We all know how essential that morning cup of coffee is. Spacelings on the International Space Station, however, have to enjoy it differently.
Because coffee and other fluids go everywhere in microgravity, typically they sip their morning Joe in a contained container, using a straw. That could finally change after successful preliminary tests of six cups in microgravity that are apparently so stable with their liquids that you can even toss them a short distance. It’s part of a long-standing experiment that dates back to at least 2008, when NASA astronaut Don Pettit demonstrated drinking coffee from a cup in space — a cup that he co-invented.
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I look forward to hearing about further developments on this. Think of how less painful this could be compared to surgery and how it could help prevent homeless kitties…
Can one shot sterilize cats?
A new non-surgical one-shot contraceptive can make both male and female animals infertile for years.
The method, so far only tested in mice, could be used as an alternative to spaying and neutering feral animals, researchers say.
Earlier studies have shown an adeno-associated virus (AAV)—a small, harmless virus that is unable to replicate on its own—has been useful in gene-therapy trials and can be used to deliver sequences of DNA to muscle cells, causing them to produce specific antibodies that are known to fight infectious diseases, such as HIV, malaria, and hepatitis C.