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Rubber From ESA Spacecraft Helps Create A Smooth Ride At 300 KM/H
2013-02-01 12:48:02

ESA Serious shocks need serious shock absorption, in space as well as on the ground. Now high-performance racing cars are driving more smoothly on space-ready rubber from ESA spacecraft. Toulon-based French company SMAC specializes in finely tuned rubber formulations that cushion sensitive machinery everywhere, from space to the racetrack. “They´re very high-damping materials,” says CEO Philippe Robert. “They have been used in everything from space missions to...

Conference On EU Space Policy January 29-30
2013-01-28 13:47:43

ESA The fifth high-level Conference on EU Space Policy, 'Building Up a Global Tool for Global Challenges', takes place on 29—30 January at the Charlemagne building of the European Commission in Brussels. The conference will be a unique opportunity to examine and debate the state of the space programs launched by the EU, such as Galileo for satellite navigation and Copernicus for Earth observation, and to look to the future of this key area of EU policy, with a large and diverse...

Planet Forming Gas Streams Revealed
2013-01-02 12:09:51

[ Video 1 ] | [ Video 2 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Listen to the podcast “How Planets Form” with redOrbit's Dr. John Millis and planet-hunting expert Dr. Eric Mamajek of the University of Rochester. Astronomers who made observations with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope are helping to shed light on planet-forming gas streams. The international team of astronomers studied the young star HD 142527, seeing a key...

Carina Nebula Image Ushers In A New ESO Telescope
2012-12-06 10:12:13

[ Video 1 ] | [ Video 2 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new image released by the European Space Observatory (ESO) shows off a spectacular view of the star-forming Carina Nebula, and is being released right in time for an inauguration. Astronomers captured the Carina Nebula using the Very Large Telescope (VLT) Survey Telescope at ESO's Paranal Observatory. The image was released on the occasion of the inauguration of the telescope in Naples on Thursday. The...

X-rays Help Understand How Mechanical Action May Lead To Greener Chemistry
2012-12-03 10:33:46

European Synchrotron Radiation Facility Solvents are omnipresent in the chemical industry, and are a major environmental and safety concern. Therefore the large interest in mechanochemistry: an energy-efficient alternative that avoids using bulk solvents and uses high-frequency milling to drive reactions. Milling is achieved by the intense impact of steel balls in a rapidly moving jar, which hinders the direct observation of underlying chemistry. Scientists have now for the first time...

Investing In Space To Boost Europe’s Competitiveness And Growth
2012-11-21 15:00:42

ESA ESA has just concluded a successful two-day Council meeting at ministerial level in Naples, Italy. Ministers from ESA´s 20 member states and Canada today allocated 10 billion for ESA´s space activities and programmes for the years to come. Apart from the 20 ESA Member States and Canada, several observers were also present at the Ministerial Council: Seven out of the 9 EU Member States that are not yet Member States of ESA (Estonia, Hungary, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, the...

Space Photo Contest Being Held By ESA
2012-11-17 06:34:30

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online If you've taken a unique or interesting space-related photograph sometime during the past year, then the European Space Agency (ESA) wants to see your work. The organization announced on Friday that they were soliciting submissions featuring space-related subjects including planets, moons, the Sun, other stars, and galaxies. Their favorite picture will be selected as the Space Science Image of the Week for December 31 "as a...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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