Winter Storm across Central United States

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In late February 2013, a major snowstorm made its way across the continental United States, dropping snow from Colorado to the Great Lakes region. The National Weather Service reported snow totals of five to eight inches in many parts of the Central Plains and Upper Mississippi River Valley. Some parts of the Central Plains experienced snowfall rates as high as four inches per hour, along with thundersnow.

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this nighttime view at 1:55 a.m. CST on February 23. This imagery is from the VIIRS “day-night band,” which detects light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared. The day-night band takes advantage of moonlight, airglow, and starlight to brighten the landscape and uses filtering techniques to observe signals such as city lights and snow cover. On the night of this image, the Moon was nearly full.

City lights glow like clusters of stars against a backdrop of grey and black in this image. The snow appears medium gray, and stretches from northern Texas to the Dakotas, and from the Rocky Mountain states eastward past Chicago. When VIIRS acquired this image, snow cover across multiple states had persisted since the previous night.

Image Credit: NASA/Suomi NPP


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General Dynamics Awarded $224 Million by U.S. Army for Hydra-70 Rocket Program

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products recently was awarded two contracts by the U.S. Army including $210.4 million for the production of Hydra-70 air-to-ground rockets and $13.5 million for engineering services in support of the Hydra-70 rocket program. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).


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Astronaut Cruise control

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Paolo Nespoli in the European Columbus laboratory, setting up the Neurospat experiment. Neurospat measures the effect of Gravitational Context on EEG Dynamics. It is a study of spatial cognition, novelty processing and sensorimotor integration, composed of two principal experimental tasks: visual orientation and visuomotor tracking, plus additional, standardized electroencephalogram (EEG) tasks performed as a means of assessing general effects of the space station environment on EEG signals.

27 February 2013

Astronauts on the International Space Station are testing new ways of following complex procedures, freeing up their hands and time to get work done while giving the Columbus module a spring clean in the process.


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Ovum MWC comments: Telefonica Innovation Lab + Google Play and privacy + Google’s music streaming service

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Connectivity demonstrated at Telefonica innovation lab

Jeremy Green, telco strategy analyst at Ovum

“Among the achingly cool new technologies demonstrated during our visit to Telefonica’s Barcelona innovation lab were two designed to enhance connectivity. One drew explicitly on P2P principles to enable home Wi-Fi users to aggregate bandwidth with their neighbours via a simple hardware plug-in device. Business models and fit with contractual obligations are still to follow, but the technology aspects are clearly sorted.

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Happy Birthday Tea Party on 4th Birthday


A Happy Fourth Birthday to the US Tea Party and Congratulations on exceeding your target to build a money bomb of US$1,000,000 by today.

A splendid effort and a key step in the strike back against the unaccountable professional politicians who have done so much to harm economies in democratic countries.

Its been a great week for citizen protest with the Italians striking back against the Germans and the Eurocrats.

All it needs now is a UK Independence Party win in the Eastleigh by-election today to round out a great week



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