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2011-05-30 09:19:56

Scientists from Finland and France have developed a new synchrotron X-ray technique that may revolutionize the chemical analysis of rare materials like meteoric rock samples or fossils. The results have been published on 29 May 2011 in Nature Materials as an advance online publication. Life, as we know it, is based on the chemistry of carbon and oxygen. The three-dimensional distribution of their abundance and chemical bonds has been difficult to study up to now in samples where these...

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2011-05-30 06:10:00

Technology developed with ESA funding and drawing on long-running research aboard the International Space Station is opening up a new way to keep hospital patients safe from infections. Using plasma "“ superheated, electrically charged gas "“ Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics director Gregor Morfill is developing ways to kill bacteria and viruses that can cause infections in hospitals. "What we have with plasma is the possibility to supplement our own immune...

2011-05-20 11:20:30

His Holiness the Pope will talk with the astronauts aboard the International Space Station from the Vatican Library on Saturday, 21 May. The inflight call will take place at 13:11 CEST (11:11 GMT). The 12 astronauts aboard the International Space Station have been busy since Space Shuttle Endeavour arrived at the orbital complex last Wednesday. They installed the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer on Thursday for investigating "Ëœdark matter' and antimatter, and performed the first...

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2011-05-17 09:10:16

Is your company on the hunt for out-of-this-world business concepts? ESA is placing information on its intellectual property rights online, aiming to promote the commercialization of these patents in terrestrial contexts. This new online guide, undertaken by ESA's Technology Transfer Programme Office (TTPO), includes descriptions of the intellectual property rights in question, their innovations and advantages, and their potential market applications. "In the first place, ESA files patent...

2011-05-17 07:00:00

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Electricity Storage Association (ESA) announced that its 21st Annual Meeting, June 6-8, 2011 at the Fairmont San Jose in San Jose, CA, will be the definitive industry event on electricity storage. The Annual Meeting will have 50 presentations and 2 workshops over the three days featuring the electricity storage technologies and applications from industry leaders and leading innovators. The over 400 attendees will have the...

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2011-05-04 14:56:08

Recognizing the value of using Earth observation satellite data to support development activities, ESA and the World Bank will work together on several projects through the 'eoworld' joint initiative. ESA and the World Bank first started collaborating two years ago when ESA carried out small-scale pilot projects that demonstrated the potential of Earth observation for the Bank's operations. Based on the pilots' promising outcomes, Earth observation information will now be scaled up and...

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2011-05-04 09:30:00

The Meathook Galaxy, or NGC 2442, has a dramatically lopsided shape. One spiral arm is tightly folded in on itself and host to a recent supernova, while the other, dotted with recent star formation, extends far out from the nucleus. The MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have captured two contrasting views of this asymmetric spiral galaxy. The Meathook Galaxy, or NGC 2442, in the southern constellation of Volans (The Flying Fish), is easily recognized for its...

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2011-05-02 10:35:00

No wonder it is called Red River: it looks like it could be on the red planet rather than in Spain. The landscape and terrain make it a perfect place for simulating a Mars sortie. An ESA rover, a spacesuit mockup and a medical monitoring system took center stage between 18-22 April at Rio Tinto in Andalucia, southern Spain.  The Spanish weather, however, was not very martian, as the normally dry and sunny conditions turned to heavy rain and wind at times. The teams from ESA, the...

2011-04-27 08:10:00

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Multilateral Coordination Board (MCB) for the International Space Station partner agencies met Wednesday, April 27, to discuss increased efforts to use the station as a test-bed for exploration. The MCB also congratulated the European Space Agency (ESA) on its recent decision to continue station operations to at least 2020. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The MCB is working diligently to extend the...

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2011-04-25 14:25:00

Maiden trip for ESA's Mars rover "ËœEurobot' A team from the Austrian Space Forum will arrive back in Austria today following a week testing its analogue space suit 'Aouda.X' in the semi-desert of Rio Tinto in Spain. This suit has been developed by the Austrian Space Forum over three years and is one of the best models of its kind worldwide. The European Space Agency (ESA)  also participated in this mission with the Mars rover 'Eurobot'. This 1.5 million Euro prototype was been...