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Thursday, 26 July 2007

Prince Andrew's Canoe Trip

Prince Andrew visits the Canadian Canoe Museum in November 2007. Photo Credit: Canadian Canoe Museum News has leaked out that Prince Andrew (The Duke of York) was recently in Canada on a canoe trip with 3 of his private school buddies. He paddled the Natla and Keele Rivers in the North West Territories. It was kept all hush for security reasons but it took place sometime between June 23 and July 8.
If you own (or thinking of buying) and EPIRB, take a jump over to Simon Willis's blog. He recently wrote a really good piece about registering your unit and what to do if you leave your "neighborhood" and go on a trip in a different country. Don't have a clue what an EPIRB is or how it works? Here is a great article on the wikipedia. Knowing about this stuff is important. I often get fuzzy questions about rescue technology and find that my students know a little bit about it but often what they do know is not very accurate.
The Mustang Survival Rescue Stick has been recognized with the Innovation Award for Safety at the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Tradeshow (MAATS) in Las Vegas, NV. Judged by a committee from Boating Writers International, this prestigious Industry award recognizes products for innovation, distinctiveness, benefit to consumers and practicality.
Today on Boing Boing, there was a posting to a website with hundreds of photos of container-ship wrecks. It is absolutely amazing to see these things. They are so huge and to see the damage caused by a fire or a storm is mind blowing. According to Wikipedia these ships can carry up to 12,000 truck size containers with a value of over $300 million so when these things go down, it can be a real distaster. More info: containershipping.nl
Galileo Constellation It looks like the US and European Union are close to a deal to make their GPS navigation systems compatible with each other. Under the agreement EU and US satellites would send information on the same radio frequency, enabling receivers to pick up signals from both systems and combine the data. With both systems working together, it would double the number of satellites your GPS unit would pick up increasing the accuracy. [More info: newscientisttech.com]

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