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How do astronauts exercise in space?

How do astronauts exercise in space?

To live in microgravity, astronauts need to stay fit The environment of the International Space Station isn’t exactly hospitable to the human body. Thanks to microgravity, astronauts experience a variety of health and physical changes while living in space — some of which they can counteract through daily exercise and other activities. But the space…

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Newly Sequenced Giant Squid Genome Raises as Many Questions as It Answers

Photo: David McNew (Getty Images)One the most intriguing and mysterious creatures on the planet—the giant squid—has finally had its genome fully sequenced. But while the genome is helping to explain many of its distinguishing features, including its large size and big brain, we still have much to learn about this near-mythical beast.“A genome is a…

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NASA finally rolls out completed core of its massive new rocket

NASA finally rolls out completed core of its massive new rocket

Today, NASA rolled out the completed core section of its massive new rocket, the Space Launch System, which is designed to take people into deep space. The core stage, manufactured at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, is now heading to Mississippi where it will undergo key testing before it can launch for…

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The fascinating biology behind how breast milk is made

The fascinating biology behind how breast milk is made

In theory, men could also produce breast milk. Marlon Lopez MMG1 Design/Shutterstock The hormone progesterone triggers the production of early milk during pregnancy, while the hormone prolactin is responsible for the production of mature milk after your baby is born.Milk is produced and stored in the breasts by little cavities in the breast tissue called…

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NASA’s new video is grim

NASA’s new video is grim

By Mark Kaufman2020-01-15 21:07:39 UTC NASA has some unsettling news.  In 140 years of modern record-keeping, 2019 was the second hottest year on record, which means that 19 of the last 20 years are now the warmest in recorded history. In a video just over one-minute long, NASA gives a succinct rundown of climate trends…

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The Space News We’re Excited About in 2020

The Space News We’re Excited About in 2020

Artist’s conception of NASA’s Artemis mission, which is slated to deliver American astronauts to the Moon by 2024—but we’ll likely know if this timeline is for real in 2020. Image: NASAYear In ReviewYear In ReviewWe look back at the best, worst, and most significant moments of the year, and look forward to next year.It’s time…

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Ginkgo Bioworks: Organism Engineering at Scale

Ginkgo Bioworks: Organism Engineering at Scale

ORGANISM ENGINEERING AT SCALEWe’re making biology easier to engineer.We believe biology is the best manufacturing technology on the planet. But it’s hard to engineer biology well—evolution is four billion years ahead of us, after all.  At Ginkgo we’ve built our foundries and codebase so that we can better learn from and design with biology.FOUNDRIES ARE…

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Now Entering Orbit: Tiny Lego-like Modular Satellites

Now Entering Orbit: Tiny Lego-like Modular Satellites

Just about a year ago, SpaceX sent the rocketry equivalent of a clown car to space: A rocket crowded with more than 60 small satellites. Inside one of them, Excite, were even more. It was actually a satellite made of other satellites, all clones of each other, all capable of joining together and working together.…

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NASA Contest to Name Mars Rover Narrows to 155 Student Entries

NASA Contest to Name Mars Rover Narrows to 155 Student Entries

Image: NASA/JPL-CaltechJudges working for NASA have narrowed the list of possible names for the space agency’s new Mars rover to 155 student entries—different names that include everything from Dusty and Dreamer to Tenacity and Little Tinker. Whichever student wins the grand prize will get an invitation to see the new Mars rover launch into space…

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