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Jodrell Bank to administer world's largest telescope

The Jodrell Bank Observatory is set to become the international headquarters for the Square Kilometre Array, a distributed telescope that will be thousands of times more powerful than any other, once built.The University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank was picked by the international partners behind the telescope as the project office for the scheme, the observatory announced on Saturday.

April 4, 2011 by

Crowd-sourced analysis used for solar storm predictions

Observations that a solar storm could hit Earth affecting communications, GPS systems and even power grids came from a crowd-sourced analysis, according to an announcement on the Royal Observatory Greenwich Blog on Friday.The project, codenamed Solar Stormwatch, is a joint initiative between the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the STFC Rutherford Appleton Labaratory, Zooniverse and Citizen Science Alliance which allows anyone to help the research by analysing and noting points of solar eruptions.

December 13, 2010 by

Inside an active volcano on Montserrat

An international team of researchers has started to collect imaging data on the Soufriere Hills Volcano in Montserrat which erupts regularly since 1995. They're using the equivalent of a CAT scan to understand its internal structure and how and when it erupts. Several years ago, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) funded the CALIPSO project ('Caribbean Andesitic Lava Island Precision Seismo-geodetic Observatory'). The new experiment is dubbed SEA-CALIPSO ('Seismic Experiment with Air-gun source') and 'will use air guns and a string of sensors off the back of a research ship combined with sensors on land to try to image the magma chamber.' Early results are surprising, as said one of the leading scientists: 'The interesting thing is that much more magma is erupting than appears represented by the subsiding bowl.' ...

December 21, 2008 by

The world's most powerful virtual telescope

Astronomers have successfully combined three telescopes located on Mauna Kea in Hawaii to create the largest virtual telescope for short wavelengths. The Extended SubMillimeter Array (eSMA) connects the signals from the SubMillimeter Array (SMA), consisting of eight dishes with 6-meter diameter, with those from the 15-meter James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) and the 10-meter Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO) through fiber-optic cables. The signals from all ten dishes are electronically combined in a large special-purpose computer to create a virtual telescope with a diameter of 782 metres, allowing for an exceptionally sharp view. Preliminary results obtained with this virtual telescope are very promising. They might prefigure what we'll see when the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) becomes operational in Chile in 2013. Read more...

November 27, 2008 by

Street View - Parallel Map

Lets explore the world !Easy, just select a point !More than 130 street view points !Recording your street view history !This application...

December 15, 2014 by Yoshihiko Eto

Robotic sensors on Mount St. Helens

U.S. researchers are developing a new robust wireless communication systems for Mount St. Helens. With the help of a $1.63 million NASA grant, they've developed a dozen of smart robotic sensors which talk to each other and send information to a central information hub, the Johnston Ridge Observatory located atop the Mount St. Helens visitor center. But this wireless network is just a pilot program. The researchers want to use these sensors for other emergency applications, such as a mine collapse or a terrorist attack destroying traditional networks. But read more...

November 4, 2008 by

The best ever images of the Milky Way

The Science and Technology Facilities Council in the UK reports that an international team of more than 50 astronomers from Europe, the U.S. and Australia has released the largest digital survey of the Milky Way, composed of some 200 million unique stellar objects. The IPHAS (INT Photometric H-alpha Survey of the Northern Galactic Plane) will soon include 800 million objects. And this survey will be available from a Virtual Observatory interface allowing an easy access to all the Milky Way stars and other objects. Read more to look at stunning pictures...

December 12, 2007 by

A deep-sea observatory in California

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is funding the installation of a deep-sea observatory installed on the Monterey Bay sea floor in California. The first step of this project was completed last week when a 32-mile (52 kilometers) cable was installed 900 meters (3,000 feet) below the ocean surface. This cable will provide electrical power to scientific instruments which will perform experiments in the deep sea. It will also carry data back and forth between the instruments and the scientists and engineers from around the world. The Monterey Accelerated Research System (MARS) observatory should be fully operational by the end of 2007.

April 7, 2007 by

Pamela, an antimatter lab in space

The first satellite designed to detect both antimatter and dark matter has been launched last week. This antimatter observatory, PAMELA (Payload for Antimatter Matter Exploration and Light-nuclei Astrophysics), will catch antiprotons and positrons for the next three years at least and has only cost about US$32 million.

June 18, 2006 by

EITO shares vision for Australian ICT sector

Around 23, 000 companies registered in Australia's ICT sector last year according to a report released by the European Information Technology Observatory (EITO).The report states that these companies "employed approximately a quarter of a million people and accounted for eight percent of the gross national product".

May 4, 2004 by

EU IT market will grow 2.4% in 2004

The 2004 edition of the European Information Technology Observatory (EITO) estimates that the Western European information technology market will grow 2.4% this year to reach 294 bln Euros.

February 19, 2004 by

Global IT industry warms up

The industry worldwide has started to grow again, fuelled by strong sales in Asia Pacific, according to statistics from the European Information Technology Observatory

October 13, 2003 by

Disaster recovery plan saves stellar data

On Saturday January 18, a devastating firestorm raged through Canberra and its outskirts. More than four hundred homes, and multiple business were destroyed, along with the historic Mt Stromlo Observatory, which was established in the 1920s.

January 24, 2003 by

Take my CPU, please

Many of us at CNET do double duty by scouting the galaxy for aliens--usually while we're at lunch. The SETI@Home screensaver, which analyzes radio telescope data from Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory, works using distributed computing, harnessing the power of thousands of computers to crunch reams of data. Now, however, other companies are fighting for space on our hard drives. And, predictably, they're trying to make a buck in the process. In this week's Insider, editor Steve Fox alerts us to some of the more uncharitable aspects of the emerging distributed-computing trend.

September 7, 2000 by

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