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Life360 Launches Real-Time Family Tracking App For iPhone

Dv, 20/08/2010 - 17:10
San Francisco CA (SPX) Aug 20, 2010
Life360 pioneers the safety and security capabilities of the smartphone with the launch of its iPhone application, Family and Offender GPS Tracker. Introducing one of the first apps to leverage the real-time location capabilities of iOS4, Life360, which is backed by Facebook's fbFund, now enables parents to continuously monitor their children's whereabouts. The Life360 mobile app was recog

How Much Mass Makes A Black Hole

Dv, 20/08/2010 - 17:10
Paris, France (SPX) Aug 19, 2010
Using ESO's Very Large Telescope, European astronomers have for the first time demonstrated that a magnetar - an unusual type of neutron star - was formed from a star with at least 40 times as much mass as the Sun. The result presents great challenges to current theories of how stars evolve, as a star as massive as this was expected to become a black hole, not a magnetar. This now raises a

IBEX Maps The Boundaries

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 15:10
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Aug 19, 2010
Since its October 2008 launch, NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft has mapped the invisible interactions occurring at the edge of the solar system. The images reveal that the interactions between our home in the galaxy and interstellar space are surprisingly structured and intense. IBEX provides global imaging of the interstellar boundary much like a weather satellite p

FAA Creates Center Of Excellence For Commercial Space Transportation

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 15:10
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 19, 2010
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected New Mexico State University (NMSU), Las Cruces, NM, to lead a new Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation. The center is a partnership of academia, industry, and government, developed for the purpose of creating a world-class consortium that

A Hop, Skip And A Jump On The Moon - And Beyond

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 15:10
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 19, 2010
Although unmanned, wheeled rovers have explored the surfaces of the moon and Mars for decades, these vehicles have limits - they can't crawl inside craters, scale cliffs or travel long distances. For more than two years, a team of students led by Professor of the Practice of Astronautics and former NASA astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman in MIT's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics has been

Galaxies' Glory Days Revealed

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 15:10
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 19, 2010
Astronomers have experienced the galactic equivalent of discovering pictures of a mild-mannered grandmother partying as a wild youth. New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal the early "wild" days of galaxy clusters - a time when the galaxies were bursting with new stars. What is particularly striking is the fact that the stellar birth rate is higher in the cluster's cen

Move Over Caravaggio: Cassini's Light And Dark Moons

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 15:10
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 19, 2010
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has returned Saturnian moon images from its flyby late last week, revealing light and dark contrasts worthy of chiaroscuro painters like Caravaggio. The flyby on August 13 targeted the geyser moon Enceladus, but also brought Cassini close to two other moons--Tethys and Dione. The raw images include the best ones to date of Penelope crater on the icy moon Tet

China's Lunar Twins

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 15:10
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Aug 19, 2010
Before the end of 2010, China will have launched its second lunar probe. Chang'e 2 is an orbiting spacecraft that was originally built as a back-up for China's first lunar probe, Chang'e 1, which flew to the moon in 2007. The launch is widely tipped for some time in October. Sending the back-up spacecraft on its own mission makes sense. The spacecraft was already built, and the integrity o

New Satellite Data Reveals True Decline Of World's Mangrove Forests

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 15:10
Reston VA (SPX) Aug 19, 2010
New satellite imagery has given scientists the most comprehensive and exact data on the distribution and decline of mangrove forests from across the world. The research, carried out by scientists from the U.S Geological Survey and NASA, is published in Global Ecology and Biogeography, and reveals forest distribution is 12.3% smaller than earlier estimates. Mangrove forests are among the mo

An Ocean Of Research Via Satellite

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 15:10
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 19, 2010
With the Central Pacific well within reach, SES WORLD SKIES has announced that The Nature Conservancy has secured capacity on its NSS-9 satellite to link researchers studying the Palmyra reef islands with the outside world. Located 1,000 miles south of Hawaii, remote Palmyra Atoll is a National Wildlife Refuge and part of the recently-designated Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monum

Astronaut Muscles Waste In Space

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 15:10
Milwaukee WI (SPX) Aug 19, 2010
Astronaut muscles waste away on long space flights reducing their capacity for physical work by more than 40%, according to research published online in the Journal of Physiology. This is the equivalent of a 30- to 50-year-old crew member's muscles deteriorating to that of an 80-year-old. The destructive effects of extended weightlessness to skeletal muscle - despite in-flight exercise - p

APL-Led Team Demonstrate Space Weather Observation

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 15:10
Laurel MD (SPX) Aug 19, 2010
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), with help from Boeing and Iridium Communications, has successfully implemented a new space-based system to monitor Earth's space environment. Known as the Active Magnetosphere and Planetary Electrodynamics Response Experiment (AMPERE), the system provides real-time magnetic field measurements using commercial satellites as part

Eclipsing Pulsar Promises Clues To Crushed Matter

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 15:10
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 19, 2010
Astronomers using NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) have found the first fast X-ray pulsar to be eclipsed by its companion star. Further studies of this unique stellar system will shed light on some of the most compressed matter in the universe and test a key prediction of Einstein's relativity theory. The pulsar is a rapidly spinning neutron star - the crushed core of a massive st

ISS Reboosted And Cooling System Fully Operational

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 15:10
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 19, 2010
The Expedition 24 crew had another light-duty day Wednesday as the Loop A cooling system reactivation continued aboard the International Space Station. The reactivation followed Monday's spacewalk, the third in a series of excursions that began Aug. 7 to remove and replace an ammonia coolant pump module that failed July 31. Power restoration to systems affected by the pump module failure i

Ping-Pong Balls To Float Crew Capsule Simulator

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 15:10
Hampton VA (SPX) Aug 19, 2010
If ping-pong balls can float a sunken boat, they should be able to keep an uncrewed space capsule simulator from sinking. Right? That's what a team of summer students and engineers think at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Langley is fabricating a proposed design of an astronaut crew module simulator for uncrewed flight-testing as part of the agency's effort to build a vehicl

Oil And Gas Exploration Benefit From Space Tech

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 15:10
Paris, France (ESA) Aug 19, 2010
A special kind of titanium and a manufacturing technique used to build the Ariane 5 rocket could become the next successful spin-offs from Europe's space programme, benefiting the oil and gas industry. Together with space sensor technology that could be used in new offshore drilling tools, these exciting developments are the result of several technology demonstrator projects just completed

Trip to Mars could leave crew dangerously weak - study

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 02:10
Paris (AFP) Aug 18, 2010
If a human ever sets foot on Mars, will it be a giant step or an exhausted shuffle? Long-term space flight so weakens fitness that an astronaut heading to the Red Planet may lose up to half the power in key muscles in the course of the mission, scientists have found. The loss - equivalent to a crew member aged between 30 and 50 returning home with the muscles of an 80-year-old - would

Scientist: SETI success within 25 years?

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 02:10
Santa Clara, Calif. (UPI) Aug 16, 2010
The search for extraterrestrial intelligence could yield proof of its existence within 25 years, a U.S. scientist involved in the quest says. Speaking at the SETI Con convention in Santa Clara, Calif., Seth Shostak - senior astronomer at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute in Mountain View, Calif. - said, "I actually think the chances that we'll find ET are pretty g

Commentary: Guns of August?

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 02:10
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2010
For the first two weeks of August, the Internet buzzed with "inside knowledge" of an Israeli airstrike against Iran's nuclear facilities before the end of the month. One of most quoted warnings came from Philip Giraldi, a polyglot former CIA operative who writes for the American Conservative and is no friend of Israel. "We spend $100 billion on intelligence annually and then ignore the

China military gaining on Taiwan, aiming beyond: US

Dj, 19/08/2010 - 02:10
Washington (AFP) Aug 17, 2010
China is extending its military advantage over Taiwan and increasingly looking beyond, building up a force with power to strike in Asia as far afield as the US territory of Guam, the Pentagon said. In an annual report to Congress, the US Defense Department said Monday that China was ramping up investment in an array of areas including nuclear weapons, long-range missiles, submarines, aircraf