Astrobio.net

Radiation no concern for space crops

Flax seeds can grow in radioactive soil near the contaminated site of the Chernobyl nuclear accident without much change to their proteins, experiments show. This study may point the way to growing crops in ...

Mar 03, 2011 5 / 5 (2) 0 | with audio podcast

In search of virus fossils

Here's a theory for a comedian to consider: dinosaurs done-in by avian flu. Silly as that may be, we imagine that viruses have been infecting organisms since life first appeared on Earth, but this is mostly ...

Oct 19, 2011 5 / 5 (2) 0 | with audio podcast

The magnetic wakes of pulsar planets

Pulsars are among the most extreme stars in the universe: dense balls of matter which are heavier than the Sun, yet only a few tens of kilometers in diameter. They rotate rapidly (up to several hundred revolutions ...

Oct 08, 2012 5 / 5 (2) 37

A microbe's fountain of youth

The yeast S.pombe is one of the best-studied microbes in the world. First isolated from East African millet beer over a century ago, it's been used as a model organism in molecular and cell biology for the ...

Oct 04, 2013 5 / 5 (2) 1 | with audio podcast

Lifting to space

This year, NASA will launch its final Space Shuttle missions. The development of the Shuttle had sprung from the supersonic rocket planes of Chuck Yeager, and was an answer to the question: what is the best ...

Feb 03, 2011 5 / 5 (1) 0

A tale of two deserts

Because the surface of Mars today is bone-dry and frozen all year round, it’s difficult to find any place on Earth that is truly Mars-like. But two locations, Antarctica’s Upper Dry Valleys and the ...

Apr 19, 2011 5 / 5 (1) 0