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NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 Satellite Arrives At Launch Site
2014-05-02 03:28:08

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory A NASA spacecraft designed to make precise measurements of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere is at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to begin final preparations for launch. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 arrived Wednesday at its launch site on California's central coast after traveling from Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Satellite Manufacturing Facility in Gilbert, Ariz. The spacecraft now will undergo final tests and then be integrated on top of a...

2014-05-01 23:12:14

Work has begun on improvements to the facilities at one of Costa Rica’s most popular attractions, Manuel Antonio National Park, including the widening of the trails and installation of security lockers. Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica (PRWEB) May 01, 2014 Manuel Antonio National Park, often called the “jewel” in Costa Rica’s extensive national parks system is in the process of updating almost five kilometers of trails. With the goals of offering a better experience and improving...

2014-05-01 23:06:47

Ecostation to attract scientists from around the world to study sustainable interdependence. Kirkland, WA (PRWEB) May 01, 2014 Tetiaroa Society, the nonprofit aimed at bringing scientists and researchers from around the world to conduct studies on the Tahitian atoll of Tetiaroa in French Polynesia, announced the official opening of its Ecostation today. Tetiaroa is a ring of 12 islets, or motus, around a 4.5 mile-wide lagoon and is owned by the late Marlon Brando’s estate. The actor...

2014-05-01 20:25:57

Also purchasing ground systems, network operations service, and ViaSat Broadband System terminals CARLSBAD, Calif., May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Xplornet Communications Inc. has contracted with ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAT) for all of the residential capacity covering Canada on the ViaSat-2 satellite. Already offering high-speed satellite Internet on ViaSat-1, Xplornet will be able to offer faster speeds and more data throughput for its customers with the doubling of bandwidth efficiency...

2014-05-01 16:23:26

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Abtech Holdings, Inc. (OTC QB: ABHD) ("AbTech" or the "Company"), a full-service environmental technologies and engineering firm dedicated to providing innovative solutions to communities, industry and governments addressing issues of water pollution and contamination, today announced that it( )has scheduled a conference call for Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. (ET) to discuss the Company's financial results for its first quarter...

Int'l Researchers Find Deep Ocean Waters Littered With Human Trash
2014-05-01 09:01:44

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A study released last year confirmed just how far human trash sinks in the ocean, finding detritus as much as 13,000 feet deep off the coast of California. Now, a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE has revealed that even the deepest ocean depths is home to bottles, plastic bags, fishing nets and other types of human litter. The new study, led by Cristopher Pham of the University of the Azores, focused on the Mediterranean...

2014-04-30 23:11:25

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week a Louis Berger-supported plan for the South Valley Stream in Long Island, New York, won an additional $3 million in funds for stormwater management under the New York Rising initiative. MORRISTOWN, N.J. (PRWEB) April 30, 2014 A plan outlining an integrated approach to stormwater management in the Five Towns community on Long Island, New York, was awarded an additional $3 million in Superstorm Sandy resiliency aid, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced at a...

2014-04-30 23:09:30

Company to Showcase Comprehensive Line of Absorbent Solutions Milwaukee, Wis. (PRWEB) April 30, 2014 Brady (NYSE:BRC), a global leader in industrial and safety printing systems and solutions, today announced it will attend the International Oil Spill Conference 2014. The event will take place May 5-8, 2014, at the Savannah Convention Center in Savannah, Georgia. Brady SPC will exhibit at booth #714. At the show, Brady SPC will showcase a variety of absorbent and spill containment...

Satellite Data Brought To African Agriculture
2014-04-30 03:47:59

Kate Ramsayer, NASA From hundreds of miles in orbit, NASA satellites can measure how much rain falls in Niger or detect plant health in Mali. But on the ground, many African farmers and food distributors don't have good information about the growing conditions a few dozen miles down the road. A new program is bringing together scientists in two branches of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., as well as an African non-profit organization in order to get relevant...

2014-04-30 12:30:04

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The government of Equatorial Guinea launched the first phase of a campaign to immunize the nation's children against polio last week. The government has been working closely with World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, United Nations (UN), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Atlanta, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others to implement this proactive campaign. Leo Heileman, UN Resident...


Latest Earth Reference Libraries

Sri Lanka cinnamon, Cinnamomum verum
2014-02-09 09:22:38

Cinnamomum verum is an evergreen tree species. The plant may also be commonly referred to as True cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon, or Sri Lanka cinnamon. C. verum belongs to the Lauraceae family. This small tree is popular because its inner bark is used to make the common spice cinnamon.  A large majority of plants grow in Sri Lanka; however it is cultivated for commercial purposes in other regions. C. verum trees can grow anywhere between 32 and 50 feet tall. Its leaves are longer than they...

Erik The Red
2014-01-06 11:48:00

Known as Erik the Red, Erik Thorvaldsson is remembered in medieval and Icelandic saga sources as having founded the first Norse settlement in Greenland. The Icelandic tradition signifies that he was born in Rogaland, Norway. The designation “the Red” probably refers to his hair or his beard color. Leif Ericson, the well-known Icelandic explorer, was Erik’s son. When Erik the Red’s father was exiled from Norway due to manslaughter, he sailed west from Norway accompanied by...

Desert greening
2013-04-25 16:10:03

Desert greening is made up of any number of methods used to revitalize deserts. So far, only arid and semi-arid desert are meant when using this expression. The icy deserts and other types are considered to be unsuitable. The different methods include landscaping methods to reduce evaporation, erosion, consolidation of topsoil, temperature, sandstorms and more, permaculture in general, planting trees, regeneration of salty, polluted, or degenerated soils, floodwater retention and...

Mudflats
2013-04-19 21:07:34

Mudflats, or otherwise known as tidal flats, are coastal wetlands that form when mud is left behind by tides or rivers. They’re found in sheltered regions such as bayous, lagoons, estuaries, and bays. Mudflats might be seen geologically as exposed layers of bay mud, a result from the deposition of estuarine silts, marine animal detritus, and clays. The majority of the sediment in a mudflat is within the intertidal zone, therefore the flat is submerged and exposed about twice per day. In...

Wetland
2013-04-19 18:19:23

A wetland is an area of land that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, such that it takes on the traits of a distinct ecosystem. First and foremost, the factor that distinguishes the wetlands from other land forms or water bodies is the unique vegetation that has adapted to its characteristic soil conditions. The wetland consists mostly of hydric soil, which is supportive of aquatic plants. The water that is found in wetlands can be saltwater, brackish, or freshwater....

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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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