Shenzhou 8 Study Highlights Changes in Plant Metabolism in Response to Spaceflight Stress

Kai Rasmussen — Mar 23rd 2017

A new paper has been released by scientists in China studying changes in gene expression in the model organism Arabidopsis Thaliana. This experiment used special biological hardware called SIMBOX (Science in Microgravity BOX) to fly plants aboard the Shenzhou 8 Spacecraft (November¬† of 2011).¬† It is understood that a spaceflight environment alters gene expression compared… Read More

NASA Discovers Potentially Habitable Planets Surrounding Nearby Star

Kai Rasmussen — Feb 23rd 2017

On 2/22/17 NASA announced news that their Spitzer telescope had discovered a seven planet system around TRAPPIST-1, a nearby star. TRAPPIST-1 is around 40 lightyears away, in the Aquarius constellation. Three of these planets are in the CHZ (Circumstellar Habitable Zone) which holds the promise of liquid water and consequently the ability to support life.… Read More