This section includes scientific and technological news from the IAC and its Observatories, as well as press releases on scientific and technological results, astronomical events, educational projects, outreach activities and institutional events.

  • Poster of the public lecture of the 33rd Winter School

    Tomorrow, Friday 25th November at 18.30, will take place the public lecture “Listening to dark matter”, in which the mystery of dark matter will be approached from the perspective of Physics and Art. The rendezvous is at the lecture theatre of the Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos, La Laguna (Tenerife). Rebecca Collins, of the University of Edinburgh and the Instituto de Física Teórica (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), and David G. Cerdeño of the Instituto de Física Teórica (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), will give this public lecture on the occasion of the XXXIII Canary Islands Winter

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  • Fullerenes and graphenes

    On November 1st the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) action called “NanoSpace: Molecular carbon nanostructures in space” coordinated by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) was initiated. This is an internatonal research network, led by Anibal García Hernández, in which groups from 43 countries are participating. This is the first time that an IAC researcher has led one of these prestigous COST actions. The main objective of NanoSpace is to determine the abundance, the formation mechanisms, and the astrochemical and astrobiológical roles of carbon

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  • Observations of WASP-39b with the JWST

    NASA's space telescope has produced a molecular and chemical portrait of the atmospheric constituents of exoplanet WASP-39 b, a Saturn-sized behemoth that orbit a star some 700 light-years away. The observations provide a full menu of atoms and molecules, and even signs of active chemistry and clouds. The suit of discoveries is detailed in a set of five scientific papers produced by an international collaboration involving research staff from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC). WASP-39 b is a planet unlike any in our solar system. It is a so-called "hot Saturn" –a planet about as

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  • Jorge Martín Camalich (left) and Carlos Hernández Monteagudo (right), researchers at the IAC and the organisers of the present edition of the School, with Rafael Rebolo, Director of the IAC (middle).

    From 21th November till 2nd December at the Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos (San Cristóbal de La Laguna), and organised by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias The 33rd edition of the Winter School of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias will focus on the efforts of astrophysics, cosmology and particle physics to understand the mysteries of the dark universe. The XXXIII Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics, which is taking place between November 21st and December 2nd, was inaugurated yesterday in the Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos, with a welcome address by Rafael Rebolo

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  • 88th Meeting of the ICC

    The representatives of the international committee of the institutions which are members of the Observatories, run by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) in La Palma and Tenerife met on the 15th and 16th November in La Laguna. In this biennial meeting which was held on the premises of the Office of International Relations of the University of La Laguna, reports were presented on the state of the new and future telescopes in the Canary Observatories, such as the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), ASTRI and the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). In addition there was discussion about

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  • Equipo de IACTEC-Tecnología Médica

    Today, November 14th, World Diabetes Day, the programme of IACTEC-Medical Technology of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) dedicated to the transfer of astrophysical technology to the biomedical field, celebrates the progress obtained in the development of an anthropomorphic model of a foot, which permits the simulation of pathologies of a diabetic foot. Within the MUTANT( Multimodal Tissue phANToms) line of resarch, oriented towards the development of components which simulate biological tissues, an anthropomorphic model of a foot is being developed, whose outer sheath is

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