Space research to help humans fight illnesses on Earth

Space research to help humans fight illnesses on Earth

London, Dec 8 (IANS) Space travel may help scientists strengthen our bodies’ ability to fight threats to our health, says a study. When an astronaut goes to space, his immune system does not work as well in microgravity as on Earth. “Knowing about the astronauts’ health may lead to new treatments on Earth for those […]

Space DNA can help find alien life on Earth

Space DNA can help find alien life on Earth

London, Nov 27 (IANS) A unique space experiment has found that DNA has the capability to survive extreme conditions of space and re-entry into Earth’s dense atmosphere – raising the possibility of finding extraterrestrial life. During the experiment, small, double-stranded DNA molecules were applied to the outer shell of the payload section of a rocket. […]

Natural shield 11,000 km above Earth stops radiation

Natural shield 11,000 km above Earth stops radiation

Washington, Nov 27 (IANS) In a pioneering feat, researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and University of Colorado in Boulder have discovered an invisible shield some 11,000 kms above Earth that works against the harmful radiation belt. High above Earth’s atmosphere, electrons whiz past at close to the speed of light. Such ultra-relativistic electrons, […]

Scientists find how to turn poop into rocket fuel

Washington, Nov 27 (IANS) Indian-origin researchers have developed a process to turn human waste into biogas that could fuel rockets to ferry astronauts back to Earth. “The idea was to see whether we could make enough fuel to launch rockets and not carry all the fuel and its weight from Earth for the return journey,” […]

Satellite may reveal thousands of planets

Satellite may reveal thousands of planets

  New York, Nov 6 (IANS)¬†Gaia, a recently launched European satellite could reveal tens of thousands of new planets, some very unique, within the next few years, shows research.These discoveries could provide scientists with a far better understanding of the number, variety and distribution of planets in our galaxy.It could detect as many as 21,000 […]