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From the Twittersphere to the stratosphere: Irish tweets have lift off!

While Twitter has become a feature of modern life down here on Earth on our smartphones, tablets and computers, some Tweets from Ireland are set to be displayed in an environment altogether more impressive: the edges of space. As part of 'talktoEU', a programme funded by the ...

While Twitter has become a feature of modern life down here on Earth on our smartphones, tablets and computers, some Tweets from Ireland are set to be displayed in an environment altogether more impressive: the edges of space. As part of 'talktoEU', a programme funded by the European Commission Representation in Ireland, on 10 September a weather balloon will be launched from the Emerald Isle to the very edges of the Earth's atmosphere, where it will display Tweets from members of the public. The aim of the event is to encourage future scientists in Ireland to seek available EU funding through a celebration of the life of Irish scientist Robert Boyle, renowned for his 'Boyle's Law', which states that the absolute pressure and volume of a gas are inversely proportional if the temperature remains constant within a closed system. To test the limits of his world famous law, the weather balloon, which will have Boyle's face printed on it, will be filmed as it expands until it eventually bursts, as Boyle's Law predicts. When the balloon reaches the edges of space it will display a number of Tweets from Irish people via a screen attached to the balloon. When the balloon bursts, the talktoEU team will use GPS technology to locate the balloon payload and recover the HD video footage that will show the experiment in action. The hope is that by demonstrating the impact Boyle's work has had on the scientific world, the next Robert Boyle could be found through support from EU funding. EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn comments on how important it is to foster research in Europe: 'The European Union needs a million more researchers by 2020 if we want to stay ahead of the game in research and tackle major issues like climate change and food shortages. EU funding is supporting many young scientists to further their careers and really make a difference.' To have your tweet displayed, send your tweet to #tweetsinspace. The overall aim of the talktoEU programme is to engage with Irish citizens by letting them know what the EU does and what it can do for them.For more information, please visit:talktoEU:http://www.talktoeu.ieEuropean Commission Representation in Ireland:http://ec.europa.eu/ireland/about_us/index_en.htm

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