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2011-03-23 09:45:10

The Council of the European Space Agency has appointed a team of Directors who will assist the Director General in the reorganized structure that takes effect on 1 April 2011. The motive for changing the structure of the organization is to make ESA even more competitive and efficient to increase its added value for Member States and third parties. The timing is associated with the start of the third mandate of the Director General, Jean-Jacques Dordain. The Director General wanted the Council...

2011-03-23 09:41:55

Decisions on the future of the European space sector were made at ESA's Council meeting in Paris on 16 and 17 March. ESA Member States participating in the International Space Station (ISS) exploitation program have decided to concur with the ISS partners' objective to extend the duration of their involvement in ISS cooperation until the end of 2020. Participating States have committed &eur;550 million to cover the period until the next Ministerial Council of ESA in 2012, where they will take...

2011-03-22 07:00:00

LONDON, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Service-now.com today announced CERN is using SaaS from Service-now.com to deliver evolved, people-centric service management across campus operations. The decision to use Service-now.com is based on an ever-increasing number of CERN users and facilities, and a doubling of service requests during the last decade. In addition, CERN is tasked with managing the extensive and matchless infrastructure built to support the massive 15 petabytes of data...

2011-03-21 08:43:14

When engineers come up with a super-strong new material for building shipping containers, trucking trailers and aircraft parts, it is a major challenge to simulate its strength and reliability accurately. So a Belgian company turned to ESA. A super-strong new material presents engineers with tricky challenges. The good news? They have a super-strong new building material. The bad news? If it is brand new and high-tech, there is no design or production experience, and it can be difficult to...

2011-03-20 06:55:00

Gardens are always a source of surprises. After three weeks of steady growth in space under the watchful eye of the ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, the baby space plants of the Greenhouse in Space project have found a new "“ and unexpected - travelling companion. The International Space Station (ISS) ecosystem is particularly a delicate one. Whereas some residuals don't harm much the earthly plants or humans, the balance of the closed systems present in the Station should not be...

2011-03-07 15:28:27

New method reveals genes' combined effects Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ), both in Heidelberg, Germany, have developed a new method that uncovers the combined effects of genes. Published online today in Nature Methods, it helps understand how different genes can amplify, cancel out or mask each others' effects, and enables scientists to suggest genes that interfere with each other in much the same manner that...

2011-03-02 06:45:00

This image of NGC 247, taken by the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile, reveals the fine details of this highly inclined spiral galaxy and its rich backdrop. Astronomers say this highly tilted orientation, when viewed from Earth, explains why the distance to this prominent galaxy was previously overestimated. The spiral galaxy NGC 247 is one of the closest spiral galaxies of the southern sky. In this new view from the Wide Field Imager...

2011-02-28 06:20:00

The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected four mission ideas for a launch that is scheduled for sometime in the early 2020s. The mission ideas include investigations of black holes and general relativity, near-Earth asteroid sample-return, and studies of far-away planets orbiting other stars. "Originally we had 47 proposals," Fabio Favata, head of ESA's Science Planning and Community Coordination Office, told BBC News. "Our working groups and the Space Science Advisory Committee did a...

2011-02-20 21:41:09

While a world free of nuclear weapons remains a goal for governments around the world, nuclear security constitutes a major challenge for the 21st century, as recognised at the 2010 nuclear security summit in Washington. Citizens are generally aware of international efforts to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons, but they are often unaware of nuclear security research and the important role science in this field. A new European nuclear security training centre and enhanced...

2011-02-17 08:00:00

An Ariane rocket carrying 20 metric tons worth of supplies is en route to the International Space Station (ISS) following a successful launch from French Guiana late Wednesday evening. The unmanned craft and its payload, the Johannes Kepler automatic transfer vehicle (ATV), departed from the European Space Agency (ESA) facility in Kourou at 6.51pm local time (2151 GMT). The ATV is the largest cargo ever carried by an Ariane rocket and contains food, fuel, oxygen, and spare parts for the ISS...

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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.