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Season’s Greetings From The Other Extreme
2011-12-23 04:27:55

It is summer in Antarctica and the new crew for the Concordia research station will soon arrive. And since the place is second only to space for harsh conditions, they have been trained courtesy of ESA. The Franco—Italian operated Concordia research base in Antarctica is a place of extremes, especially during the long, dark winter. Now, during the summer, it is around —30°C and the Sun shines around the clock, but Antarctica will gradually show its other face starting...

2011-11-24 04:28:02

A mobile phone unit connecting isolated communities to the rest of the world using satellites and solar power has caught the attention of ESA and the World Economic Forum. After developing a solar-powered base station for mobile phones that links isolated communities via satellite, Irish company Altobridge approached ESA for help in bringing the ground-breaking product to the marketplace. “We were pleased to help with research and development because it connects rural communities...

2011-11-21 10:20:00

Three ministers are to tour Flexiantâs headquarters today and hear more about the cloud company's important role in three EU projects. Livingston, UK (PRWEB) November 21, 2011 Angela Constance MSP, Fergus Ewing (Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism) and Alyn Smith (MEP) will visit Flexiant, leading UK cloud software specialists on Monday 21 November 2011. The ministers will tour Flexiantâs headquarters and recently completed datacentre in Livingston. They...

2011-11-12 05:52:08

After the recent launch of the first Galileo satellites — an event of paramount political importance for Europe — politicians, policymakers, space agency managers, industrialists, satellite operators and members of civil society gathered at the European Parliament in Brussels on 8—9 November for the 4th Conference on EU Space Policy. The Conference, devoted to the benefits of space to citizens and society, confirmed that space is high on Europe´s political agenda by...

2011-11-12 05:36:07

ESA has begun developing a new blood-testing device for astronauts on the International Space Station. A wide range of ailments from diabetes to heart disease should be diagnosable in moments from a single drop of astronaut blood. A pinprick of blood is added to a mini-disc embedded with a wide variety of miniaturized test procedures. The disc is then inserted into the ℠point-of-care´ device and set spinning to spread the blood sample across the surface. Multiple tests are...

2011-11-11 03:57:12

Representatives from 28 countries, the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA) met in Lucca, Italy, on 10 November for the Third International Conference on Exploration and the first High-level International Space Exploration Platform. The conference, co-organized by ESA, the Chair of the ESA Ministerial Council — Italy — and the European Commission, highlighted the importance of space exploration and its direct benefit to humankind. These leaders, including...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.