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Commandant delivers his final State of the Coast Guard address

February 27, 2014—U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp delivered his final State of the Coast Guard address at Coast Guard Headquarters, St. Elizabeths Campus, Washington, D.C., Wednesday. Papp provided an overview of programs and issues of the last four years and also looked ahead to what the Coast Guard may face in the future. Emphasizing that this year the Coast guard became the first military service to achieve a clean financial audit, Papp remarked that the Coast Guard provided a sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars, an “achievement that required an all hands effort across the

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Bell Helicopter Expands into New Market Segments in China

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FORT WORTH, TX (February 27, 2014) –Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) announced the sale of two Bell 407GX aircraft to the state-owned Beidahuang Group of Harbin, China. The two aircraft will be used to assist with agricultural work such as seeding, fertilization and crop management and also for personnel transport.

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Bell Helicopter Delivers Two Bell 412EPs to Petroleum Air Services’ Growing Fleet

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ANAHEIM, CA (February 27, 2014) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the delivery of two Bell 412EP helicopters to Egypt’s Petroleum Air Services (PAS), both configured and fully equipped to meet oil and gas producers requirements (OGP) recommended by the leading international oil companies working in Egypt.

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Bell Helicopter Announces Support of the Medevac Foundation International’s HEMS 101 Project

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ANAHEIM, CA (February 27, 2014) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today its support for the Medevac Foundation’s HEMS 101 Project, which is dedicated to producing a set of guidelines for establishing Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS)/Air Ambulance Programs in nations that currently do not have services in place. Bell Helicopter will make a $150,000 donation spread equally over the next three years in support of the project and presented the first funding check at a special ceremony at Heli-Expo 2014 earlier today. The partnership will showcase the unique ability of helicopters to remove some of the barriers to accessible and timely care.

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Bell Helicopter Announces the Establishment of Bell Helicopter Co., Ltd. in Japan; Establishes a Managing Director for the Region

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FORT WORTH, TEXAS (February 27, 2014) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the formation of a registered company in Japan, Bell Helicopter Co., Ltd. To support the company’s efforts in the region, Mr. Richard Thornley will assume the role of managing director of Bell Helicopter in Japan. In this new position, Thornley is responsible for marketing and sales and support activities within Japan as Bell Helicopter continues to broaden its presence in this key global market.

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The Space Double-Whammy: Less Gravity, More Radiation

 

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Human fibroblasts will be grown in the BioServe’s cell culture system.
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Damage in human fibroblasts will be measured by the phosphorylation of a histone protein H2AX after bleomycin treatment.
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TYPE IV damage to human fibroblasts after bleomycin treatment, shown in a 53BP1 stain.
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Astronauts floating weightlessly in the International Space Station may appear carefree, but years of research have shown that microgravity causes changes to the human body. Spaceflight also means exposure to more radiation. Together, microgravity and radiation exposure add up to pose serious health risks. But research is not only making space safer for astronauts, it’s helping to improve health care for the Earth-bound as well.

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NASA and JAXA Launch New Satellite to Measure Global Rain and Snow

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A Japanese H-IIA rocket with the NASA-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory onboard, is seen launching from the Tanegashima Space Center in Tanegashima, Japan.
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The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a joint Earth-observing mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), thundered into space at 1:37 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 27 (3:37 a.m. JST Friday, Feb. 28) from Japan.

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GPM Launch Seen From the Tanegashima Space Center

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A Japanese H-IIA rocket with the NASA-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory onboard, is seen launching from the Tanegashima Space Center on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 (Japan Time), in Tanegashima, Japan. The GPM spacecraft will collect information that unifies data from an international network of existing and future satellites to map global rainfall and snowfall every three hours.

Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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