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Polluters exposed by new eye in the sky satellite

<b>What must it be like to live in the Siberian town of Norilsk on a "bad air day"?</b><p>They say the local smelting industry produces 1% of all the sulphur dioxide (SO₂) going into the air globally, something close to two million tonnes a year.<p>SO₂ is particularly unpleasant if breathed in; but it also …

Geography

Given a satellite image, machine learning creates the view on the ground - MIT Technology Review

Leonardo da Vinci famously created drawings and paintings that showed a bird’s eye view of certain areas of Italy with a level of detail that was not …

Machine Learning

Prolific Sea-Observing Satellite Turns 10

An international oceanography satellite that is tracking the ongoing rise in global sea level marks its 10th year in orbit today.<p>Designed for a …

Sea Level

Signs of an Upcoming El Niño? Warm Water Creeps Eastward in the Pacific

<i>Jonathan Belles<br>Published: June 7, 2018</i><p>The first signals of a potential El Niño have appeared in the central Pacific Ocean.<p>A stripe of high sea levels …

NASA’s Maps of Global Soil Conditions Are the Future of Farming

Find water anywhere.<p>The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now using data collected from the first NASA satellite mission dedicated to measuring …

Farming

This Maker Of Tiny Satellites Is Disrupting The Space-Industrial Complex

We are living in the digital age where data is the primary currency. It only makes sense, then, that innovative young companies are taking collection to the final frontier.<p>Planet Labs is a remarkable business. This tiny San Francisco company plans to continuously surveil the entire planet from …

Idealism

Satellites in space see lava pouring from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano

From the ground, lava pouring from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano can look terrifying.<p>Over the past few weeks, newly cracked fissures in the ground have …

GRACE-FO Launch Press Kit | Home Page

GRACE-FO LAUNCH<br>PRESS KIT<p>Many of today's most pressing climate science challenges hinge on knowing how and where water is moving on Earth. But keeping …

NASA Study of Increasingly Dire Global Water Shortages Finds 'Clear Human Fingerprints'

By Julia Conley<p>With a first-of-its-kind satellite study, NASA scientists have identified more than 30 parts of the globe where the depletion of …

Satellite images reveal which countries cheat on their economic statistics

The temptation is great for government officials to manipulate economic statistics. Foremost among them is gross domestic product, the most commonly used measure of a country’s economy, which often serves as a proxy for a government’s financial stewardship. In a free society, groups like the civil …

Economics

What Is the Eye of the Sahara?

This unique geological formation is visible from space<p>The Blue Eye of the Sahara, also known as the Richat Structure or the Guelb er Richat, is a …

Now you can see China's solar power boom from space

China is the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, but it's also leading the world in clean energy investment and deployment. The growth in …

EarthNow promises real-time views of the whole planet from a new satellite constellation

A new space imaging startup called EarthNow aims to provide not just pictures of the planet on demand, but real-time video anywhere a client desires. Its ambition is matched only by its pedigree: Bill Gates, Intellectual Ventures, Airbus, SoftBank and OneWeb founder Greg Wyler are all backing the …

AI Helps Farmers Distinguish Crop Data in Real-Time

Researchers with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) developed a deep learning-based technique that uses satellite data and …

'Rockoons' may soon make launching satellites into space more accessible

"By doing that you can scale your rocket down much more efficiently," said Sherman, who is pursuing a master's degree at Purdue in engineering …

An Open Source Industrial Camera

Over the last few years, connecting a camera to the Internet has gotten cheaper and cheaper. The advances that made this possible did not come …

Agricultural Drone Multispectral Mapping Solution

New Agricultural Drone Multispectral Mapping Solution From Icaros and Agrowing<p>Icaros, a provider of aerial imaging software, and Agrowing, a supplier …

Sony Cameras

To spot fire damage from space, point this AI at satellite imagery

A new deep-learning algorithm studies aerial photographs after fires to identify damage.<p><b>How it works:</b> From satellite images taken before and after …

Arctic Transformed into Alien Landscape in Surreal Climate Change Photo

The "browning" process has dramatically transformed the terrain.<p>Gone are the days when we could count on the Arctic landscape to be painted in shades …

Global Warming

Pollution from Ships Creates Massive Clouds Visible from Space

NASA's Aqua satellite was orbiting over Portugal back in January when it snapped the above photo. It shows a thin film of clouds above the brilliant …

NASA satellite images of poop lead researchers to penguin 'supercolony'

A previously unknown "supercolony" of penguins has been discovered off of the Antarctic Peninsula's northern tip.<p>The more than 1.5 million birds were found after NASA satellite imagery of the area showed large amounts of penguin poop, also known as guano, in 2014.<p>Penguin activity there went largely …

Researchers are figuring out how to pack a supercomputer into a nanosatellite

Putting a supercomputer in a package that’s roughly the size of a loaf of bread is one thing. Making sure the supercomputer is radiation-hardened to …

Newly Discovered Penguin Mega-colony Is So Huge It Was Spotted in Space

Satellites captured the never-before-seen population in action.<p>Every day, Landsat satellites orbit the planet, capturing images of things like …

Antarctica

Get Data

Land water storage from GRACE is updated monthly, and is provided on 1-degree global grids.<p>Ocean bottom pressure from GRACE is updated monthly, and …

Advanced Webinar: Land Cover Classification with Satellite Imagery

Dates:<p>to<p>Learning Objectives:<p>Course Format:<p>Prerequisites:<p>Complete Sessions 1 & 2A of Fundamentals of Remote Sensing, or equivalent experience<p>Download …

Laser Scans Reveal Maya "Megalopolis" Below Guatemalan Jungle

A vast, interconnected network of ancient cities was home to millions more people than previously thought.<p>Using a revolutionary technology known as LiDAR (short for “Light Detection And Ranging”), scholars digitally removed the tree canopy from aerial images of the now-unpopulated landscape, …

Archaeology

The Magnetic Field Is Shifting. The Poles May Flip. This Could Get Bad.

The shield that protects the Earth from solar radiation is under attack from within. We can’t prevent it, but we ought to prepare.<p>One day in 1905, …

Magnetism

The Making of the Largest Satellite Constellation in History

How Iridium rose from its ashes to launch the era of satellite megaprojects.<p>Matt Desch didn’t set out to change the world, but he just might do it anyway. As the CEO of Iridium, the only company that provides satellite communications to every inch of the globe, he is at the helm of Next, a fleet of …