Utah Firm Provides Geospatial Technology to Map Ebola Victims, Outbreaks, and Clinic Locations in Liberia

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-Addressing Homes LLC is Bringing the Right Technology at the Right Time to Support West African Countries and the World Health Organization (WHO)-

SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 11, 2014 — (PRNewswire) — A U.S. company that specializes in geospatial location technology, Addressing Homes LLC (www.addressinghomes.org), has found itself in the midst of the Ebola crisis with the ability to provide mapping technology that is vital to accurately tracking the presence of victims, the location of clinics, and identifying outbreak trends. Addressing Homes is providing its technology free of charge toLiberia as emergency assistance.

West Point, Liberia is home to approximately 75,000 people with no running water or sewage system. There are very few roads in West Point. The average dwelling size in West Point is approximately 8 x8 feet.

Liberia was the inspiration for the location technology Addressing Homes LLC has been developing over the past seven years for the purpose of providing uniform addressing capabilities to undeveloped regions. The company has developed portable devices called AimObservers™ that use “Mobile Mapper” technology to produce an instant latitude/longitude location for any dwelling, structure or pathway down to an 8.8 foot square at any point in the world.  Click here to continue reading.

America’s Weather-Tracking Satellites Are In Trouble

 Popular Mechanics 08 August 2014

When Superstorm Sandy nearly sank New York City two years ago, we knew it was going to happen. Same with snowmageddon in 2010: D.C. got more snow than a Saskatoon Christmas, and, again, we knew it was going to happen. Those were both devastating storms, but we were as prepared for them as we could have been, thanks to two very important satellites. Now, however, as superstorms become more frequent, those two very important satellites are running out of time. Read more in Popular Mechanics

NASA Sends Remote Sensing Technology to Assess Lake Erie Algal Bloom – See more at: http://www.sensorsandsystems.com/news/top-stories/water/34570-nasa-sends-remote-sensing-technology-to-assess-lake-erie-algal-bloom.html#sthash.oawDpYMq.dpuf

Written by NASA Published: 05 August 2014

Engineers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland are using NASA Glenn remote sensing technology, previously developed for Mars exploration, to learn more about the Lake Erie algal bloom that contaminated water supplies in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan over the weekend.

Deploying a hyper-spectral imager and miniature spectrometers aboard Glenn’s S-3 aircraft, which begins the flight campaign today, researchers from Glenn; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) in Ann Arbor, Michigan and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. are using the high resolution instruments to capture images that will reveal western Lake Erie’s characteristics across the light spectrum.  Each aquatic component of the lake has a unique spectrographic signature.  By studying these signatures, researchers can continually improve their ability to remotely identify the biochemical properties of an algal bloom and predict when and where they will form.

“Fresh water is one of Earth’s most precious commodities and is essential to our civilization’s survival,” said John Lekki, an optical systems research engineer at Glenn.  “Our collaboration with NOAA, and now the U.S. Naval Research Lab in this effort, will increase our understanding of how to confront this significant environmental and human health threat.”

NASA and NOAA satellite imagery is currently used to identify, monitor and map potentially harmful algal blooms.  However, varying weather conditions may obscure a satellite’s imaging capability during a scheduled pass.  The use of airborne remote-sensing instruments supplements satellite imagery and helps provide continual monitoring of algal blooms even when cloud cover is prevalent.  The use of remote-sensing equipment could also be beneficial in other parts of the world where satellite imagery is not available and algal blooms are an issue.

Once analyzed, the data collected through this research will be publicly available to those with an interest in algal blooms.

“NOAA, NASA and the U.S. Naval Research Lab have the expertise and resources uniquely suited to tackle this issue,” said George Leshkevich, a physical scientist with the GLERL.  “Getting this higher resolution data on Lake Erie will help us better understand the characteristics of the current bloom and improve our satellite detection methods to pinpoint where and when future blooms will occur.”

The remote-sensing project is sponsored by NASA’s Applied Sciences Program in the Earth Science Division at NASA Headquarters, Washington. NASA monitors Earth’s vital signs from land, air and space with a fleet of satellites and ambitious airborne and ground-based observation campaigns. NASA develops new ways to observe and study Earth’s interconnected natural systems with long-term data records and computer analysis tools to better see how our planet is changing. The agency shares this unique knowledge with the global community and works with institutions in the United States and around the world that contribute to understanding and protecting our home planet.

Over the past several weeks, researchers from Glenn and GLERL have been testing the remote­ sensing system mounted on the S-3.  Previous remote-sensing research flights with NOAA took place in 2007.

Additional partners in the latest algal bloom flight research campaign include Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio and Michigan Tech Research Institute in Ann Arbor, Mich.

For more information on NASA Glenn Research Center, visit: www.nasa.gov/glenn

For more information on NASA Earth science activities, visit: www.nasa.gov/earth

For more information on NOAA, visit:

www.noaa.gov

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2015 RockSat-C/RockSat-X

I hope this email finds you doing well.  RockOn 2014 in June was great.  There were 65 participants and every payload recorded data.  Thank you to the SG programs that sponsored participants.  I will have your prize at the Spring meeting.

Today I am kicking off the follow-on programs to RockOn called RockSat-C and RockSat-X which will launch next summer.  If you could forward this email to your affiliates and/or any faculty that might be interested in participating, I would appreciate it.

There will be an informational telecon Friday, August 22nd 12:00 PM MDT for those interested in learning more about the 2015 RockSat-C and RockSat-X programs.  It is a great way to get some of your initial questions answered as well.  Intent to Fly Forms are due on September 19th, 2014.  The number will be 877-820-7831.  The passcode will be 434477#.

If you know of anyone that might be interested in either program, please pass the information on to them as well.  Feel free to contact me at koehler@colorado.edu or 303-492-4750 with any questions or concerns.  Additional program contacts are listed below.

You can  find more information on these two programs from the following links:

RockSat-C

Becca Lidvall at rocksatprogram@gmail.com

http://spacegrant.colorado.edu/national-programs/rs-c-2015-home

RockSat-X

Jesse Austin at rocksatx@gmail.com

http://spacegrant.colorado.edu/national-programs/rs-x-2015-home

Chris Koehler

Director, Colorado Space Grant Consortium
University of Colorado at Boulder
303-492-4750 (office) 303-378-4765 (cell)
spacegrant.colorado.edu

In the Brain, Memories Are Inextricably Tied to Place

A manmade virus that acts like “a remote control” for neurons helped psychologists research the connection.

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It’s no coincidence that, when recalling a tragedy, we ask where someone was:“Where were you when President Kennedy was shot?”

Psychologists hypothesize that we lock in that memory by linking it to a where, that integrating many stimuli together helps us remember something particularly important. They call this process episodic memory formation: the locking of ideas and objects to a single place and time, to forming associations between different stimuli.

Using a a new process that involves an injected virus and a chemical “remote control for the brain,” psychologists are now a little closer to understanding it better.

Researchers at Dartmouth and the University of North Carolina announced Tuesday that new evidence indicates that the retrosplenial cortex—a little-studied region near the center of the brain—is important in the formation of this kind of information, called episodic memories. Specifically, they believe the retrosplenial cortex may help make sense of the burst of new stimuli in a new environment: It may be the place where the body’s senses are integrated.  Click here to read more. 

FAA imposes no-fly zone near St Louis, where civilian drones could be very helpful right now

by    AUG. 12, 2014 – 3:33 PM PDT   www.gigaom.com

The FAA has just banned low-flying aircraft from an area where additional civilian scrutiny, including by air, could help the public understand a crisis.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice on Tuesday that bans low-flying aircraft from a three-mile radius in an area near St. Louis that has seen days of civil unrest after police killed an unarmed teenager.

The FAA notice was spotted and posted by a Twitter user from Los Angeles:

The FAA ban came in the form of a NOTAM or “notice to airmen” which, according to aviation lawyerBrendan Schulman, are not uncommon and are “how the FAA alerts pilots to emergency restrictions and other temporary conditions” like VIP visits.

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