Trusty, not rusty, pipelines owe a debt to space

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When a Dutch company working on soil pollution teamed up with ESA to build a better, bacteria-based air filter for space, they also created the foundation for a new way of keeping iron pipelines...

Ariane 6 and Vega C begin development

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Today, ESA signed contracts for the development of the Ariane 6 new‑generation launcher, its launch base and the Vega C evolution of the current small launcher. The contracts, signed at ESA’s Paris Head Office with Airbus...

Comet’s firework display ahead of perihelion

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In the approach to perihelion over the past few weeks, Rosetta has been witnessing growing activity from Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, with one dramatic outburst event proving so powerful that it even pushed away the incoming...

Wildfires push plants to move north

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As California wildfires burn tree canopies and forest floors, plants commonly found in more southern areas of the western United States are moving in. For example, a forest floor strewn with lupine and violets—typically found...

Predator or prey? The eyes have it

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House cats have pupils that are vertical slits, but bigger cats, like tigers and lions, don’t. A new analysis of 214 species of land animals, both prey and predators, offers an explanation for the difference. Species...

Iceland hits the geothermal jackpot. Is Japan next?

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Iceland has been using geothermal energy to generate electricity for decades. In 2008, however, engineers discovered a reservoir of extremely hot water that has the potential to greatly expand geothermal electricity output. Now geoscientists have...

Sentinels catch traffic jam

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Low water levels in the Danube river have left ships to queue close to the town of Zimnicea in Romania. The present heat wave torturing Europe means the level of the Danube has dropped and...

Charting the Slow Death of the Universe

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An international team of astronomers studying more than 200 000 galaxies has measured the energy generated within a large portion of space more precisely than ever before. This represents the most comprehensive assessment of...

Celebrating a year at the comet

ESA’s Rosetta mission today celebrates one year at Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, with its closest approach to the Sun now just one week away. It’s been a long but exciting journey for Rosetta since its launch in...

Science on the surface of a comet

Data were obtained during the lander’s seven-hour descent to its first touchdown at the Agilkia landing site, which then triggered the start of a sequence of predefined experiments. But shortly after touchdown, it became...

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