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Last feed update: Wednesday September 17th, 2014 04:57:25 AM
36 Pit Fire in Oregon Tuesday September 16th, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The 36 Pit Fire began on Sept. 13, 2014. The fire is human-caused and is still under investigation.

NASA's HS3 mission covers transition of Hurricane Cristobal Tuesday September 16th, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Global Hawk 872 aircraft flew over Hurricane Cristobal on Aug. 28 and 29 and gathered data on the storm as it was becoming extra-tropical.

NASA HS3 instrument views 2 dimensions of clouds Tuesday September 16th, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Cloud Physics Lidar instrument, flying aboard an unmanned Global Hawk aircraft in this summer's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, mission, is studying the changing profile of the atmosphere in detail to learn more about how hurricanes form and strengthen.

Dry conditions and lightning strikes make for a long California fire season Tuesday September 16th, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The fire season in California has been anything but cooperative this year. Hot conditions combined with a state-wide drought and dry lightning makes for unpleasant conditions and leads to an abundance of forest fires.

Capturing ancient Maya sites from both a rat's and a 'bat's eye view' Tuesday September 16th, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(University of California - San Diego) A trip to the Guatemalan jungle usually nets a few souvenirs: Photographs of Maya ruins, bragging rights about encounters with venomous snakes, perhaps a bug bite or two. In addition, the UC San Diego team has received a Calit2 Strategic Research Opportunities grant to fund aerial sensing of the Maya jungle. Calit2 is the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology -- home base to QI.

Novel capability enables first test of real turbine engine conditions Tuesday September 16th, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(DOE/Argonne National Laboratory) Manufactures of turbine engines for airplanes, automobiles and electric generation plants could expedite the development of more durable, energy-efficient turbine blades thanks to a partnership between the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, the German Aerospace Center and the universities of Central Florida and Cleveland State.The ability to operate turbine blades at higher temperatures improves efficiency and reduces energy costs.

Nanoribbon film keeps glass ice-free Tuesday September 16th, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(Rice University) Rice University scientists who created a deicing film for radar domes have now refined the technology to work as a transparent coating for glass.

Newborn Tropical Storm Polo gives a NASA satellite a 'cold reception' Tuesday September 16th, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite uses infrared light to read cloud top temperatures in tropical cyclones. When Aqua passed over newborn Tropical Storm Polo off of Mexico's southwestern coast it got a 'cold reception' when infrared data saw some very cold cloud top temperatures and strong storms within that hint at intensification.

Computerized emotion detector Tuesday September 16th, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(Inderscience Publishers) Face recognition software measures various parameters in a mug shot, such as the distance between the person's eyes, the height from lip to top of their nose and various other metrics and then compares it with photos of people in the database that have been tagged with a given name. Now, research published in the International Journal of Computational Vision and Robotics looks to take that one step further in recognizing the emotion portrayed by a face.

NASA spots center of Typhoon Kalmaegi over Hainan Island, headed for Vietnam Tuesday September 16th, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Aqua satellite saw Typhoon Kalmaegi's center near northern Hainan Island, China when it passed overhead on September 16 at 06:00 UTC (2 a.m. EDT). Hours later, the storm crossed the Gulf of Tonkin, the body of water that separates Hainan Island from Vietnam, and was making landfall there at 11:30 a.m. EDT.








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