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Today in Lab History: A Tragedy in Space

June 30, 2015 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

On June 30, 1971, after a successful mission to space, the capsule of the Soyuz 11 came back to earth. The Russian mission had been a success and the three cosmonauts manning the mission were to be hailed as heroes. But, they were already dead.

Solar Storms Continue, as Power Grid Braces Itself

June 26, 2015 12:07 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A third solar storm flared up Thursday, and power-grid operators are again bracing themselves...

Today in Lab History: SOHO Goes Dark

June 25, 2015 2:20 pm | by Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. Image: Alex Lutkus | News | Comments

In a story that seems to foreshadow Philae’s comet-landing woes, on June 25, 1998, the Solar and...

Glimpse Into Earth Comes from Outer Space

June 24, 2015 7:00 am | by ESA | Videos | Comments

After a year in orbit, the three Swarm satellites have provided a first glimpse inside Earth and...

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Today in Lab History: Missing Neutrinos Found

June 18, 2015 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

On June 18, 2001, the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) solved a mystery that had confused astrophysicists for 30 years. All experiments, prior to SNO’s work, detected less than half the number of solar neutrinos predicted by models of the Sun. So, where did they go? They were there all along.

Scientists Emerge from Hawaiian Dome After Mars Experiment

June 15, 2015 2:20 pm | by Associated Press, Cathy Bussewitz | News | Comments

Six scientists who were living under a dome on a dormant Hawaii volcano for eight months to simulate life on Mars have emerged from isolation.

Philae Finally Wakes Up on Comet

June 15, 2015 8:16 am | by Associated Press, Frank Jordans | News | Comments

To scientists' relief and delight, the Philae spacecraft that landed on a comet last fall has woken up and communicated with Earth after seven long months of silence. Philae became the first spacecraft to settle on a comet when it touched down on icy 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November. But the solar-powered probe came down with a bounce and ended up in the shadow of a cliff instead of in direct sunlight.


First Rock from the Sun: MESSENGER's Incredible Findings

June 15, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Thanks to a slew of carefully designed scientific instruments on the MESSENGER spacecraft, we now know more than ever about the innermost planet of our solar system. 

Calculations Improve Accuracy of CO2 Monitoring

June 15, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. College London | News | Comments

How light of different colors is absorbed by carbon dioxide (CO2) can now be accurately predicted using new calculations. This will help climate scientists studying Earth's greenhouse gas emissions to better interpret data collected from satellites and ground stations measuring CO2.  

Teen Intern Finds New Planet

June 12, 2015 9:56 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A 15-year-old intern at a small English university discovered a new planet– perhaps becoming the youngest ever to make such an astronomical discovery. Tom Wagg was doing work experience at Keele University, in Staffordshire, when he spotted a tiny dip in the light of a star as a planet passed in front of it.

ICYMI: #DistractinglySexy; Creativity and Schizophrenia Linked; More Checks to Russia

June 12, 2015 9:06 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

Welcome to Laboratory Equipment's new Friday series, In Case You Missed It (ICYMI), where we bring you three trending news stories from the week. Girls being "sexy" in labs, NASA’s reliance on Russia and schizophrenia’s link to creativity are the topics this week. 

Pluto’s Moons Out of Whack

June 4, 2015 10:03 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Much of the galaxy is orderly, with precise orbits and revolutions and rotations, an interplanetary precision moving everything around the sun. But not so with Pluto and its moons. The two moons, Nix and Hydra, wobble unpredictably as they wheel around the tiny dwarf planet.


Better Air, Water on ISS May Enable Longer Stays

June 4, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | News | Comments

As astronauts embark on increasingly ambitious space missions, scientists have to figure out how to keep them healthy for longer periods far from Earth. That entails assuring the air they breathe and the water they drink are safe — not an easy task given their isolated locations. A new method monitors the quality of both in real time with one system.

Latest in ‘Astro-chic?’ Vacuum Space Pants

June 3, 2015 11:14 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

“Astro-chic” fashion has taken a new turn about the International Space Station: rubber suction pants. The look might not necessarily be stylish, says NASA – but the function is to improve circulation among the gravity-less astronauts.

Busy Sky: See Planets, Dwarf Planets, Asteroids

June 3, 2015 7:00 am | by NASA | Videos | Comments

The month of June started off with a beautiful close pairing of the moon and Saturn. They rose together in the eastern sky an hour after sunset on the first of the month. The dwarf planet Pluto will be near the moon on Friday, June 5. And, on June 11, asteroid hunters should be able to spot Pallas, the second asteroid to be discovered.

Meet Five More Powerful Women in Science and Health

June 2, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

In the first part of this two-part series, we reviewed five of the most powerful women in science and health, according to Forbes’ 12th Annual list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. The second set of five powerful women in science and health starts at No. 83 and ends at No. 98 on Forbes’ overall list.

LightSail Phones Home, Planetary Society Reports

June 1, 2015 11:03 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The uneasy silence from the Planetary Society’s test satellite ended Sunday, when the LightSail spacecraft phoned home. The development gives a boost to the much-heralded project to send a “peoples’ spacecraft” out far into the galaxy independent of any government.


Meet the 10 Most Powerful Women in Science and Health

June 1, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

For the 12th time, Forbes has released its list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. It’s important to highlight women on the list that are in the science and health care industries, specifically. In this two-part series, we are going to look at the 10 most powerful women in science and health today.

Hubble Sees Shock Collision Inside Black Hole Jet

May 29, 2015 7:00 am | by NASA | Videos | Comments

When you’re blasting though space, you may need driver’s insurance. Astronomers have discovered for the first time a rear-end collision between two high-speed knots of ejected matter. This discovery was made while piecing together a time-lapse movie of a plasma jet blasted from a supermassive black hole inside a galaxy located 260 million light-years from earth.

Google Honors Pioneering Astronaut Sally Ride with Doodles

May 26, 2015 1:03 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Sally Ride, the first American woman to boldly go where only men had gone before, would have turned 64 years old today. Google is celebrating the pioneering astronaut with Doodles honoring her achievements.  

‘Weird’ Star Found by NASA Could Be Product of Interstellar Cannibalism

May 26, 2015 11:52 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The star was discovered in 1963. But only in the last week has its strange behavior earned it a distinctive nickname. The star is so weird that astronomers have nicknamed it “Nasty 1,” a play on its catalog name of NaSt1.

John Glenn Believes in Science, God, Evolution

May 21, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

John Glenn, who declared as a 77-year-old in a news conference from space that "to look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible," says facts about scientific discovery should be taught in schools— and that includes evolution.

ISS Could Get Laser to Shoot Down Space Junk

May 19, 2015 9:54 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dead satellites adrift, rocket fragments and shards of tools orbit the planet. The International Space Station has to take evasive action and constantly be on guard for incoming projectiles. But a laser on one of the space station’s modules could shoot the space junk, slowing it enough so that it falls out of orbit.

Oxygen on Mars? NASA Plans to Start Bacteria and Algae Gardens

May 18, 2015 3:33 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

In an Indiana lab, a chamber that mimics the temperature fluctuations, solar radiation and atmospheric pressure of Mars is providing a sample environment of what pioneer organisms might help create a hospitable ecosystem– and human habitation– on the Red Planet.  

ICYMI: A Storm from Space, a New State of Matter and a Disturbing Biology Class

May 15, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

Welcome to Laboratory Equipment's new Friday series, In Case You Missed It (ICYMI), where we bring you three trending news stories from the week. Storms, matter and PETA are on the menu this week. 

Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson Launch Kickstarter for Sun-powered Spacecraft

May 14, 2015 3:51 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Planetary Society is reaching out to the public through a new Kickstarter campaign to launch its two LightSail projects – sending spacecraft out the farthest reaches of the galaxy on the power of sunbeams. Leading the charge are the Society’s CEO, Bill Nye, known as the Science Guy, and celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Galaxies Can Be Strangled to Death

May 14, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. of Cambridge | News | Comments

As murder mysteries go, it’s a big one: how do galaxies die and what kills them? A new study, has found that the primary cause of galactic death is strangulation, which occurs after galaxies are cut off from the raw materials needed to make new stars.  

Alien Life Would Have to Rely on Ethers, Not DNA

May 13, 2015 2:04 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Life as we know it would not work chemically in environments like that found on Saturn’s moon Titan. But a kind of life that would be completely different– completely alien, based not on DNA but on entirely different chemistry– is very possible.

Laboratory Equipment: May 2015

May 13, 2015 12:45 pm | by Laboratory Equipment | Digital Editions | Comments

The May issue of Laboratory Equipment has a cover story on the International Space Station, and how it has been able to stay state-of-the-art 15 years into its mission. Other articles detail different research approaches to HIV, collaboration in health care, calibration standards and rubber flooring. Special sections include life science and biomedical and lab design and furnishings. 

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