Satellites verify San Francisco’s leaning Millennium Tower is sinking

December 1, 2016 by  
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‘Leaning tower’ isn’t a moniker most people want attached to an inhabited skyscraper , but that’s what people are calling the 58-story Millennium Tower in San Francisco. And for good reason. The European Space Agency recently unveiled (ESA) satellite data which shows not only that the tower is leaning, but it’s sinking – and a lot faster than engineers previously thought. ESA’s Sentinel-1 satellites gathered the data showing the tower filled with luxury condominiums is sinking at a rate of around two inches each year. According to KTVU, that number is about twice what engineers expected. The Millennium Tower has sunk 16 inches since it opened in 2009. Related: New NASA study reveals just how fast New Orleans is sinking Why is the tower sinking? Although ESA says the exact cause is not yet known for sure, “it is believed that the movements are connected to the supporting piles not firmly resting on bedrock.” ESA scientists could see the tower’s movement through combining several radar scans from the satellites. According to ESA, “The technique works well with buildings because they better reflect the radar beam.” The scientists could map other areas in the Bay Area using the satellite data. They saw some buildings were moving along the Hayward Fault, and even noticed an uplift of land near Pleasanton. They think replenished groundwater may have resulted in the uplift. The San Francisco information will benefit researchers as they scrutinize subsidence in other cities of the world. Millennium Tower developers say it’s safe for inhabitants to stay in the leaning tower. But earlier in November, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit against developers as they did not tell buyers the tower is sinking “much faster than expected.” Via KTVU Images via Wikimedia Commons and Copernicus Sentinel data (2015-16)/ESA SEOM INSARAP study/PPO.labs/Norut/NGU

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The ESA tests Kombucha resilience on an unprotected journey through space

August 10, 2015 by  
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Samples of kombucha are currently attached to the outside of the International Space Station, exposed to the harsh elements beyond our protective atmosphere. At face value, this may sound downright strange, yet The European Space Agency has its reasons for testing whether the yeast and bacteria in Kombucha can survive an unprotected journey through space. Read the rest of The ESA tests Kombucha resilience on an unprotected journey through space

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Scientists just discovered the building blocks of life on a comet

August 5, 2015 by  
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Incoming data since last year’s landing on comet 67P has revealed the presence of organic compounds, which has the scientific community buzzing about the larger implications. Comets really could be carrying the “building blocks” of life. The European Space Agency landed the Philae probe back in November, 2014, and the information streaming back to Earth is proving to be quite interesting. Read the rest of Scientists just discovered the building blocks of life on a comet

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Southern Russia declares a state of emergency as swarms of locusts plague the region

August 5, 2015 by  
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Russia is dealing with a natural disaster of biblical proportions: locusts. Millions of locusts are swarming over farmland in southern Russia, destroying crops desperately needed in the economically depressed nation . At least 800 hectares of land are infested with locusts, leading officials to declare a state of emergency in the region. It has been over three decades since southern Russia has dealt with such an overwhelming plague of locusts. “In Kalmikya, Astrakhan, Volgagrad, and Dagestan, there is already no food left for the locusts, so they have moved on to other sources of food,” says Tatiana Drishcheva of the Russia Agricultural Center. Read the rest of Southern Russia declares a state of emergency as swarms of locusts plague the region

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Kengo Kuma to expand Portland Japanese Garden with LEED-certified buildings

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World’s largest lake has an algal bloom so massive it can be seen from space

February 13, 2015 by  
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New images show an algal bloom in the Caspian sea that’s so big it can be seen from space. The recently released images taken by South Korea’s Kompsat-2 satellite in 2012 show green waters in a shallow northern section of the sea, known as the Vogel Delta, which indicate an algal bloom is happening there. Read the rest of World’s largest lake has an algal bloom so massive it can be seen from space Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: algal bloom , caspian sea , Caspian sea algae bloom , european space agency , Kazakhstan , largest algae bloom , largest lake , Pollution , satellite images , water pollution , water pollution Caspian sea

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European Space Agency’s Philae Probe Sends Astounding First Images from Comet Landing

November 13, 2014 by  
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Thunderwear: Flame-Proof Underwear Protects Firefighters and Steelworkers From High Heat

October 19, 2014 by  
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The fires outside aren’t the only flames that firefighters and steelworkers must deal with everyday–the high heat can pass through their outer protective layers and burn through their cotton undergarments. That’s why Swedish underwear maker Björn Borg developed Thunderwear, a line of flame-proof underwear for men and women to protect them from the dangerous sparks. Björn Borg teamed up with the European Space Agency to make the Thunderwear garments from Nomex, a fire-resistant textile used in spacesuits. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Björn Borg , european space agency , fire resistant clothing , fire resistant underwear , flame proof underwear , Nomex , thunderwear

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Antarctica’s Ice Loss is Significant Enough to Affect Earth’s Gravity

October 3, 2014 by  
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Scientists from the European Space Agency recently discovered that the loss of ice in Antarctica is so significant that it’s affecting the Earth’s gravity. The researchers paired data from the ESA’s GOCE satellite with data from the GRACE system of satellites and found that the Earth’s gravity dipped in the area because the ice lost so much mass. Read the rest of Antarctica’s Ice Loss is Significant Enough to Affect Earth’s Gravity Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Antarctic , antarctica , cryosat , european space agency , glacial melt , GOCE , grace , gravity , ice melt , Melting ice in Antarctica affecting Earth’s gravity , nasa , polar ice melt , west antarctic ice sheet

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Space Debris Collision Narrowly Avoided

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Photo credit NASA via Discovery News The quantitiy of debris in space has been causing concern to agencies involved with exploring space and companies depending on satellites installed there. But now space agencies have demonstrated the capability of a new system which tracks debris and is intended to prevent collisions. The system detected a near-collision situation in which 3.8 tons of rocket booster waste left over from a Chinese launch threatened the 8 ton European Space Agency (ESA) Envisat Earth remote-sensing spacecraft.

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