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Abbrev. for Infrared Space Observatory, an orbiting infrared astronomy observatory launched by the European Space Agency (ESA) on top of an Ariane-4 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana, Nov. 1995. The 2.5-tonne, 5.3-meter-long ISO was the most sensitive infrared satellite of its time, using four detectors cryogenically cooled by liquid helium to capture and study weak infrared radiation from such sources as cold gas and dust clouds and regions of star birth and star death, as well as quasars and remote galaxies. Lying in the focal plane of a telescope with a 60-centimeter mirror, the four detectors were (1) an infrared camera (ISOCAM) covering the range 2.5–17 μm; (2) a photopolarimeter (ISOPHOT) functioning between 2.5 and 240 μm; (3) a shortwave spectrometer covering the 2.4–45 μm band; and (4) a longwave spectrometer operating between 45 and 196.8 μm. These instruments revealed numerous hitherto unknown objects that were ‘visible’ only in infrared light. The satellite operated for about 30 months. Its mission ended in Apr. 1998 when its coolant finally ran out.

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a lime-sulfur chemical decoction for combating mites and ticks (acaricide).

International Standards Organization, International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

A body which promotes the development of world-wide standards and which publishes such standards.

ISO

ISO

(1) See ISO speed.

(2) (International Organization for Standardization, Geneva, Switzerland, www.iso.ch) An organization that sets international standards, founded in 1946. The U.S. member body is ANSI. ISO deals with all fields except electrical and electronics, which is governed by the older International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). With regard to information processing, ISO and IEC created JTC1, the Joint Technical Committee for information technology.

ISO carries out its work through more than 185 technical committees and 2,700 subcommittees and working groups and is made up of standards organizations from more than 95 countries, some of them serving as secretariats for these technical bodies.

Full, Correspondent and Subscriber Members
Of the 164 ISO member bodies, more than a hundred are full members that influence ISO standards development. Approximately 50 Correspondent members attend meetings as observers. A handful of Subscriber members stay up-to-date on ISO activities but do not sell or adopt ISO standards nationally as do all the others. See ISO/IEC.
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Incentive stock options have the benefit of reduced taxation but a downside of restrictions and limitations.
The amendments approved to the company's 1983 incentive stock option plan were to increase the maximum number of shares available under the plan, and to extend the time permitted under the plan to grant options until September 1998.
Aeroquest has agreed to grant a total of 50,000 incentive stock options exercisable at a price of $0.
Because the Company's incentive stock option plans did not contemplate a one-time extraordinary cash dividend, the Board of Directors has approved adjustments, subject to shareholders' approval, that will protect employees with unexercised stock options as the share price adjusts due to this one-time extraordinary cash dividend.
The Company further announces that, pursuant to its 2004 Incentive Stock Option Plan, it has granted an incentive stock option to G.
In other news, the company would like to announce the granting of incentive stock options to certain directors, officers and employees to purchase up to 500,000 common shares under the Company's Incentive Stock Option Plan.
The options were granted under the Company's Restated Incentive Stock Option Plan, which has been approved by shareholders and accepted for filing by the TSX Venture Exchange.