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2010-12-16 09:45:00

Gamma-ray bursts are among the most energetic events in the Universe, but some appear curiously faint in visible light. The biggest study to date of these so-called dark gamma-ray bursts, using the GROND instrument on the 2.2-meter MPG/ESO telescope at La Silla in Chile, has found that these gigantic explosions don't require exotic explanations. Their faintness is now fully explained by a combination of causes, the most important of which is the presence of dust between the Earth and the...

2010-12-09 13:37:53

Europe needs new particle accelerators and major upgrades to existing facilities over the next ten years to stay at the forefront of nuclear physics, according to the European Science Foundation (ESF), which launches its 'Long Range Plan 2010' for nuclear physics today. Nuclear physicists are working to understand the origin, evolution and nature of matter that constitutes nearly 100 per cent of visible matter in the universe. As the home of GANIL, GSI, CERN and a wide network of closely...

2010-12-07 14:02:06

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of Portugal joining ESA as a Member State, Jos© Mariano Gago, Portuguese Minister of Science and Higher Education, and Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA's Director General, met today at Pavilhão do Conhecimento, Lisbon. For Portugal, becoming a Member State has been essential to foster the development of new cluster of activity. Around 30 companies, many of them start-ups, have been created with a focus on space technologies. Over one...

2010-12-02 15:46:52

Europe's leading scientists urge creation of a CERN for Mathematics Europe needs an Institute of Industrial Mathematics to tighten the link between maths and industry as an enabler of innovation "“ putting maths at the heart of Europe's innovation, according to the European Science Foundation in a report launched today in Brussels at the "Maths and Industry" Conference. Such an Institute would help not only to overcome the fragmentation that currently characterises mathematics research...

2010-11-29 12:51:50

TECHBREAK: a new foresight initiative led by the European Science Foundation TECHBREAK is a new foresight initiative led by the European Science Foundation to identify the technology areas that could benefit the space sector. It goes beyond space-related technologies to bring in expertise from sectors where technology is evolving faster, ranging from photonics and nanotechnology to energy, nuclear propulsion and robotics. Innovative technologies open up new fields of research and give...

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2010-11-27 15:30:00

Ministers in charge of space activities representing the Member States of the European Space Agency and the European Union met in Brussels today for the Seventh Space Council. Today's Council was jointly chaired by Sabine Laruelle, the Belgian Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises, the Self-employed, Agriculture and Science Policy, on behalf of the EU Competitive-ness Council, and Giuseppe Pizza, Italian State Secretary in the Ministry of Education, University and Research, on behalf...

2010-11-24 08:00:00

Treasure Hunt Serves to Generate Donations to Annual Scholarship Fund WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The ESA Foundation and ThanksUSA will unveil Treasure Hunt Six, a free online and fully interactive trivia and puzzle game about American history, culture and values, on Thanksgiving morning, the organizations announced today. The Treasure Hunt series, now in its sixth year, serves to generate attention and donations to ThanksUSA's annual scholarship fund to benefit...

2010-11-17 16:58:48

The cells in the different parts of this video are always the same (grey), but, like actors using make-up to highlight different facial features, they have fluorescent labels that mark different cellular components in different colours: blue shows the nucleus, yellow shows tubulin (a component of the cell's scaffolding), red shows mitochondria, cyan shows the membranes of vesicles called endosomes, and purple shows other membrane structures. Instead of spending hours applying first one colour...

2010-11-10 14:18:59

A new Reference Report published today by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) lists 79 reference methods for GMO analysis which have been validated according to international standards. This Compendium, developed jointly by the European Union Reference Laboratory for Genetically Modified Food and Feed (EU-RL GMFF) and the European Network of GMO Laboratories (ENGL), presents the technical state of the art in GMO detection methods. Each method is described in a user-friendly...

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2010-11-10 09:12:26

It's small, but it's a greenhouse for space voyagers "“ and for you. Paolo Nespoli will take a special greenhouse with him to the International Space Station and he's inviting young science enthusiasts to conduct an experiment with him. Growing plants in space will be crucial for the astronauts of the future. When flying to Mars or even further, it will be necessary to produce fresh food onboard and become partially self-sufficient. Setting up greenhouses on the Moon, Mars or other...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • 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.
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