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Malaysia plane: Confronting searchers is an ocean full of garbage

By Barbara Demick This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.  March 30, 2014, 10:16 a.m.

BEIJING — The search and rescue teams working off the west coast of Australia seeking the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 discovered what oceanographers have been warning: Even the most far-flung stretches of ocean are full of garbage.

For the first time since the search focused on the south Indian Ocean 10 days ago, the skies were clear enough and the waves calm, allowing ships to retrieve the “suspicious items” spotted by planes and on satellite imagery.

But examined on board, none of it proved to be debris from the missing plane, just the ordinary garbage swirling around the ocean.,0,3542330.story#ixzz2xXuEIGeY

Thoughts on CommColl Education

‘Career Technical’ Education: More Middle in the Middle Class?

Training students for jobs that are less likely to be outsourced, de-skilled, or stuck at minimum wage.
Mar 29 2014, 12:16 PM ET
Two days ago I mentioned what my wife and I had seen this month at Camden County High School, in southernmost Georgia. There all students, in addition to regular academic subjects and 20-plus AP offerings, are enrolled after freshman year in one of five “academies” emphasizing specific occupational skills. This approach used to be called “vocational ed,” is now known as career technical education, and is designed to equip students, whether or not they are headed for college, with skills that will give them options and leverage for higher-paid jobs.  Click to read more.

Want Your Dream Internship? 6 Things Your Online Profiles Should Showcase

Nathan Parcells.

Landing your dream internship is no easy feat. Many employers call for an experienced candidate with relevant skills and a personality compatible with company culture. To stand out, you need to think outside the box — and social media platforms can offer a goldmine of your strongest selling points.

Cover letters and resumes, although a necessary requirement for most job postings, don’t always provide an accurate portrayal of who you are to an internship employer. Your application materials may shout, “Hire me!” — but beefing up your online profiles, including Facebook, LinkedIn, GitHub and even your personal website or blog, can ultimately be your golden ticket.

What an internship employer finds online can make or break hiring decisions. Here are six things your online profiles need to showcase while you’re on the hunt for a dream job or internship.  Click to continue reading.

Minority Report at a Ballpark Near You

San Francisco Giants (and most of MLB) adopt Apple’s iBeacon for an enhanced ballpark experience

BY Michael Gorman @Numeson March 28th 2014,

“It’s kind of a no-brainer.” That’s what the San Francisco Giants’ Chief Information Officer, Bill Schlough, said when asked why the team is implementing Apple’s iBeacon technology this season.



For the uninitiated, iBeacon is a small Apple device that communicates with iPhones through Bluetooth to expand the location services in iOS. In practice, it’s a marketing tool that lets apps know when you approach or leave the presence of an iBeacon. This is the first season that pro baseball is implementing the technology with 20 of the 30 Major League Baseball teams participating, though retailers have been using it since last yearClick to continue.

20 Years of Global Migration—in One Chart

Mar 28 2014, 1:00 PM ET
These flows represent 75 percent of human migration from 2005-2010. (Circos/Krzywinski, via Quartz)
These flows represent 75 percent of human migration from 2005-2010. (Circos/Krzywinski, via Quartz)

It’s no secret that the world’s population is on the move, but it’s rare to get a glimpse of where that flow is happening. In a study released Friday in Science, a team of geographers used data snapshots to create a broad analysis of global migrations over 20 years.  Click here to read more.


The Mythical ‘Map Of The Internet 2.0’ Is Even Better Than The First

map-of-internet-20-business-insiderPaul Szoldra in  Mar 29, 2014

Amateur graphic designer Martin Vargic has put together the second version of his “Map of the Internet,” and not surprisingly, it’s even better than the first.

His original map, put together using Photoshop along with data from Alexa, featured websites as different countries within different categories divided among continents. He’s done the same thing on his second design, with such mythical places as the “Data Ocean,” the country of “Internet Crime,” and the “Developer Sea.”

While he didn’t have Business Insider on his first attempt, he’s included it on the second, among many other news websites below the “Information Sea.”  Read more:


Drones vs. balloons: Zuckerberg explains why wings are better for the internet than helium

 By Mar. 28, 2014 – 3:36 PM PDT

concept1When Facebook and revealed their intentions on Thursday to connect the developing world through aerial drones and satellites, the plans drew the inevitable comparisons to Google’s Project Loon, which would field fleets of balloons in the Earth’s stratosphere. The similarities weren’t lost on Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.  Click here to continue reading.

NOVA-GMU Team Wins ASPRS GeoLeague 2014

Louisville, KY  26 Mar 2014, ASPRS National Convention

GeoLeague Presentation
GeoLeague Presentation

A combined NOVA-GMU team won the 4th Annual ASPRS SAC GeoLeague Challenge.   Four teams entered this year’s competition, representing the University of South Carolina, Murray State University, Virginia Tech, and NOVA-GMU.  Teams used remote sensing, GIS, and other tools to address this year’s challenge, Mapping Ecosystem Services in Coastal Belize Based on Landsat Data.  The results of the analyses will assist planners in Belize in dealing with challenges including balancing tourism and habitat, a fragile fishery, and rising sea level.

The combined undergrad/grad student teams worked through a grueling two-step process.  The first step required submitting a scientific paper following the guidelines used by the ASPRS refereed journal.  In the paper, teams described their solution, including background on the project, methods (algorithm development & mapping techniques), and graphic illustrations.  The second step of the challenge was a 10-minute presentation followed by Q&A with the judges and the audience attending the national ASPRS conference in Louisville.

The prize included $250 for the NOVA- Student ASPRS chapters.  The team is now busy revising their paper.  After final peer review, the paper will be published in an upcoming issue of ASPRS’ scientific journal Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing.

NOVA-GMU team members are all current or former NOVA GIS students, and include:  Matt O’Donnell, Charles Moser, Jessica Fayne, Melanie Feliciano, Helen Plattner, and Sunil Bharuchi.

Missing Malaysia plane puts new satellite sensors in the spotlight

By Victoria Bryan and Andrea Shalal

FRANKFURT/WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) – The unexplained fate of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has thrown the spotlight on some satellite technologies that will make it easier in future for authorities to track and communicate with aircraft over water and uninhabited areas.

The plane vanished from radar screens on March 8 with 239 people aboard. Investigators believe it most likely flew into the southern Indian Ocean.

Already, new systems are being developed by European and North American teams to allow more accurate plotting of location and flight paths. These would use satellite-based sensors rather than radars to pick up signals containing automated location and velocity data sent every second from aircraft. Click to read more.