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Rocket Pharma
Rocket Pharma
Take a peek inside one Israeli company’s push to send pharmaceutical research into space.
Rocket Pharma
Rocket Pharma

Take a peek inside one Israeli company’s push to send pharmaceutical research into space.

Take a peek inside one Israeli company’s push to send pharmaceutical research into space.

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Pharma Looks to Outer Space to Boost Drug R&D
Katarina Zimmer | Dec 1, 2020 | 9 min read
There are benefits of studying certain biological processes under microgravity, but whether those advantages outweigh the costs of getting experiments off Earth remains to be seen.
Q&A: How Animals Change in Space
Jef Akst | Nov 25, 2020 | 4 min read
Weill Cornell Medicine geneticist Christopher Mason speaks with The Scientist about a bolus of new work on the physiological, cellular, and molecular effects of leaving Earth.
Time Traveling Mini-Brains on a Mission to Conquer Space
Time Traveling Mini-Brains on a Mission to Conquer Space
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | 4 min read
Alysson R. Muotri discusses his launch of brain organoids into outer space and how microgravity enriches our understanding of brain development and disease.
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Discovery of More Ponds on Mars Hints at Possibility of Life
Amanda Heidt | Sep 29, 2020 | 3 min read
The three smaller water bodies join a previously discovered lake buried beneath ice at the red planet’s south pole.
How Time Is Encoded in Memories
Catherine Offord | May 1, 2020 | 10+ min read
Rats and equations help researchers develop a theory of how our brains keep track of when events took place.
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Next-Level Organoids
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team | 1 min read
Researchers use organoid cultures in unique ways to study health and disease.
Space-Grown Lettuce Is Safe and Astronaut-Approved
Amy Schleunes | Mar 9, 2020 | 2 min read
NASA’s vegetable production system, known as Veggie, may help pave the way for more sophisticated systems that could supplement astronauts’ diets during long trips to space.
Doctors Test if Rapid Chilling Can Save Trauma Patients’ Lives
Ashley Yeager | Nov 21, 2019 | 2 min read
A clinical trial is underway to see if suspended animation, in which the body is cooled to 10–15 °Celsius, could slow patients’ decline and give doctors time to operate.
Spaceflight Alters Genes of Human Stem Cell–Derived Heart Cells
Emily Makowski | Nov 7, 2019 | 3 min read
Cardiomyocytes made from iPSCs aboard the International Space Station had upregulated mitochondrial functioning.
Exploding Stars Probably Didn’t Spur Hominins to Walk Upright
Ashley Yeager | Sep 1, 2019 | 3 min read
The astronomical idea doesn’t align well with the fossil record, anthropologists argue, but the origins of bipedalism are still difficult to determine.
Tardigrades May Have Made it to the Moon
Ashley Yeager | Aug 7, 2019 | 2 min read
An Israeli lunar lander carrying the tiny animals crashed into the moon in April, and now scientists are trying to determine if the creatures are still alive.
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Q&A: Organs on a Chip Head to the International Space Station
Emma Yasinski | May 1, 2019 | 4 min read
Lucie Low, a project leader for Tissue Chips in Space, describes the experiments that are slated to blast off later this week.
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Astronaut Study Shows Some Lasting Changes from Time in Space
Kerry Grens | Apr 11, 2019 | 2 min read
Scott Kelly’s physiology, gene activity, and mental performance changed after time aboard the International Space Station, but mostly returned to normal once back on Earth.
Image of the Day: Wet Planet
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 28, 2019 | 1 min read
An analysis of the scars left by long-gone flows reveals that Mars’s rivers may have run even when scientists thought the planet was drying out.
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Opinion: Slow Down, SpaceX
Mohamed Kashkoush | Mar 15, 2019 | 3 min read
Rockets can transport humankind to Mars, but only the scientific and medical community can ensure our survival.
China Is Growing Cotton on the Moon
Ashley Yeager | Jan 15, 2019 | 2 min read
Images from the country’s Chang’e-4 lunar lander show the first sprouting plants.
Bacterial Genetics Could Help Researchers Block Interplanetary Contamination
Ashley Yeager | Aug 1, 2018 | 4 min read
Identifying microbes from Earth that can survive on spacecraft may help scientists eliminate them from future space missions and from searches for extraterrestrial life.
Organic Compounds Found in Martian Soil
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 11, 2018 | 2 min read
Researchers also found seasonal variations in atmospheric methane on the planet that may have a geological or biological origin.  
Researchers Grow Veggies in Space
Ashley Yeager | Jun 1, 2018 | 4 min read
Experiments to cultivate greens on the International Space Station and in simulated Martian environments pave the way for feeding crews during deep space missions.
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