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March 11, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
An “amazing” number of people have been scouring through satellite images to spot possible leads in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. Satellite imagery provider DigitalGlobe said Tuesday that it was uploading more shots of the Gulf of Thailand to its Tomnod website , where anyone can scroll through images and tag what might be rafts, wreckage, oil slicks or other markers. Many people noticing the same thing in the same spot would trigger an alert on the company's end. The website was inaccessible to many visitors on Tuesday because of the "amazing" and “unprecedented” response from the Internet community.
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March 22, 2014 | By Don Lee
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - In a new development in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Chinese satellite has spotted a large object floating in the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysia's defense minister said Saturday. The minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, reading from a piece of paper handed to him during a regular press briefing, said that the debris in the satellite imagery measured 74 feet by 43 feet. He said the Chinese would be sending ships to that area to verify.
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WORLD
March 22, 2014 | By Don Lee
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - In a new development in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Chinese satellite has spotted a large object floating in the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysia's defense minister said Saturday. The minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, reading from a piece of paper handed to him during a regular press briefing, said that the debris in the satellite imagery measured 74 feet by 43 feet. He said the Chinese would be sending ships to that area to verify.
WORLD
March 21, 2014 | By Don Lee
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Despite better weather conditions Friday and the use of some of the world's most advanced surveillance aircraft, an Australian-led search operation came up empty on its second day of scouring the south Indian Ocean for possible debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Several military aircraft, a commercial jet and two merchant ships combed a large area about 1,500 miles off the coast of Perth, Australia, where two objects...
SCIENCE
February 12, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
A satellite orbiting Earth has spotted 55 southern right whales hanging out in the shallow waters off Argentina. It turns out that these particular whales are quite easy to spot from space, said Peter Fretwell of the British Antarctic Survey. They got the name right whales because they were once considered the "right" whales to hunt. They are large and slow, and they spend a lot of time lolling near the surface of calm ocean waters. For this reason, their numbers dropped from a pre-whaling population of 55,000-70,000 to just 300 by the 1920s.  "The same reason they are the right whales to catch makes them the right whales to look for by satellite," said Fretwell.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2013 | By KTLA
Google says it will replace a Google Maps image after a Bay Area father said it shows the body of his teenage son, who was shot to death in 2009. Richmond resident Jose Barrera said he discovered the image, visible on Google Maps' satellite view feature, last week, KTLA-TV Channel 5 reported . “When I see this image, it's still like that happened yesterday,” Barrera told KTVU-TV in Oakland . “And that brings me back to a lot of memories.” Kevin Barrera, 14, was killed in August 2009.
WORLD
March 21, 2014 | By Don Lee
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Despite better weather conditions Friday and the use of some of the world's most advanced surveillance aircraft, an Australian-led search operation came up empty on its second day of scouring the south Indian Ocean for possible debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Several military aircraft, a commercial jet and two merchant ships combed a large area about 1,500 miles off the coast of Perth, Australia, where two objects...
TRAVEL
April 7, 2013 | By Susan Spano
Forget about learning the state capitals, at least, as the sum total of your knowledge of geography. "Geography is about meaning, not knowing place names and memorizing lists - that was school geography," said Daniel Edelson, vice president for education programs at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. Say hello to the new geography. It runs your GPS unit, takes you on mobile-device-guided tours, helps you find and see hotel rooms before you book them. Want to calculate your estimated time of arrival, locate a nearby gluten-free restaurant, or find out whether it's raining in Río?
WORLD
March 19, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING --  Australian Prime Minter Tony Abbott said Thursday that two objects that could be wreckage of Malaysia Air flight 370 were found by satellites off the west coast of Australia. "New and credible information has come to light in relation to the search ... in the south Indian Ocean," Abbott told Australia's parliament in Canberra on Thursday morning, local time. "The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has received information based on satellite imagery of two objects possibly related to the search.
WORLD
September 17, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
AUSTRIA A senior U.S. official said satellite photographs of a suspected nuclear site in Iran demonstrated Tehran's intention to develop atomic arms, an allegation Iran dismissed as "a new lie." He also accused the International Atomic Energy Agency of suppressing information on Parchin, which the agency denied. An expert said satellite images showed the Parchin military complex might be a site for research and testing and production of nuclear arms. Iran denies having a bomb program.
WORLD
March 19, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING --  Australian Prime Minter Tony Abbott said Thursday that two objects that could be wreckage of Malaysia Air flight 370 were found by satellites off the west coast of Australia. "New and credible information has come to light in relation to the search ... in the south Indian Ocean," Abbott told Australia's parliament in Canberra on Thursday morning, local time. "The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has received information based on satellite imagery of two objects possibly related to the search.
NATIONAL
March 11, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
An “amazing” number of people have been scouring through satellite images to spot possible leads in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. Satellite imagery provider DigitalGlobe said Tuesday that it was uploading more shots of the Gulf of Thailand to its Tomnod website , where anyone can scroll through images and tag what might be rafts, wreckage, oil slicks or other markers. Many people noticing the same thing in the same spot would trigger an alert on the company's end. The website was inaccessible to many visitors on Tuesday because of the "amazing" and “unprecedented” response from the Internet community.
SCIENCE
February 12, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
A satellite orbiting Earth has spotted 55 southern right whales hanging out in the shallow waters off Argentina. It turns out that these particular whales are quite easy to spot from space, said Peter Fretwell of the British Antarctic Survey. They got the name right whales because they were once considered the "right" whales to hunt. They are large and slow, and they spend a lot of time lolling near the surface of calm ocean waters. For this reason, their numbers dropped from a pre-whaling population of 55,000-70,000 to just 300 by the 1920s.  "The same reason they are the right whales to catch makes them the right whales to look for by satellite," said Fretwell.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2013 | By KTLA
Google says it will replace a Google Maps image after a Bay Area father said it shows the body of his teenage son, who was shot to death in 2009. Richmond resident Jose Barrera said he discovered the image, visible on Google Maps' satellite view feature, last week, KTLA-TV Channel 5 reported . “When I see this image, it's still like that happened yesterday,” Barrera told KTVU-TV in Oakland . “And that brings me back to a lot of memories.” Kevin Barrera, 14, was killed in August 2009.
TRAVEL
April 7, 2013 | By Susan Spano
Forget about learning the state capitals, at least, as the sum total of your knowledge of geography. "Geography is about meaning, not knowing place names and memorizing lists - that was school geography," said Daniel Edelson, vice president for education programs at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. Say hello to the new geography. It runs your GPS unit, takes you on mobile-device-guided tours, helps you find and see hotel rooms before you book them. Want to calculate your estimated time of arrival, locate a nearby gluten-free restaurant, or find out whether it's raining in Río?
SCIENCE
April 13, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Using space technology to sniff out a telltale trail of penguin poop strewn about the edges of Antarctica, scientists have completed the first-ever census of an animal population taken with satellite imagery. The collaboration of British and American researchers was able to identify 44 emperor penguin colonies, including seven that were previously unknown. They counted 595,000 birds - twice as many as they expected to see. "Now that we have this baseline information, we can start asking new questions" about the Antarctic ecosystem, said Michelle LaRue, a doctoral student in conservation biology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and coauthor of a paper about the discovery, published Friday in the journal PLoS One. As depicted in the 2005 film "March of the Penguins," emperor penguin pairs battle temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit to nest at their breeding sites each year.
BUSINESS
June 29, 1993 | Jack Searles
Datron Systems Inc., a Simi Valley producer of high-tech communications equipment, has received an order in excess of $1 million for a remote sensing terminal to process imagery data received from France's SPOT satellite. Thomas V. Baker, Datron's chief financial officer, declined to name the source of the order, but said the work will be done in Simi Valley by the firm's Datron/Transco unit. SPOT's high-resolution pictures are used mainly to obtain information about resources on the Earth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2007 | John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer
Friends of a renowned Bay Area computer scientist whose sailboat vanished this week off the coast here pledged Friday to continue hunting for the missing sailor even though the U.S. Coast Guard has called off its search. Jim Gray, 63, a research pioneer and founder of Microsoft's Bay Area Research Center, left San Francisco on Sunday aboard his 40-foot sailboat, Tenacious, to scatter his mother's ashes off the Farallon Islands, about 30 miles west of the city. He planned to be back that day.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2007 | John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer
Friends of a renowned Bay Area computer scientist whose sailboat vanished this week off the coast here pledged Friday to continue hunting for the missing sailor even though the U.S. Coast Guard has called off its search. Jim Gray, 63, a research pioneer and founder of Microsoft's Bay Area Research Center, left San Francisco on Sunday aboard his 40-foot sailboat, Tenacious, to scatter his mother's ashes off the Farallon Islands, about 30 miles west of the city. He planned to be back that day.
WORLD
September 17, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
AUSTRIA A senior U.S. official said satellite photographs of a suspected nuclear site in Iran demonstrated Tehran's intention to develop atomic arms, an allegation Iran dismissed as "a new lie." He also accused the International Atomic Energy Agency of suppressing information on Parchin, which the agency denied. An expert said satellite images showed the Parchin military complex might be a site for research and testing and production of nuclear arms. Iran denies having a bomb program.
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