Ensuring fresh air for all

Paris (ESA) Feb 20, 2018
A start-up company from an ESA business incubator is offering affordable air-quality monitors for homes, schools and businesses using technology it developed for the International Space Station. "We realised that the problem astronauts face with limited of exchange of air inside the International Space Station is also the case for many people inside buildings that have little or no ventila

Enrico Fermi: The Last Man Who Knew Everything

David N. Schwartz talk about his latest book, The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age.    

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On ‘Day Zero,’ will Cape Town shut off its water?

Cape Town, South Africa—a modern city of nearly 4 million residents (plus over 1.5 million tourists yearly)—is on the brink of running out of water. In May, the city could be forced to cut off the vast majority of its taps.

Buzz Thompson, a water law expert at Stanford University, recently talked about how Cape Town got into this dire situation, what will happen on “Day Zero” (the day an entire city runs out of water), and if other cities face similar crises.

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Soyuz launch to resupply ISS aborted seconds before liftoff

Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 11, 2018
The Soyuz-2.1A rocket with Progress MS-08 cargo spacecraft has failed to blast off from Baikonur at appointed time, the Sputnik correspondent reported from the Cosmodrome. A source told Sputnik that the spacecraft launch was postponed to the reserve date, February 13. The Progress MS-08 freighter was set for the launch atop the Soyuz-2.1a rocket to reach the International Space Station (ISS) under a new scheme in around three hours after circling the Earth only twice. For decades, spaceships with crew and cargo typically flew for about 50 hours before reaching the ISS. In 2013, Russia introduced a six-hour route to the ISS, involving four orbits.

This Is Why Some Bats Have Hairy Tongues

Nectar-drinking bats possess hairy tongues, and now scientists reveal these hairs are designed to maximize how much sweet nectar the bats can guzzle. The South American Pallas' long-tongued bat, Glossophaga soricina, dips its long tongue in and out of flowers while hovering in mid-air, and the hairs on its tongue apparently helping it collect nectar that pools at the bottom of the blossoms. Other animals, such as honeybees and mouse-like marsupials, known as honey possums, native to Austr
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