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  • The Physicsof Whipped Cream

    2008April 6, 2011

    An experiment in space has shed new light on the puzzling Physicsof some everyday substances such as blood, ketchup, motor oil and whipped cream.

  • Conjuring Crystals

    2001April 6, 2011

    Discovered in space, an amazing method for growing well-ordered crystals is working here on Earth, too. NASA scientists are figuring out the Physicsbehind the procedure.

  • Samples of the Future

    2001Sept. 20, 2011

    The advanced space ships of tomorrow will be crafted from far-out materials with extraordinary resistance to the harsh environment of space. An experiment strapped to the outside of the ISS aims to put such materials through their paces.

  • Look Ma -- No Hands!

    2001April 6, 2011

    Using a force field to float molten test samples precisely in mid-air, NASA's Electrostatic Levitator creates a unique environment for space-age materials processing.

  • Antibiotics from Space

    2002April 6, 2011

    Some bacteria riding on the Space Shuttleproduce more antibiotics than they do on Earth. Researchers aren't sure why ... but they aim to find out.

  • A New Form of Matter

    2002April 6, 2011

    Scientists have created a new kind of matter: It comes in waves and bridges the gap between the everyday world of humans and the micro-domain of quantum physics.

  • Mossy Space Spirals

    2002Sept. 20, 2011

    Samples of fire moss that travel onboard the Space Shuttledo something odd: they spiral. Scientists say it's a clue to the fundamental inner workings of plant cells.

  • Sowing Seeds in a Magnetic Field

    2002April 6, 2011

    Scientists hope that an unusual experiment slated for launch on the Space Shuttlethis summer will reveal how plants know up from down.

  • My Pet Neutron Star

    2002Sept. 20, 2011

    Using a new form of matter called Bose-Einstein condensates, researchers are bringing Astrophysicsfrom deep space right into their laboratories.

  • Cell Wars

    2002Sept. 20, 2011

    Immune cells vs. invaders: it's a war going on in every healthy human body. When the combatants travel to space, say NASA scientists, curious things happen...