ESA launches world’s first mission to explore the "atmospheres of hundreds of planets"

March 23, 2018 by  
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Behold a brand new era of space exploration. The European Space Agency (ESA) just selected the Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey (ARIEL) mission from three candidates to launch what Nature describes as the “world’s first space telescope dedicated to studying the atmospheres of exoplanets.” The four-year, $552 million will launch on the Ariane 6 rocket in 2028. The agency said we’ve found thousands of exoplanets with a massive range of sizes, masses, and orbits, but we haven’t uncovered a pattern connecting such characteristics to the parent star’s nature. “In particular, there is a gap in our knowledge of how the planet’s chemistry is linked to the environment where it formed, or whether the type of host star drives the physics and chemistry of the planet’s evolution,” according to ESA. Related: Kepler data reveals 20 potential habitable worlds ESA plans to zero in on hot and warm planets, “ranging from super-Earths to gas giants orbiting close to their parent stars.” Nature said a spectograph will scrutinize light filtering through an exoplanet’s atmosphere while it passes by its host star, “revealing chemical fingerprints of gases that shroud the body.” ARIEL could detect signs of water vapor, methane, and carbon dioxide, and also measure exotic metallic compounds. ESA says such findings could help place an exoplanet in context of a host star’s chemical environment. ESA Director of Science Günther Hasinger said in the statement, “ARIEL is a logical next step in exoplanet science, allowing us to progress on key science questions regarding their formation and evolution, while also helping us to understand Earth’s place in the universe .” + ESA’s Next Space Mission to Focus on Nature of Exoplanets Via Nature Images via ESA/ATG medialab, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO and NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech

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18-Year-Old Nuclear Scientist Unveils Plans for More Efficient, Transportable Nuclear Reactors

February 28, 2013 by  
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Taylor Wilson is an 18-year-old scientist who built a nuclear fusion reactor in his parent’s garage at the age of 14 – and he just unveiled his work on a new modular nuclear fission reactor that could be more efficient than existing nuclear plants. After speaking last year about his first experiences with nuclear power, Taylor returned to TED2013 to talk about his new project. Read the rest of 18-Year-Old Nuclear Scientist Unveils Plans for More Efficient, Transportable Nuclear Reactors Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: atomic energy , modular nuclear fission reactors , nuclear power , nuclear power research , nuclear safety , nuclear weapons smuggling , Taylor Wilson , Taylor Wilson Neutron Detectors , Taylor Wilson nuclear scientist , TED 2012 conference , transportable nuclear reactors , US teenage nuclear scientist

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The Plongeoir is a Tiny Timber House That Doubles as a Canvas in the French Countryside

October 9, 2012 by  
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Beyond Blocks: Lego’s Parent Spends $530M on Offshore Wind

February 27, 2012 by  
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Lego's parent company joins a growing group of corporations — including Google, BT and Ikea — to invest directly in large renewable-energy projects. 

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Refab Paradise: Ruined Factory Becomes Dream Retreat

August 26, 2011 by  
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[ By Steph in Art & Design . ] Not long ago, what remained of the Shihlin paper factory in Taipei was in ruins, nearly lost to time. Left to crumble along with many other structures in this forgotten area, the factory was predictably overtaken by nature – with stunning results. Rainwater poured in and ferns and other greenery began to flourish against the red brick of the walls. Holes in the roof let in sunlight. Eventually, the beauty of this abandonment was discovered by Interbreeding Field Architects . Rather than tear the remains down and start anew, Interbreeding Field preserved the chaos and deterioration, creating an incredibly moody atmosphere for a new exhibition space and cafe. The Paradise Lost in Time features wooden boardwalks and benches that allow visitors to tour the space safely. Wooden latticework provides a backdrop for performance or art exhibitions, sleek and new beside the peeling paint of the original structure. Clusters of seats resembling lanterns give the space an eerie glow. Outside, the once-dilapidated grounds of the paper factory have been transformed with elevated wooden platforms that echo the wood used on the interior as well as new greenery, rocks and other landscaping. This display of contrast between old and new, natural and artificial is a key concept in Interbreeding Field’s work. Says director Li H. Lu in an essay on the Interbreeding Field website , “The terms ‘interbreeding’ and ‘interfering’ are not architectural jargon. ‘interbreeding’ is a biological term. The botanical definition of “interbreeding” is ‘slip’ or ‘grafting’, and in zoology it means mixing of breeds. Whether ‘slip’, ‘grafting’ or ‘hybrid’, ‘interbreeding’ can be defined as crossbreeding of different species which then creates a new species and life form different from the parent generation.” Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebEcoist: Stylish, but Sustainable? Synthetic Super-Sized Wood Trees The massive Metropol Parasol opened in Seville, Spain recently: the product of four years of research, design and construction. 1 Comment – Click Here to Read More »» 21 Great Green Designs for a (Post)Modern Home Green stuff for your home doesn’t have to be as obvious as you might think – these designs are out-of-the-way and outside-the-box sustainable design ideas. 2 Comments – Click Here to Read More »» Upcycled Art: Paper Bags Return to Their (Tree) Roots The paper bags we get our fast food in are usually seen as trash. But at least one artist is taking them back to their roots and giving them new lives as trees. 3 Comments – Click Here to Read More »» [ By Steph in Art & Design . ] [ WebEcoist | Archives | Galleries | Privacy | TOS ]

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