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NASA's HS3 mission spotlight: The HIRAD instrument

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The Hurricane Imaging Radiometer, known as HIRAD, will fly aboard one of two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft during NASA's Hurricane Severe Storm Sentinel or HS3 mission from Wallops beginning August 26 through September 29.

NASA team lays plans to observe new worlds

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) It can take decades to mature an astrophysics flagship mission from concept to launch pad. A team led by scientists and engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is now studying the scientific and technical requirements and costs associated with building a successor to Hubble and the Webb telescope.

NIBIB to host second Edward C. Nagy New Investigator Symposium

( NIH/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengineering) The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering will host its second Edward C. Nagy New Investigator Symposium on July 30, 2014 on the NIH campus. There will be ten exciting presentations from recent new investigators covering a wide breadth of NIBIB-funded research.

Department of Defense awards $2.6 million grant to SMU STEM program for minority students

( Southern Methodist University) The US Department of Defense recently awarded the STEMPREP Project at Southern Methodist University a $2.6 million grant to support its goal of increasing the number of minorities in STEM fields. STEMPREP recruits bright, science-minded minority middle school students for the two-summer classroom phase of the STEMPREP project, then provides high school students with summer opportunities at research labs.

Spinach could lead to alternative energy more powerful than Popeye

( Purdue University) Spinach gave Popeye super strength, but it also holds the promise of a different power for a group of scientists: the ability to convert sunlight into a clean, efficient alternative fuel. Purdue physicists are using spinach to study the proteins involved in photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert the sun's energy into carbohydrates used to power cellular processes. Artificial photosynthesis could allow for the conversion of solar energy into renewable, environmentally friendly hydrogen-based fuels.

NASA sees Typhoon Matmo making second landfall in China

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Terra satellite passed over Typhoon Matmo when it was moving through the Taiwan Strait for its final landfall in mainland China.

Fires in the Northern Territories July 2014

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Environment Canada has issued a high health risk warning for Yellowknife and surrounding area because of heavy smoke in the region due to forest fires. In the image taken by the Aqua satellite, the smoke is drifting eastward along normal wind patterns. Fire is an obvious health hazard, but the smoke that comes from fires is not quite so obvious and its effects are insidious.

Satellite shows Atlantic Tropical Depression degenerate

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured imagery of the Atlantic Ocean's Tropical Depression 2 is it degenerated into a tropical wave on July 23.

ETH student develops filter for clean water around the world

( ETH Zurich) An innovative filter makes it possible to purify water more quickly, simply and economically than ever before. The developers hope the device will soon play a big role development aid, and they are looking for investors to help them achieve this goal.

Carnegie Mellon will partner with Duolingo to evaluate English language certification test

( Carnegie Mellon University) Carnegie Mellon University will partner with Duolingo, a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff company that provides free online language education, to evaluate the company's new low-cost test for certifying the English skills of college and job applicants.


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