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Congress slashes civil GPS funding
Inside GNSS
In a set of decisions that could potentially slow GPS modernization, both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees slashed funding for the civil community's contribution to the GPS system from the Fiscal Year 2014 budget. The House eliminated the entire amount of the White House budget request for $20 million, which is paid through the FAA. The Senate cut a mere $5 million — 25 percent of what had been the requested.
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How geospatial education suffers because of government classification
Point of Beginning
Recently, MSNBC aired a story featuring Alex Trebek, host of the television game show "Jeopardy," pointing to the neglect geography education is afforded in the United States. Geography is one of the nine core subjects listed in the No Child Left Behind Act, but it is the only one that has been unfunded. The news story discussed why geography is important to an informed and engaged society.
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The ZIP code turns 50; here are 9 that stand out
NPR
July 1 marked the 50th anniversary of the Zone Improvement Plan, the network of ZIP codes we use for everything from mail delivery to credit card security. The U.S. Postal Service began using the five-digit codes on July 1, 1963, hoping they would improve the efficiency and speed of mail sorting. Since then, the codes have assumed a role in the identities of many Americans, helping to define where they live or work.
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What are the top 10 civilian uses of drones that don't impinge privacy?
Sensors & Systems
Geospatial vendors in the United States wait rather impatiently as the FAA works on regulations that will allow the use of drones or unmanned aerial systems for commercial applications. While research and development is ongoing, other countries stand to make a leap ahead where there are fewer regulations, despite the fact that much of the technology development has come about thanks to heavy use of these technologies by the American military.
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Nokia thinks it can predict traffic patterns
GigaOM
HERE released Living Cities today, a time-lapsed visualization of the traffic in five cities over a 24-hour period. Users can choose the city, zoom in and view a wide range of statistics that HERE garnered from its data: traffic speeds, points of interest and how often they update the maps — all of which can be shared via Facebook or Twitter.

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A geographer mentors job seekers
Directions Magazine
My father-in-law once told me that job hunting is a full-time job. I got the gist of what he was saying, but I never fully understood the magnitude of his words until it came time for me to start searching. I must have sent out 100-plus applications after I received my MS in Geography.

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10 terms GIS people should know in 2013
Directions Magazine
Are there terms you come across in your day to day work whose definitions still seem fuzzy? Do you "sort of" know what they mean, but if pressed you couldn't confidently provide a definition? Our editors share some terms that still make them uncomfortable and offer definitions.

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Bing Maps getting 3-D imagery in Windows 8.1
Mashable
If you like the Flyover feature in Apple Maps that lets you see a cityscape in 3-D or Google Maps' similar graphics, that same functionality is coming to the Bing Maps app in Windows 8.1. The Maps app in Windows 8, powered by Bing, will get 3-D imagery when it becomes available in the fall, Microsoft corporate vice president Gurdeep Singh Pall announced at the company's Build 2013 conference.
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Russian rocket crashes, 3 GLONASS satellites lost
GPS World
A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying three GLONASS navigation satellites crashed soon after liftoff from Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome, reports Russia Today. About 10 seconds after takeoff, the rocket swerved, began to correct, but then veered in the opposite direction. It then flew horizontally and started to come apart with its engines in full thrust. Making an arc in the air, the rocket plummeted to Earth and exploded on impact.
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How well is the Air National Guard selling geospatial intelligence positions?
Directions Magazine
A conversation between two young people, I'm guessing they are in high school, highlights how one of branches of the armed services promotes geospatial careers. Best I can tell both discussants on Twitter took the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test. They both received the same letter back from the North Dakota Air National Guard. It states that both test takers qualified for one of the ND Guard's best jobs: geospatial intelligence.
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Smart grid integration just got easier thanks to new fed facility
Smart Grid News
There a couple of things to like about the recent announcement celebrating the formal opening of a new facility at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. First, the research center is focused on grid integration, an issue that hasn't received enough attention. Second, it is taking a "commercialization" slant. It will work less on fundamental systems and more on getting innovations from lab-scale to market-ready.
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New technology in mobile mapping coming to 2013 ESRIUC
GIS User (blog)
Some interesting goodies coming to ESRIUC this year from the folks at Laser Technology. Be among the first to see the newest additions to the TruPulse laser rangefinder family at booth number 2517. Another new product to be showcased will be an LTI exclusive FotoMapr L100 GPS unit that integrates with the TruPulse and stores remote offset data. This is low-cost alternative to other GPS handheld devices.
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