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Microgravity Topics

  • The Fruit Fly in You

    2004April 6, 2011

    NASA-supported researchers are going to send fruit flies to the International Space Stationto learn what space travel does to the genes of astronauts.

  • The Pathway Less Traveled

    2004April 6, 2011

    Altered gravity plays an unexpected role in obesity and weight loss.

  • Why do Workouts Work?

    2004April 6, 2011

    Most machines don't improve with use. Old pickup trucks don't gradually become Ferraris just by driving them fast, and a pocket calculator won't change into a supercomputer by crunching lots of numbers. The human body is different...

  • Microscopic Astronauts

    2004April 6, 2011

    It's unavoidable: Humans can't go to space without taking trillions of microbes with them. An experiment onboard the ISS aims to find out how bugs behave in orbit.

  • Blinding Flashes

    2004April 6, 2011

    Years after exposure to space radiation, many astronauts' vision becomes clouded by cataracts. Understanding why may shed light on cataracts suffered by elderly people.