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Friday, August 05, 2011

In a television interview with CNBC Thursday, [LightSquared CEO Falcone] he said it was "very disappointing" AT&T, Verizon and other members of the Coalition to Save Our GPS are contacting local elected officials to try and block LightSquared from providing a fourth-generation wireless network in rural areas.

He went on to say the coalition is not playing fair and doing things behind the scenes. Is that not what lobbying is?


LightSquared should select another set of airwaves to avoid "substantial collateral damage in its understandable quest to bring broadband to the American public," James Schlesinger, chairman of the National Executive Committee for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation & Timing, said in a letter Wednesday to Federal Communications Commission chief Julius Genachowski.

- Denver Post

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/05 at 07:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

"Despite an extensive investigation by FSIS and CDC to date, there is little epidemiological information available at this time that conclusively links these illnesses to any specific product or establishment," FSIS spokesman Neil Gaffney said Tuesday. "Without specific enough data, it would not be appropriate to issue a recall notice." Gaffney said the agency was committed to finding the source of the outbreak and then taking action to protect public health.

There just is not enough data to identify a source for a samenella outbreak that's spread US-wide since March. While there is a map of people impacted tying it to a specific plant or batch of turkey has proved impossible.


Drawing upon recent research, NRDC [Natural Resource Defences Council] has now just launched a new site with state-level public health impacts currently being felt as a result of climate change--and what to expect in the future. 

- NDRC Blog

In the most recent volunteer mission, medical professionals from National Taiwan University Hospital and Changhua Christian Hospital studied the causes behind patients' diabetes and where they lived and then compiled the information in a simple map for the reference of health authorities.

8.5% of the island nation's popluation has the disease, meaning getting its limited health care resources to them is key.

- Focus Taiwan

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/05 at 06:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

UCLA landed three grants totaling $435,000, including $137,000 for a five-week seminar for college teachers on “the life, work and cultural milieu of Oscar Wilde” and $248,000 for a digital project that will investigate how recent mapping technologies such as GIS can be deployed in humanities research and teaching.

- LA Times Blog

Higher and further education schools in the UK and Ireland can continue to take advantage of the Chest agreement, a dicount program for software from Aug 1, 2011 until July 31, 2014. " It provides among other things, "Around 95% discount off of commercial prices for Esri ArcGIS software."\

- Eduserv via @michael_d_gould

Today saw the unveiling of a beautiful wooden scale model of Eden Project that allows people with visual impairments to experience the site’s famous landscape and architecture.

Complete with Biomes and planting schemes, the map is the handiwork of Lauren Milton, who created it on her model-making course at The Arts University College of Bournemouth.

It's made from natural materials (mostly wood) and Milton has already been commissioned for a similar map.

- Telegraph

Faculty at UW-Madison and Arizona State are building database of lichen and moss with funding from NSF.

When complete, the database will include entries for as many as 2.3 million lichen and moss specimens from more than 60 collections from U.S. herbaria. Each entry will include data about when and where the specimens were collected. Ultimately, the database will be in a searchable, publicly accessible space where, according to Nash and Gries, government agencies as well as environmental scientists, ecologists, climatologists, botanists and others can access the data. ...

Nash and Gries are particularly enthused by the geographic information that will be included with each entry. Typically, when a specimen is newly collected, the point of collection is noted. The new digitization project will catalog latitude and longitude coordinates. In a database, such information can be used to track the historic movement of the plants across the landscape. This promises to be particularly useful information as scientists document the effects of climate change. The Arctic, for example, is a veritable garden of lichens. But polar regions are also among the most affected by potential climate change, and the composition of lichen ecosystems may change dramatically.

- UW News

LONDON: A method of predicting which individuals may become friends on social networking sites based on the places they visit out in the real world has been developed by researchers at Cambridge University in Britain. ...

“We monitored the behaviour of people going to places and the connections they made. We found that lots of people who go to the same places end up adding each other as friends, accounting for around 30 per cent of new social links,” [researcher Salvatore] Scellato said.

More intimate places (gyms, work) are given higher preference as predictors over less intimate ones (airports, stadiums). The work used data from Gowalla.


by Adena Schutzberg on 08/05 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Don't worry we will not share how you did! This is for fun.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/05 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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