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Miniature lab begins science experiments in outer space

Miniature lab begins science experiments in outer space

HERZLIYA, Israel, Mar 16 (Reuters) Orbiting the earth at more than 500 kilometres, a tiny satellite with a laboratory shrunk to the size of a tissue box is helping scientists carry out experiments that take gravity out of the equation.
The technology was launched into space last month by SpacePharma, a Swiss-Israeli company, which on Thursday announced that its first experiments have been completed successfully.
In space, with hardly any interference from earth's gravity, cells and molecules behave differently, helping researchers make discoveries in fields from medicine to agriculture.
Nestle turned to zero gravity - or what scientists refer to as microgravity - to perfect the foam in its chocolate mousse and coffee, while drugmakers like Eli Lilly have used it to improve drug designs.
Usually experiments are sent up to the International Space Station and carried out with the help of astronauts, or they are conducted on parabolic airplane flights that enjoy short bursts of weightlessness.
SpacePharma says its miniature lab is a new way for researchers to work in microgravity for extended periods.
"Everything can be done remotely while the system is in outer space," said founder Yossi Yamin.
"We upload the link with the command files to the lab and the experiment takes place.
" Clients then receive data and images directly from the experiments, which are carried out on custom-built glass chips and can be run multiple times to test different reactions.
The satellite currently in space holds four experiments, the first being done for a German research institute.
A second launch, also with four experiments, is scheduled for August and includes research for a top tier pharmaceutical company, Yamin said.
By next year he hopes to begin sending up satellites that each hold some 160 experiments.
REUTERS SV GC1352

Cipla

Cipla Receives Final Approval for Generic Pulmicort Respules

Mumbai, Nov 17(UNI) Pharma major, Cipla Ltd, today said that it
has received final approval for its Abbreviated New Drug Application
(ANDA) for Budesonide Inhalation Suspension, 0.

Antibiotic

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health

Kolkata, Nov 14 (UNI) Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security and development today.

Drop

Drop in cases of plague in Madagascar: WHO

Geneva, Nov 4 (UNI) While progress has been made in response to the plague outbreak in Madagascar, and the number of suspected new cases continues to decline, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that sustaining operations through the remainder of the plague season would be critical as there was still a risk of potential further spread of the disease.

Hepatitis

Hepatitis C, a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus

Kolkata, Nov 1 (UNI) Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus: the virus can cause both acute and chronic hepatitis, ranging in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness.

As

As India stares at breast cancer epidemic, CURA launches robotic device for early detection

Chennai, Oct 31 (UNI) India was staring at a breast cancer epidemic and breast screening was virtually non-existent in India as one in 28 women get breast cancer and one in two die due to late detection, making survival one of the lowest in the world.

Solar eclipse 2017: North America will witness total solar eclipse

Solar eclipse 2017: North America will witness total solar eclipse

New York, Aug 21 (UNI) Today, all of North America will witness a total solar eclipse for the first time in 99 years, where the Moon will pass in front of the Sun, casting darkness across swathes of the Earth's surface - with up to 14 states shrouded in complete blackout.

Nano-particle fertilizer could lead to new 'green revolution'

Nano-particle fertilizer could lead to new 'green revolution'

New Delhi, Jan 26 (UNI) Sri Lankan scientists report having developed a simple way to make a benign, more efficient fertilizer – described as nano-particle fertilizer - that could contribute to a second food revolution across the globe.

Broken pebbles offer clues to Palaeolithic funeral rituals

Broken pebbles offer clues to Palaeolithic funeral rituals

New Delhi, Feb 9 (UNI) Humans may have ritualistically "killed" objects to remove their symbolic power, some 5,000 years earlier than previously thought, a new international study of marine pebble tools from an Upper Palaeolithic burial site in Italy suggests.

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