Announcement

734700_503341366384682_1445641934_nThe Institute of Space Science (ISS), Branch of  INFLPR, is organising a competition for the positions of heads of laboratory.

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CERN has launched the Beamline for Schools competition 2016

downloadCERN is offering high-school students from around the world the chance to create and perform a scientific experiment on a CERN accelerator beamline within the Beamline for Schools (BL4S) competition. Applications are open until 1 April 2016.

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Pierre Auger Observatory continues operations for another decade — Romania takes part at the International Agreement signature ceremony

AugerPrime-symposiumOn 16 November, Dr. Paula Gina Isar, researcher at the Institute of Space Science (ISS) and institutional representative at the Pierre Auger Observatory, took part together with other Romanian researchers at the signature ceremony of a new International Agreement for continued operation of the Observatory until 2025. The event took place during the AugerPrime Symposium, which was held from 15 to 16 November 2015 in Malargüe, Argentina, to celebrate 15 years of achievements and the AugerPrime upgrade to the Observatory. The International Collaboration counts about 450 scientists from 16 countries and 82 institutions. Former associated country during 2011-2014, Romania became a full member state of the largest cosmic ray experiment in the world in 2014.

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The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has completed proton run for 2015 and prepares for lead collisions

One of the first lead-lead collisions at the LHC, recorded by the ALICE detector in November 2010. Note the large number of particle tracks. Image credit: ALICE Collaboration
One of the first lead-lead collisions at the LHC, recorded by the ALICE detector in November 2010. Note the large number of particle tracks. Image credit: ALICE Collaboration

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has successfully completed its planned proton run for 2015, delivering the equivalent of about 400 trillion (1012) proton-proton collisions to both the ATLAS (A Toroidal LHC ApparatuS) and CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) experiments. LHCb (Large Hadron Collider beauty) and ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment) have also enjoyed successful data taking at lower collision rates.

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Workshop on ESA’s Earth Observation Programme

OrganizatoriThe Institute of Space Science (ISS) in collaboration with the National Institute for Research and Development in Optoelectronics (INOE2000) and the National Institute for Aerospace Research “Elie Carafoli” (INCAS) are organising today, 3 November 2015, the workshop “Romanian projects and initiatives in support of the ESA Programme for Earth Observation”. The event is taking place in the conference room of the Romanian Atmospheric Observatory (RADO) on the Physics Magurele platform, 409 Atomistilor Street, Magurele, Ilfov.

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The “Lights of the World” international conference has started in Bucharest

Deschidere IYLRomania joins the international celebration of the International Year of Light 2015 and the 70th anniversary of UNESCO and is organising the “Lights of the World”conference from 30 October to 1 November at the Parliament Palace in Bucharest. The event will bring together personalities from Romania and from abroad, people with outstanding resultsin science, art and culture, UNESCO representatives, representatives of prestigious organisations and research centers from around the world, successful businessmen, but also tho interested public, including middle- and high-school students and teachers, researchers and university professors, who will engage in a creative and fruitful dialogue to promote the scientific universe.

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Astronomers observed a star being swallowed by its host galaxy

Image credit: European Space Agency (ESA)/C. Carreau
Image credit: European Space Agency (ESA)/C. Carreau

Astronomers used a trio of X-ray telescopes – NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, Swift Gamma Ray Burst Explorer, and ESA’s XMM-Newton – to observe a tidal disruption located in the center of a galaxy about 300 million light years away from us. This makes this event, dubbed ASASSN-14li, the closest tidal disruption discovered in ten years.

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New study on knee problems

Image credit: European Space Agency (ESA)
Image credit: European Space Agency (ESA)

This MRI scan shows a knee joint with cartilage covering the articulating joint surfaces to help the bones slide smoothly.

Cartilage responds slowly to changes in joint loading because it does not have any blood vessels, lymphatic system or nerves to feed and grow tissue, so nutrients are absorbed slowly.

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Saturn’s moon, Dione, seen by the Cassini orbiter

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

The Cassini orbiter captured a image of Dione, one of the larger moons of Saturn, as it was passing across the face of its parent planet. The phenomenon is known as a transit and is an important event in astronomy, allowing observers to investigate the transiting body’s atmosphere and orbit in greater detail.

The dark line cutting across the middle of the frame marks Saturn’s rings – these are not illuminated from this perspective, which was about 0.3° below the ring plane.

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The Institute of Space Science (ISS) received ISO 9001 recertification

Logo-ISOThe Institute of Space Science (ISS) received ISO 9001 recertification, which is an official assessment of the quality of the management and of the best practices within the organisation, while demonstrating the commitment of ISS management team towards ensuring the quality on various levels of activity of the institute.

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