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Astronauts’ blood shows startling DNA mutations after visiting space

September 7th, 2022

A new study has shown that astronauts’ blood does experience DNA mutations due to spaceflight. The study, published in Communications Biology in August, looked at the blood taken from 14 astronauts in NASA’s space shuttle program. The researchers noted several DNA mutations in blood-forming stem cells compared to blood taken previously, which could cause concern …

Moon

Our first moonbase could be made of inflatable habitats

September 4th, 2022

Humans are finally on track to return to the Moon, and this time space agencies like NASA and the ESA are looking for ways to let humans stay there. Establishing a colony on the Moon could not only help with further space exploration, but it could allow us to study the lunar surface more in-depth. …

These hideous little bugs are invading California and biting people’s feet

September 3rd, 2022

Reports of tiny and aggressive isopods have been surfacing in Southern California. The “mini-shark” isopods, known officially as Excirolana chiltoni, or water-line isopods, have reportedly been attacking the feet of beachgoers visiting Mission Bay. Citizens around the area say the tiny bug-like creatures swarmed their feet when they put them in the water, biting and …

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James Webb captures first ever image of an exoplanet

September 1st, 2022

In yet another historic moment, the James Webb Space Telescope has captured the first-ever direct image of an exoplanet. The planet in question, known as HIP 65426 b, is between six to 12 times the mass of Jupiter. It’s roughly 15 million to 20 million years old and was originally discovered in 2017. The capturing …