Three minutes of science – FameLab at the Academy

Three minutes of science – FameLab at the Academy

Why is it easy for a penguin to become a parent, and why is it difficult for a seal? How can a “recovery” beer in the morning help one survive the consequences of a rough night out the previous day? Merging black holes, gravitational waves, a virtual walk among molecules and love in the time of syphilis. These are just some of the topics addressed during the semifinals of FameLab, the international science communication competition. which was held for the first time in Hungary.

New space technology test lab opened in MTA Centre for Energy Research New space technology test lab opened in MTA Centre for Energy Research

New space technology test lab opened in MTA Centre for Energy Research

When Hungary joined the European Space Agency, private space industry was already booming while an explosive development in the world of smallsats was also taking place. Hence a demand for an unprecedented number of space technology tests arose. To satisfy these growing demands, a new test laboratory was built in the MTA Centre for Energy Research, Budapest, Hungary, where most required tests and fitting tasks can be carried out. Besides testing their own devices, the laboratory will also accept orders from industrial partners.

ARIEL exoplanet mission selected as ESA’s next medium-class science mission ARIEL exoplanet mission selected as ESA’s next medium-class science mission

ARIEL exoplanet mission selected as ESA’s next medium-class science mission

ARIEL, a mission to answer fundamental questions about how planetary systems form and evolve, has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) as its next medium-class science mission, due for launch in 2028. During a 4-year mission, ARIEL will observe 1000 planets orbiting distant stars and make the first large-scale survey of the chemistry of exoplanet atmospheres. ESA’s Science Programme Committee announced the selection of ARIEL from three candidate missions on 21 March, 2018.

EASAC: Extreme weather events in Europe will become more frequent EASAC: Extreme weather events in Europe will become more frequent

EASAC: Extreme weather events in Europe will become more frequent

Man-made climate change will bring massive amounts of precipitation and with it flash floods as well as sea level rise and scorching heat waves in Europe, Australia and China. The risks of forest and wild fires will also increase. The European Academies' Science Advisory Council is also urging increased research regarding the waning of the Gulf Stream.

Hungarian experts also contributed in the development of ESO’s new infrared interferometer Hungarian experts also contributed in the development of ESO’s new infrared interferometer

Hungarian experts also contributed in the development of ESO’s new infrared interferometer

The new MATISSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) has now successfully made its first observations at the Paranal Observatory in northern Chile. MATISSE is the most powerful interferometric instrument in the world at mid-infrared wavelengths. Hungarian researchers and engineers from Konkoly Observatory also contributed to the realization of the instrument by technical design, software development, and equipment testing, for which Hungarian astronomers will have guaranteed telescope time to use MATISSE.

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