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Heavier astronauts have higher risk of post-flight eye changes
New research suggests that changes in the eye that occur during spaceflight may be related to how much an astronaut weighs. (2018-05-31)
Firing up a new alloy
A centuries-old materials bonding process is being tested aboard the International Space Station in an experiment that could pave the way for more materials research of its kind aboard the orbiting laboratory. (2018-05-31)
Space-like gravity weakens biochemical signals in muscle formation
Microgravity conditions affect DNA methylation of muscle cells, slowing their differentiation. (2018-05-23)
NIST/NASA study shows one detector doesn't 'fit all' for smoke in spacecraft
In a new paper, a team of NASA and NIST researchers describe how they looked at the smoke particles produced by five materials commonly used aboard crewed spacecraft, defined their characteristics and evaluated how well they could be detected by two traditional smoke detection systems. (2018-05-01)
What happens to our muscles during spaceflight and when living on Mars?
The inactivity of astronauts during spaceflights presents a significant risk to their muscles, says a new study in The Journal of Physiology. (2018-04-17)
Spaceflight activates cell changes with implications for stem cell-based heart repair
A new study of the effects of spaceflight on the development of heart cells identified changes in calcium signaling that could be used to develop stem cell-based therapies for cardiac repair. (2018-04-02)
What the first American astronauts taught us about living in space
Project Mercury proved that humans could live and work in space, paving the way for all future human exploration. (2018-03-27)
UH optometrist investigates changes in eye structure in astronauts
A University of Houston optometrist studies the vision of returning International Space Station astronauts and proves a structural change to their eyes. (2018-03-13)
Scientists discover new field affecting metals solidification
The discovery that this heretofore unknown 'bias field' is causing pattern formation alters the thinking that the formations had been caused only by the sound vibration or disturbances known in materials science as noise. (2018-02-01)
Study unveils changes in the brain during extended missions in space
MUSC neuroradiologist Donna Roberts conducted a study titled 'Effects of Spaceflight on Astronaut Brain Structure as Indicated on MRI,' the results of which will be featured in the Nov. (2017-11-01)
NASA's one-year mission investigates how space affects astronauts' functional performance
Adapting to the microgravity environment of space changes the way your brain interprets sensory signals, decreases muscle strength and alters cardiovascular function. (2017-09-14)
Study finds that gravity, 'mechanical loading' are key to cartilage development
Mechanical loading is required for creating cartilage that is then turned to bone; however, little is known about cartilage development in the absence of gravity. (2017-08-22)
Cucumbers in space provide insights on root growth
Scientists have untangled the competing influences of water and gravity on plant roots -- by growing cucumbers during spaceflight. (2017-07-20)
Space station project seeks to crystalize the means to counteract nerve poisons
The microgravity conditions of the International Space Station (ISS) may hold the key to improving our understanding of how to combat toxic nerve agents such as sarin and VX. (2017-07-17)
Squeezing innovation out of the NASA Twins study: Pipetting and cell isolation in space
NASA is evaluating more efficient research techniques to prepare for the journey to Mars. (2017-07-11)
Emergency medicine in space: Normal rules don't apply
Experts at this year's Euroanaesthesia congress in Geneva (June 3-5) will discuss the unusual and challenging problem of how to perform emergency medical procedures during space missions. (2017-06-04)
Why don't fish freeze to death in icy water?
Microgravity experiments revealed that supercooled water containing antifreeze glycoproteins accelerates and oscillates its ice crystal growth rate, contrary to what was expected. (2017-04-17)
Space station crew cultivates crystals for drug development
Crew members aboard the International Space Station will begin conducting research this week to improve the way we grow crystals on Earth. (2017-03-31)
Mutants in microgravity
A proof-of-concept investigation, Nanobiosym Genes, is sending two strains of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria to the International Space Station. (2017-03-20)
Orbital ATK Cygnus set to deliver research to space station
Orbital ATK is targeted to launch its Cygnus spacecraft into orbit for a resupply mission to the International Space Station March 24, 2017 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. (2017-03-20)
Stem cells seem speedier in space
Growing significant numbers of human stem cells in a short time could lead to new treatments for stroke and other diseases. (2017-03-20)
Keeping liquids off the wall
The Slosh Coating investigation tests using a liquid-repellant coating inside a container to control the movement of liquids in microgravity. (2017-03-09)
Research uncovers potential health risks of travel to Mars
Using mice transplanted with human stem cells, a research team from Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine has demonstrated for the first time that the radiation encountered in deep space travel may increase the risk of leukemia in humans. (2017-03-08)
Bubble-recoil could be used to cool microchips, even in space
The bubbles that form on a heated surface create a tiny recoil when they leave it, like the kick from a gun firing blanks. (2017-03-06)
Cells adapt ultra-rapidly to zero gravity
Mammalian cells fully adapt to zero gravity in less than a minute. (2017-02-28)
Keeping our cool in space
The Two-Phase Flow investigation looks at the heat transfer characteristics of how boiling liquids turn into vapor in microgravity. (2017-02-27)
CubeSats: Shaping possibilities in space
For more than a decade, CubeSats, or small satellites, have paved the way to low-Earth orbit for commercial companies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. (2017-02-22)
Blast off: Stem cells from Mayo Clinic physician's lab launch into space
Today, the latest rocket launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., included a payload of several samples of donated adult stem cells from a research laboratory at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus. (2017-02-19)
Crystal growth, earth science and tech demo research launching to orbiting laboratory
The tenth SpaceX cargo resupply launch to the International Space Station, targeted for launch Feb. (2017-02-15)
Russian-Japanese research helps understand the effects of microgravity on bone tissue
As is well-known, space flights bring with them a unique set of health hazards. (2017-01-26)
Gravitational biology
Akira Kudo at Tokyo Institute of Technology(Tokyo Tech) and colleagues report in Scientific Reports, December 2016, that live-imaging and transcriptome analysis of medaka fish transgenic lines lead to immediate alteration of cells responsible for bone structure formation. (2017-01-10)
Study finds cause of visual impairment in astronauts
A visual problem affecting astronauts who serve on lengthy missions in space is related to volume changes in the clear fluid that is found around the brain and spinal cord, according to new research being presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). (2016-11-28)
Optical clock technology tested in space for first time
In The Optical Society's journal for high impact research, Optica, researchers report on a new compact, robust and automated frequency comb laser system that was key to the operation of the space-borne optical clock. (2016-11-17)
Altered bacterial behavior in space may result from reduced extracellular transport
Reduced extracellular transport of molecules may explain changes in bacterial behavior in space, according to a study published Nov. (2016-11-02)
UD research to use space lab for 'smart' material investigation
The University of Delaware's Eric Furst is leading one of five projects recently selected to conduct fluid dynamics investigations in the International Space Station's US National Laboratory. (2016-10-28)
Feeling the rhythm
The Circadian Rhythms investigation examines whether long-term spaceflight throws off circadian rhythm in astronauts and the role of factors such as irregular light and dark cycles, microgravity induced changes in body composition, and reduced physical activity. (2016-10-26)
What happens to a pathogenic fungus grown in space?
A new study, published this week in mSphere, provides evidence that Aspergillus fumigatus, a significant opportunistic fungal threat to human health, grows and behaves similarly on the International Space Station compared with earth. (2016-10-26)
NASA study shows that space travel affects spine of astronauts
How does space travel affect the spine? Astronauts on long missions in space have atrophy of the muscles supporting the spine -- which don't return to normal even several weeks after their return to Earth, reports a study in Spine, published by Wolters Kluwer. (2016-10-25)
For space station astronauts, spinal muscles shrink after months in space
While astronauts on long space missions do not experience a change in spinal disc height, the muscles supporting the spine weaken, find researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine. (2016-10-25)
Nottingham researchers show novel technique that can 'taste' DNA
Scientists at The University of Nottingham have demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to selectively sequence fragments of DNA in real time, greatly reducing the time needed to analyze biological samples. (2016-07-25)
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