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California mudslides MAP: Which areas are at threat? Latest danger zones MAPPED

Rescue teams have been working tirelessly to locate Americans still missing after deadly mudslides struck the wildfire-ravaged Montecito, north of Los Angeles, on Tuesday. There are currently seven people still missing after the mudslides, with authorities now calling for public support in finding the locals, who range in age from two to 62-years-old.  The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has made a plea for information on any of the missing residents, according to Reuters, while acknowledging that finding anyone alive would be a “miracle”. The Sheriff’s Office said: “The missing…

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California mudslide MAP: Thousands still at risk in THESE danger zones authorities warn

At least 17 people have been killed and dozens more are still missing in the mudslides that struck the Montecito area of Santa Barbara on Tuesday morning. Rescue teams from across the state have been relentlessly working to free those still trapped under the mud, boulders and debris, but several new areas could now be at risk. A mudslide risk map compiled by geospatial software company ESRI, pinpoints the potential hazard zones around the Ventura and Santa Barbara coastal cities. More than 10,00 residents and nearly 4,000 households sit within…

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Space 

NASA planning to purchase Earth science data from commercial smallsat systems

NEW ORLEANS — NASA expects to purchase Earth science data from constellations of commercial satellites early next year to see how useful they are in meeting the agency’s research needs. NASA issued a request for information (RFI) Dec. 5 seeking details from companies that have such constellations and are interested in selling data to the agency. The deadline for responses is Dec. 22. “What we are recognizing is that many of you in the private sector have fielded constellations of small satellites for your own business reasons,” said Michael Freilich,…

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Science 

Smoking to be stubbed out on Thai beaches

The smoking ban, which comes into force in November, follows a clean-up of nearly 140,000 cigarette butts from a 2.5 kilometre (1.5 miles) stretch of the famed Patong beach in Phuket island province (AFP Photo/NICOLAS ASFOURI) More Smokers who flout a smoking ban on 20 of Thailand’s most famous tourist beaches will face a $3,000 fine or up to a year in prison, Thai authorities have said. The ban, which comes into force in November, follows a clean-up of nearly 140,000 cigarette butts from a 2.5 kilometre (1.5 mile) stretch…

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Space 

NGA & NRO Leaderboard compares agency’s needs with industry capabilities

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and National Reconnaissance Office are eager to compare their near-term needs with the capabilities of companies that obtain data from small satellites or have innovative ways of using space-based data to make sense of activity on the ground. “It comes down to change and activity,” Kevin Ayers, director of the NGA’s Commercial GEOINT Activity Engagement Division, said at the Small Satellite Conference in Logan, Utah, earlier this month. “What changed since the last time we took an image and what the hell is going on?” To…

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