World News - part 10

NASA Announces Launching of Ocean-Monitoring Satellite

NASA Announces Launching of Ocean-Monitoring Satellite

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  • NASA will launch Aquarius satellite on June 9 to monitor oceans
  • Ocean salinity will be recorded to determine water cycle and climate changes
  • Aquarius will orbit 408 miles above Earth, producing monthly estimates based on seven-day maps
  • European and American data from separate missions will be compared and shared among global scientific community

Three months after the failed launching of NASA's satellite Glory, NASA has announced plans to launch an ocean-monitoring satellite from a Delta 2 rocket at the Vandenberg Air Force Base located off the coast of California on June 9.

Appropriately named Aquarius, meaning “water bearer”, the satellite will be the very first satellite to measure the salt levels of every body of water in the world.

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What Are Hotels Doing to Increase Security?

What Are Hotels Doing to Increase Security?

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  • Hotel association establishes online security training program for hotel employees
  • Israel leads for hotel security best practice
  • Metal detectors, mirrors, barriers and other devices useful for improved security

In more innocent times, hotel security was simpler: Prevent fire and theft. How the world has changed since 9-11.

In recent years, terrorist attacks have regularly involved what are known as “soft targets.” The phrase refers to easier targets for terrorists such as hotels that often have less security than government or major public centers. So what is the hotel industry doing about it?

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German Aerospace Center’s Asian Expansion

German Aerospace Center’s Asian Expansion

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  • German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Nanyang Technological University join forces to expand operations in Asia
  • Chinese and British aerospace professionals encourage cooperation between the two countries

The German Aerospace Center is teaming up with a Chinese university to expand their operations into Asia. The German Aerospace Center, also known as DLR, will be conducting joint research with Nanyang Technological University, or NTU, in the areas of satellite navigation, sensor processing, and aerial vehicles.

DLR conducted a study to determine a key location for expansion; the study showed that Singapore and Asia were the places to be.

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Endeavor Begins Its Final Mission

Endeavor Begins Its Final Mission

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  • Endeavor successfully launched final mission after electrical problem
  • Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords able to watch her husband take off in space shuttle
  • Scientific equipment "Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2" to locate dark matter and antimatter

The space shuttle Endeavor, which replaced Challenger after it was destroyed twenty-five years ago, has lifted off for its final voyage.

Endeavor's launch had to be postponed for two weeks due to electrical trouble, and its final mission involved carrying five Americans, an Italian, and scientific equipment to the International Space Station.

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Swiss Take off in First Solar Flight

Swiss Take off in First Solar Flight

WORLD

  • Solar energy aircraft ‘Solar Impulse’ flew successfully from Switzerland to Belgium
  • Pilot and co-founder flew 13 hours to cover 370 miles
  • Solar Impulse team working on a larger solar-powered aircraft to travel the world in 2012 or 2013

Solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse made its first international flight on May 13. The plane lifted off at a small airfield at Payerne, Switzerland at 8:40 in the morning, despite a flight delay caused by strong wind gusts.

The journey led the pilot and co-founder Andre Borschberg across France, Luxembourg and Belgium. Thirteen hours later when the 370 mile flight was complete, the plane landed at Brussels airport in Belgium. Borschberg believes that the project is symbolic of his vision for the future, where homes and cars can be powered by using existing technology and the sun.

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China's Interest in Organic Boosted by Food Scandals

China's Interest in Organic Boosted by Food Scandals

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  • Tainted food supplies have made more consumers interested in organics
  • Consumers pay up to 33% more for organic food in China
  • Heavy use of fertilizers and pesticides are obstacles for organic growth

The organic food industry in China is gaining ground thanks to recent negative news surrounding the nation's food industy.

China’s latest food scandal involves a forbidden addictive, called Clenbuterol, which was found in consumer pork products. Clenbuterol causes dizziness and heart palpitations, and serves to help reduce fat in pigs, providing a leaner food product. According to the China Post, the pork processing company issued an apology.

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Sanofi-Aventis & Medicines for Malaria Venture to Create Powerful Malaria Drugs

Sanofi-Aventis & Medicines for Malaria Venture to Create Powerful Malaria Drugs

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  • Sanofi-Aventis and Medicines for Malaria Venture signed a contract to develop new anti-malaria treatments
  • The two organizations to conduct a 3-year research survey
  • Over 90% of deaths from malaria take place in Africa

Sanofi-Aventis, a pharmaceutical industry leader, and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), a non-profit organization dedicated to the eradication of malaria, signed a contract earlier in 2011 to research new malaria treatments.

The two organizations will conduct a 3-year research survey entitled “Orthology Malaria,” which aims to create anti-malaria treatments from compounds (from Sanofi-Aventis) that are known to have anti-malarial activity. Each stage of the project will be carefully managed by both organizations.

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Tokyo Electric Launches Investigation into Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown

Tokyo Electric Launches Investigation into Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown

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  • Tokyo Electric Power Co is investigating initial cause of Fukushima meltdown
  • If reactors were damaged in the earthquake, the debate could become complicated
  • Contaminated water continues to gather under failed reactors; experts warn of radiation spreading

The Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) is looking into the possibility that nuclear reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant were damaged during the March 11 earthquake, and not during the ensuing tsunami that hit the country’s east coast.

Reports have until now said that the tsunami knocked out backup generators that consequently cut power to cooling systems, resulting in the meltdown in three of the plant’s reactors.

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FluPhone App Monitors Spread of Infectious Diseases

FluPhone App Monitors Spread of Infectious Diseases

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  • FluPhone app could help track the spread of diseases and limit possible epidemics
  • Researchers aim to use data collected as a simulation of social interaction during a real epidemic or pandemic
  • Influenza vaccine can prevent up to 90% of flu-specific diseases, according to the World Health Organization

A new mobile phone application may help monitor the spread of infectious diseases like the flu.

Developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, the Java-based FluPhone app uses Bluetooth to allow phones to “talk” to each other, recording how many people a supposedly infected person comes into contact with.

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Ukraine Marks 25th Anniversary of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Disaster

Ukraine Marks 25th Anniversary of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Disaster

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  • Reactor four of the Chernobyl nuclear plant exploded on April 26, 1986, marking the world’s worst nuclear accident
  • Recent disaster in Fukushima, Japan, has renewed concerns about nuclear safety

Today the Ukraine is observing the 25th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear power accident at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, 110 km north of the capital Kiev.

On April 26, 1986, reactor number four of the Chernobyl plant exploded, spewing forth a radioactive cloud that contaminated vast areas of Eastern Europe and forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes. The explosion was estimated to have dumped around 400 times more radiation than the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima.

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