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ESA Space Recycling System Converts Urine into Water for Moroccan University

ESA Space Recycling System Converts Urine into Water for Moroccan University

Water recycling systems are generally used in remote locations, such as on board the International Space Station and Antarctica-based research bases. But a similiar system, which turn urine into drinking

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Mind-blowing Photographs of Earth Taken From Space

Mind-blowing Photographs of Earth Taken From Space

Updated weekly, ESA's Observing the Earth archive consists of thousands of photographs that date back to 2005. These Earth Observation images capture wide-angle snapshots of various landscapes with a

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Satellite Image Shows What Amazon Deforestation Looks Like From Space

Satellite Image Shows What Amazon Deforestation Looks Like From Space

The Amazonas State, which lies in western Brazil, is the nation's largest by area, and is almost completely covered by the Amazon Rainforest. Brazil reports an 84 percent reduction in Amazon

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Europe’s New Biomass Satellite Will Map Earth’s Forests And Calculate Carbon Stores

Europe’s New Biomass Satellite Will Map Earth’s Forests And Calculate Carbon Stores

Photo via Shutterstock Though they cover 30 percent of Earth's total land area, we know remarkably little about how much biomass and carbon are contained in the planet's forests. A new satellite will

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Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for 3D-Printed Moon Base!

Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for 3D-Printed Moon Base!

Foster + Partners' moon base is a landmark project for the field of 3D printing that could pave the way to lunar colonization in the future. Part of the lunar base could be transported by rocket in a

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European Space Agency Launches MetOp-B Satellite to Track Climate Change, Deliver Highly Accurate Weather Reports

European Space Agency Launches MetOp-B Satellite to Track Climate Change, Deliver Highly Accurate Weather Reports

The European Space Agency (ESA) just launched its second polar-orbiting weather satellite into space. The MetOp-B satellite, which is about the size of a bus, will ensure the continuity of the weather and

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UK Politicians Call For Ban On Arctic Drilling Due To Safety Concerns

UK Politicians Call For Ban On Arctic Drilling Due To Safety Concerns

The UK’s Environmental Audit Committee has released a report titled “Protecting the Arctic” in which Members of Parliament call for a halt on oil drilling in the region until several

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US National Snow and Ice Data Center Reports Arctic Sea Ice Falls to New Record Low

US National Snow and Ice Data Center Reports Arctic Sea Ice Falls to New Record Low

Back in August, the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)) reported that over 900 cubic kilometers of summer sea ice had disappeared from the Arctic ocean over the past year. At the time, that was

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UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory to Transform Waste Plutonium into Batteries for Spacecraft

UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory to Transform Waste Plutonium into Batteries for Spacecraft

The problem with nuclear energy has always been the radioactive waste that it produces. However the UK's National Nuclear Laboratory has decided to take a large store of waste plutonium at the Sellafield

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Shell’s Arctic Oil Drilling Efforts Halted by Massive Rogue Iceberg

Shell’s Arctic Oil Drilling Efforts Halted by Massive Rogue Iceberg

Iceberg photo via Shutterstock After the Gulf of Mexico disaster revealed the perils of deep water drilling to the public, there was a lot of opposition to similar projects proposed in the Arctic. Now,

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Impact of Melting Arctic Ice Will Be Equal to Unleashing 20 Years Of CO2 Emissions

Impact of Melting Arctic Ice Will Be Equal to Unleashing 20 Years Of CO2 Emissions

Satellites recently showed that Arctic ice is melting 50% faster than expected, and that sea ice levels are set to hit a record low. Now ice scientist Professor Peter Wadhams has revealed to BBC

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Arctic Sea Ice to Hit Record Low This Month According to US National Snow and Ice Data Center Reports

Arctic Sea Ice to Hit Record Low This Month According to US National Snow and Ice Data Center Reports

Last week we reported that The European Space Agency’s CryoSat 2 probe had completed its 18-month-long mission and revealed that over 900 cubic kilometers of summer sea ice had disappeared from the

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CryoSat 2 Probe Shows Summer Arctic Sea Ice Melting 50% Faster Than Expected

CryoSat 2 Probe Shows Summer Arctic Sea Ice Melting 50% Faster Than Expected

The European Space Agency's CryoSat 2 probe has completed its 18-month-long mission and the results are disturbing. According to data being analyzed at the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling at

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European Space Agency Gives Its Blessing to Hydrogen Powered Skylon Space Plane

European Space Agency Gives Its Blessing to Hydrogen Powered Skylon Space Plane

What if you could launch into space using a conventional runway and a hydrogen-powered engine with no booster rockets? That's the idea behind Reaction Engines' new green Skylon space plane concept. And

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How Space Technology Is Making Glass Production Greener

How Space Technology Is Making Glass Production Greener

Thanks to space travel and the European Space Agency, glass is now being produced more efficiently than ever before. Now you would be forgiven for thinking glass production was already quite green -  you

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The Geoid: New Gravity Map of the Earth Helps Us Understand the World’s Climate

The Geoid: New Gravity Map of the Earth Helps Us Understand the World’s Climate

The European Space Agency's GOCE satellite has returned detailed images of the world's varying gravitational signals that reveal a multi-colored 'Potato Earth'.

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Tiny Proba-V Satellite Will Track Global Vegetation Levels

Tiny Proba-V Satellite Will Track Global Vegetation Levels

Ever wonder what the shift to a global agricultural system has done to vegetation levels? The European Space Agency plans to find out with Proba-V, a laboratory table-sized microsatellite that can provide

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