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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...

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2011-04-24 16:40:00

They are more cut off than the crew of the International Space Station. They are at Concordia in Antarctica, and one of them is ESA researcher Eoin Macdonald-Nethercott. If you want to follow in his footsteps, ESA is looking for his successor. The flat landscape around the Concordia research station is 3200 m above sea level and virtually inaccessible from February to November.During the southern winter, Concordia is under almost total darkness. With temperatures down to "“85°C...

2011-04-20 14:34:43

The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) is setting the first ever standards in Cross Border Reproductive Care (CBRC). The safety of patients, gamete donors, surrogates and future children take centre stage in ESHRE's Good Practice Guide for Cross Border Reproductive Care, published today (Wednesday, 20 April 2011). The Guide aims to ensure high-quality assisted reproduction treatment as defined by the European Union criteria for good quality medical treatment...


Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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