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2009-11-30 08:40:00

LIMA, Peru, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Li3 Energy, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: LIEG; "Li3 Energy") is pleased to announce it has signed a letter of intent to acquire Puna Lithium Corporation ("Puna"). Puna has an option to acquire up to an aggregate eighty percent (80%) interest in 123,000 acres of prime Chilean salar ground located across 9 Chilean salars, including the producing Salar de Atacama where Sociedad de Chile SC has production facilities. The Salar de Atacama currently...

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2009-11-17 08:30:48

A team of astronomers and engineers at the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have made the first interferometric measurements of radio signals "” so-called "fringes" "” of an astronomical source from the observatory's 5000-meter "high site" of Chajnantor. This is an important technical step for ALMA, as it used a full suite of the production equipment, including two of the 12-meter diameter antennas, and sophisticated electronic systems for receiving and...

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2009-09-24 06:30:00

The ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) astronomical observatory took another step forward and upward, as one of its state-of-the-art antennas was carried for the first time to Chile's 16,500-foot-high plateau of Chajnantor on the back of a giant, custom-built transporter. The 40-foot-diameter antenna, weighing about 100 tons, was moved to ALMA's high-altitude Array Operations Site, where the extremely dry and rarefied air is ideal for observing the Universe. The conditions at...

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2009-05-06 14:49:58

Scientists and engineers working on the world's largest ground-based astronomical project, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), have achieved another milestone "” the successful linking of two ALMA astronomical antennas, synchronized with a precision of one millionth of a millionth of a second "” to observe the planet Mars. ALMA is under construction by an international partnership in the Chilean Andes. On 30 April, the team observed the first "interferometric...

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2009-03-25 13:00:00

Europe is sending its first home-built receiver to the largest radio telescope array ever constructed, nestled in its permanent home in Chile, BBC News reported. The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (Alma) is made up of sixty six 39-foot wide antenna dishes that detect the faint signals in the sub-millimeter wavelength range to learn more about the formation of stars and galaxies. Scientists at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire will assemble and test 26 of the receivers...

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2009-03-04 08:50:20

University of Colorado scientists detect microscopic life near 19,850 feet Gases rising from deep within the Earth are fueling the world's highest-known microbial ecosystems, which have been detected near the rim of the 19,850-foot-high Socompa volcano in the Andes by a University of Colorado at Boulder research team. The new study shows the emission of water, carbon dioxide and methane from small volcanic vents near the summit of Socompa sustains complex microbial ecosystems new to science...

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2008-12-19 08:20:00

High in the Atacama region in northern Chile, one of the world's most advanced telescopes has just passed a major milestone. The first of many state-of-the-art antennas has just been handed over to the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) project. ALMA is under construction on the plateau of Chajnantor, at an altitude of 5000 m. The telescope is being built by a global partnership, including ESO as the European partner. ALMA will initially comprise 66 high precision antennas,...

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2008-11-11 09:20:00

Illustrating the power of submillimeter-wavelength astronomy, an APEX image reveals how an expanding bubble of ionized gas about ten light-years across is causing the surrounding material to collapse into dense clumps that are the birthplaces of new stars. Submillimeter light is the key to revealing some of the coldest material in the Universe, such as these cold, dense clouds. The region, called RCW120, is about 4200 light years from Earth, towards the constellation of Scorpius. A hot,...

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2008-09-02 09:40:00

A prodigious pinwheel shines in the darkness ESO's Wide Field Imager has captured the intricate swirls of the spiral galaxy Messier 83, a smaller look-alike of our own Milky Way. Shining with the light of billions of stars and the ruby red glow of hydrogen gas, it is a beautiful example of a barred spiral galaxy, whose shape has led to it being nicknamed the Southern Pinwheel. This dramatic image of the galaxy Messier 83 was captured by the Wide Field Imager at ESO's La Silla Observatory,...

2008-07-23 12:01:01

ITT Corporation (NYSE:ITT) has received a multi-million dollar contract to provide filtered seawater to Esperanza, a large new copper-gold mining project in Chile's Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world. The mine will be the first large-scale mine in Chile to make use of seawater in the mining process. As part of the project, ITT will help move treated seawater from the ocean to an elevation of 7,550 feet above sea level over a distance of 91 miles. The ITT system will employ a...


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2004-10-19 04:45:40

La Silla Observatory -- La Silla is a 2400-m mountain, bordering the southern extremity of the Atacama desert in Chile. It is located about 160 Km north of La Serena. Its geographical coordinates are: Latitude 29 15' south & Longitude 70 44' west. Originally known as Cinchado, the mountain was renamed La Silla (the saddle) after its shape. It rises quite isolated and remote from any artificial light and dust sources (astronomy's worst enemies). La Silla was the first ESO...

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