Fledgling stars flicker in the heart of Orion

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This new view of the Orion Nebula shows embryonic stars within extensive gas and dust clouds. Combining far-infrared observations from the Herschel Space Observatory and mid-infrared observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, the image shows newly forming stars surrounded by remnant gas and dust in the form of discs and larger envelopes.

Data from the PACS instrument on Herschel at wavelengths of 70 and 160 microns (a micron is a millionth of a metre) are shown as green and red, respectively, and reveal emission from the disks and envelopes of the very youngest protostars. Two Spitzer instruments, IRAC and MIPS, were used to obtain images of the same region at 8 and 24 microns, which are combined here as blue. These wavelengths show emission from the hotter regions of discs around somewhat older stars.

The region shown covers roughly 25×25 arcminutes on the sky or 3×3 parsecs at the distance to Orion.

Credits: ESA/PACS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/IRAM

29 February 2012
Astronomers using ESA’s Herschel and NASA’s Spitzer space telescopes have detected surprisingly rapid changes in the brightness of embryonic stars within the well-known Orion Nebula.

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Harris Corporation to Upgrade Air Traffic Control Communication Systems in Indonesia

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Feb. 29, 2012 13:00 UTC

Harris Corporation to Upgrade Air Traffic Control Communication Systems in Indonesia

Highlights:
• Two Indonesian airports selected to receive advanced voice communication system.
• Modernized air traffic control (ATC) systems will enable regional airports to support economic growth by increasing capacity and efficiencies.
• Contracts represent first Harris ATC business in Indonesia and support company’s international growth initiative.

MELBOURNE, Fla. & GATINEAU, Quebec– Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has been awarded two contracts to modernize the air traffic control systems (ATC) at two regional airports in Indonesia.

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ATK Receives a Fourth Contract Option for Continued Production of 30mm PGU Ammunition

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ATK’s Domestic and International Awards for 30mm Ammunition Exceed $29 Million in FY12

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — ATK (NYSE: ATK) was recently awarded a fourth contract option to produce 30mm PGU-15A/B cartridges for the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Contracting Center (RICC), Rock Island, Ill. The order is a part of a multi-year contract originally signed in July 2007. ATK’s worldwide sales of 30mm ammunition in the current fiscal year now exceed $29 million.

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Boracay Cup – AY Race Report 3

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Huge broaches, premature starters and a broken mast rounds out Day 2…
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29:02:2012 Boracay, Philippines: The relentless ENE breeze pumping in with gusts up to 25 knots revealed some flaws in the crew work and caught others off guard. All skippers called for small headsail’s and some reefed the mainsail to balance the boat in the heavy going. Right on cue the Racing Class hit the start line and never gave an inch away in their pursuit for clear air and superior boat speed. Having recovered from yesterdays confusion, the Cruiser/Racer Class made a point of checking out the course boards, which revealed windward/leeward courses for them and the Racing Class, while the PY Class were sent on a circumnavigation of Boracay Island.

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Spray Bars to Help Test Engine Icing

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Image Credit: NASA/Marvin Smith

Ron Colantonio (left), manager of the Atmospheric Environment Safety Technologies Project at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, discussed with NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden the latest testing and research on airplane engine icing during the administrator’s February 2012 visit to the center. Colantonio showed Bolden how a large horizontal array of spray bars, such as those pictured, would emit a cloud of ice crystals in high-altitude, low pressure conditions that match those an airliner might experience in flight.

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RNLI lifeguards deliver lifesaving training to help tackle major drowning problem in Bangladesh

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Bangladeshi volunteers at a lifesaving club (Credit RNLI)

Date: 28/02/2012

Author: Laura Fennimore, Public Relations Officer

Lifeguard trainers from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) are travelling to Bangladesh on Saturday 3 March to deliver much-needed training to volunteers at country’s first lifesaving club.

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FLEET BREAK THROUGH THE 500-MILE BARRIER IN WET AND WINDY RIDE

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It has been a thrilling night on the racetrack when half the fleet racing in Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race broke through the magical 500-nautical mile (nm) barrier. As the high-speed chase to Auckland continues to test the crews to the full, the leg leader board has a new look today.

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