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Megan Ray Nichols is a science writer by day & an amateur astronomer by night (at least when the weather cooperates). Megan is the editor of Schooled By Science, a blog dedicated to making science understandable to those without a science degree. She also regularly contributes to Smart Data Collective, Real Clear Science, and Industry Today. Subscribe to Schooled By Science for the latest news.

 

Here's How Astronauts Practice in Zero Gravity on Earth

Astronauts go through months and years of training before they ever make it to outer space. This training teaches them how to survive in the harsh and sometimes alien environments that they encounter in orbit. All of this training takes place here on Earth — including preparation for living and working in zero gravity. How can astronauts learn how to live in zero-g while still under our planet's gravitational pull?

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How Robots Help Refuel Satellites

While many modern satellites are powered by onboard solar panels and batteries, most currently orbiting satellites required fuel. Each is equipped with enough hypergolic fuel to last throughout its entire mission, but what happens when these satellites run out of gas? NASA has come up with a solution: Restore-L.

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Is Light Speed the Answer to Exploring the Cosmos?

Space travel brings out the kid in all of us. The sheer excitement of discovery ignites a wonder in us, and since space is one of the greatest unknowns, what better way to ignite that wonder than space travel? The only problem is, it’s virtually impossible at this point in time to reach these faraway places, which makes it tough to explore them.

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The Science Behind the Health Benefits of Herbs and Spices

Words like “superfood” are a bit misleading, aren’t they? There’s nothing “super” about them at all — it’s food that’s good for us that we don’t eat enough of.

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Scientists on Brink of Creating a Gene in a Single Day

Making DNA isn't a new thing for science — we've been able to make the new DNA stands since the 1970s, but it's a slow process. It requires geneticists to build DNA strands one nucleotide at a time. While the process works, it is prone to errors and limits the buildable genes to a couple of hundred letters — a mere fraction of what makes up a standard gene.

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