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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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Hypertension

Hypertension a silent killer: Dr Jayapraksh Sai

Hyderabad, Apr 22 (UNI) Hypertension is known as a "silent killer" because it has no obvious symptoms and many people are unaware that they have it, Apollo Sugar Clinics Consultant Diabetologist Dr Jayaprakash Sai said.

Hypertension

Hypertension a silent killer: Dr Jayapraksh Sai

Hyderabad, Apr 22 (UNI) Hypertension is known as a "silent killer" because it has no obvious symptoms and many people are unaware that they have it, Apollo Sugar Clinics Consultant Diabetologist Dr Jayaprakash Sai said.

TN

TN govt to manufacture and sell vitamins-rich health drink 'Neera'

Chennai, Apr 21 (UNI) Tamil Nadu would manufacture and sell vitamins-rich health drink 'Neera', a non-alcoholic drink extracted from toddy palms and coconut tress, in a big way.

TN

TN govt to manufacture and sell vitamins-rich health drink 'Neera'

Chennai, Apr 21 (UNI) Tamil Nadu would manufacture and sell vitamins-rich health drink 'Neera', a non-alcoholic drink extracted from toddy palms and coconut tress, in a big way.

123

123 die of swine flu in Mah since January

Nashik, Apr 20 (UNI) As many as 123 patients have died of swine flu in Maharashtra since January while 631 positive case were reported, State Survey (epidemics) officer Dr Pradeep Atute said.

123

123 die of swine flu in Mah since January

Nashik, Apr 20 (UNI) As many as 123 patients have died of swine flu in Maharashtra since January while 631 positive case were reported, State Survey (epidemics) officer Dr Pradeep Atute said.

Circassia

Circassia gives up on allergy after house dust mite study fails"

LONDON, Apr 18 (Reuters) Britain's Circassia Pharmaceuticals is throwing in the towel on allergy investment after a second high-profile clinical trial flop, focusing instead on building a broader respiratory business.

Circassia

Circassia gives up on allergy after house dust mite study fails"

LONDON, Apr 18 (Reuters) Britain's Circassia Pharmaceuticals is throwing in the towel on allergy investment after a second high-profile clinical trial flop, focusing instead on building a broader respiratory business.

KIMS

KIMS Hospitals sets new precedent in organ donation with ‘swap registry’

Hyderabad, Apr 11 (UNI) The Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) Hospitals has set new standards in organ donation and transplant by creating a ‘swap registry’.

KIMS

KIMS Hospitals sets new precedent in organ donation with ‘swap registry’

Hyderabad, Apr 11 (UNI) The Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) Hospitals has set new standards in organ donation and transplant by creating a ‘swap registry’.

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.

Fiscal incentives may help reduce emissions in developing countries

Fiscal incentives may help reduce emissions in developing countries

New Delhi, Feb 7 (UNI) Fiscal policies introduced by the Governments in developing countries can have a significant effect on lowering harmful carbon emissions and help countries with fulfilling their commitments under the UNFCCC Paris Agreement, a study has found.

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