Plants Going up on SpaceX CRS-13

Kai Rasmussen — Dec 11th 2017

SpaceX Commercial Resupply 13 was originally slated for December 4th, 2017.  The launch was scrubbed for unspecified reasons but is set to take off tomorrow, on December 12th, 2017.  There is a lot of valuable cargo going up on this mission, and some of them are plants.  Let’s take a look at the plants going… Read More

BLOG: /r/astrobotany is Our Official Forum and SpaceX13 is Slated for December 12th Now

Kai Rasmussen — Dec 7th 2017

This is Kai Rasmussen’s blog.  He is the webmaster for astrobotany.com, and UW molecular biology research undergrad.  These are updates about the process, if you are interested. First off, shout-out Jonathan Lombardino, for encouraging astrobotany.com to create the /r/astrobotany subreddit on reddit.com.  I’ve had a lot of fun setting up the subreddit and creating flair… Read More

Strictly Business: 3 Companies Investing in Astrobotany

Kai Rasmussen — Dec 6th 2017

It’s never too early to start investing, and companies are already starting to expand their portfolios for astrobotany.  There are several good reasons for corporations to invest in growing plants in space.  It’s also worth noting that the companies we’ll be looking at today are all household names, whose products have nothing to do with… Read More

BLOG: We Should Let Kids Control Satellites from the Internet

Kai Rasmussen — Dec 4th 2017

This is Kai Rasmussen’s blog.  He is the webmaster for astrobotany.com, and UW molecular biology research undergrad.  These are updates about the process, if you are interested. Here at astrobotany.com, we’ve touched on some of the ways education is changing, and how educators are adjusting to best fit the needs of a new generation of… Read More

BLOG: Finally Learning How to Code, to do Interesting Things

Kai Rasmussen — Dec 3rd 2017

This is Kai Rasmussen’s blog.  He is the webmaster for astrobotany.com, and UW molecular biology research undergrad.  These are updates about the process, if you are interested. it’s time to code It was time that I learned how to program.  Really, I’ve survived building astrobotany.com with wordpress and Isaac doing the coding.  I haven’t needed… Read More

Support Net Neutrality to Further Science

Kai Rasmussen — Nov 22nd 2017

Here at astrobotany.com we strive to provide resources for researchers and the public for free.  The TOAST database, the plants and spaceflight information, the news section: they are all services we aim to provide.  We want all scientists to have the opportunity to access our information. Recently the FCC announced that they are planning on… Read More

Astrobotany and the Future of Science Education

Kai Rasmussen — Nov 17th 2017

The world is changing fast and scientific research is accelerating at lightning pace. The dawn of cloud computing, massive data networks and bioinformatics is bringing together scientists from all around the world to participate in a new era of technology. Entire genomes are free and available at the click of a button. New engineering developments,… Read More

Astrobotany Clothing: For the Love of Science, For the Love of Streetwear

Kai Rasmussen — Oct 24th 2017

If you get a chance, check out the clothing tab of our website.  In that section of astrobotany.com you’ll find some design work that I’ve done and you’ll also find the clothing line I’ve been working on. You may be asking why there is a clothing section on a site that also hosts a database… Read More

Tsiolkovsky says “Show me the Money”

Kai Rasmussen — Oct 11th 2017

Molecular Biology Stuff Richard was teaching one of the undergrads how to use SerialCloner this morning.  Serial Cloner is an in-silica (in the computer) molecular biology tool.  We use it before we actually perform an experiment in wet lab.  SerialCloner simulates PCR and ligation so you can make sure all your primers and genetic tools… Read More

Dissertation on Arabidopsis and Microgravity is Comprehensive, Powerful

Kai Rasmussen — Sep 28th 2017

Christina Johnson, a PhD candidate at the Miami University Graduate School has completed her dissertation on Arabidopsis Thaliana grown in microgravity. Dr. Johnson analyzed data from STS-131 (BRIC-16).  STS-131 was a shuttle launch in April of 2010.  STS-131 has yielded valuable data for astrobotany researchers.  Other papers include Kwon et al., 2015, which examined transcriptional response to spaceflight… Read More