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April 2015 Issue

25 Years Ago 1990. For the second year, according to the Electronic Industries Association (EIA), the growth rate of U.S. electronics exports outpaced imports. EIA said exports hit $65.2 billion the previous year, an increase of 17 percent over the 1988 figure of $55.5 billion. ... NOAA Administrator Dr. John A. Knauss elevated Puerto Rico’s Sea Grant Program to National Sea Grant College status. Knauss called attention to Puerto Rico’s support of marine projects. ... Scientists participating in core-drilling experiments in the far western Pacific Ocean recovered 175-million-year-old fragments of sediments and ocean crust, placing the age of the rock in the Jurassic period.

15 Years Ago 2000. Separation of Australia and South America from Antarctica millennia ago impacted the global climate system by isolating the southern polar region from warm subtropical ocean currents, consequently developing the East Antarctic ice sheet, a study found. ... More than three-quarters of the estimated federal dollars designated for research and development for the fiscal year was positioned to go to nonfederal sectors, according to a National Science Foundation survey. ... A spokesman from Seatex Division of Navia Maritime AS (Trondheim, Norway) predicted that sun spot activity could affect global positioning system navigation in the future.

10 Years Ago 2005. NOAA announced the availability of a website and CD-ROM that provides digital geographic information system data, maps and satellite imagery depicting the location and distribution of shallow-water seafloor habitats of American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. ... Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution’s deep-sea explorer, Dr. Edith Widder, became a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame. ... A team of geologists discovered that small sections of the ocean floor may be slowly rotating like imperfectly meshing cogs in a machine.


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