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European Spacecraft Catches Saturn Looming Behind Mars Moons (Photos, Video)
It's So Cold in Europe That the British Military Had to Help People Get to Work
Snow, high winds paralyse European airports, claim lives
Snow, high winds paralyze European airports, claim lives
US-Russian crew returns from space station
Lacoste swaps its iconic crocodile logo for endangered species
UK braced for more snow
'Sleeping' stem cells could aid brain repair
2018-04-05 21:00:32 Scientists at the Wellcome Trust/ Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, have identified a new type of stem cell in the brain which they say has a high potential for repair following brain injury or disease. A major goal of regenerative research is to repair the brain efficiently following injury, for example due to stroke, Alzheimer's disease or head trauma, disease or ageing   Read More ...
NASA develops plan to send robot bees to Mars
2018-04-02 19:00:02 The cyber-insects, known as Marsbees, will be the size of bumblebees but have large cicada-sized wings, allowing them to hover in the Martian atmosphere, which is around 100 times thinner than the Earth’s. Developed by US and Japanese scientists, the robot insects will be integrated with sensors and wireless communication devices allowing them to map the terrain and scan for signs of life   Read More ...
Updated: When and where will China’s ‘out of control' space station crash on Earth?
2018-04-02 12:46:52 The Tiangong-1 space station is hurtling back to Earth on Monday but no-one knows exactly when or where it is going to crash.   Read More ...
Like 'skiing on Mars:' Orange snow blankets Eastern Europe
2018-03-26 21:03:23 Sure, we've all been warned about yellow snow, but what about orange snow? Thanks to dust blowing in from the Sahara Desert, folks in several Eastern European countries this weekend were surprised to see their snow turn a weird orange color. Skiers and snowboarders saw orange snow in at least four countries, including Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Romania. "We're skiing on Mars today," exclaimed one social media user as he skied down the slopes, according to CNN   Read More ...
Europe gives more post-cyclone assistance to Tonga
2018-03-13 02:12:26 The European Union is allocating a further $US360,000 in humanitarian funding to Tonga for communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Gita. Gita hit Tonga a month ago as a category four cyclone, leaving widespread destruction, particularly to the country's agriculture sector. The EU gave an initial $US120,000in post-cyclone assistance to Tonga last month. A European humanitarian aid operations expert was also deployed to take part in a rapid assessment of the situation   Read More ...
Tough EU energy efficiency targets are business opportunity, report concludes
2018-03-09 20:01:38 Businesses have to invest between €30 million and €64 million to meet the 2020 renewable and energy efficiency targets, a report out today has concluded. The report was compiled by the Malta Business Bureau and released on Friday during a seminar on the EU’s energy targets organised by the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry. The costs indicated in the report reflect only the business relevant cost of meeting the 2020 targets   Read More ...
Luxemburg to join Austria in suing EU over Hungary nuclear plant
2018-03-05 21:50:37 BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Luxemburg will join Austria in suing the European Commission for allowing Hungary to expand its Paks atomic plant, it said on Monday, in a stand against nuclear energy. Staunchly anti-nuclear Austria, which shares a border with Hungary, has said it would file a suit against the EU executive with Europe's top court. "We are going to actively support Austria's claim," Luxemburg's environment minister Carole Dieschbourg told reporters in Brussels   Read More ...
Luxemburg to join Austria in suing EU over Hungary nuclear plant
2018-03-05 21:02:05 BRUSSELS: Luxemburg will join Austria in suing the European Commission for allowing Hungary to expand its Paks atomic plant, it said on Monday, in a stand against nuclear energy. Staunchly anti-nuclear Austria, which shares a border with Hungary, has said it would file a suit against the EU executive with Europe's top court. "We are going to actively support Austria's claim," Luxemburg's environment minister Carole Dieschbourg told reporters in Brussels   Read More ...
Luxemburg to join Austria in suing EU over Hungary nuclear plant
2018-03-05 20:45:02 BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Luxemburg will join Austria in suing the European Commission for allowing Hungary to expand its Paks atomic plant, it said on Monday, in a stand against nuclear energy. Staunchly anti-nuclear Austria, which shares a border with Hungary, has said it would file a suit against the EU executive with Europe’s top court. “We are going to actively support Austria’s claim,” Luxemburg’s environment minister Carole Dieschbourg told reporters in Brussels   Read More ...
The moon formed inside a hot cosmic doughnut, scientists say
2018-03-05 12:04:52 In recent decades the scientific consensus has been that the moon formed billions of years ago from debris cast off when a Mars-sized object dealt Earth a glancing blow. But a radical new theory holds that some long-ago giant collision actually disintegrated Earth, causing it to balloon out into a vast doughnut-shaped cloud of vaporized rock, which the scientists who developed the theory dubbed a "synestia   Read More ...
European Spacecraft Catches Saturn Looming Behind Mars Moons (Photos, Video)
2018-03-03 12:17:23 Saturn drifts behind Mars' tiny, battered moons Phobos and Deimos in spectacular imagery captured by the European Space Agency's (ESA) Mars Express orbiter. Mars Express saw the 16-mile-wide (26 kilometers) Phobos zip in front of distant Saturn in November 2016. And I do mean distant: The ringed planet was about 620 million miles (1 billion km) from Mars at the time, ESA officials said   Read More ...
It's So Cold in Europe That the British Military Had to Help People Get to Work
2018-03-03 00:04:46 As a nor’easter plagued the East Coast of the United States Friday, Europe faced its own wintry weather. The cold ended up being so bad, the United Kingdom military was sent to help hospital employees trying to get to work, . The storm has been dubbed “The Beast from the East,” “Snow Cannon” and the “Siberian bear” in parts of Europe and is causing chaos throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland and Switzerland, the reported   Read More ...
Ireland shut as severe weather continues in Europe
2018-03-02 12:33:53 Severe weather continues to bring chaos to large parts of Europe, where at least 55 people have died amid sub-zero temperatures. Most transport and flights have been suspended in Ireland where strong winds brought by a storm left some 24,000 homes and businesses without power. Several other countries have faced disruptions caused by snow and ice. The death toll rose in Poland, and the public has been told to alert officials if they see people sleeping outside   Read More ...
Martian Moons Join Saturn in Views from Orbiter
2018-03-02 12:28:36 Mars moons’ Phobos and Deimos and Saturn were recently within the view of the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter. Also, on Feb. 15, NASA’s Mars Odyssey captured imagery of the moons. -- Read about it: https://www.space.com/39794-mars-moon... Credit: Space.com / footage courtesy: SA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO/NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/SSI Produced and Edited by Steve Spaleta http://www.twitter.com/stevespaleta.   Read More ...
Updated: Snow, high winds paralyze European airports, claim lives
2018-03-02 12:06:38 An extreme cold snap across Europe claimed more lives, forced the closure of airports in Scotland, Switzerland, France and Ireland and left hundreds of drivers stranded on snowy highways Thursday. Heavy snow and high winds halted all flights in and out of Dublin Airport, with authorities saying they are unlikely to resume until Saturday. Irish Rail said no trains are likely to run until Saturday   Read More ...
Snow, high winds paralyse European airports, claim lives
2018-03-02 09:06:56 An extreme cold snap across Europe claimed more lives, forced the closure of airports in Scotland, Switzerland, France, and Ireland and left hundreds of drivers stranded on snowy highways Thursday. Heavy snow and high winds halted all flights in and out of Dublin Airport, with authorities saying they are unlikely to resume until Saturday. Irish Rail said no trains are likely to run until Saturday   Read More ...
Europe Was Colder Than the North Pole This Week. How Could That Be?
2018-03-02 05:05:56 Subfreezing temperatures have spread across much of Europe over the past week, stretching from Poland to Spain. Snow fell in Rome for the first time in six years. Britain issued a “red alert” warning. Norway recorded the lowest temperatures of the cold snap: minus 43 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 42 Celsius) in the southeast part of the country on Thursday. If Europe feels like the Arctic right now, the Arctic itself is balmy by comparison   Read More ...
Snow, high winds paralyze European airports, claim lives
2018-03-02 00:43:12 GENEVA (AP) — An extreme cold snap across Europe claimed more lives, forced the closure of airports in Scotland, Switzerland, France and Ireland and left hundreds of drivers stranded on snowy highways Thursday. Heavy snow and high winds halted all flights in and out of Dublin Airport, with authorities saying they are unlikely to resume until Saturday. Irish Rail said no trains are likely to run until Saturday   Read More ...
US-Russian crew returns from space station
2018-03-02 00:07:56 The Soyuz spacecraft brought back NASA's astronauts Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei and Alexander Misurkin, from Russian space agency Roscosmos. A NASA TV live broadcast showed the capsule landing in the snow-covered steppe some 140 kilometres southeast of the central city of Zhezkazgan at 8.31 a.m. (0231 GMT). Misurkin was the first to emerge from the spacecraft, assisted by members of the Russian search and recovery team, followed by a smiling Acaba   Read More ...
Snow, high winds paralyze European airports, claim lives
2018-03-01 22:05:04 GENEVA (AP) — An extreme cold snap across Europe claimed more lives, forced the closure of airports in Scotland, Switzerland, France and Ireland and left hundreds of drivers stranded on snowy highways Thursday. Heavy snow and high winds halted all flights in and out of Dublin Airport, with authorities saying they are unlikely to resume until Saturday. Irish Rail said no trains are likely to run until Saturday   Read More ...
Snow, high winds paralyze European airports, claim lives
2018-03-01 21:00:18 GENEVA (AP) — An extreme cold snap across Europe claimed more lives, forced the closure of airports in Scotland, Switzerland, France and Ireland and left hundreds of drivers stranded on snowy highways Thursday. Heavy snow and high winds halted all flights in and out of Dublin Airport, with authorities saying they are unlikely to resume until Saturday. Irish Rail said no trains are likely to run until Saturday   Read More ...
Snow, high winds paralyze European airports, claim lives
2018-03-01 19:10:08 GENEVA (AP) — An extreme cold snap across Europe claimed more lives, forced the closure of airports in Scotland, Switzerland, France and Ireland and left hundreds of drivers stranded on snowy highways Thursday. Heavy snow and high winds halted all flights in and out of Dublin Airport, with authorities saying they are unlikely to resume until Saturday. Irish Rail said no trains are likely to run until Saturday   Read More ...
Snow, high winds paralyze European airports, claim lives
2018-03-01 18:46:08 GENEVA (AP) — An extreme cold snap across Europe claimed more lives, forced the closure of airports in Scotland, Switzerland, France and Ireland and left hundreds of drivers stranded on snowy highways Thursday. Heavy snow and high winds halted all flights in and out of Dublin Airport, with authorities saying they are unlikely to resume until Saturday. Irish Rail said no trains are likely to run until Saturday   Read More ...
Lacoste swaps its iconic crocodile logo for endangered species
2018-03-01 18:45:22 The Lacoste crocodile logo leaves its spot this season to 10 endangered species as part of a 3-years collaboration between the brand and the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Save Our Species program. The limited-edition of 1775 white cotton L12 12 polos showcases a green design of rare specimens such as the Kakapo Parrot, the California Condor, or the Javan Rhino   Read More ...
Snow, winds paralyze European airports, claim lives
2018-03-01 18:40:36 Geneva – An extreme cold snap across Europe claimed more lives, forced the closure of airports in Scotland, Switzerland, France and Ireland and left hundreds of drivers stranded on snowy highways Thursday. Heavy snow and high winds halted all flights in and out of Dublin Airport, with authorities saying they are unlikely to resume until Saturday. Irish Rail said no trains are likely to run until Saturday   Read More ...
Heavy winter weather batters UK, European mainland
2018-03-01 17:09:10 (AP) — Persistent snow and freezing conditions from a Siberian cold snap are causing delays in many parts of Britain and mainland Europe, with roads and train service hit particularly hard. Many rail systems were disrupted, in the northern and eastern parts of Britain, and several lines of London’s subway system were experiencing severe delays, including the Piccadilly Line that links central London to Heathrow Airport   Read More ...
At least 10 dead as Europe battles unusual icy weather
2018-03-01 16:08:15 A BLAST of Siberian weather sent temperatures plunging across much of Europe yesterday, causing headaches for travelers and leading to several deaths from exposure as snow carpeted palm-lined Mediterranean beaches. The icy weather is in stark contrast to conditions in the Arctic itself, which is experiencing an “off-the-charts” heatwave this week, according to the European Geosciences Institute. Meteorologists have documented temperatures above freezing in some parts of the Arctic, causing astonishment among many scientists   Read More ...
EU sees higher climate target possible as cost of renewables falls
2018-03-01 15:43:55 Tough talks are now underway between EU nations and the European Parliament to set new targets for renewable energy’s share of the bloc’s overall energy use from 2021 to 2030. EU lawmakers are pushing for renewables to account for at least a 35 percent share by 2030, while national governments agreed a target of 27 percent. The new study by the EU executive, which updates 2016 policy cost projections, says lower costs together with other draft measures to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions could cut the cost of achieving a 27 percent target by 2   Read More ...
PICS: Heavy winter weather batters UK, European mainland
2018-03-01 09:06:20 London - Persistent snow and freezing conditions from a Siberian cold snap snarled transit Wednesday and caused a handful of deaths across a swathe of Europe from Britain to the Balkans. In the UK, where the weather system has been dubbed "the beast from the east," the weather office issued an alert for Scotland warning that heavy snow and strong wind would bring widespread damage, disruption and risk to life late Wednesday and early Thursday   Read More ...
Heavy winter weather batters UK, European mainland
2018-03-01 03:00:37 LONDON (AP) -- Persistent snow and freezing conditions from a Siberian cold snap snarled transit Wednesday and caused a handful of deaths across a swathe of Europe from Britain to the Balkans. In the U.K., where the weather system has been dubbed "the beast from the east," the weather office issued an alert for Scotland warning that heavy snow and strong wind would bring widespread damage, disruption and risk to life late Wednesday and early Thursday   Read More ...
Heavy winter weather batters UK, European mainland
2018-02-28 21:45:42 LONDON — Persistent snow and freezing conditions from a Siberian cold snap snarled transit Wednesday and caused a handful of deaths across a swathe of Europe from Britain to the Balkans. In the U.K., where the weather system has been dubbed "the beast from the east," the weather office issued an alert for Scotland warning that heavy snow and strong wind would bring widespread damage, disruption and risk to life late Wednesday and early Thursday   Read More ...
Environmental activists call on EU leaders to fund protection of nature
2018-02-28 15:07:48 (23 Feb 2018) A protest by environmental activists in Brussels on Friday called on EU leaders to allocate more money for the protection of nature. Activists wearing masks depicting various EU leaders with butterflies covering their mouths, inspired by the movie 'Silence of the Lambs', gathered near the EU summit venue where European heads of state are sitting down to discuss how the bloc will cope with a multibillion euro hole in its budget, caused by Brexit. The protest was organised by Birdlife Europe and their German partner NABU. Ariel Brunner, the head of policy at BirdLife, said Earth was losing biodiversity and life extremely fast, causing an existential threat to the future   Read More ...
UK braced for more snow
2018-02-28 14:00:02 Temperature fell to -10 degrees in some parts of the country, making it the coldest winter night in five years. The Met Office issued a severe weather warning in London, Scotland, the East Midlands, the north-east and the south-east. The forecast is for another six inches of snow over the coming 24 hours, accompanied by strong easterly winds. The snow showers will inevitably bring travel chaos, it said   Read More ...
Heavy winter weather batters UK, European mainland
2018-02-28 13:45:49 LONDON (AP) — Persistent snow and freezing conditions from a Siberian cold snap are causing delays in many parts of Britain and mainland Europe, with roads and train service hit particularly hard. Many rail systems were disrupted, in the northern and eastern parts of Britain, and several lines of London's subway system were experiencing severe delays, including the Piccadilly Line that links central London to Heathrow Airport   Read More ...
Temperatures plunge across Europe
2018-02-28 05:01:07 A blast of Siberian weather dubbed "The Beast from the East" sent temperatures plunging across much of Europe early yesterday as commuters braced themselves for another day of travel chaos. Freezing temperatures have claimed at least seven lives across the continent in recent days with particularly acute fears for rough sleepers in the bitter cold. The weather in Europe is in stark contrast to the Arctic itself, which is experiencing an unusually warm period despite it being the depths of winter when the sun never even rises above the horizon   Read More ...
Chester zoo animals enjoy snow as Europe faces icy weather
2018-02-27 21:07:17 Animals in the Chester zoo, central England, enjoy a snowy day as a blast of Siberian weather sent temperatures plunging across much of Europe on Tuesday.   Read More ...
Europe’s influential science-policy chief on his successes and disappointments
2018-02-27 18:22:00 Robert-Jan Smits, the European Union’s departing director-general of research, sets out his parting thoughts. Robert-Jan Smits is about to stand down from one of the most important science-policy jobs in Europe. On 1 March, after eight years, he will hand over his role as director-general of the European Commission’s research directorate to Jean-Eric Paquet, currently a deputy-secretary-general at the commission. Smits has exerted great influence on science in the European Union   Read More ...
Brussels to make public transport free to use on high air pollution days
2018-02-27 16:37:33 Brussels will make public transport and the city’s bike share system free on high air pollution days. The move will look to ensure the city meets EU air quality directives and help reduce pollution levels. Under new proposals if two consecutive days have high levels of particulate matter, which is a measure of air pollution, trams, buses and trains will all have to be made available for free   Read More ...
Deep freeze hits Europe, but leaves Iceland in relative warmth
2018-02-27 12:28:53 By Rachel MorisonBloomberg Iceland will be warmer than parts of the Mediterranean this week as an icy blast from Siberia brings bitter cold to Europe along with the risk of travel delays and power cuts. Very dry Arctic air from the east will drive weather conditions for the coming days after temperatures plunged to as low as minus-32.8 Fahrenheit in Finland — more than 70 degrees below levels in Iceland, forecasters said   Read More ...
Rome blanketed by snow as Arctic storm sets European records
2018-02-27 12:28:45 By NICOLE WINFIELD / Associated Press ROME (AP) — The Arctic storm dubbed the "Beast from the East" set record temperatures across much of Europe on Monday and brought a rare snowstorm to Rome, paralyzing the city and giving its residents an unusual chance to ski, sled and build snowmen in its famous parks and piazzas. Rome's train, plane and bus services were crippled and Italy's civil protection agency even mobilized the army to help clear slush-covered streets as a city used to mild winters was covered by a thick blanket of snow   Read More ...