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Elena Cornaro Piscopia

On the 25th of June, 1678, the Venetian Elena Cornaro Piscopia defended a doctorate thesis of philosophy and was awarded at the University of Padua. She was a high-esteemed philosopher and musician of her time. However, she became famous as the first woman in European history to receive a university doctoral degree or Ph.D.


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How carbon-intensive industries can scale up CO2 recycling

The steel, cement and chemicals industries account for more than two-thirds of all industrial carbon dioxide emissions in the EU. Image credit - Daniel Moqvist / Unsplash

Green technologies

New technologies that capture and recycle carbon dioxide from industrial processes such as steel and cement making will be vital if the EU is to meet its goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 and down to zero by 2050. However, while solutions are emerging, more work is needed in order to roll them out at scale, experts say.

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Which way does the solar wind blow?

A July 12, 2021, coronal mass ejection seen in coronagraphs; Image credit: Talwinder Singh et al., The American Astronomical Society

Researchers develop new software for improved space weather prediction

The surface of the sun churns with energy and frequently ejects masses of highly magnetized plasma toward Earth. Sometimes these ejections are strong enough to crash through the magnetosphere -- the natural magnetic shield that protects the Earth -- damaging satellites or electrical grids. Such space weather events can be catastrophic.

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Sunday Quotes to Reflect on

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To know or to believe - that's the question!

There is an old dispute about the relation between faith and knowledge. Naturally, scientific minds usually reject the existence of God and try to explain everything in the terms of logic and evidence, while religious people find the immanence of God even in the natural laws. However, the situation isn't so black and white.

Here are several quotes from famous scientists, which are illustrating the complex interconnection between these two most important branches of human knowledge.

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On this date, 15 years ago

Entrance to the Seed Vault during Polar Night, highlighting its illuminated artwork; Photo credit: Subet Wikipedia under CC BY-SA 4.0

Construction on Svalbard Global Seed Vault begins

Far north of Norway, on the remote island of Spitsbergen halfway between the mainland and the North Pole, the date was June 19, 2006. The prime ministers of Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Sweden set the official "first stone" of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The storage, which nowadays has the capacity to preserve 2.25 billion seeds, and has already stored more than 1 million different samples from almost every country in the world.

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