The first firm details of the 15 February asteroid impact in Russia, the largest in more than a century, are becoming clear. ESA is carefully assessing the information as crucial input for developing the Agency’s asteroid-hunting effort.
Geneva 14 February 2013. At 7.24am, the shift crew in the CERN1 Control Centre extracted the beams from the Large Hadron Collider, bringing the machine’s first three-year running period to a successful conclusion. The LHC’s first run has seen major advances in physics, including the discovery of a new particle that looks increasingly like the long–sought Higgs boson, announced on 4 July 2012. And during the last weeks of the run, the remarkable figure of 100 petabytes of data stored in the CERN mass-storage systems was surpassed. This data volume is roughly equivalent to 700 years of full HD-quality movies.
New information provided by a worldwide network of sensors has allowed scientists to refine their estimates for the size of the object that entered that atmosphere and disintegrated in the skies over Chelyabinsk, Russia
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Today marks seven months since the announcement of Pluto’s fifth moon and over a year and a half since the discovery of the one before that. But both moons still have letter-and-number designations, P5 and P4, respectively… not very imaginative, to say the least, and not really fitting into the pantheon of mythologically-named worlds in our Solar System.
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Quick! What’s the largest prime number you can think of? Is it millions of digits long? If it isn’t then you’re nowhere near the new largest-known prime number. Euclid proved centuries ago that there is an infinite number of primes, but no one’s ever found a formula to find them, so the process of seeking [...]
The Curiosity Mars rover has found some strange-looking little things on Mars – you’ve likely heard of the Mars ‘flower,’ the piece of benign plastic from the rover itself, and other bright flecks of granules in the Martian soil. Now the rover has imaged a small metallic-looking protuberance on a rock.
This view shows the patch of veined, flat-lying rock selected as the first drilling site for NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS PASADENA, Calif. — NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is driving toward a flat rock with pale veins that may hold clues to a wet history on the Red Planet. If the rock meets [...]
Mysterious thousands of tiny purple spheres found by a couple in the in the middle of Tuscon desert. Watch the foul report in the video… They discovered the strange collection while on a walk: ‘It was just like glittering in the sun. It’s just one of those things that you’ve never seen before.’ Some of [...]
Lunar base made with 3D printing Setting up a lunar base could be made much simpler by using a 3D printer to build it from local materials. Industrial partners including renowned architects Foster + Partners have joined with ESA to test the feasibility of 3D printing using lunar soil. “Terrestrial 3D printing technology has [...]
EU invests $1.35 billion to research and develop Graphene. A consortium of companies and research labs receive a giant research grant of 1 billion Euro, and giant Nokia is carrying the flag for the electronics researchers in this group. Image © Nokia “The European Commission has chosen Graphene as one of Europe’s first 10-year, 1,000 million euro FET [...]
The boy who can see in the dark, ocular albinism.
European astronomers have discovered a planet with about the mass of the Earth orbiting a star in the Alpha Centauri system — the nearest to Earth. It is also the lightest exoplanet ever discovered around a star like the Sun. The planet was detected using the HARPS instrument on the 3.6-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. The results will appear online in the journal Nature on 17 October 2012.