Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
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APL scientists use environmental data to help predict disease outbreaks.

NASA’s BOPPS Collects “An Awesome Dataset”
The APL-built Balloon Observation Platform for Planetary Science experienced a perfect launch from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility and observed Oort Cloud comets (including Siding Spring), the asteroid Ceres, and the double star Castor.
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A map of the area of Operation Anaconda showing the Shahikot Valley

“Space Bubbles” May Have Aided Enemy in Fatal Afghan battle
APL’s Michael Kelly and colleagues provide evidence that plasma bubbles in the upper atmosphere may have contributed to the communications outages during the battle of Takur Ghar.
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APL scientists use environmental data to help predict disease outbreaks.

IT and Analytics Expertise Strengthens Disease Surveillance
New technologies for electronic disease surveillance will help improve both the timeliness of access to disease data and the ability to make analyses.
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Jupiter's moon Europa

Europa’s Shifting Surface
APL’s Louise Prockter and collaborators have found evidence of plate tectonics on Jupiter’s moon Europa — the first sign of this type of surface-shifting geological activity on a world other than Earth.
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A Standard Missile-6 launch

Test Demonstrates Standard Missile-6 Effectiveness and Versatility
A recent Navy test showed the ability of the Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) to detect and engage a subsonic, low-altitude target over land.
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