EIAST: KhalifaSat design completed

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Abu Dhabi, UAE (SPX) Oct 20, 2014

The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) has announced the completion of KhalifaSat’s design, the first satellite that will be designed and built by Emirati engineers in the UAE.

During a meeting of the internal review board, which comprised of system engineers, managers and consultants, EIAST’s engineers presented their designs on the different modules and sub- —> Read More Here

Discovery of the Benesov meteorites 20 years after the bolide event

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Paris (SPX) Oct 20, 2014

Astronomy and Astrophysics is publishing the spectacular discovery of meteorite fragments 20 years after the corresponding bolide was seen in the skies of the Czech Republic. This discovery was made possible by reanalyzing the trajectory, which moved the impact line by 330 meters. Interestingly, the meteorites found on the ground are of different types, pointing to a parent asteroid of heterogen —> Read More Here

Scientists say national Alzheimer’s plan milestones must be strengthened to meet goal by 2025

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A workgroup of nearly 40 Alzheimer’s researchers and scientists says the research milestones in the US Government’s National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease must be broadened in scope, increased in scale, and adequately funded in order to successfully achieve this goal. A series of proposals by the workgroup to enlarge and strengthen the Plan are published today in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. —> Read More Here

Mummy remains refute antiquity of ankylosing spondylitis

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Ankylosing spondylitis is a systemic disease that causes inflammation in the spinal joints and was thought to have affected members of the ancient Egyptian royal families. Now a new study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology, refutes that claim, finding instead a degenerative spinal condition called diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis in royal Egyptian mummies from the 18th to early 20th Dynasties. —> Read More Here

Sophisticated Sensor Will Give NOAA Earlier Warnings of Severe Storms

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Palo Alto CA (SPX) Oct 20, 2014

A Lockheed Martin team delivered the first Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) instrument that will provide earlier alerts of severe storms and contribute to more accurate tornado warnings.

The sensor will fly on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) missions, known as the GOES-R Series. —> Read More Here

NASA Soil Moisture Mapper Arrives at Launch Site

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Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 20, 2014

A NASA spacecraft designed to track Earth’s water in one of its most important, but least recognized forms – soil moisture – now is at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, to begin final preparations for launch in January.

The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) spacecraft arrived Wednesday at its launch site on California’s central coast after traveling from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labo —> Read More Here

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