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Astronauts hook up huge module to space station
Washington (AFP) Nov 14, 2007
Astronauts Wednesday fixed a bus-sized 14-tonne module into place on the International Space Station to enable the future installation of a European and a Japanese laboratory, NASA said. "Station crew members moved Harmony from its temporary location on the left side of the Unity node to its new home on the front of the US laboratory Destiny Wednesday morning," a statement from the US space ... read more


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Lockheed Martin-Built GPS Satellite Poised For Liftoff From Cape Canaveral Launch Pad
Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Dec 18, 2007
The fifth in a series of eight modernized Global Positioning System Block IIR (GPS IIR-M) satellites built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Air Force is ready for launch aboard a Delta II rocket on Dec. 20, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The spacecraft, designated GPS IIR-18M, is a modernized version of the Block IIR series designed to enhance the GPS constellation for military and c ... more

Subaru Reveals Galaxy Formation From 11 Billion Years Ago
Hilo HI (SPX) Dec 18, 2007
A team of Japanese astronomers have obtained imagees of galaxies from 11 billion years ago using innovative technology and instrumentation on the Subaru Telescope. The images of the distant galaxies show almost all of the galaxies have a light profile similar to the disk galaxies in the local universe around our Milky Way galaxy, indicating that a majority of galactic formation occurred earlier ... more

Custom-Made Blankets For A World-Class Observatory
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 18, 2007
The Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission 4, scheduled for August 2008, aims to complete multiple upgrades and repairs, many of which are crucial for prolonging the telescope's operational life. One of the mission's many objectives is the refurbishment of its outer thermal blankets. b>The Importance of Thermal Blankets br> /b> "Thermal blankets are to spacecraft as clothes are to peop ... more

Rowan University Professor Seeing Red (Planet)
Glassboro NJ (SPX) Dec 18, 2007
'Tis the season for Rowan University physics and astronomy associate professor David Klassen. "Mars season" that is. December 24 marks the Mars opposition-the point at which Earth and Mars pass each other in their orbits. Visions of the planet will be dancing in Klassen's telescope in the coming days because Mars appears three to five times bigger in the sky during the opposition-quite a seasona ... more

Death Star Galaxy Black Hole Fires At Neighboring Galaxy
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 18, 2007
A powerful jet from a super massive black hole is blasting a nearby galaxy, according to new findings from NASA observatories. This never-before witnessed galactic violence may have a profound effect on planets in the jet's path and trigger a burst of star formation in its destructive wake. Known as 3C321, the system contains two galaxies in orbit around each other. Data from NASA's Chandr ... more

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    Russian general says missiles could target US shield: report
    Moscow (AFP) Dec 17, 2007
    Russia's nuclear weapons chief threatened Monday to target a planned US missile defence shield in central Europe if Washington fails to take into account Moscow's worries, the Interfax news agency reported. General Nikolai Solovtsov, head of strategic missile forces, said that such a decision could be taken if the US shield is seen to "undermine the Russian nuclear deterrent capability." ... more

    India speeding up nuclear missile production
    New Delhi (AFP) Dec 14, 2007
    Nuclear-armed India said on Friday it was ready to jump-start production of long-range nuclear missiles which can hit targets deep in China or Pakistan. V. K. Sarswat, the chief of India's missile development project, said the assembly lines were in place to speed up the production of the precision rockets. Military insiders told AFP the announcement was a response to reports of growing ... more

    Northrop Grumman And L-3 To Work Together In Bid For US Navy's EPX Aircraft
    El Segundo CA (SPX) Dec 18, 2007
    Northrop Grumman submitted a proposal with L-3 Communications for the U.S. Navy's EPX aircraft program in a world-class collaboration of industry leaders. The EPX platform will provide a transformational, multi-intelligence capability delivering strike targeting information to the warfighter. The Navy envisions EPX as a shore-based, manned aircraft providing intelligence, surveillance, reco ... more

    Raytheon Technology Receives High Marks At Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration
    Marlborough MA (SPX) Dec 18, 2007
    Raytheon Compartmented High Assurance Information Network (CHAIN) and Multi-Level Secure Voice Conference technology has been recognized by the U.S. Joint Forces Command as one of the most promising technologies at the Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstrations (CWID). "Our success at CWID positions Raytheon's solution as an ideal candidate to solve the coalition collaboration issue ... more

    Researchers Reveal The Biology Of Shivering
    Portland OR (SPX) Dec 18, 2007
    Researchers at Oregon Health and Science University's Neurological Sciences Institute have uncovered the system that tells the body when to perform one of its most basic defenses against the cold: shivering. The scientists have discovered the brain's wiring system, which takes temperature information from the skin and determines when a person should start shivering. Their findings are published ... more

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    Nellis Air Force Base Powers Up 72000 Solar Panels
    The U.S. Air Force has celebrated the completion of North America's largest solar photovoltaic system at Nellis Air Force Base. A joint project of the U.S. Air Force, MMA Renewable Ventures, LLC, a subsidiary of Municipal Mortgage and Equity, LLC, SunPower Corporation, and Nevada Power Company, the 14 megawatt Nellis solar energy system will generate more than 30 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean electricity annually and supply approximately 25 percent of the total power used at the base, where 12,000 people live and work.

    Combining technology and systems expertise from SunPower Corporation and financing by MMA Renewable Ventures with discounted purchase commitments by the U.S. Air Force, the innovative Nellis solar energy system demonstrates that the U.S. government's goals for enhancing security through energy independence can be met both economically and practically when the public and private sectors work to ... more

    Energy, Housing and Recycling Advances To Be Unveiled At TMS 2008 Annual Meeting
    Warrendale PA (SPX) Dec 18, 2007
    Energy, housing and recycling solutions for the 21st century are among the research topics that will be presented at the TMS 2008 Annual Meeting and Exhibition, March 9-13, in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. These topics are part of the "Materials and Society" vein of the meeting, which focuses on engineering solutions to some of society's most perplexing problems. "Engineers solve problems, ... more

    New Property Found In Ancient Mineral Lodestone
    Houston TX (SPX) Dec 18, 2007
    Using the latest methods for nanofabrication, a team led by Rice University physicists has discovered a surprising new electronic property in one of the earliest-known and most-studied magnetic minerals on Earth -- lodestone, also known as magnetite. By changing the voltage in their experiment, researchers were able to get magnetite at temperatures colder than minus 250 degrees Fahrenheit to rev ... more

    EPV SOLAR Signs 306MW Contract For Sale Of Solar Modules
    Hamilton NJ (SPX) Dec 18, 2007
    EPV SOLAR has announced that it has entered into a long-term solar module supply agreement with unlimited energy GmbH, Berlin, Germany. Under the terms of the contract, EPV SOLAR will supply 306 megawatts (MW) of amorphous silicon modules to unlimited energy for use in the development and build-out of several solar parks in Europe. EPV will begin shipments against this contract during the first ... more

    Cameroon, China strike water deal: report
    Yaounde (AFP) Dec 17, 2007
    Cameroon and China have clinched an agreement to increase water production and distribution in Cameroon's economic capital Douala, the government daily Cameroon Tribune reported Monday. Bankrolled by a 11-billion CFA loan from Pekin (16.l7 million euros, 24 million dollars), the project includes the construction of pipes, wells and a potable water treatment plant, the newspaper said. The ... more

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