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ESA’s satellites just produced the most accurate 3D view of Antartica’s ice sheets and floating ice shelves

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • CryoSat uses a radar altimeter, that detects tiny variations in the height of the ice across the entire continent, which includes the steeper continental margins. The vast majority of ice losses occur there. The model uses about 250 million measurements, taken by CryoSat between July 2010 en July 2016. This is about 5 million more than used for the previous version – for a snapshot of 95% of the continent, up by 3%.
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    A stellar nursery: ESA is mapping out star-forming complex G305

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • The image is of the G305 star-forming complex: a stellar nursery. Cloudy and dusty places that shine brightly in infra-red light, stellar nurseries feature a number of bright, intricate gas clouds. These are heated by the infant stars in their midst, which stand out in the image as a blue tone, contrasting with the red-brownish colour of cooler regions.
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    Synergy! The Vatican applies European Space Agency technology to digitalise 80.000 scriptures from the Middle Ages

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “ESA and the Vatican Apostolic Library share a long history of pioneering work in their respective fields and long-lasting collaboration aimed at the preservation and worldwide accessibility of the respective patrimonies of data and information holdings. The Joint Declaration between ESA, the Library and the EC fosters synergies between the expertise, know-how and resources available through the three institutions, and paves the way for concrete collaboration for the benefit of humankind.”
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    The Vision Mercedes-Maybach SUV is brutally German, in the best of ways

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    European Commission boasts EU supports that “in Dutch city all buses are powered by water”. But there is only one bus and it’s not actually powered by water

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Spectacular news from the European Commission (EC): buses can now be powered by water! Really? Yes! Well, no, of course not. Unless you work the EC twitter account. The tweet has a clip attached which explains that the bus is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Hydrogen is not water, but hey.
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    SpaceX’ ‘Dragon capsule’ to launch ESA’s new toy for studying tropical lightning storms from the International Space Station

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Almost every second, lightning triggers powerful electrical bursts in our atmosphere. But the inner workings of lightning are still unknown. Indeed, when Andreas Mogensen directed a high-resolution camera towards a gigantic thunderstorm, while flying over India at 28.800 km/h in 2015, he made spectacular, first of its kind footage. He caught a blue jet, repeatedly shooting up into space towards the upper layers of the atmosphere – as high as 40 Km.
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    Check out TOC’s brand trailer to see what we’re all about!

  • By: Timon Dias
  • It’s been a long time in the making lads, but here it is: the future of European online media. The Old Continent is designed to push back against the Social Justice and Identity Politics agenda of VICE, Huffington Post and BuzzFeed, while at the same time offering a centre right, more fun and light-hearted alternative to Breitbart’s and Infowars’ high octane polemics and conspiracies that don’t get anyone laid.
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    The Polestar 1 is one brutal new Hybrid Coupe by Volvo’s former tuning division

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    Oh. Google is helping the Pentagon develop AI for military drones. Let’s hope it doesn’t write any cheeky diversity memo’s

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “Military use of machine learning naturally raises valid concerns. We’re actively discussing this important topic internally and with others as we continue to develop policies and safeguards around the development and use of our machine learning technologies.”
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    Riva remains the pinnacle of Italian craftsmanship with their new Aquariva Super

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    Video – Putin just presented a new Intercontinental Ballistic Missile with “almost unlimited range” due to on-board nuclear reactor

  • By: Timon Dias
  • “Putin then went on to weapons systems that were not previously known to the public. One is a yet-to-be-named cruise missile with an almost unlimited range. This is achieved thanks to a highly-efficient on-board miniaturized nuclear reactor, which powers the flight. Such a missile can fly low enough to avoid early detection, can change course to avoid enemy anti-missile assets along its path, and maneuver to pierce the anti-missile systems protecting its target.”
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