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Spirit continues studies Of Martian rocks And soil August 30, 2006

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Who says space isn’t interesting?

Spirit continued to make progress on the rover’s winter campaign of science observations, acquiring microscopic images and data about rock composition with the alpha particle X-ray spectrometer and the miniature thermal emission spectrometer. Spirit took images of the spacecraft deck for incorporation into the “McMurdo panorama.”

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Microsoft investigates leak of “Office” videos August 30, 2006

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“Software giant Microsoft Corp. said on Tuesday it was investigating how two in-house training videos made by British comedian Ricky Gervais, creator of “The Office” television series, appeared on two Web sites.”

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Galileo funding welcome boost for UK Space August 30, 2006

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The British Government has increased funding in the predominently European satellite navigation system Galileo, promising increased job security and support for the British space industry.

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How will students learn the planets now? August 25, 2006

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With Pluto’s demotion to less than a planet, how can students still use sentences to remember the names of the planets that make up the Solar System? “My Very Excellent Mother Just Sent Us Nine Pizzas” doesnt work anymore.

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Is pluto a planet or a Pluton ? August 24, 2006

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Named a planet in 1930, poor Pluto is at risk of losing its status as a planet – to be decided during a meeting held by the IAU today (24th August). Small satellite designer and inveterate enthusiast for all things space Stuart Eves explains.

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Selling UK satellites to US DOD is a challenge due to red tape August 9, 2006

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British satellite manufaturer SSTL’s Group CEO Sir Martin Sweeting speaking to Flight magazine about the challenges of doing business with the US Department of Defence.

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PR types latch on to RSS – oh no! July 11, 2006

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Careful folks he screams, the world of RSS is no longer confined to IT press and geekblogs http://publicrelations.ballard.co.uk/blog/_archives/2006/7/11/2100811.html -oh no… the spin doctors are at it too?

Even the drivel on www.prweb.com has RSS feeds, which you can add to your site if you want a dribble of drivel. 

I think www.prnewswire.co.uk might have so useful stuff too subscribe to though so don’t send the heatseekers this way just yet spin master bob. 

Drivel. As promised.  Over and out.

Looking forward to Xoops module July 10, 2006

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I had terrible trouple trying to get the WordPress module for Xoops to work – I wonder if the’yll update it with the new WordPress code 🙂

 http://wordpress.org/development/2006/06/204-and-21-bug-hunt/

I hope so, WordPress is great blog software.  Still a Serendipity fan because it’s nice and simple, as per www.it-blog.org but it seems to …errr… draw on WordPress alot.  Tell me I’m wrong!

www.s9y.org 

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The trials and tribulations of translation… in da nation July 10, 2006

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This wee blog http://www.it-blog.org/archives/131-Translating-websites.html sounds really interesting for a few projects, especially my favourite www.iautomate.org when it turns multilingual – but annoyingly they haven’t told us what the software is!

I followed the link to here ttp://publicrelations.ballard.co.uk/blog/_archives/2006/7/10/2096167.html but it dodn’t help.  Is it this guys www.aptplc.net software?

You’d think the site www.europeanwebtalk.com would help with something like this but it doesn’t seem to have been updated in the last century.

 Am I moaning?  Grr bring it on!

Africa can’t afford not to go to space July 4, 2006

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Space was traditionally considered to be expensive and consequently, the poorest continent, Africa, was not involved in space programmes. In particular, Nigeria rejected space programmes entirely in 1976. However, in the last five years, low cost small satellites pioneered by SSTL in the UK have stimulated a series of space programmes in Africa.

These African space initiatives have resulted in great benefits to Africa with respect to space applications, capacity building and economic development. They have played an important role in international disaster monitoring and human global warming and climate change prevention efforts. They have also generated further demand for space assets, applications and services, particularly, telecommunications satellites to provide much needed infrastructure for economic development and bridging the digital divide.
Government support and the involvement of UK industry in the upcoming African Space Programme should enable a substantial return from investment in ARTES (communications payloads), MOSAIC (small satellites) and EO applications improving African lives with sustainable development.

Much focus has been given in Parliament, and in the media, of the importance of helping Africa find a sustainable way forward. British designed Earth observation instruments and satellites are monitoring the impact of Climate Change, natural resources, deforestation, crop failures and the impact of natural disasters on Africa’s exposed populations. Nigeria First, the website of the Nigerian Office of Public Communications http://www.nigeriafirst.org/article_1992.shtml  provides informaton on Nigeria’s use of space technology.

Satellite-based mapping can also support aid operations so that decision makers in Africa and around the world to shape the right policies to reduce poverty or plan crops in Africa. For example, NigeriaSat-1 http://www.sstl.co.uk/index.php?loc=112 provides medium-resolution imagery with daily worldwide revisit for monitoring disasters.

http://www.engineeringbritain.com/space/archives/31-How-UK-Space-is-helping-to-shape-Africas-future.html