General Dynamics Releases NSA-Approved TACLANE Trusted Sensor Software

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Designed to improve network situational awareness and accelerate response to cyber threats.

FAIRFAX, Va., April 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — General Dynamics Mission Systems now offers the National Security Agency (NSA)-approved TACLANE® Trusted Sensor Software feature on the TACLANE-1G (KG-175G). TACLANE Trusted Sensor Software provides intrusion detection system and intrusion prevention system capabilities that monitor network traffic and is a first-of-its-kind optional feature for Type 1 encryptors.

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Nepal earthquake on the radar

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Title Nepal earthquake
Released 29/04/2015 4:50 pm
Copyright Contains Copernicus data (2015)/ESA/Norut/PPO.labs/COMET–ESA SEOM INSARAP study

Combining two Sentinel-1A radar scans from 17 and 29 April 2015, this interferogram shows changes on the ground that occurred during the 25 April earthquake that struck Nepal. An overall area of 120×100 km has moved – half of that uplifted and the other half, north of Kathmandu subsided. Vertical accuracy is a few cm.
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29 April 2015

On 25 April, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, claiming over 5000 lives and affecting millions of people. Satellite images are being used to support emergency aid organisations, while geo-scientists are using satellite measurements to analyse the effects of the earthquake on the land.

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Ucore Updates on the Separation


April 28, 2015 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Ucore Rare Metals Inc. (TSX-V:UCU) (OTCQX:UURAF) (“Ucore” or “the Company”) is pleased to report additional results of its ongoing testing of the use of Molecular Recognition Technology (“MRT”) for the separation of rare earth elements (“REE’s”) from Bokan-Dotson Ridge feedstock. The Company reports that the final REE separation, being the separation of Samarium (“Sm”) and Gadolinium (“Gd”) from each other, has been achieved with the following results:

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Plastic particles in the ocean may be as deadly as plastic bags, report says

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Briefing: 15, April 27, 2015
Microplastic fragments from the western North Atlantic, collected using a towed plankton net.
Photo: Giora Proskurowski, Sea Education Association (SEA).

Micro-plastics – tiny pieces of plastic or fibres which may act as a pathway for persistent, bio accumulating and toxic substances entering the food chain – are increasingly being found in the oceans and may prove to be as harmful to marine life as more obvious, larger debris, such as plastic bags, according to a new report.

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Tackling the fastest and most powerful computing systems on the planet

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Future computers with millions of processors

A world-leading team of academic researchers and industrial experts from across Europe are celebrating the conclusion of a four year research collaboration tackling the challenges posed by the fastest and most powerful computing systems on the planet.

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A thatch made in heaven


Maintenance and fire of thatch properties can often deter buyers

Thatched roofs are no more likely to catch fire than a conventional roof

NFU Mutual offers advice on the risks and maintenance of thatch roofs


For many, life beneath a thatched roof is the epitome of rural living, but misconceptions often deters buyers. NFU Mutual the UK’s leading rural insurer, offers practical advice on the risks and rewards of owning a thatched property.

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Book Review – Trials and Errors, Experimental UK Test Flying in the 1970s



The test pilot has been a key feature of aviation development since the first aircraft flew. Since 1903, the nature of test piloting has changed greatly. Where the first test pilots were often also the designers and constructors of the aircraft they flew, the Second World War saw the test pilot becoming as much an engineer as a pilot. This engaging new book covers the 1970s in Britain, where the computer had yet to significantly change the processes of designing, building the prototype and then testing it in the air. It was the point where new British aircraft had either started their design process during WWII, or were later marks of the first jets. It also marked the point where the British aircraft industry had been so damaged by interfering politicians that it was losing the ability to design and build new aircraft without joining other manufacturers in joint ventures. This is not only an enjoyable and informative book, but an important part of the story of British aviation, providing fresh insights. Highly recommended.