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Old Star May Have A Companion
2012-10-10 15:10:33

[ Watch the Video: Slicing Through View of the Material Around R Sculptoris ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have discovered an unexpected spiral structure in the material around an old star called R Sculptoris The team used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to discover the surprising spiral structure in the gas around the red giant star, which could mean there is a previously unseen companion star orbiting the star....

2012-10-02 12:59:02

New genome editing technologies developed at the University of Minnesota for use on livestock will allow scientists to learn more about human diseases. The genomic technique, known as TALENS, is described in a report published today in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. The technique is cheaper and faster than previous technologies that allow scientists to genetically modify livestock animals; the animals are used to learn more about human diseases,...

Invitation To ESO’s 50th Anniversary Gala Event, 11 October 2012
2012-09-18 08:22:57

WHAT Media representatives are invited to participate as working journalists at the gala event celebrating 50 years since the signing of the ESO convention in 1962, which established the European Southern Observatory (ESO). WHO ESO's Director General, Professor Tim de Zeeuw, and the Council President, Professor Xavier Barcons, will welcome Ministers and representatives from the Member States and the host country Chile, as well as the ESO Council, representatives of ESO committees, past...

First European Astronomy Journalism Prize Winners Announced
2012-09-05 16:54:16

The winner of the first European Astronomy Journalism Prize, designed to help inspire the next generation of researchers has been announced today (5 September 2012) at a reception in the House of Commons. Katia Moskvitch from the BBC was announced as the winner and awarded a trip to Chile, by a panel of judges representing the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) who ran the competition, together with the Royal Astronomical Society and...

Sweet! Distant Star Surrounded By Sugar
2012-08-29 12:52:44

Watch the Video: Artist´s Impression of Glycolaldehyde Molecules | Watch the Video: Sugar Molecules Found in the Young Star Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Most would assume that sugar is an essential part of life, but did you know it is actually considered a building block? Well, astronomers have now found these sweet organic molecules around a distant star. The finding reported in the Astrophysical Journal Letters proves that the building blocks of life...

New European Launch Services For ESA
2012-07-27 04:59:41

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) is investigating the possibility of a new launch system to make Europe fully self-sufficient over the long haul. ESA said it is investigating the idea behind the New European Launch Services (NELS) to offer up launch services to both governmental and private European customers. The space agency said it prefers to ensure the continuation of industrial activities in production and to start developments...

2012-07-16 11:21:04

16 July 2012 At the ESOF 2012 conference The European Science Foundation´s (ESF) dedicated Member Organisation Forum (MO Forum) on ℠Science in Society Relationships´ has released its latest report: “Science in Society: a Challenging Frontier for Science Policy”. The report has called for a strengthening of ℠Science in Society´ (SiS) activities in a time of ambiguity for science. Society has changed much (and is still changing rapidly) under the...

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2012-07-13 11:35:26

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A conference held at the Farnborough International Airshow included international leaders from government, space agencies and the space industry. The conference was hosted by David Williams, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, and featured an opening address from Francesco Profumo, the Italian Minister for Education. Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General, gave a speech at the conference, along with Enrico Saggese, President...

2012-07-06 10:22:10

℠Traffic policeman´ protein directs crucial step in cell division A traffic policeman standing at a busy intersection directing the flow of vehicles may be a rare sight these days, but a similar scene appears to still frequently play out in our cells. A protein called Lem4 directs a crucial step of cell division by preventing the progress of one molecule while waving another through, scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, have...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'