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2010-05-12 14:30:00

MINNEAPOLIS, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Carlson Hotels, one of the world's leading hotel companies, today announced that it has signed a landmark agreement to develop the first Radisson Blu hotel in the United States. This USD 125 million development in Chicago is scheduled to open in the fall of 2011. It marks the company's most important investment so far as part of Carlson Hotels' Ambition 2015 growth strategy. "Our ambition is to establish flagship hotels in major cities in the U.S., and...

2010-05-12 11:27:25

NASA has mobilized its remote-sensing assets to help assess the spread and impact of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico at the request of U.S. disaster response agencies. As part of the national response to the spill, NASA deployed its instrumented research aircraft the Earth Resources-2 (ER-2) to the Gulf on May 6. The agency is also making extra satellite observations and conducting additional data processing to assist the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

2010-05-01 14:15:00

NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites are helping the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) keep tabs on the extent of the recent Gulf oil spill with satellite images from time to time. NOAA is the lead agency on oil spills and uses airplane fly-overs to assess oil spill extent. A semisubmersible drilling platform called the Deepwater Horizon located about 50 miles southeast of the Mississippi Delta experienced a fire and explosion at approximately 11 p.m. CDT on April 20....

2010-04-19 15:20:00

NASA's Aqua and Terra satellites fly around the world every day capturing images of weather, ice and land changes. Over the last three days these satellites have provided visible and infrared imagery of the ash plume from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland. Eyjafjallajökull is pronounced similar to "EYE-a-fyat-la-yu-goot," and it is still spewing ash into the atmosphere. Volcanic eruptions are important sources of gases, such as sulphur dioxide (SO2) and volcanic ash (aerosols)...

2010-04-01 18:00:00

NASA's Aqua satellite flew over the remnants of ex-tropical storm Paul early today, April 1 and noticed its circulation and form had weakened in the last 24 hours. All weather warnings for the mainland in the Northern Territory have been cancelled. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image of the remnants of Cyclone Paul over the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia at 04:45 UTC (12:45 a.m. EDT) today, April 1, 2010. The...

2010-03-30 21:00:00

HERTEN, Germany, March 31, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The U.S. company Aqua Society Inc. ("Aqua Society") plans to acquire the German AQUA-SE GmbH, a company in the business of developing and selling filter technologies. Although formal agreements have not yet been signed, the transaction is expected to be completed by June 30, 2010. AQUA-SE GmbH is an independently operated company located in Herten, Germany, and owned by Hubert Hamm, the President, Chief Executive Officer and...

2010-03-24 18:25:00

Tropical Cyclone 02W still has maximum sustained winds near 46 mph but one thing changed: it has been named "Omais." NASA satellites have watched Omais stay safely away from land in the Philippine Sea. On March 24 at 0359 UTC (March 23 at 11:59 p.m. EDT), the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite caught the eastern half of Tropical Storm Omais as it flew overhead, and noticed the highest, coldest thunderstorms were in the center of the storm. The infrared instrument...

2010-03-12 15:11:48

Tropical Storm Tomas is on a southern track in the South Pacific Ocean, and residents of Nadi, Fiji will be watching it as it approaches the eastern side of the island late this weekend. A tropical cyclone alert is in effect for all of Fiji this weekend. Nadi is located on the western side of the main island of Viti Levu, Fiji. Fiji Standard Time is 17 hours later than Eastern Standard Time. NASA's Aqua satellite flew over Tomas from space and captured in infrared image from the Atmospheric...

2010-03-09 15:06:29

NASA Aqua satellite sees banding occurring Forecasters are watching a low pressure area located off the east coast of Madagascar that appears ripe for development in the Southern Indian Ocean. If it becomes a tropical storm, it would be named Hubert. On March 9 the low, currently named "90S" is located near 20.1 South latitude and 50.8 East longitude is approximately 225 nautical miles east-southeast of the capital city of Antananarivo (which is located 145 miles inland from the east coast)....

2010-02-23 17:55:00

Tropical cyclone 17P has had a brief life. After becoming a tropical storm yesterday, atmospheric conditions have weakened the cyclone back down to tropical depression status today, February 23 and it is expected to dissipate in the next couple of days. On February 22 at 6 p.m. ET (21 UTC), the Joint Typhoon Warning Center issued their final advisory on 17P. At that time, its maximum sustained winds were near 34 mph (30 knots) and it continued to weaken. It was still 615 nautical miles...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.