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Radon gas map of ireland
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How radioactive is your home?

Following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan which crippled the Fukushima nuclear power plant it is surprising to hear that over 50% of the radiation we are subjected to come from Radon Gas which occurs naturally in the ground. And as we approach the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl we look at our exposure to radiation.
Yury Gagarin via Russian Federal Space Agency
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YouTube film of Yury Gagarin recreates 50 years of man in space

YouTube is celebrating 50 years of manned space flight by premiering a feature length film which recreates Yury Gagarin’s first orbit in outer space. The film combines original audio and video recordings of the flight with HD footage taken from the International Space Station. A new score was written epsessially for the piece by composer Philip Sheppard.
Northern lights as seen from transatlantic flight
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Timelapse video captures northern lights on transatlantic flight

A passenger on board a transatlantic flight from San Francisco to Paris has captured a remarkable timelapse video of the northern lights, or the aurora borealis. During his eleven hour flight he captured 2,459 images, roughly one every two miles, using a Canon 5D Mark II and a tripod, and stitched them together afterward to produce this masterpiece.
Gary Delaney, CEO of Loc8 Code with Clive Taylor, Garmin's European marketing director
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Interview with Gary Delaney, CEO of Loc8 Code – Ireland’s smarter addressing system

To coincide with the launch of the first independent mobile phone application harnessing the power of Loc8 Code, we spoke to Loc8 Code CEO Gary Delaney who gave us an overview of the company’s current progress in implementing this innovative technology, the benefits that Loc8 Code can deliver to Ireland and future plans to ensure their system becomes part and parcel of Ireland’s smarter addressing system.
The Arc de Triomphe, Paris, as seen in Google Street View
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Google fined €100,000 by French privacy watchdog

Google have received their first fine for illegally gathering and storing users’ personal data while using Google Street View vehicles. Google “mistakenly” gathered data from unsecured personal WiFi networks in more than thirty countries, including Ireland - something which was officially admitted to in October 2010.
NASA Goddard satellite image of Pacific as tsunami passes
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NASA issues satellite imagery of tsunami hit Sendai, Japan & Pacific

NASA has dispatched its array of Earth monitoring satellites over the Japanese mainland to capture images of the devistation caused by Friday's earthquakes and resulting tsunamis. One image, which was recorded 24 hours after the 8.9 magnitude megaquake by NASA's MODIS Rapid Response Team, shows large sections of the eastern Japanese coast still inundated with tsunami flood water. A fire, surrounded by flood water, can also be seen raging in the top centre portion of the image.
Japanese Sandai Earthquake
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NASA shows location & intensity of Japanese earthquakes, aftershocks and foreshocks

NASA’s Earth Observatory has issued a map documenting the number of earthquakes, foreshocks and aftershocks that have rocked Japan this week. According to NASA the tsunami that resulted from the 8.9 magnitude quake occurred 24.4 kilometers (15.2 miles) below the seabed, 130 kilometers (80 miles) east of Sendai. The earthquake was preceded by a number of smaller foreshocks which began on March 9, including one that measured 7.2 on the Richter scale.
Programme for Government 2011
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Is Ireland’s new government taking Cloud Computing advice from Microsoft?

The new Irish government plans to establishment the country as a “leader in the emerging I.T. market of cloud computing”, just as Microsoft suggested it should.At the beginning of the year Microsoft Ireland published the results of a survey by Goodbody Economic Consultants which looked at the potential benefits of The Cloud to Ireland. The report suggested that private and public bodies in the country need to act quickly to reap the benefits of the cloud computing.
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