Scrap Tire Playgrounds Lighten Landfills, But Raise Cancer Fears

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The fire burned for nine months, billowing toxic black smoke thousands of feet above its Appalachian valley source and across five states. It would take 20 years and $12 million to clean up the remains of the tire heap.

At the time of the 1983 Rhinehart, Virginia, tire fire, about 90 percent of America’s discarded tires went to landfills. There, they would take up massive amounts of space, occasionally ignite, and collect water that created fertile breeding grounds for disease-transmitting mosquitoes. Today, in part because of actions sparked by the Virginia disaster and many smaller tire fires, more than 90 percent of the nation’s approximately 230 million tires scrapped each year are put to use — burned as fuel, incorporated into asphalt roads and, increasingly, shredded into components of products such as synthetic turf sports fields and children’s playgrounds.

Industry leaders tout this as a win-win for businesses and the planet. But others say we’ve simply swapped one bad set of environmental health risks for another. And these critics highlight moves by industry and government to promote lucrative landfill diversions, such as ground-up tires — so-called crumb rubber — despite acknowledging hazards.

Meanwhile, the —> Read More Here

TerreStar applauds Harper govt’s mobile satellite service and AWS-4 decision

Montreal, Canada (SPX) Dec 20, 2014

In response to the decision by Industry Minister James Moore, TerreStar Solutions’ President, Andre Tremblay said, “I congratulate Prime Minister Harper and Industry Minister James Moore for this decision which supports wireless services in rural and remote communities and spurs wireless competition in Canada, thereby lowering wireless prices for Canadians and producing new jobs in this high tec —> Read More Here

State Spaceports Receive Federal Funding

Anchorage, AK (SPX) Dec 20, 2014

The Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC) will receive half of the $6 million in the Federal Fiscal Year 2015 Appropriations Omnibus Bill (HR83) for state owned spaceports.

AAC has been working with the Alaska congressional delegation for the past two years to establish a program to support non-Federal spaceports that provide launch services in support of the national security space program, —> Read More Here

Satellite firm Stevenson Astrosat moves into spacecraft systems

Edinburgh, UK (SPX) Dec 18, 2014

Stevenson Astrosat, one of Scotland’s most ambitious space technology companies, is accelerating into spacecraft systems in the latest rocket-powered boost to its business growth trajectory.

The Edinburgh-based company, which almost uniquely in the UK merges satellite and ground-based data to provide valuable information to a wide range of sectors, already has a thriving earth observation —> Read More Here

Arianespace sets new operational benchmarks on its latest Soyuz success

Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Dec 20, 2014

The latest Arianespace Soyuz mission has deployed the next four satellites for O3b Networks’ pioneering connectivity service on a flight performed from the Spaceport in French Guiana, wrapped up an historic 12 months of commercial launch services for Arianespace.

The 2-hr., 22-min. flight began with the propulsion of Soyuz’ basic three-stage launch vehicle, and was followed by multiple bur —> Read More Here

Opportunity drives on in no-flash mode

Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 20, 2014

Opportunity is on the west rim of Endeavour Crater heading towards ‘Marathon Valley,’ a location assumed to have abundant clay minerals only about a half-mile (800 meters) to the south.

With the continuing Flash memory problems on the rover, the project has chosen to operate the rover without using the non-volatile Flash storage system and instead rely on the volatile random access memory —> Read More Here

Family criticizing your weight? You might add more pounds

Women whose loved ones are critical of their weight tend to put on even more pounds, says a new study on the way people’s comments affect our health. “When we feel bad about our bodies, we often turn to loved ones — families, friends and romantic partners — for support and advice. How they respond can have a bigger effect than we might think,” said one author. —> Read More Here

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