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Another cosmic mystery ... and planetary nebulae aligns


Astronomers from University of Manchester, UK, have found that planetary nebulae in the central bulge of our galaxy tend to be mysteriously aligned — a surprising result given their different histories and varied properties.

JIVE future looks bright


The Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe (JIVE) is proud to have received an overall "excellent" rating in its five-year review. JIVE is an international institute dedicated to the support and development of the astronomical technique of Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI).

Members of the European Parliament promote science cooperation between Europe and Africa


Members of the European Parliament call upon their colleagues to support scientific partnerships between Europe and Africa. European involvement in African science and especially in current radio astronomy projects presents a unique opportunity to bridge the traditional divide between developed and developing economies and contribute to attaining the Millennium Development Goals. The Written Declaration on Science Capacity Building in Africa: promoting European African radio astronomy partnerships is open for signatures until February 16, 2012.

New portret of Robert Hooke at IOP: Rara avis work of a history painter


On January 12, portrait of polymath Robert Hooke will be hung at the Institute of Physics (IOP) in London. The portrait of the scientist is the work of Rita Greer, a history painter.

ESO Celebrates 50 Years of Reaching New Heights in Astronomy


The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in the world. The anniversary year is an opportunity to look back at ESO’s history, celebrate its scientific and technological achievements and look forward to its next ambitious programmes. ESO is planning several exciting activities during the year.

Immersive Media and Science Communication – interview with Dan Neafus, Denver, USA

What makes it possible to journey through the eye of a needle? Or, take a long walk among human body cells? Or, even, a quick trip to the dark side of the Moon, visiting some craters - Spiru Haret crater included -, and come back in time for a relaxing meeting with friends?

Do not forget Eminescu . . . and Olbers's Paradox

If we assume that our universe has an infinite number of stars and that they are evenly distributed, then the aggregate of many stars shine you should not depend on the distance and the night sky would be black, but bright. Like in any direction we look, the sky should appear just as bright as when we look at the Milky Way Galaxy. In addition, because each line of sight would end on the surface of a star, being so many, every point in the sky would be even brighter than the surface of a star. This problem is Olbers's paradox.

A special book: 47 Eminescu poems in the language of Shakespeare

In love with Mihai Eminescu's writings, which he believes belong to everybody not only to the Romanians, South African theologian, philosopher and poet James Moulder together with Professor Mariana Nicolae and Ph.D. candidate Ela Nicolae from ASE Bucharest, launched the Romanian-English bilingual volume  -"47 Poems by Mihai Eminescu". The authors say that the book is the end result of a soul project.

GIS1 – The single-chamber system simulating the gastrointestinal tract

GIS1 is a single-chamber system simulating the human gastrointestinal tract. It was developed by Lecturer Dr. Emanuel Vamanu, in order to test in laboratory certain categories of products, without involving human subjects or laboratory animals.

Romanian Research Highlights

December 1 is the National Day of Romania. It is also the International Day of the Antarctic, known as ANTARCTICA DAY. On this occasion The National Authority for Scientific Research (ANCS) pays homage to the leader of the Romanian modern polar research Teodor Gheorghe Negoiță (1946-2011).