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Using hyperspectral imaging of data from the electromagnetic spectrum, China's TanSat satellite has produced a global map of different elements and materials in the atmosphere. They include the carbon dioxide contributing to changing weather patterns as the map pins down the hot spots where human activity causes the most emissions.
A University of British Columbia bioengineer mixed platelets with thrombin-infused liposomes to speed clotting by 30% in healthy volunteers, according to a study in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. Coagulation speeds increased by 20% to 40% when the platelets were administered to two patients with trauma-induced coagulopathy.
Long-delayed by ice in its travels from Wisconsin, where it was built, the USS Little Rock has reached its home port, Naval Station Mayport, Fla. The ship was held in Montreal by extreme winter weather in its journey along the St. Lawrence Seaway.
The carrier USS Carl Vinson and most of its strike group are back in San Diego after three months of deployment in the Pacific. The mission included the first visit to Vietnam by a US carrier since 1975.
A shoot-down of high-speed targets was part of last week's live-fire missile exercise for the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Farragut and USS Forrest Sherman. The demonstration by the ships, part of the Harry S. Truman carrier strike group, was one scenario among several presented to simulate a complex battle environment.
The USS Zumwalt will undergo combat system activation and testing beginning later this year as part of its revamping for a new sea-strike role. The system was designed to provide cover for landing forces as part of a land attack concept, although ammunition for the system's 155 mm guns remains unavailable.
Small US shipyards are getting a boost with $19.6 million in grants from the Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration. The grants will help shipyards with fewer than 1,200 employees modernize operations and train workers.
The USS Indianapolis was christened Saturday in Marinette, Wis., becoming the fourth Navy ship to bear that name. The second USS Indianapolis was sunk by Japanese forces as it returned from delivering components for the Hiroshima atomic bomb in 1945.
Taiwan's bid to build its own submarines is getting support from the US with State Department approval for US companies to sell the necessary technology. The approval reportedly includes a marketing license for a combat management system.
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