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2012-08-09 00:50:44

New research from the University of Warwick suggests that Berlin has the best democratic space in the world, topping a list that includes London, Washington and Tokyo. The list appears in a new book, ℠Democracy and Public Space: The Physical Sites of Democratic Performance´ written by Dr John Parkinson, from the University of Warwick´s Politics and International Studies department. Dr Parkinson carefully selected 11 capital cities and assessed how well they provide space...

2011-07-27 19:58:00

CANBERRA, Australia, July 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Electro Optic Systems Holdings Limited ("EOS") continues to expand its remote weapon systems business with increasing market success. New Market Penetration In June 2011 EOS executed agreements to supply remote weapon systems to a significant military customer which had not previously purchased remote weapon systems from any source. The sale was achieved in open competition and after competitive firing trials in the foreign...

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2010-12-24 08:15:00

NASA has taken the next step toward a new generation of Deep Space Network antennas. A $40.7 million contract with General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies, San Jose, Calif., covers implementation of two additional 34-meter (112-foot) antennas at Canberra, Australia. This is part of Phase I of a plan to eventually retire the network's aging 70-meter-wide (230-foot-wide) antennas. The Deep Space Network (DSN) consists of three communications complexes: in Goldstone, Calif.; Madrid, Spain; and...

2010-04-27 08:23:16

Leading Australian researchers will next week be honored for their work in fields ranging from cancer prevention and how sex shapes us, to the revelation of past climates, the secrets of coral reefs and the future of our oil and gas industry. The Australian Academy of Science will present its highest awards over two days, 5th and 6th May, at the Academy's Shine Dome in Canberra, to three eminent scientists for their career contributions to their fields, and five awards to outstanding...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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