Planet-hunting eye of Plato

Key technology for ESA's exoplanet-hunting Plato spacecraft has passed a trial by vacuum to prove the mission will work as planned. This test replica of an 80-cm high, 12-cm aperture camera spent 17 days inside a thermal ...

Using plasma technology to feed the world

Using state-of-the-art plasma technology to make cheap fertilizer for small farmers may sound like magic, but it has now become reality. Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have built a small plasma-powered ...

Putting a future avocado apocalypse on ice

The supply of smashed 'avo' is secure for generations after world-first research cryopreserved the tips of avocado shoots and then revived them to create healthy plants.

Commemorating 30 years of optical vortices: A comprehensive review

Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the prediction of optical vortices, researchers in China—Xing Fu at Tsinghua University, Xiaocong Yuan at Shenzhen University and co-authors—reviewed the 30-year development of the ...

Scientists create embryos to save northern white rhinos

Conservationists have successfully created two northern white rhino embryos in a key step towards pulling the species back from the brink of extinction, scientists in Italy said Wednesday.

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