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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...

ESA Teaming Up With Amateur Astronomers To Spot Near Earth Objects
2012-05-14 11:01:47

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com The European Space Agency (ESA) is reaching out to amateur astronomers, asking for their help in discovering potentially dangerous space rocks. ESA's Space Situational Awareness (SSA) program helps keep up with space hazards, with everything from space weather to debris objects in Earth orbit. The program also keeps up with "Near Earth objects," or NEOs, which are asteroids that pass close enough to our planet to cause concern. NEOs are hard to survey...

GMES In Eastern Europe
2012-05-10 03:22:58

As Europe´s Global Monitoring for Environment and Security program nears its full operational phase, its benefits and economic potential for Eastern Europe came into focus last week at a conference in Bucharest, Romania. In the summer of 2010, heavy rainfall unleashed floods in northern and eastern Romania. Over 20 people lost their lives, while hundreds of homes were destroyed. Thousands of hectares of farmland, forest and pastures were damaged. SAFER, the emergency response...

Messier 55's Vast Ball Of Stars Imaged By ESO's VISTA
2012-05-09 10:53:23

[ Video 1 ] | [ Video 2 ] A new image of Messier 55 from ESO's VISTA infrared survey telescope shows tens of thousands of stars crowded together like a swarm of bees. Besides being packed into a relatively small space, these stars are also among the oldest in the Universe. Astronomers study Messier 55 and other ancient objects like it, called globular clusters, to learn how galaxies evolve and stars age. Globular clusters are held together in a tight spherical shape by gravity. In...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
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