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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.
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Dengue:

Dengue: 474 confirmed cases reported in Kalaburagi District

Kalaburagi, Aug 23 (UNI) The Health Department sources out of 1,927 suspected cases reported in the District, 474 have been confirmed as Dengue.

Low-weight

Low-weight & anaemic children, women decreases significantly in Bengal

Kolkata, Aug 23 (UNI) The number of low-weight and anaemic children under five years and women in the state are decreasing rapidly, according to a recent report by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development.

Zydus Cadilla gets USFDAs final nod for Pindolol tablets

Mumbai, Aug 22 (UNI) Pharma Major, Zydus Cadila has received the final approval from the USFDA to market Pindolol Tablets USP, 5 mg and 10 mg.

Solar

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.

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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