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Temperature maps from space would ‘boost crop production’

Temperature maps from space would ‘boost crop production’

Science
Scientists are developing a satellite system to record the temperatures of individual fields of crops.The aim is to survey land temperatures to estimate water-use by plants and to show how they transfer that water back to the atmosphere. The data will also help monitor how much water is available to grow crops and how they are responding to drought.The new system is being considered for inclusion in the EU's Earth observation programme, Copernicus.It would be an addition to the Union's ever-growing number of satellites it calls the Sentinels.A team led by Prof Martin Wooster at King's College London, UK, is exploring options for the next phase of the EU and European Space Agency-coordinated programme. "The main science goal is t...
Raytheon awarded $28M for AN/SPY-6(V) radar integration, production

Raytheon awarded $28M for AN/SPY-6(V) radar integration, production

Business
April 22 (UPI) -- Raytheon has been awarded a $ 28 million contract for integration and production support of the AN/SPY-6(V) air and missile defense radar for the U.S. Navy. The contract will include support for continued combat system integration and testing, engineering, training, software and depot maintenance as well as field engineering services, the Defense Department announced Friday. Work is expected to be completed by this December. The work will be performed at various locations, including 64 percent in Raytheon's plant in Marlborough, Mass.; as well as 18 percent in Kauai, Hawaii; 8 percent in Portsmouth, R.I.; 7 percent in San Diego; 2 percent in Fair Lakes, Va., and 1 percent in Moorestown, N.J. Naval fiscal 2017, 2018, and 2019 shipbuilding and conversion funds in the amo...
Ethiopian Airlines crash: Boeing reduces 737 production

Ethiopian Airlines crash: Boeing reduces 737 production

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your device Boeing is temporarily cutting production of its best-selling 737 airliner in the continuing fall-out from crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia. Production will drop from 52 planes a month to 42 from mid-April, Boeing has said in a statement. The decision is a response to a halt in deliveries of the 737 Max - the model involved in the two accidents. The plane is currently grounded as preliminary findings suggest its anti-stall system was at fault. An Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max crashed only minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa in March, killing all 157 people on board. The same type flown by the Indonesian airline Lion Air crashed into the sea only five months earlier, shortly after taking off from J...
GM to invest $2.7B over 5 years at Brazil production plants

GM to invest $2.7B over 5 years at Brazil production plants

World
March 19 (UPI) -- General Motors is planning to invest $ 2.7 billion over the next five years in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, after securing incentives and a union accord. Of the total amount, half will go into the Sao Jose dos Campos plant, where the new generation Chevrolet S10 pickup truck will be built, G1 reported. The investment came after Sao Paulo state offered incentives and the Sao Caetano plant will also see investments in new products and technology, Folha de Sao Paulo reported. The information was provided after a meeting Tuesday between Sao Paulo Gov. Joao Doria and GM Latin America President Carlos Zarlenga. "I thought today was never going to come," Zarlenga said Tuesday in a report by Folha. The investments will make it possible to keep at least 13,000 jobs in Sao P...
Finding of protein key to insulin production may help diabetes treatment

Finding of protein key to insulin production may help diabetes treatment

Health
Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The discovery of a protein responsible for producing too much insulin, a condition that often leads to type 2 diabetes, may lead researchers to improved treatment. Researchers were able to remove the protein GRP94 to significantly reduce the production of insulin without effecting the productivity of beta cells in the pancreas, according to a study published Friday in Diabetes Journals. "Even though proinsulin has a relatively short sequence, it still needs help acquiring the right structure to become mature, functional insulin. However, several other studies have shown that proinsulin can be folded without help from proteins in artificial cell-free conditions," Michal Tomasz Marzec, a researcher at the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen, sa...