member on the ISS captured this digital photograph of Sochi, Russia, along the coast of the Black Sea. (Source: NASA Earth Observatory)

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Skybox Imaging Exec discusses constellation plans

12 February 2014

Skybox Imaging has taken the first steps toward fleshing out its entire constellation of small, high-resolution Earth observation satellites.

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NASA-USGS Landsat 8 satellite celebrates first year of success

11 February 2014

One year ago, on 11 February 2013, NASA launched the Landsat 8 Earth-observing satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The launch went perfectly, and 100 days later NASA transferred operational control to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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High-res satellites help track whale populations

12 February 2014

New high-resolution satellite imagery now allows researchers to spot and count whales from space, greatly expediting population analyses used in conservation efforts, according to a new report.

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Looking forward to another 10 years of science on board the International Space Station

Looking forward to another 10 years of science on board the International Space Station

15 February 2014

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The world can change in a decade, as we well know. The same is true in space. Over the last ten years, the International Space Station (ISS) has been producing results at an extraordinary rate. The unique capabilities of this under-appreciated laboratory have resulted in:

  • The development of a precision robotic arm that aids in the removal of tumours from the human brain.
  • The ability to start a fire without flames - an anti-intuitive technology that has applications in super-efficient auto engines.
  • The counting of hundreds of thousands of anti-matter particles among normal cosmic rays, which supports the theory of dark matter.
  • Atoms have been gathered into exotic forms, creating the building blocks of future smart materials

These are just a few of the nearly miraculous advances that have been made over the last ten years, and NASA has just announced that the ISS mission has been extended another ten years.

Source: redOrbit

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34th EARSeL Symposium

16 - 20 June 2014

Organisation: European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL)

Location: Warsaw, Poland

Symposium Overview:

EARSeL is a scientific network of European remote sensing laboratories, coming from both academia and commercial/industrial sector, which covers all fields of geoinformation and Earth observation through remote sensing. All scientists, professionals and researchers involved or interested in the field of the symposium are strongly encouraged to present papers according to the following topics:

  • Scientific applications of remote sensing, emerging methods and technologies
  • Education and training in school, university, and public life
  • Capacity building at organisations and authorities involved in environmental monitoring and protection
  • Activities dealing with natural and cultural heritage
  • Remote sensing for archaeology
  • Land use and land cover, degradation and desertification
  • Urban remote sensing
  • Oceans, coastal zones and inland waters
  • Natural and man-made disasters
  • Forestry and forest fires
  • Applications related to assist developing countries: mapping, monitoring and change analysis
  • Remote sensing and its associated support to the understanding of climate change
  • Hydrological applications: water management, underground water sources, land ice and snow
  • 3D remote sensing, Radar, Lidar, Thermal Remote Sensing
  • New instruments and methods, including ground truth

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