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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Longini is among a team of researchers who have published this month in the Royal Society journal Interface and explain how seasonal H1N1 influenza became resistant to oseltamivir, otherwise known as Tamiflu, the most widely used antiviral agent for treating and preventing flu. The scientists say that a combination of genetic mutations and human migration through air travel can lead to the rapid global spread of drug-resistant strains.

- University of Florida News

Fire ants can cause death in humans in cases of allergic reactions and due harm to pets and wildlife. That's why Queensland is using remote sensing to pinpoint hills and then obliterate them. The new program is set to begin in October.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Regional Economies Tim Mulherin said Biosecurity Queensland has spent $1.2 million importing highly-sophisticated aerial camera technology from the USA and combining it with cutting-edge programming developed in Australia.

"This is one of the most innovative and exciting milestones in our 10-year campaign against fire ants in Australia, and brings us that much closer to eradication in Queensland," Mr Mulherin said.

"The cameras use a combination of thermal, near-infrared, and high definition imaging, and are so sensitive they will detect fire ant mounds from 500 feet in the air.

"The cameras will combine a range of readings to scan the ground and identify the exact location of fire ant nests.

"Their nests are significantly hotter than the surrounding area so they can be seen quite clearly with this new thermal technology.

- My Sunshine Coast

Scientists at la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M - Carlos III University in Madrid) who participate in the LOBIN consortium have developed an “intelligent” t- shirt that monitors the human body (temperature, heart rate, etc.) and locates patients within the hospital, as if it were a GPS system that works in closed spaces; it can even determine if the subject is seated, lying down, walking or running.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/20 at 06:01 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Daily Beast reports that  Anthony Russo, director of the National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing, who testified at hearings about LightSquared was given specific language by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to include, such as "testing will be completed in 90 days." He did not include that language in his testimony. Administration officials said such suggestions/reviews of language were business as usual.

- The Daily Beast

LightSquared CEO Falcone continues to deny any wrongdoing related to donations to the Democratic Party or currying favor with the administration.

- The Hill

And, not surprisingly, Republicans want answers about all of it.

- Fox News

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/20 at 05:48 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Gulf Coast State College [FL] Board of Trustees approved a nondisclosure agreement to negotiate allowing a company on campus to test GPS devices and voted on an amended guaranteed maximum price for the Advanced Technology Center during a Thursday meeting.

Cubic Global Tracking Solutions, Inc. approached the college to use the campus and students to test proprietary technology. The testing would give students access to nearly $250,000 of new equipment that is still in the developmental phase, but the college first had to agree to protect the company’s information.

Interesting way to raise funds for the college.

- Walton Sun

An emergency app to share whatever a cell phones sees/hears and it's location with 911 dispatchers was developed by University of Maryland computer science professor Dr. Ashok Agrawala and a team of students at U Maryland. It's currently in use by a small group of students but from there will be explanded to the rest of the school and perhaps the community. Android now, maybe iPhone later.


Schools in Ohio are prepping for more jobs coming from hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas from the Marcellus shale. Among the new offering at Washington Community College: a geosciences degree including physical geography and GIS.

- Marrietta Times

Ohio State is introducing a major in GIS:

Major in Geographic Information Science ( GIS ): Digital mapping and GIS technology impacts millions of people daily and is rapidly transforming business operations, homeland security, tracking of diseases, police work, city and regional planning, and disaster prevention. The new GIS major will prepare students for careers in mapping and geospatial information professions. CONTACT: Liz Alcalde, College of Arts and Sciences, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/20 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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