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SpaceX Crew Nears Launch as Research Station Under Way – Space Station

The SpaceX Dragon Endurance crew ship atop the Falcon 9 rocket stands at the launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky The next crew to the launch to the International Space Station is at the Kennedy Space Center counting down to liftoff this week. Back onboard the orbiting lab, the seven-member …

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ETH Zurich’s New Centre Explores Life Beyond Earth

AZoQuantum spoke with Sascha Quanz, an exoplanetary scientist who will be co-leading the search for life beyond our solar system as part of the new Centre for Origin and Prevalence of Life at ETH Zurich.  Please could you introduce yourself and your professional background? My name is Sascha Quanz. I’m a professor of astrophysics, specifically …

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When life detoxifies itself, it leaves behind a helpful sign

Are we alone in the universe? We still don’t know, but looking at other solar systems is a good first step to find out. Other “solar systems” are made up of a star, like our sun, with planets orbiting it. Planets around other stars, also called exoplanets, were first detected in the 1990s, but current …

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Want a career saving the planet? Become an electrician.

When we think about solving climate change, we often think about things that, in one way or another, plug into an electrical grid: Solar panels. Heat pumps. Efficient air conditioners. Wind turbines. Electric cars and electric car chargers. Induction stoves. Transmission lines. Over the past several years, the mantra of energy experts has been that …

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Near-Earth asteroid Ryugu was born in the outer solar system

An analysis of samples collected from the asteroid Ryugu has revealed its origins and birthplace. The findings show that even though Ryugu is now classified as a near-Earth object, its journey to the inner solar system began hundreds of millions of miles away and billions of years ago. Asteroids like Ryugu are composed of unspoiled …

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Studying yeast DNA in space may help protect astronauts from cosmic radiation

Nuclear fusion reactions in the sun are the source of heat and light we receive on Earth. These reactions release a massive amount of cosmic radiation — including x-rays and gamma rays — and charged particles that can be harmful to any living organism. Life on Earth has been protected thanks to a magnetic …

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