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OSIRIS spots Philae drifting across the comet
OSIRIS spots Philae drifting across the comet


Philae Returns ‘Unprecedented Images’ Before Falling Asleep

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) ‘Philae’ probe made history last week by landing on a comet. The lander is now ‘asleep’ until sunlight reaches it. Last Wednesday, following a seven-hour descent, the ESA’s Rosetta mission soft-landed its Philae probe on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The ESA says that the successful landing was against the […]

Svalbard's reindeer population can be severely affected by winter icing. Photo: Brage Bremset Hansen
Svalbard's reindeer population can be severely affected by winter icing. Photo: Brage Bremset Hansen


Wild Arctic Weather Causes Problems For People And Wildlife

The residents of Longyearbyen, the largest town on the Norwegian arctic island archipelago of Svalbard, remember it as the week that the weather gods caused trouble. Temperatures were ridiculously warm – and reached a maximum of nearly +8 degrees C in one location at a time when mean temperatures are normally -15 degrees C. It […]

At low current the coated LEDs emit a cozy, warm glow compared to uncoated reference LEDs. CREDIT: Hugo J. Cornelissen
At low current the coated LEDs emit a cozy, warm glow compared to uncoated reference LEDs. CREDIT: Hugo J. Cornelissen


Giving LEDs A Cozy, Warm Glow

When the 2014 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded this October to three Japanese-born scientists for the invention of blue light emitting diodes (LEDs), the prize committee declared LED lamps would light the 21st century. Now researchers from the Netherlands have found a novel way to ensure the lights of the future not only are […]

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Is Grass-Fed Really Greener? Beef Production In The Americas – Analysis

By Maria Alicia Nuñez In the Americas, three nations prevail as leading consumers and producers of beef: the United States, Brazil, and Argentina. From burgers to filet mignon, beef is often considered a staple food, even a delicacy. Its consumption is deeply ingrained in some cultures, but only a few understand the impact of industrial […]

Screenshot of Russian sky.
Screenshot of Russian sky.


Meteor #2? Massive Flash Stuns Russian Residents – (Video)

An extraordinary bright orange flash has lit up the sky in Russia’s Sverdlovsk region in the Urals. While locals captured the massive ‘blast’ on numerous cameras, both scientists and emergency services still struggle to explain the unusual event. Dark evening skies in the town of Rezh in Sverdlovsk region near Russia’s Ekaterinburg turned bright orange […]