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Year-long 'Mars isolation' begins

BBC Science/Nature - Fri, 2015-08-28 23:57
A team of Nasa recruits begins a year-long isolation in a dome near a barren volcano in Hawaii, to simulate life on Mars.
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Satellite image of IS destruction

BBC Science/Nature - Fri, 2015-08-28 22:24
A French satellite system pictures a pile of rubble where the ancient Temple of Baalshamin at Palmyra in Syria used to stand.
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Satellite revisits Hurricane Katrina

BBC Science/Nature - Fri, 2015-08-28 14:05
A UK-built satellite delivered the first orbital picture to US disaster response coordinators following Hurricane Katrina. Ten years on, a British spacecraft has re-imaged the Mississippi Delta.
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Autodesk Reports Second Quarter Financial Results

GIS Cafe' - Fri, 2015-08-28 13:44
Strong Billings and Deferred Revenue Growth SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — August 27, 2015 — Autodesk, …

AUVSI, CEA: Drone Restrictions Would Hurt Californians, Innovation

GIS Cafe' - Fri, 2015-08-28 13:43
ARLINGTON, Va. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — August 27, 2015 — The following statement is attributed to Brian Wynne, president and …

Autodesk Signs Agreement to Acquire SeeControl

GIS Cafe' - Fri, 2015-08-28 13:43
Acquisition Adds Enterprise Internet of Things Cloud Service to Autodesk Portfolio SAN FRANCISCO — (BUSINESS WIRE) — …

USGS evaluates Sigma Space’s Single Photon LiDAR as a key technology for its 3D Digital Elevation Program

GIS Cafe' - Fri, 2015-08-28 13:42
Sigma Space technology may enable first high-resolution 3D map of the Unites States and the Planet LANHAM, Md. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — …

Has Defra shown badger culling works?

BBC Science/Nature - Fri, 2015-08-28 13:04
Pallab Ghosh assesses the evidence for the decision to extend the cull of badgers to control TB in cattle.
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Personalized Storm Tracking by Google

James Fee's Blog - Fri, 2015-08-28 12:42

If there is one thing that gets the GeoMarketers excited, it is natural disasters.  Every year at this time we see hurricane trackers, 3D storm viewers and other “exciting” products to help protect us from the wrath of mother nature.  This year Google is promoting their Personalized Storm Tracker.

The safety recommendations you receive will be tailored to reflect the current status of the event and your context. For example, if you search for a specific storm when it’s still several days away, you may see a map of the developing weather event and a recommendation to start preparing an emergency kit. If the storm is only hours away from your location, you might receive a reminder to start charging your phone in case power goes out. And if you search when the storm is nearby, you’ll get the most urgent information, like how to avoid injury from fast-moving water or flying debris.

I feel like these things are more trouble than they are worth.  Last Sunday I was at Sky Harbor Airport when a dust storm alert went off on all the iPhones in the baggage claim area.  The whole place sounded loud as the alerts went off warning us that wind and dust were headed our way.  The result of this great warning, people making jokes.  Sure an alert was issued, sure it probably is a safety thing that we all get these alerts on our phones.  But the delivery isn’t personalized, it’s a broadcast message and then 10 minutes of people joking about the alerts.

At least in the USA, storms don’t sneak up on anyone.  These products are great press but of little value.

Badger cull extended into Dorset

BBC Science/Nature - Fri, 2015-08-28 08:12
The badger cull is to be extended into Dorset following pilots in Gloucestershire and Somerset, the government announces.
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GIS Cafe' - Fri, 2015-08-28 07:12
Huntsville, AL – AirGon LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of GeoCue Group Inc., has been granted a section 333 exemption by the Federal Aviation …

Trimble Introduces New High-Speed Data Communications Link for Industrial Applications

GIS Cafe' - Fri, 2015-08-28 06:59
High-Speed, Wireless Data Link Provides High Level of Performance SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 27, 2015—Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) introduced today the …

GISCI Announces New Exam; Exam Signup Nears

GIS Cafe' - Fri, 2015-08-28 06:50
The new GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge Exam® for the GISP Certification is coming!  Des Plaines, IL (August 27, 2015) …

VIDEO: Knut died of autoimmune illness

BBC Science/Nature - Thu, 2015-08-27 21:48
Scientists say they can now explain what happened to Knut, the famous polar bear that drowned at Berlin Zoo in 2011.
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VIDEO: Monbiot butchers and eats a squirrel

BBC Science/Nature - Thu, 2015-08-27 18:56
The writer and environmentalist George Monbiot cooks dead squirrel in the Newsnight studio as he discusses the outraged reaction he got on social media after revealing he had cooked and eaten a "road kill" squirrel.
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