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Mission control 'saves science'

17 May 2019 at 8:57am

Every minute, ESA’s Earth observation satellites gather dozens of gigabytes of data about our planet – enough information to fill the pages on a 100-metre long bookshelf. Flying in low-Earth orbits, these spacecraft are continuously taking the pulse of our planet, but it's teams on the ground...


Po Valley

17 May 2019 at 3:05am

Earth observation image of the week: Copernicus Sentinel-2 takes us over the Po Valley in northern Italy Read more...

Will India energy pledges lead to CO2 rise?

17 May 2019 at 2:32am
India's political parties promise free electricity to farmers and ambitious infrastructure projects. Read more...

Crickets have hit the high street - can they save the planet?

17 May 2019 at 2:30am
A London food chain is now including insects on its menu but can eating insects help save the planet? Read more...

NASA Taps 11 American Companies to Advance Human Lunar Landers

16 May 2019 at 2:08pm
NASA has selected 11 companies to conduct studies and produce prototypes of human landers for its Artemis lunar exploration program. Read more...

A quarter of glacier ice in West Antarctica is now unstable

16 May 2019 at 1:30pm

By combining 25 years of ESA satellite data, scientists have discovered that warming ocean waters have caused the ice to thin so rapidly that 24% of the glacier ice in West Antarctica is now affected.


NASA Administrator to Speak at Florida Institute of Technology Event

16 May 2019 at 11:06am
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will deliver remarks and speak to media Thursday, May 23, at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. Read more...

Bedbugs survived the dinosaur extinction event

16 May 2019 at 10:04am
The much-maligned bedbug has been around for 115 million years - since dinosaurs ruled the Earth. Read more...

NASA Invites Media to Watch Drone Traffic Management Testing

16 May 2019 at 9:46am
NASA is entering the final stage of testing its Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) platform and invites media to learn more and watch drone demonstrations Tuesday, May 21, in Reno, Nevada. Read more...

Artificial life form given 'synthetic DNA'

16 May 2019 at 8:23am
UK scientists have created an artificial version of the stomach bug E. coli that is based on an entirely synthetic form of DNA. Read more...

Plastic pollution: Flip-flop tide engulfs 'paradise' island

16 May 2019 at 8:07am
Up to a million shoes are among the tide of plastic debris washed up on an Australian island say scientists. Read more...

Atmospheric Methane Levels Are Going Up—And No One Knows Why

16 May 2019 at 7:00am
Levels of heat-trapping methane are rising faster than climate experts anticipated, triggering intense debate about why it's happening. Read more...

Take a deep breath

16 May 2019 at 6:40am

With air pollution a global concern, satellites provide vital information about air quality to help understand how to keep our planet breathable Read more...

The air we breathe

16 May 2019 at 6:05am

Air pollution is a global environmental health problem, especially for those living in urban areas. Not only does it negatively impact our ecosystems, it considerably affects our health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 8 million premature deaths per year are linked to...


This Casino's Microgrid Might Be the Future of Energy

16 May 2019 at 6:00am
Fearing isolation in case of disaster, the Blue Lake Rancheria teamed with researchers to develop a one-of-a-kind microgrid. Here's how they did it. Read more...

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