Lab grows macroscale, modular materials from bacteria

Rice University bioscientists have turned bacteria into self-assembling building blocks. The macroscale, slime-like engineered living materials they form could be used to soak up environmental contaminants or as custom catalysts. Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University Engineered living materials promise to aid efforts in human health, energy and environmental remediation. Now they can be built big and … Read more

Rocket Lab preps for 30th launch, makes strides in engine reuse – Spaceflight Now

A kerosene-fueled Rutherford engine undergoing a test-firing. Credit: Rocket Lab Rocket Lab is set to launch its 30th mission from New Zealand Thursday with a commercial Japanese radar remote sensing satellite. While the company does not plan to retrieve the Electron rocket on this mission, engineers recently test-fired an engine recovered from a flight earlier … Read more

Chemistry lab students predict spread of COVID-19 with kinetics models

In this graph, students in the spring kinetics lab predicted daily cases in the state of Ohio through fall 2022. Credit: Ohio University Chemist Jixin Chen looked at the rapid spread of COVID-19 early in the pandemic and saw a novel opportunity for his kinetics lab, where they study the rates of reactions. The first … Read more

Lab successfully demonstrates new technique to improve particle beams

The beam particles each emit ultrafast light pulses as they pass through a special magnet called a pickup undulator (bottom right). Information about each particle’s energy or trajectory error is encoded in its light pulse. The light pulses are captured, focused and tuned by various light optics. The particles then interact with their own pulses … Read more

Russia’s withdrawal from the space station could end the orbital lab

Russia controls six modules aboard the International Space Station. (Image credit: STS-122 Shuttle Crew, NASA via flickr, CC BY-NC-SA) This article was originally published at The Conversation. The contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Wendy Whitman Cobb (opens in new tab), professor of strategy and security studies at the US Air … Read more

New science lab for China’s space station poised for launch Sunday – Spaceflight Now

EDITOR’S NOTE: The English-language live broadcast of the Wentian module’s launch is embedded on this page. The video feed comes from China’s CGTN television network. China’s heavy-lift Long March 5B rocket was fueled for early launch Sunday with the second major element of the Chinese Tiangong space station, adding a new working compartment for the … Read more

Rocket Lab to launch first of two back-to-back missions for NRO

Rocket Lab is gearing up to launch its 28th Electron rocket on the “Wise One Looks Ahead” mission, also designated National Reconnaissance Office Launch (NROL)-162. NROL-162 is the first of two back-to-back Electron missions for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). “Wise One Looks Ahead” is set to launch in a window from 05:00 to 07:00 … Read more

Rocket Lab & NASA ready to launch CAPSTONE to the Moon

Rocket Lab is all set to launch the CAPSTONE (Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment) satellite to the Moon. It’s the first official mission of NASA’s Artemis program that is seeking to permanently return humans to the surface of our nearest astronomical body. Launching onboard the Electron rocket, teams are currently targeting … Read more

Lab earthquakes show how grains at fault boundaries lead to major quakes

A three-dimensional visualization shows how rock gouge can arrest a rupture (in red) but, with a combination of dynamic stressing and dynamic weakening, will ultimately re-nucleate the rupture shortly thereafter (in blue). Credit: Rubino et. al., Nature, 2022 By simulating earthquakes in a lab, Caltech engineers have provided strong experimental support for a form of … Read more

Toward customizable timber, grown in a lab

In an effort to provide an environmentally friendly and low-waste alternative, researchers at MIT have pioneered a tunable technique to generate wood-like plant material in a lab. Credit: Image courtesy of Luis Fernando Velásquez-García, Ashley Beckwith, et al Each year, the world loses about 10 million hectares of forest—an area about the size of Iceland—because … Read more