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Denmark Confirms Participation In E-ELT Program
2013-04-12 12:58:09

ESO Representatives of Denmark have confirmed that their country will participate in the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) programme. Twelve ESO Member States have now joined the E-ELT programme. Denmark joined the organization in 1967, as the first new Member State three years after ESO´s foundation. The newly announced investment amounts to 8.5 million euros over the ten-year construction period. “This decision marks another important push forward for the E-ELT...

Hit The Slopes With MAPtoSNOW In Your Pocket
2013-04-10 08:04:40

ESA Track your skiing, speed, altitude, slopes and lift kilometers with a nifty phone app from an ESA business incubation start-up. Compete against friends, win prizes and even donate to a children´s charity. This is what German start-up company MapCase GmbH is offering with their MAPtoSNOW free app for mobile phones. The company was supported by ESA Business Incubation Centre Darmstadt, Germany, to develop their application, based on satnav. Available at over 190 ski resorts...

Join The Movement: International Space Apps Challenge
2013-04-04 08:30:13

ESA [ Watch The Video International Space Apps Challenge 2013 ] In April, you are invited to join thousands of enthusiasts to invent and create applications to help space exploration and improve life on Earth at the International Space Apps Challenge. During this app-jam, participants are challenged to use freely available data and rework them for new purposes or present them in new ways. Can you return the Mars Curiosity rover to Earth, visualize Solar flares that are invisible...

Robot Being Taught Language Through Artificial Neuronal Network
2013-02-20 05:05:12

[ Watch the Video: Simplified Brain Allows iCub Robot To Learn Language ] Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Robots aren´t actually “taught” but rather are programmed. There have been attempts to create a system that can allow robots to “learn” but it is still a matter of essentially programming the new skills. However, a new artificial brain system could enable robots to learn language, which could very well be the key to teaching...

GMES Copernicus Program Funding Secured Through 2020
2013-02-19 11:31:55

ESA Good news for Europe´s Global Monitoring for Environment and Security program: the European Council has secured the program´s EU funding through 2020. The multiannual financial framework — MFF — is a seven-year plan for the EU´s budget. On 8 February, European heads of State and government agreed to include GMES in the 2014—20 MFF. Within the new framework, 3786 million was allocated for GMES. This amount covers GMES Services, In-Situ Component (a...

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...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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