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To Boldly Go Where No Squid Has Gone Before
Jamie Foster’s space-faring squid and its symbiotic bacteria illuminate host-microbe communication.
To Boldly Go Where No Squid Has Gone Before
To Boldly Go Where No Squid Has Gone Before

Jamie Foster’s space-faring squid and its symbiotic bacteria illuminate host-microbe communication.

Jamie Foster’s space-faring squid and its symbiotic bacteria illuminate host-microbe communication.

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Time Traveling Mini-Brains on a Mission to Conquer Space
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Jun 1, 2023 | 5 min read
Alysson Muotri launched brain organoids into outer space and found that microgravity enriches our understanding of brain development and disease.
Time Traveling Mini-Brains on a Mission to Conquer Space
Time Traveling Mini-Brains on a Mission to Conquer Space
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Aug 11, 2022 | 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.
Beyond Gravity: Immune-Mediated Liver Damage in Spaceflight
Beyond Gravity: Immune-Mediated Liver Damage in Spaceflight
The Scientist | 1 min read
In this webinar, Noah Allen will explore how spaceflight changes the way organs and systems function, focusing on immune-mediated liver damage.
Rocket Pharma
The Scientist | Dec 1, 2020 | 1 min read
Take a peek inside one Israeli company’s push to send pharmaceutical research into space.
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.
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Next-Level Organoids
The Scientist | 1 min read
Researchers use organoid cultures in unique ways to study health and disease.
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.
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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.
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.
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