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TU Delft E|A|S (Evolving Asteroid Starships) project

A group of students and researchers at Delft University of Technology are designing a starship capable of keeping generations of crew alive as they cross the gulf between stars –…

Surface engineering gets the red light

Perovskite particles could improve the performance of solar cells and light-emitting diodes via a simple process to stabilize the nanocrystal surface. A method for chemically stabilizing optical nanocrystals, without degrading…

Human impact on sea urchin abundance

In the longest running study of its kind, researchers found sea urchin populations were strongly affected by human-driven environmental changes. Sea urchin populations are more sensitive to human activities than…

Seventh Sentinel Satellite launched for Copernicus

The second Sentinel-3 satellite, Copernicus Sentinel-3B, was launched today, joining its identical twin Sentinel-3A in orbit. This pairing of satellites increases coverage and data delivery for the European Union’s Copernicus…

Computer models combat malaria

A new malaria metabolic model may uncover better ways to treat a highly deadly disease. As one of the world’s deadliest pathogens, Plasmodium spreads relentlessly from host to host. But…

Painkillers Taken During Pregnancy Could Affect Baby’s Fertility

Taking painkillers during pregnancy could affect the fertility of the unborn child in later life, research suggests. The study identifies that these drugs may also affect the fertility of future…

Hurricane Harvey: Dutch-Texan research shows most fatalities occurred outside flood zones

A Dutch-Texan team found that most Houston-area drowning deaths from Hurricane Harvey occurred outside the zones designated by government as being at higher risk of flooding: the 100- and 500-year floodplains. Harvey,

Hubble’s 28th birthday picture: The Lagoon Nebula

To celebrate its 28th anniversary in space the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope took this amazing and colourful image of the Lagoon Nebula. The whole nebula, about 4000 light-years away, is…

Orchids protect the skin [Asia Research News 2018 feature

An orchid-based skincare product could protect skin from the sun’s aging effects.  Researchers at Hong Kong Baptist University have patented a formula, based on compounds present in two types of…

Shielding oxygen production to keep hydrogen coming

A porous cerium-based coating boosts the durability of oxygen-forming catalysts while maintaining their inherent water-splitting activity. The efficiency of separating hydrogen and oxygen from water could be boosted using cost-effective…