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2012-02-01 09:55:13

On Earth all biology is subjected to gravity. Some biological systems require gravity for correct orientation (geotropism: plants grow up, roots grow down). In the absence of gravity even human biology is affected: astronauts lose bone density at 1-2% a month rather than the usual 1-2% a year on Earth. But the effects of gravity on cellular processes are less well understood. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Genomics has used diamagnetic levitation to...

Scientists Mimic Zero Gravity With Magnets
2012-01-05 12:47:26

University of Nottingham scientists have been levitating fruit flies with magnets to determine how biological organisms are affected by weightless conditions in space. The team has shown that simulating weightlessness in fruit flies on Earth by using magnets causes the flies to walk more quickly, which is a similar finding astronauts have had in experiments on the International Space Station. “It is unfeasible to apply this technique to investigating the effects of weightlessness...

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2009-05-16 09:45:00

Of the 92 naturally occurring elements, add another to the list of those that are superconductors.James S. Schilling, Ph.D., professor of physics in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, and Mathew Debessai "” his doctoral student at the time "” discovered that europium becomes superconducting at 1.8 K (-456 °F) and 80 GPa (790,000 atmospheres) of pressure, making it the 53rd known elemental superconductor and the 23rd at high pressure.Debessai, who...


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