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World Space Week 2016

World Space Week (WSW) is a worldwide event that every year, from 4 to 10 October, celebrates the contributions of space science and technology to the improvement of human life (watch the video message of the Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti).…

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Discovering Jupiter!

Jupiter, the fifth planet in order of distance from the Sun, is certainly the giant of the solar system, so large that it could contain the Earth 1,300 times. Also Jupiter's mass is considerable, amounting to 318 times the mass…

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Summer curiosity

In reply to the question “When does summer start?” most likely you would answer that it begins on the day of the summer solstice, which this year falls on 20 June.  But a meteorologist might say it already started a…

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Andrew Wiles wins the 2016 Abel Prize for his proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem

On 15 March 2016, the President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Ole M. Sejersted, at the proposal of the Abel Commission (composed of five internationally renowned mathematicians, currently: John Rognes, Rahul Pandharipande, Éva Tardos, Luigi Ambrosio, Marta…

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14 september 2015: the discovery of the gravitational waves

Ball on an invisible sheet In 1952, Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of the state of Israel, but he declined the post, saying that he thought he was too naive for politics. To quote his words: "For me, equations…

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Journey to the edge of the solar system

History of a space discovery The existence of a planet beyond the orbit of Neptune had been predicted since the 1840s. Astronomers of the time, in fact, thought there was another large planet as yet unknown, situated on the edge…

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Beacons in space

That strange pulsed radio emission It is 1967, a young astrophysics student of the University of Cambridge, Jocelyn Bell is working on her final thesis. The research includes a study on scintillation (rapid variation of luminosity) produced by quasars, galactic…

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Another Earth in the Universe

A world similar to the Earth Finally the news we were waiting for, for so long, has arrived. It was only a matter of time. NASA’s Kepler Telescope, has discovered the first Earth-sized extrasolar planet, orbiting in the habitable zone,…

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A day on board the International Space Station

A day in space Every day, on board the ISS (International Space Station), the one and only human outpost in Space, three to seven astronauts of different nationalities, work actively together. Days are filled with activity and work becomes even…

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