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Conference on Low-mass stars and brown dwarfs.

Posted by baffa on Sep 25, 2004 - 12:00 AM
On October 17 - 19, 2004, a Conference on Low-mass stars and brown dwarfs: IMF, accretion and activity will be held at Volterra, an ancient etrurian city in the heart of Tuscany, Italy.

Exceptional Astronomical Seeing Conditions

Posted by baffa on Sep 16, 2004 - 10:32 AM
A paper published in Nature today reports on the exceptional astronomical seeing conditions at Dome C (Coral link) in Antarctica.

Genesis capsule destroyed

Posted by baffa on Sep 08, 2004 - 07:02 PM
As reported by Nasa, the Genesis sample return capsule's drogue and parafoil did not deploy as expected and the capsule crashed on desert.

A Solar Sail Launched

Posted by baffa on Sep 06, 2004 - 12:15 PM
ISAS (the science institute of Japan Space Agency) on August 9, 2004 succeeded in deploying a big thin film for solar sail in space for the first time in the world.

Sleep on the Way to the Stars?

Posted by baffa on Sep 03, 2004 - 09:31 AM
A Nature article covers the state of human ibernation studies. A quote from the article:
Agency staff are planning future research into the possibility of inducing a hibernation-like state in humans. "We are not sure whether it is possible," says Marco Biggiogera, an expert on hibernation mechanisms at the University of Pavia, Italy, who is advising ESA. "But it's not crazy."

AMD and Intel CPU Roadmaps

Posted by baffa on Sep 02, 2004 - 04:14 PM
From Slashdot:
"Recently AMD updated their processor roadmap. It shows their move to 90 nm and has a range of new processors over the next 1.5 years, including dual-core chips. An unofficial AMD roadmap shows speeds and performance increasing. Intel also recently updated his roadmap."

The most interesting signal from SETI@home

Posted by baffa on Sep 02, 2004 - 03:58 PM
SETI@home has discovered an interesting signal, still no real evidence of some real odd, but not fully explainable either.

Exoplanet Found by 100mm Telescope

Posted by baffa on Aug 27, 2004 - 12:00 AM
The very first extrasolar planet discovery made by a dedicated survey of many thousands of relatively bright stars in large regions of the sky was announced by CfA and by IAC (in spanish). The survey is named Trans-Atlantic Exoplanet Survey (TrES) and it is a network of small, relatively inexpensive telescopes designed to look specifically for planets orbiting bright stars.

Glass from alumina

Posted by baffa on Aug 25, 2004 - 12:00 AM
Scientists from 3M, have developed a novel technique to make bulk quantities of glass from alumina for the first time.

ESO-ARCETRI Workshop on Chemical Abundances

Posted by baffa on Aug 20, 2004 - 12:00 AM
The ESO-ARCETRI Workshop on Chemical Abundances and Mixing in Stars in the Milky Way and its Satellites will take place in the Hotel Riva del Sole, in the town of Castiglione della Pescaia, in the south of Tuscany (Italy) on September 13-17 2004.

STEP 2005

Posted by baffa on Aug 15, 2004 - 12:00 AM
The international meeting focused upon "Stellar Pulsation and Evolution", which will be held in Villa Mondragone, Monte Porzio Catone (Rome, Italy), in the week from 19 to 24 of June 2005.

Gamma-Ray Bursts Conference

Posted by baffa on Aug 10, 2004 - 06:00 PM
The 4th Workshop on "Gamma-Ray Bursts in the Afterglow Era" will be held in the C.N.R. Headquarters, Rome - Italy, from October 18 to 22, 2004. It is a joint IASF-OAB (CNR/INAF) meeting.

ADASS XIV Conference

Posted by baffa on Aug 03, 2004 - 04:00 AM
The 14th annual conference on Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems (ADASS) will be held in Pasadena, California, USA, at the Sheraton Hotel from October 24-27, 2004.

First visit to Mercury in 30 years

Posted by baffa on Jul 29, 2004 - 09:14 AM
Messenger mission to Mercury is set to launch August.2. Messenger will be the first spacecraft ever to orbit Mercury and the first in more than 30 years to come close. The estimated arrival time is March 2011.

Mars Had Surface Water

Posted by baffa on Jul 21, 2004 - 12:58 PM
As reported by New Scientist, new findings made by NASA's Mars rover Opportunity suggest surface water on Mars existed across a significant span of time, not just for years but eons.
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