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USGS launches beta of new website
Directions Magazine
In 1994, when the USGS launched its first website, the web was a very different place. Many websites that were launched had little consideration given to, or even had an understanding of, things such user experience, content strategies, or design. Over the next 20 years our USGS web presence has grown immensely as we've pioneered new research, tools and applications in the support of understanding our planets complex environment and the ground on which we stand.
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NOAA satellite spending to nominally increase under budget request
FierceGovernmentIT
Systems acquisition for major satellite programs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would nominally increase under the president's fiscal 2015 budget proposal. Several of the civil satellites, which are focused on collecting the planet's environmental data, have garnered attention from Congress and industry as cost and schedule overruns could result in a gap in reporting data because some currently orbiting satellites are approaching the end of their predicted lifespan.
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Google's 3-D mapping phones head to developers
GPS World
Google's 3-D mapping project, Project Tango, is putting prototypes into developers' hands. Google has been collaborating with universities, research labs and industrial partners in nine countries to concentrate the past 10 years of research in robotics and computer vision into a mobile phone. "We now have prototypes ready to put into the hands of eager development partners that can help us imagine the possibilities and to transform those ideas into reality," Google said.
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10 best GPS navigation system providers
GIS User
Not everyone is glued to their smartphone navigation app while driving. Apparently there's still a large market for GPS navigation devices. Users praise the always on capabilities, robust maps, lack of power related issues, large bright display and more.

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Satellite image companies rush imagery to analysts searching for MH370
Directions Magazine
Satellite image data providers have rushed imagery to analysts looked for missing flight Malaysian Airlines #370. DigitalGlobe, Airbus Defence and Space as well as BlackBridge have all released imagery over the search area where authorities believe the plane may have gone down.

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The best and worst terms to use on your resume
GIS User
A new study ranks best and worst words to use in a resume. So if you happen to consider yourself as a dynamic go-to person who's results driven and a team player, then you better think again because you sound exactly like everyone else.

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Utility dinosaurs: Here are 5 plans for your survival
Smart Grid News
By Jesse Berst: As you know, I am impatient with people who claim utilities are stupid and deserve to die. But I'm also impatient with utility executives. We all know the traditional utility business model is on its way out. It's high time utility execs stood up to proclaim what they would like instead. And they'd better hurry, because more and more organizations are offering up their own ideas in an attempt to influence state regulators.
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FAA may tap 3 reference networks to monitor civil GPS signals
Inside GNSS
Aviation officials are looking at combining data from the Air Force's planned GPS ground system with services from other monitoring systems — or even relying on other systems entirely — to save money on monitoring the GPS civil signals. To find the best option, the Federal Aviation Administration has been conducting a trade study that looks at relying on the Air Force's Next Generation Operational Control System or OCX for civil signal monitoring but also at combining it with other systems.
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Working backwards to find Flight 370
CNN via Directions Magazine
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down in the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said, citing a new analysis of satellite data by a British satellite company and accident investigators. While investigators have yet to find even a piece of the plane, the Prime Minister based his announcement on what he described as unprecedented analysis of satellite data by British satellite provider Inmarsat and the British Air Accidents Investigation Branch.
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Mapmakers debate how to define Crimea
Mashable
Much of the world is watching how the high-stakes tug-of-war over Crimea will play out, but few groups of professionals are more invested than cartographers. Cartographers are tasked with mapping the political dimensions of the globe. That means when a piece of land switches ownership between countries, it's their job to decide whether they want to make that change official.
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