Why are scientists trying to manufacture organs in space?

Why are scientists trying to grow organs at the International Space Station? People live on Earth not in zero-gravity. A stem cell expert explains why it is useful to do these experiments in space.

Alysson R. Muotri, Professor of Pediatrics and Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of California San Diego • conversation
July 8, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  space  biology  international-space-station  artificial-organs  microgravity  space-health  organs  experiments

Portable system boosts laser precision, at room temperature

“Light squeezer” reduces quantum noise in lasers, could enhance quantum computing and gravitational-wave detection.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 7, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: physics astrophysics space astronomy quantum-computing light research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf kavli-institute ligo astronomy-and-planetary-science

Dying star ashes hold clues to carbon in Milky Way

New research sheds light on how and when stars in our galaxy made carbon, "ending up within the raw material from which the sun and its planetary system..."

Chanapa Tantibanchachai-Johns Hopkins • futurity
July 7, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: space carbon stars science-and-technology white-dwarfs

Quantum fluctuations can jiggle objects on the human scale

Study shows LIGO’s 40-kilogram mirrors can move in response to tiny quantum effects, revealing the “spooky popcorn of the universe.”

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 1, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: physics astrophysics space astronomy research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf kavli-institute ligo astronomy-and-planetary-science

TESS mission discovers massive ice giant

Neptune-sized planet may be remnant core of a much larger planet.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 1, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: astrophysics space astronomy exoplanets nasa research school-of-science planetary-science satellites eaps astronomy-and-planetary-science

Mystery over monster star's vanishing act

A huge star has disappeared - did it become a black hole?

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
June 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: space astronomy stars chile

Quasar upends ideas about black hole formation

A new discovery "presents the biggest challenge yet for the theory of black hole formation and growth in the early universe."

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
June 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: space light black-holes science-and-technology quasar

Curious Kids: What would happen if gravity was reduced by half?

If gravity was half as strong, you could jump much higher.

Jacco van Loon, Astrophysicist and Director of Keele Observatory, Keele University • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: space gravity curious-kids

Betelgeuse: Nearby supergiant star's dimming explained

Astronomers say big cool patches on the Betelgeuse star likely drove its surprise dimming last year.

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
June 29, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: astrophysics space astronomy stars

Mystery object could be heavy star or light black hole

"We don't know if this object is the heaviest known neutron star, or the lightest known black hole, but either way it breaks a record."

Sam Sholtis-Penn State • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: space stars black-holes gravitational-waves science-and-technology

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