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Ordnance Survey to launch mapping drone

Image copyright Ordnance Survey Mapping organisation Ordnance Survey plans to launch a solar-powered drone to capture higher quality images of the Earth. Its Astigan craft will fly higher than commercial airliners at 67,000 ft (20,400m), and could circle the Earth for 90 days before it needs to land. It will collect images and data for businesses and organisations to use. It hopes to launch “fully operational high-altitude tests” of the craft before the end of 2019. Ordnance Survey owns 51% of Astigan, which is based in Bridgwater, Somerset. It operates…

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TomTom earnings beat expectations on digital mapping sales

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – TomTom (TOM2.AS), the Dutch navigation company, said third-quarter earnings beat expectations, helped by sales of higher margin digital mapping products. FILE PHOTO: TomTom navigation are seen in front of TomTom displayed logo in this illustration taken July 28, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo The company, which now faces Google (GOOGL.O) as a competitor, said third-quarter core earnings were 62.4 million euros ($72.2 million), compared with 35.5 million euros a year earlier. A company-compiled consensus had seen earnings for the quarter before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) at…

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TomTom earnings beat expectations on digital mapping sales

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – TomTom (TOM2.AS), the Dutch navigation company, said third-quarter earnings beat expectations, helped by sales of higher margin digital mapping products. FILE PHOTO: TomTom navigation are seen in front of TomTom displayed logo in this illustration taken July 28, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo The company, which now faces Google (GOOGL.O) as a competitor, said third-quarter core earnings were 62.4 million euros ($72.2 million), compared with 35.5 million euros a year earlier. A company-compiled consensus had seen earnings for the quarter before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) at…

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Seafloor mapping XPRIZE final will be in the Mediterranean, off Greek coast

Image copyright XPRIZE FOUNDATION Image caption Team Texas A&M Ocean Engineering: Autonomy is paramount The final of the ocean XPRIZE, which will see fleets of robots compete to map the largest area of seafloor inside 24 hours, will take place in deep waters off the coast of Greece. Teams will be invited in turn to showcase their technologies, starting in early November. They will have to chart at least 250 sq km at depths down to 4,000m, and image 10 items of interest. The group that comes out on top…

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Robots ahoy! Mapping Earth’s surface

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSEA-KIT and its submersible work in tandem to map the sea floor One of the big favourites to win the ocean-mapping XPRIZE has formally confirmed its presence in the final. The GEBCO-Nippon Foundation Alumni Team has just completed 24-hour trials of its technology and is ready for the competition’s ultimate challenge. This requires a mapping system inside a day to survey a section of seabed that is 500-sq-km in area and 4,000m-deep. GEBCO-NF will use a state-of-the-art underwater vehicle launched from the…

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Reality Check: Mapping the global heatwave

Countries across the world have been facing extremely high temperatures this summer. From the UK, across to Scandinavia and Japan, the hot weather is expected to continue for the rest of the month. Japan has just declared a natural disaster, with high temperatures leading to thousands being admitted to hospital with heat stroke. Various temperature records for July were broken in southern California, eastern Canada, Algeria and Norway. In Oman, the coolest overnight temperature was recorded at 42.6 C – which may well have been the highest low ever. Sweden…

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Scientists eye genome mapping to help chlamydia-stricken koalas

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Scientists who have mapped the genome of Australia’s symbolic animal, the koala, say it could help them develop better vaccines to treat the animals, who are battling an epidemic of the bacterial disease chlamydia. The development will also help scientists sidestep invasive procedures in investigating the biology of the marsupials, whose exact numbers are not known, but which wildlife groups estimate to range between 80,000 and 180,000. Researchers at the Koala Genome Consortium, a team of 54 Australian and international scientists, said they sequenced more than 3.4…

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Scientists eye genome mapping to help chlamydia-stricken koalas

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Scientists who have mapped the genome of Australia’s symbolic animal, the koala, say it could help them develop better vaccines to treat the animals, who are battling an epidemic of the bacterial disease chlamydia. FILE PHOTO: An Australian Koala looks at a camera as it sits atop a branch in its enclosure at Wild Life Sydney Zoo April 3, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray/File Photo The development will also help scientists sidestep invasive procedures in investigating the biology of the marsupials, whose exact numbers are not known, but which…

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Apple rebuilds mapping app, but will still tap TomTom

(Reuters) – Apple Inc is rebuilding the widely used mapping application on its iPhones from the ground up with its own dataset, but Amsterdam-based TomTom NV will continue to be a data provider for Apple’s maps app, Cupertino, California-based Apple told Reuters on Friday. FILE PHOTO: The Apple Inc. logo is shown outside the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., June 13, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo Reporting by Stephen Nellis; Editing by David Gregorio Source link

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Mapping England’s World Cup squad: Northern players dominate the 23

Image copyright Getty Images It’s been widely reported that England’s World Cup squad, with an average age of 26, is one of the youngest in Russia. What’s less well known, though, is that there’s a distinctly northern flavour – 13 of the 23 players grew up within 50 miles of the centre of Manchester, while two others, Jordan Henderson and Jordan Pickford, hail from Sunderland. Analysis of England’s previous two World Cup squads shows that if you apply the 50-miles-from-Manchester test, in 2014 there were 10 members of the squad…

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