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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...

2010-11-08 08:03:00

It was the last and only chance for ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli to talk about the mission highlights in his home country before the launch of his MagISStra mission in mid-December. The audience of some 300 media, invited guests and public at the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci in Milan enjoyed Paolo telling about his upcoming mission and taking part in a 3D show giving a unique view of the International Space Station (ISS) and his training. He will use ESA's...

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2010-10-30 13:06:58

"Space represents our future". "Europe could become world leader in a certain number of domains that use space." These were some of the statements made by top-level European leaders at the conference held at the European Parliament's hemicycle on October 26-27 under the theme 'A new space policy for Europe'. The focal point of the different debates was the new dimension that the Lisbon Treaty, which entered into force on December 1, 2009 provides for the European Space Policy and for...

2010-10-28 00:00:42

The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) today announced the recognition of outstanding research contributions by 63 life scientists from 14 countries. (PRWeb UK) October 27, 2010 The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) today announced the recognition of outstanding research contributions by 63 life scientists from 14 countries. The researchers are awarded the life-long honour of EMBO membership, joining almost 1500 of the world's leading molecular biologists. "EMBO...

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2010-10-26 06:00:00

What if monitoring your heart rate were as easy as listening to music while you jog? Thanks to advances in space technology, an iPhone will soon be able to do double duty: keep you in tune with your favorite artists and your vital signs. Swiss technology-transfer company CSEM created the final prototype for their Pulsear device this year. A tiny unit embedded in a regular earphone uses infrared signals to see how fast your heart is beating. It works by sending the infrared signals through the...

2010-10-25 06:35:06

A shared vision for space exploration came into sharper focus this week when European ministers, space executives and international representatives met to discuss their ambitions for future space exploration. Given its importance, more than 150 people attended the second International Conference on Space Exploration from 32 countries, including eight countries from outside Europe. Most of the major international space agencies were represented. ESA, the European Commission, members of the...

2010-10-20 10:48:02

Natural disasters occur yearly on all continents, leaving hundreds of thousands dead and turning millions into refugees. In 1999, as a result of Hurricane Mitch in Central America, the International Charter "ËœSpace and Major Disasters' was initiated to provide aid workers with satellite data over affected areas. The Charter was founded by ESA and the French space agency, CNES, and formally began operating in October 2000. The Charter supports relief efforts and allows...

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2010-10-20 06:25:00

Europe's vision for launching astronauts and robot explorers out into the Solar System will come into sharper focus on October 21 when the ministers responsible for space activities meet in Brussels to discuss Europe's goals for space exploration. Events can be followed live on the web. Ministers from the 29 ESA and EU states will rendezvous in Brussels this week for their second International Conference on Space Exploration as the next step towards creating a future European exploration...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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