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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...

2012-06-11 18:29:13

Robotics is an area of research that can help us to innovate and become more competitive in the international marketplace. This was one of the conclusions of RoboCity12, the Robotics Summit that was recently held in Madrid by RoboCity2030, a consortium coordinated by Universidad Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M), which is made up of the strongest groups doing research in this area from the Autonomous Community of Madrid. The event, “RoboCity12: Robots para los ciudadanos” (Robots for...

2012-06-04 14:05:22

Census reveals unexpected variety of genes involved in cellular transport Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, have conducted the first comprehensive census of human cells´ export workers. In a study published online today in Nature Cell Biology, they found an unexpected variety of genes involved in transporting molecules to the cell membrane and beyond. Using a combination of genetics and sophisticated microscopy, Rainer Pepperkok...

2012-05-25 10:30:04

For the first time, ℠space´ will be the main theme of the Ecsite annual conference that opens this year in Toulouse, France, on 31 May. Ecsite is the European network of more than 400 science centers and museums in 50 countries, and its annual conference is the leading meeting of science communicators in Europe, bringing together 1000 professionals in the field. This year, ESA is playing a major role in the conference, which is being held at the Pierre Baudis Congress Centre...

2012-05-18 23:02:15

A long-held assumption confirmed Researchers at the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute have confirmed the long-held belief that studying the genes we share with other animals is useful. The study, published today in the open access journal PLoS Computational Biology, shows how bioinformatics makes it possible to test the fundamental principles on which life science is built. Studying genes helps life science researchers understand how...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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