Month: January 2015

NASA Launches Groundbreaking Soil Moisture Mapping Satellite

NASA successfully launched its first Earth satellite designed to collect global observations of the vital soil moisture hidden just beneath our feet. The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory, a mission with broad applications for science and society, lifted off at 6:22 a.m. PST (9:22 a.m. EST) Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. Read more here:: NASA Launches Groundbreaking Soil Moisture Mapping Satellite Bookmark It Hide...

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Former Detroit Police Officer Sentenced for Bribery, Identity Theft

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that former Detroit Police Officer Tamboura Kenyatta Jackson, 41, of Clinton Township, was sentenced to serve up to 20 years in prison before Wayne County Circuit Judge Mark T. Slavens after being convicted of felony racketeering, forgery, and bribery charges by a Wayne County jury on December 23, 2014.  The case originated from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)-led Detroit Area Public Corruption Task Force in collaboration with Schuette’s Public Integrity Unit. “Public officers who abuse the public’s trust for personal gain greatly undermine the integrity of law enforcement,” said Schuette.  “Confidence in public safety is vital in Michigan’s turnaround.  I’d like to thank Chief Craig for his efforts to bring accountability to the force and the FBI for their assistance and hard work on this case.” “This department does not and will not tolerate such egregious acts by our members,” said Chief James Craig. “We will cooperate with all law enforcement agencies to vigorously investigate any and all crimes of this nature. I would like to emphasize that the actions of this employee are not conducive to the vast majority of officers who serve the citizens of this city with the utmost level of integrity and dedication.” “Law enforcement officers who sell their services for criminal and fraudulent purposes breach their duty to protect and serve...

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Tech Entrepreneurs in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. – Tech entrepreneurs are on the rise in Michigan and playing an increasingly prominent role in Michigan’s economy, with the number of tech start-up companies in Michigan more than tripling over the past four years, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today. According to the 2014 Metrics Report released by MEDC’s Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Venture Capital (EIVC), 248 new tech companies were created in Michigan last year. An average of 240 new tech companies have been created each of the last three years with an average of 1,100 new tech jobs each year. Also in 2014, private investment in new tech companies in Michigan last year was $710 million. This means that for every dollar the Michigan Strategic Fund spent on tech entrepreneurship last year, small tech companies raised $35 from the private sector and federal contracts. In addition, Michigan’s venture capital community has shown significant growth during the last five years. The number of venture capital firms in Michigan increased to 35 firms during that time. There has been nearly a doubling in the number of venture capital professionals in Michigan, compared to a net 13 percent decrease nationally. MEDC’s Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Venture Capital team works to leverage private funds into early stage tech companies like ProNAi Therapeutics, Inc., based at the Michigan Life Science Innovation Center in Plymouth. ProNAi is a biopharmaceutical...

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NASA TV Coverage Set for NOAA DSCOVR Launch Feb. 8

The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) is scheduled to launch at 6:10 p.m. EST Sunday, Feb. 8 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. A backup launch opportunity is available at 6:07 p.m. on Feb. 9, if needed. Read more here:: NASA TV Coverage Set for NOAA DSCOVR Launch Feb. 8 Bookmark It Hide...

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Astronauts Speak with University of California Students from Space Station

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering students at the University of California, Davis will have a rare opportunity to speak with Expedition 42 crew members currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS) at 12:45 p.m. EST (9:45 a.m. PST) Thursday, Feb. 5. The 20-minute Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Read more here:: Astronauts Speak with University of California Students from Space Station Bookmark It Hide...

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