Robot limbs could keep satellite plasma thrusters at arm’s length

Satellites are often a bespoke effort, requiring a range of specific needs and logistics plans to meet project requirements. To simplify some of these challenges, a few years ago a team of researchers and engineers working together between the European Space Agency (ESA), France’s CNES, the UK Space Agency and Airbus, introduced OneSat, a standardized … Read more

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The key to bringing deep-sea samples to shore? An underwater freezer.

This article originally appeared on hakai Magazine, an online publication on science and society in coastal ecosystems. Read more stories like this at During Japan’s sweltering summers, nothing hits the spot like a frozen orange. The popular candy, known as reito mikanIt tastes great when made at home. But it tastes even better when … Read more

‘Brainwashed’ parasites inherit a strange genetic gap

Deep below our feet, almost anywhere on the planet, are spaghetti-like parasitic puppeteers known as horsehair worms or Gordian nematodes. These cunning, slimy beings lack three main systems: excretory, circulatory, or respiratory. To compensate, they invade crickets, grasshoppers, and other invertebrates, taking advantage of their neurological circuitry and eventually brainwashing them. Once inside a body, … Read more