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Copernicus Masters Launches Annual Competition for Best Apps Employing EO Data

May 27, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

The annual Copernicus Masters competition seeks participants to submit ideas, applications and business concepts using Earth observation data that could lead to significant changes to the status quo in a number of fields. The international competition, with a deadline of July 13, offers cash prizes and support valued at more than 300,000 euros.

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The Dawn of the Joint Information Environment for the National Capital Region
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By Allan L. Mink

The national capital region may receive its own joint information environment, or JIE. It would generate many advantages for its users, but some others might suffer from the new environment.

Bombing the Wrong Target
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By M. Thomas Davis

When it comes to the Budget Control Act and the sequestration cuts associated with it, is it the right response, but the wrong target?

Into the Second Decade of Homeland Security
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The Department of Homeland Security has endured growing pains as a result of its rapid creation, but it also can chalk up significant accomplishments.

DHS S&T Announces Winners of Innovation Prize Competition
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By George I. Seffers

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate today announced the winners of S&T’s first innovation prize competition: The Vreeland Institute Inc., Copake, New York., and Certa Cito LLC, Rochester, New York.

NASA, DHS Chat Up Solar Storm Research on Twitter
May 19, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

Engineers from several government agencies and industry partners have teamed up to explore solutions to better predict, and thus mitigate, adverse impacts solar storms have on power grids.

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By David E. Meadows

As the Internet of Things takes shape, it will generate a new phenomenon—the Complexity of Things.

Mobile Devices Drive Data Surge
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You (WE) Are the Weakest Link
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Bomb Squads Model Robots at Annual Rodeo
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Giddy up! Military and civilian bomb squad operators are taking to a capabilities exercise robot rodeo to showcase proficiencies and uses of robotics in the field. For the first time in nearly a decade, organizers included unmanned aerial vehicles in the competition.

The Bottom Line: From Dolly to Drones
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It all began with Dolly, the first animal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell. While technical advances continued to make the news, their effects and the possibilities they created did not reach lawmakers or the legal profession.


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