Space: Intelsat New Dawn Launched Successfully in French Guiana

The Intelsat New Dawn Satellite has lifted off successfully from Kourou, French Guiana at 5:37 p.m (EDT) on 22nd April 2011. The Ariane 5 vehicle separated successfully at 6:12 p.m. and a signal was acquired at 6:29 p.m. The satellite has 28 C-band and 24 Ku-band 36 MHz transponder units.  Utilising a geostationary orbital slot … Read more Space: Intelsat New Dawn Launched Successfully in French Guiana

Environment: USA Prepares for Earth Day on 22nd April 2011

Organisations and firms around the worlds are making last minute preparations for Earth Day on 22nd April 2011, when individuals and groups will come together to try and enact a “billion acts of green”. Over in the USA, The Dow Chemical Company will host Bill Ginn, Chief Conservation Officer of The Nature Conservancy, at its … Read more Environment: USA Prepares for Earth Day on 22nd April 2011

Luxury Scrubs from Blue Sky Scrubs

Doctors and nurses now have the choice of a full range of luxury scrubs, lab coats and scrub hats thanks to blue sky scrubs. Scrubs are worn by staff in hospital theatres to provide a light and easily discarded garment ideal for the warm conditions in theatre and the need to launder directly afterwards. Traditionally … Read more Luxury Scrubs from Blue Sky Scrubs

Space: Next Falcon 9 Launch to take Two OG2 Satellites

ORBCOMM Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies have announced plans to carry the first two ORBCOMM next-generation OG2 satellites to orbit on the next Falcon 9 launch in 2011. Falcon 9 is a two-stage launch vehicle powered by liquid oxygen and rocket grade kerosene (RP-1) capable of delivering 10,450 kg to low-Earth orbit and 4,540 kg … Read more Space: Next Falcon 9 Launch to take Two OG2 Satellites

Hawaii Has 2 Hours To Prepare for Japan Earthquake Tsunami

A tsunami warning has been issued for Pacific Islands including Hawaii following the 8.9 magnitude earthquake which occurred at 05:46 UTC on Friday 11th March in Japan. The first of a series of tsunami waves are expected to reach Hawaii at 03:07am HST on Friday 11th March 2011. Hawaii Tsunami Warning – Courtesy Pacific Tsunami … Read more Hawaii Has 2 Hours To Prepare for Japan Earthquake Tsunami

Anchovie Catastrophe at Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach residents, in Southern California, awoke yesterday to find an estimated 1 million dead anchovies floating in the marina. It has caused a stinking mess for marine authorities, and a floating feast for pelicans and other marine life. A Fish and Game spokesman at the scene suggested it is a natural event, with the sardines apparently … Read more Anchovie Catastrophe at Redondo Beach

Biotech: Nominations Open for 2011 Biotech Humanitarian Award

Nominations are now open for the third annual Biotech Humanitarian Award. Organised by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), $10,000 will be presented to an individual who uses biotechnology to heal, fuel or feed the planet. The Award will be presented at the 2011 BIO International Convention, in Washington, DC which takes place on 27th – 30th June 2011. … Read more Biotech: Nominations Open for 2011 Biotech Humanitarian Award

IWD 2011: Culture & Women’s Vulnerability to HIV and AIDS

As we celebrate 100 years of International Women’s Day, we recognize that women have fought for and achieved greater gender equality over the years. Today women hold senior level positions all over the world, are welcome into secondary education and contribute to democratic processes. However, social and cultural behaviours and norms are slow to change. Despite the progress seen … Read more IWD 2011: Culture & Women’s Vulnerability to HIV and AIDS

IWD 2011: Inclusion and Prosperity through Environmental Projects

Albina Ruiz Rios is Founder and Chairperson of the Healthy City, a social enterprise project focussed on environmental improvements and poverty reduction. She recently presented to the UN Commission on the Status of Women on the “Gender equality and sustainable development” panel. Equality before exclusion – millions of women and men are struggling together to … Read more IWD 2011: Inclusion and Prosperity through Environmental Projects

IWD 2011: Women in Science & Technology – What do institutions need to do?

Prof. Messer-Yaron, fellow of the IEEE, is a world-leading expert in statistical signal processing with applications to source localization, communication and environmental systems. She is President of the Open University in Israel and appeared on the on the “capacity-building on gender mainstreaming: focus on science and technology” panel at the UN Commission on the Status … Read more IWD 2011: Women in Science & Technology – What do institutions need to do?

Space: UK Government Releases UFO Files

The UK government has released a number of UFO files including letters and parliamentary questions relating to the period between 2000 – 2005. Over 8000 items have been declassified – from the exceedingly banal to the infuriatingly tantalising. The documents cover a range of issues such as the filming of a BBC UFO documentary and … Read more Space: UK Government Releases UFO Files

NASA: Discovery Set to Dock with International Space Station

The space shuttle Discovery is due to dock with the international space station shortly after 11:33am Eastern Time when it will initiate its final burn, which will last for 11 seconds. There is some final manoeuvring to do before the final burn. Discovery is around 9 miles away from the International Space Station as of … Read more NASA: Discovery Set to Dock with International Space Station

Hawaii: Magnitude 3.6 Earthquake Shakes Honolulu

Hawaii has been shaken by a magnitude 3.6 earthquake. The quake struck on Thursday afternoon at 2pm local time at a depth of 12 miles at 21.180°N, 157.550°W. The distances from population centres were as follows: 35 km (22 miles) ESE of HONOLULU, Hawaii 37 km (23 miles) SE of Kane`ohe, O`ahu, Hawaii 55 km … Read more Hawaii: Magnitude 3.6 Earthquake Shakes Honolulu

Space: The Development of Single-Stage Space Flight

Dr Robert Charles Parkinson MBE has worked for the Rocket Propulsion Establishment, Perme, British Aerospace, Matra Marconi and Astrium. He has had papers published in Spaceflight and JBIS. He also worked on Project Daedalus. He is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and was awarded the MBE in the 2002 New Years Honours … Read more Space: The Development of Single-Stage Space Flight

Australia: Tropical Cyclone Dianne & Ex-Tropical Cyclone Carlos

There are two weather systems moving through Australian territory at present: Tropical Cyclone Dianne & Tropical Cyclone Carlos. Tropical Cyclone Carlos is a tropical low located on the coast of the Northern Territory and Tropical Cyclone Dianne is a category 2 cyclone located off the coast of Western Australia. Tropical Cyclone Carlos The following advisory … Read more Australia: Tropical Cyclone Dianne & Ex-Tropical Cyclone Carlos