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Responses To A Changing Arctic Discussed By WCS
2013-05-21 13:31:47

Wildlife Conservation Society In two critical reports released at the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Kiruna, Sweden on May 15th, the scientific expertise of the Wildlife Conservation Society helped inform an international body of senior government officials about changing conditions in the Arctic, and potential responses to those changes. The scientific reports reviewed by the ministers are products of contributions from various experts, representing a range of knowledge and...

2012-12-12 05:04:08

Swedish pharmacy chain implements high powered Intranet to laser focus on compliance and communications. Malmö, Sweden (PRWEB) December 11, 2012 Chainformation, a leading provider of software for retail, franchise and chain businesses, has implemented its product with Vårdapoteket, a Swedish nationwide pharmacy chain with 30 locations and annual sales of 1900 MSEK (280 MUSD). A case study on the implementation can be found here. The cloud based franchise software, also known as...

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2011-07-07 13:42:22

The Swedish space center said Thursday that scientists were forced to stop building a project to test the impact of stars when a balloon carrying an X-ray telescope began leaking helium. "We sent it up without any problems, but then we were forced to take it down. It was leaking, and when a balloon leaks it loses height," Johanna Bergstroem-Roos of the Esrange Space Center, near Kiruna in northern Sweden, told AFP. The Polarized Gamma-ray Observer (PoGoLite) is a telescope dangling from an...

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2010-12-13 10:37:17

Today saw the opening of a remote, northerly site in the worldwide network of Galileo ground stations. The Kiruna Galileo Station in the Swedish Arctic will play a vital role communicating with the satellites of Europe's global navigation system, due to start launching next year. The inauguration began with a candlelit procession to pierce the winter gloom: the ceremony was scheduled to coincide with the feast day of St. Lucy, a popular Swedish celebration. As is traditional, the parade was...

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2010-09-01 12:44:54

ESA is inviting students to propose experiments to fly on sounding rockets and stratospheric balloons. The winning teams will have the opportunity to design and build an experiment for the BEXUS balloons or the REXUS rockets. The BEXUS (Balloon-borne Experiments for University Students) 12 and 13 balloons will be launched in October 2011 and the REXUS (Rocket-borne Experiments for University Students) 11 and 12 sounding rockets will be launched in March 2012, all from Kiruna in northern...

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2010-03-26 13:55:00

ESA's Maxus-8 sounding rocket was launched today from Kiruna in northern Sweden carrying four microgravity research modules on a hectic 12-minute space voyage. The ultimate results may include improved turbine blades for aircraft engines. At 14:43 CET, Maxus-8 took off from the launch pad at the Esrange Space Center watched by Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of ESA, Simonetta Di Pippo, ESA Director of Human Spaceflight, Olle Norberg, Director General of the Swedish National Space...

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2009-09-01 23:45:00

Today the new call for proposals for student experiments to be flown on two REXUS sounding rockets and two BEXUS stratospheric balloons opens. Selected student teams will have the opportunity to design and build an experiment suitable for a flight on the BEXUS 10 and 11 balloons or the REXUS 9 and 10 sounding rockets. The BEXUS (Balloon-borne Experiments for University Students) 10 and 11 balloons will be launched in September 2010 and the REXUS (Rocket-borne Experiments for University...

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2009-03-18 15:55:00

A Swedish space tourism firm said on Wednesday that short space flights are set to begin launching from northern Sweden in 2012. "We expect that the first tourist flights leaving from the United States will start around 2011 and that Kiruna (in northern Sweden) will be next about a year later, in 2012," said Spaceport Sweden spokeswoman Johanna Bergstroem-Roos in an interview with AFP. Virgin Galactic, owned by Sir Richard Branson, will run the flights, which will initially send paying...

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2009-03-18 11:54:26

Three educational experiments sponsored by ESA's Education Office blasted off to the edge of space on March 12 and 13 during the latest REXUS sounding rocket campaign from the Esrange Space Centre in Kiruna, Sweden. First to fly was REXUS 6, which soared to an altitude of 88 km before returning its payload safely to the ground for subsequent recovery and analysis. On board was the ESA-sponsored Nordic Ionospheric Sounding Rocket Seeding Experiment (NISSE), which was developed by a student...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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