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September launch could give UW team rare measurements of 'dusty plasmas'
(University of Washington) Researchers from the University of Washington are awaiting the launch an over 50-foot-long rocket from a launch site in Norway into the upper reaches of the atmosphere to observe and measure a puzzling phenomenon.

Typhoon Kilo's eye gets a NASA style close-up
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Aqua satellite got a close-up of Typhoon Kilo's eye as it moved through the Northwestern Pacific Ocean.

Journal of Applied Remote Sensing honors three with first-ever Best Paper Awards
(SPIE--International Society for Optics and Photonics) Noteworthy articles in theoretical innovation, interdisciplinary applications, and photo-optical instrumentation design published in 2014 in the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing have been honored with Best Paper Awards. The journal is published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, under editor-in-chief Ni-Bin Chang of the University of Central Florida.

New nanomaterial maintains conductivity in three dimensions
(Case Western Reserve University) An international team of scientists has developed a one-step process for making seamless carbon-based nanomaterials that possess superior thermal, electrical and mechanical properties in three dimensions.

NASA sees Tropical Depression Fred fading, new storm developing
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The Eastern Atlantic Ocean continues to generate storms, and as satellites are watch Tropical Storm Fred fade over the next couple of days, a new area of low pressure has moved off the coast of western Africa.

GPM sees weakening Tropical Storm Ignacio headed toward Canada
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Hurricane Ignacio continues weakening as it moves over the colder waters of the Pacific Ocean far to the north of Hawaiian Islands. The Global Precipitation Measurement of GPM mission core satellite flew over Ignacio and analyzed the weaker storm's precipitation.

NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP sees a weaker Hurricane Jimena
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Hurricane Jimena is on a downward spiral and is expected to continue weakening. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite flew over Hurricane Jimena and saw the strongest thunderstorms were on its southern and northeastern sides. Jimena is expected to bring rough surf to the Hawaiian Islands over the weekend of Sept. 5 and 6.

Nanoporous gold sponge makes DNA detector
(University of California - Davis) Sponge-like nanoporous gold could be key to new devices to detect disease-causing agents in humans and plants, according to two recent papers by UC Davis researchers.

Rochester researchers awarded $1.5 million to develop a technology to concentrate sunlight
(University of Rochester) University of Rochester researchers have been awarded $1.5 million to develop a technology that could reduce the cost of electricity from solar power. The technology would replace the area that needs to be covered with expensive solar panels with less expensive, plastic solar concentrators and fewer solar cells.

NASA sees Tropical Storm Kevin stream high clouds over Baja California
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm Kevin's center was several hundred miles south-southwest of Baja California when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead and saw some associated high clouds streaming over the peninsula.

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