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Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
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Weather Satellite System Criticized in Review
1 October 2010 4:27 pm
Backup plans are inadequate for a key satellite system run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which issued a critical report today. The GOES-R craft will take the place of the existing series of similar crafts providing weather and environmental data while hovering in geostationary orbit over North America. But GAO says that NOAA hasn't set up sufficient contingency procedures so as to cover possible failures of the three satellites that will be in orbit before the expected 2015 launch of GOES-R.
A review by GAO last year found the system to be a year behind schedule and to have cut its capabilities from 81 separate data products to 34. Originally budgeted for $7 billion, said GAO, the system now faces a 10% cost overrun.