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#025 Snow Leopard Update from Dr. Tom McCarthy: Discovering the cause of the previous difficulties

According to Dr. Tom McCarthy, the Director of the Snow Leopard Trust, the attenuation of the original collar of Ms Bayed has been measured (at an average of 9-10 db), and this attenuation arose simply from the collar being placed on a living organism. The attenuation was measured using a container the size of a snow leopard's neck, filling it with tissue equivalent liquid (TEL) (47% sugar, 2% salt, 51% water), and placing it in an anechoic test chamber.

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#024 Selecting students in Japan to participate in water rocket competition at APRSAF-14

The Space Education Center of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has selected some Japanese teams to participate in the water rocket competition and have international exchange with representative teams from other Asian countries in APRSAF-14, which will be held in Bangalore, India from November 23 to 25, 2007.

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#023 Selecting students in India to participate in Water Rocket Competition in APRSAF-14

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will be hosting the 14th Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-14) in Bangalore in November 2007. On the eve of this forum and also as part of celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the Space Age, a 'Water Rocket Making and Launching Event' will be held in Bangalore for students from the Asia-Pacific countries.

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#022 AOGS (Asia Oceania Geoscience Society) 2007, 4th Annual Meeting, Thailand, July 30 - August 4

The fourth annual meeting of the Asia Oceania Geoscience Society 2007 was held from July 30 to August 4, 2007, in Bangkok, Thailand, together with 1,183 participants from 53 countries and regions.

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#021 INSAT-4CR, a communications satellite successfully launched in India

India's Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F04) successfully launched the INSAT-4CR satellite on September 2, 2007 at 6:20 p.m. from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR (SDSC SHAR), in Sriharikota. GSLV-F04 placed India's INSAT-4CR into a geo-synchronous transfer orbit (GTO). This was the fifth time GSLV has flown and was the fourth successful flight.

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#020 The 6 small satellites will be launched onboard the H-IIA rocket in summer 2008, Japan

From 2008, JAXA will use the opportunity of the H-IIA launch to give commercial industries, universities and other organizations a chance to launch small satellites (between 1 kg and 50 kg). JAXA will share the experiences and technologies relating to orbit demonstration that will be gathered by the commercial industries and universities. JAXA aims to expand future applications of space development by using small satellites in Japan, and contribute to education in universities and nurture talented persons.

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#019 Snow Leopard Update from Dr. Tom McCarthy: Radio noise hampers satellite-based study of snow leopards in Asia

According to the information of Dr Tom McCarthy, the Director of Snow Leopard Trust Conservation, now the study has faced difficulty due to the signal from the collar not being received by the Argos satellites. The signal from the 0.5 watt transmitter on the collar is being drowned out by background radio noise at the same frequency that is dedicated to the Argos satellites.

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#018 The Asian Conference on Disaster Reduction (ACDR) 2007, Japan

The Asian Conference on Disaster Reduction (ACDR) 2007, was held in Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan from June 25 to 27, 2007. The conference presented and reviewed significant accomplishments, noteworthy achievements, and good practices in disaster risk reduction at local, regional, national, and international levels, and concluded to address further concerns and challenges.

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#017 CubeSat Project in College of Science and Technology, Nihon University, Japan

The students in Nihon University have developed a type of nanosatellite called a CubeSat, which measures 10 cubic centimeters and weighs 1 kg. The satellite is called SEEDS (Space Engineering Education Satellite). As its name implies, the purpose of developing SEEDS was to give the students a practical education in space engineering.

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#016 Bangladeshi Student Selected for Zero-Gravity Flight

One Bangladeshi student has been selected for Zero Gravity Flight 2007 by the World Space Week Association based in Houston, USA, an affiliated organization of the United Nations engaged in creating Space awareness among the students among the world.

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#015 Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP) Affiliated with the United Nations

In resolutions 45/72 of December 11, 1990 and 50/27 of December 6, 1995, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUS) that regional centres for space science and technology education should be established in developing countries on the basis of affiliation with the United Nations.

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#014 The workshop on "Social Inclusion in Disaster Risk Reduction in the Himalayan Region - Sharing Knowledge and Bridging Gaps" Nepal - May 9 - 11, 2007

Sixty key disaster management practitioners from Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan met from May 9 to 11, 2007, in Kathmandu during a workshop organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) to share knowledge and experiences on "Social Inclusion in Disaster Risk Reduction in the Himalayan Region."

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#013 The 5th Annual Mekong Flood Forum, Vietnam - May 17 - 18, 2007

Since 2002, the Mekong Flood Forum has been conducted every year by the Mekong River Commission (MRC). The forum provides opportunities for managers, planners, practitioners and scientists from riparian states, international organizations, and civil society organizations to meet and share experiences and information regarding flood issues and identify ways to improve flood management taking a balanced regional and holistic approach.

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#012 A Two-Sister Team of Thailand Performed "Zero-Gravity Flight Experiment" in Japan

Thai students participated in the "Zero-Gravity* Flight Experiment Contest" organized by JAXA. This was the first challenge for students in the Asia-Pacific region to experience the "Zero-Gravity" flight as an international cooperation project.

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#011 RIVF'07 Hanoi Vietnam-March 5-9

The 5th International Conference on Research, Innovation and Vision for the Future (RIVF'07) was held at Hanoi University of Technology, Vietnam from March 5 - 9, 2007. This conference provided an interactive, professional, and friendly forum for sharing results of research, and progress had made towards future innovative applications of information and communication sciences & technologies.

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