Western Australia to host space communications station

Moon to Earth: WA to host space communications station
A 0.7-metre optical telescope that will be used for the ground station. Credit: ICRAR

An optical communications station capable of receiving high-speed data transmissions from space is set to be built in Western Australia.


The advanced communications ground station will be able to receive data from spacecraft anywhere between low-Earth orbit and the surface of the moon.

It has the potential to support ground-breaking space projects, including NASA’s Artemis mission to land the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024.

The station will be installed at The University of Western Australia (UWA).

It is a joint initiative of UWA’s Astrophotonics Group, which is part of the International Center for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), as well as the ARC Center of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) and UK industry partner Goonhilly Earth Station.

ICRAR-UWA Astrophotonics Group leader Dr. Sascha Schediwy said optical communications is an emerging technology

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Fujitsu to expand Western Sydney data centre

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Fujitsu has announced the expansion of its Western Sydney data centre, increasing its initial capacity by 20 megawatts.

The first phase of expansion, called Western Sydney 2, will involve the addition of 4,500 square metres of technical area with the new data halls expected to be operational by March 2021.

Fujitsu said the expansion is part of a broader hyperscale expansion plan, with further phases at the Western Sydney data centre to add another 14,000 square metres and over 50 megawatts of increased power capacity.

This would bring the combined total capacity to 90MW at the Homebush Bay campus.

See also: Fujitsu teams up with Vault Systems to go after government cloud

“Fujitsu’s investment will deliver new levels of data centre resilience and control over their infrastructure for Fujitsu’s customers using dedicated halls,” the company said.

“Based on Fujitsu’s new standardised modular design, the Western Sydney data

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Smoke traveling from western wildfires spreads bad air quality across the US

Devastating wildfires across the Western United States has sent smoke traveling across the country and even into Europe. With that smoke comes bad air quality, not just for those near the fires, but for the entire continent.

Satelite images from NASA shows smoke thousands of miles from the fire. NASA says the smoke contains aerosols, a combination of particles which carry harmful things into the air and into your lungs. All the things that are burning, trees, grass, brush, homes, are turned into soot and absorbed by our lungs.

“This pollution, nobody knows how badly it will be affected but if we extrapolate from previous air quality it’s not good,” Dr. Malik Baz, the medical director at the Baz Allergy and Sius Center, said. “The long-term side effect, we’ll see many, many years down the line.”

Baz’s operates 13 locations in California, all of them are busy as Central California

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Murder Hornets Could Spread ‘Rapidly’ Throughout Western North America If Not Contained

Invasive Asian giant hornets—popularly known as “murder hornets”—could spread rapidly throughout western North America if left unchecked, researchers have found.



a insect on the ground: A sample specimen of a dead Asian giant hornet from Japan, also known as a "murder hornet," is shown on July 29, 2020 in Bellingham, Washington


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A sample specimen of a dead Asian giant hornet from Japan, also known as a “murder hornet,” is shown on July 29, 2020 in Bellingham, Washington

Native to forested parts of eastern and southern Asia, the insect is the world’s largest hornet species, measuring up to two inches long. In September 2019, the hornet was detected in western British Columbia, Canada, and it has now spread into adjacent parts of Washington state near the border.

For a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of scientists examined records from the hornet’s native range in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, and combined it with climate data in order to predict areas of the world where the insect could

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Western Digital Fuels Growing AI-Enabled Video Recording Systems Market With Expanded Family of WD Purple Solutions

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Enabling customers to design and build solutions for a variety of smart video workloads, Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced its expanded family of WD Purple™ storage solutions, including the industry’s highest capacity 18TB* surveillance HDD for DVRs, NVRs and analytics appliances, and the 1TB* WD Purple SC QD101 microSD™ card for AI-enabled cameras. Setting the bar for smart video applications, all WD Purple drives are optimized to help reduce frame loss and pixelation, improve overall video playback and enhance streaming for 24×7 workloads – from ingest to backup and long-term storage – as the industry broadens the use of deep learning and analytics.

From commercial buildings to municipalities, businesses are accelerating adoption of AI and deep learning to enable automation and better efficiencies that ultimately help create a safer and better experience for employees, customers and communities. Deep learning algorithms, hungry for data

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CDRLabs.com – Western Digital Announces Expanded Family Of WD Purple Storage Solutions

Enabling customers to design and build solutions for a variety of smart video workloads, Western Digital Corp. today announced its expanded family of WD Purple storage solutions, including the industry’s highest capacity 18TB surveillance HDD for DVRs, NVRs and analytics appliances, and the 1TB WD Purple SC QD101 microSD card for AI-enabled cameras. Setting the bar for smart video applications, all WD Purple drives are optimized to help reduce frame loss and pixelation, improve overall video playback and enhance streaming for 24×7 workloads – from ingest to backup and long-term storage – as the industry broadens the use of deep learning and analytics.

From commercial buildings to municipalities, businesses are accelerating adoption of AI and deep learning to enable automation and better efficiencies that ultimately help create a safer and better experience for employees, customers and communities. Deep learning algorithms, hungry for data generated by IoT and edge ecosystems,

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Western Digital Fuels Growing AI-Enabled Video Recording Systems Market With Expanded Family of WD Purple Solutions | Business

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep 23, 2020–

Enabling customers to design and build solutions for a variety of smart video workloads, Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced its expanded family of WD Purple™ storage solutions, including the industry’s highest capacity 18TB* surveillance HDD for DVRs, NVRs and analytics appliances, and the 1TB* WD Purple SC QD101 microSD™ card for AI-enabled cameras. Setting the bar for smart video applications, all WD Purple drives are optimized to help reduce frame loss and pixelation, improve overall video playback and enhance streaming for 24×7 workloads – from ingest to backup and long-term storage – as the industry broadens the use of deep learning and analytics.

Western Digital has expanded its family of WD Purple™ storage solutions with the industry’s highest capacity 18TB surveillance HDD for video recorders, and the 1TB WD Purple SC QD101 microSD™ card for AI-enabled cameras. (Photo: Business Wire)

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Western Digital Fuels Growing AI-Enabled Video Recording Systems Market With Expanded Family of WD Purple Solutions – Press Release

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(Business Wire)–Enabling customers to design and build solutions for a variety of smart video workloads, Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced its expanded family of WD Purple™ storage solutions, including the industry’s highest capacity 18TB* surveillance HDD for DVRs, NVRs and analytics appliances, and the 1TB* WD Purple SC QD101 microSD™ card for AI-enabled cameras. Setting the bar for smart video applications, all WD Purple drives are optimized to help reduce frame loss and pixelation, improve overall video playback and enhance streaming for 24×7 workloads – from ingest to backup and long-term storage – as the industry broadens the use of deep learning and analytics.

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Western Digital has expanded its family of WD Purple™ storage solutions with the industry’s highest capacity 18TB surveillance HDD for video recorders, and the 1TB WD Purple SC QD101 microSD™ card for AI-enabled cameras. (Photo: Business Wire)

Western Digital has expanded its family of WD Purple™ storage solutions with the industry’s highest capacity 18TB surveillance HDD for video recorders, and the 1TB WD Purple SC QD101 microSD™ card

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TECH TALK | AI, the quiet achiever working in the background of our lives | Western Advocate

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Before COVID-19 hit the world, there were six aged care facilities in the region that I would regularly visit – sometimes with one of my children – to deliver a presentation on technology or perform poetry for the residents. On some occasions, I might be interrupted during my presentation by one of the residents. I dismissed it as a resident being a bit cantankerous. Sometimes my kids would comment that a particular person seemed rude. Other residents would tell me the person in question could be a little ‘difficult’. Well, it turns out that the behaviour of some residents may not be the result of impoliteness but the result of pain. And the source of this information? Artificial Intelligence (AI)! Now, I understand that there are times when AI gets a bad rap. AI conjures up images of the Terminator franchise or The Matrix where machines are taking over

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