US Senator says GPS often fails to track emergency calls

Washington DC (Sputnik) Feb 01, 2015

First responders are often not able to pinpoint the location of victims when emergency calls are made from wireless devices due to defects in the US GPS satellite system, US Senator Chuck Schumer, said in a press release.

“First responders too-often can’t locate victims when 911 calls are made from cell phones,” Schumer said on Wednesday. “It is inconceivable that GPS flaws could mean the —> Read More Here

Russian Satellites Prohibited for Emergency 911 Calls in US

Washington DC (Sputnik) Feb 01, 2015

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) doesn’t allow the use of non-US satellites, Chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau David Simpson said, referring to the FCC order, requiring wireless providers to be able to transmit emergency indoor cellphone calls to 911 call centers.

“Nothing in this order authorizes the use of any non-US satellite signal in conjuncti —> Read More Here

NASA Launches Groundbreaking Soil Moisture Mapping Satellite

Vandenberg AFB CA (SPX) Jan 31, 2015

b>Aerojet Rocketdyne Propulsion Supports ULA Delta II Launch of Soil Moisture Active Passive Satellite for NASA br> /b>Sacramento, CA – Aerojet Rocketdyne has helped propel the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, carrying the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite into orbit for NASA so scientists can better understand the Earth’s water, carbon and energy cycles. SMAP was launched fr —> Read More Here

Lofar’s record-sharp image gives new view of galaxy M 82

Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Feb 01, 2015

An international team of astronomers led from Chalmers University of Technology has used the giant radio telescope Lofar to create the sharpest astronomical image ever taken at very long radio wavelengths. Made by observing simultaneously from four countries, including Sweden, the image shows the glowing centre of the galaxy Messier 82 – and many bright remnants of supernova explosions.

As —> Read More Here

Japan Successfully Launches New Spy Satellite

Tokyo (Sputnik) Feb 01, 2015

Japan successfully completed the launch of a radar reconnaissance satellite on Sunday morning, the Kyodo news agency reports. The launch was performed from the Tanegashima Space Center in the Kagoshima Prefecture in the south of Japan at 10:21 local time (01:30 GMT). The satellite was taken into orbit by the H-2A (H-IIA) carrier rocket.

This is the fifth spy satellite that Japan has launch —> Read More Here

Carl Djerassi, Creator Of Birth Control Pill, Dead At 91

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Carl Djerassi, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died.

Djerrasi died of complications of cancer Friday in his San Francisco home, Stanford University spokesman Dan Stober said. He was 91.

Djerassi, a professor emeritus of chemistry at Stanford, was most famous for leading a research team in Mexico City that in 1951 developed norethindrone, a synthetic molecule that became a key component of the first birth control pill.

“The pill” as it came to be known radically transformed sexual practices and women’s lives. The pill gave women more control over their fertility than they had ever had before and permanently put doctors — who previously didn’t see contraceptives as part of their job — in the birth control picture.

In his book, “This Man’s Pill,” Djerassi said the invention also changed his life, making him more interested in how science affects society.

In 1969, he submitted a public policy article about the global implications of U.S. contraceptive research, according to the Stanford News Service. In 1970, he published another article about the feasibility of a birth control pill for men.

“The thoughts behind these two public policy articles had convinced me that politics, rather than —> Read More Here

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